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Lot 404 – a rare ‘Bing’ clockwork teddy bear sold for £2000

 

Lot 456 – a Baccarat close-packed
Millefiori paperwight, sold for £700

A collection of early Wolves football programmes was among a diverse range of items that stood out in a packed catalogue at West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday, 30th November Specialist Collectors’ Auction. 

 

The programmes, which were split into 16 lots and covered the period from the 1930s – 1950s, attracted a considerable amount of local interest at the Wolverhampton auction room. With three phone lines booked prior to the sale and frantic bidding on the internet as well as within the room the collection achieved an impressive £3,230 in total. Stand-out lots included lot 252, a collection of Wolverhampton Wanderers 1946/47 season official home fixture match programmes fetching £650; and lot 264, a collection of Wolves 1940s away fixture official programmes, which sold for £550.

 

Another lot that attracted significant interest from the local media ahead of the sale, a rare WWII George VI ‘Military Medal’ group of six, also performed well. Presented to a Staffordshire-born Sgt Tamms, the group included M 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star and War Medal. With a number of medal collectors vying for the lot on the phone, internet and in the room, the hammer eventually fell at £1,000 to a local buyer in the room.

 

Pen and coin collectors were also out in force for the sale, which included a number of very nice items in the respective sections. The pen section, mainly derived from a single private collection, caused a real stir on the internet with Lot 49, a boxed Waterman’s Ideal 55 fountain pen & pencil set with papers and Red Ripple Guide, standing out and achieving £210. In total, the forty-plus pen lots achieved an impressive £2,692. Coins, meanwhile, saw lot 60 – a cased 1993 gold proof £5 crown in its case of issue along with Certificate of Authentication – top its estimate of between £800-£1,000 when it sold for £1,100.

 

The ever-popular toys section, meanwhile, produced the auction’s star individual lot in the form of lot 404, a rare ‘Bing’ clockwork teddy bear which saw a bidding war develop between two collectors on the internet. The hammer eventually fell at £2,000 to a UK-based bidder who fought off stiff International competition.

 

Last, but by no means least, the diverse Miscellanea section produced two rather interesting sleepers. Lot 200, a late 19th Century stuffed Irish Pike fetched £600 on the telephone; beating its top end guide of £500, whilst lot 456 – a Baccarat close-packed Millefiori paperweight – similarly beat its £400-600 guide; selling to a telephone bidder for £700.

 

For full results of the Friday, 30th November Specialist Collectors’ Sale at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk

 


Lot 49 – a boxed Waterman’s Ideal 55 fountain pen & pencil
set with papers and Red Ripple Guide, sold for £120

 

 


Lot 252 – a collection of Wolverhampton Wanderers 1946-47
season official home fixture match programmes achieved £650

 

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