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Tribal art and taxidermy shine at June Specialist Collectors’ Auction

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The third Specialist Collectors’ Auction of 2013 threw up some rather exotic star lots – including a mounted zebra’s head and a tribal war club – alongside some more domestic highlights from a catalogue spanning a host of niche markets.


The biggest seller of the day was lot 312, an unusual tribal club some 40cm in length with a tapered rectangular body, decorated with etched patterning and carrying a small steel blade. Despite some scuffs and scratches the club sold for £2145.60 to a telephone bidder; one of several who booked lines to bid on this particular lot. It led the sales for a 14-lot strong section covering items of Oriental, Oceanic and Tribal Interest that also included Masai and Congo hunting spears and a spear and shield of Aboriginal origin.


Taxidermy was also a particularly strong section; with a badger, fox, bream, butterflies and deer heads rubbing shoulders with rather more unusual specimens including the mounted heads of a bear, a tiger and the eventual star of the section in the form of lot 139; a zebra. Despite both ears carrying damage and the nose being cracked, the lot caused a real stir in the run-up to the sale with four phone lines booked and a strong contingent of bidders on the internet. The hammer finally fell at £894 to an online bidder.


Other lots of note hailed from the regularly strong sporting, military and toy sections including lot 198, a signed print depicting Muhammad Ali and George Foreman trading blows during the legendary ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight, which achieved £655.60; lot 43, a Japanese Katana sword, which fetched £596 following a great deal of interest prior to the sale; and lot 272, a selection of Lesney and Matchbox toy vehicles that realised £500.64.


Wolverhampton Auction Room Manager, Tom Waldron, says:


Working in an auction room is fascinating because you quite literally never know what’s going to come through the door next. The July sale catalogue was a classic – there really was something for everyone! The ‘usual suspects’ like toys, militaria, coins, books, sporting memorabilia, gold and silver all sold well; whilst the more exotic sections proved that with the right marketing you can tap into truly niche market places. Once again, the majority of these items sold to bidders either on the telephone lines or live via the internet and we attracted a truly International audience.


Cuttlestones is now taking consignments for its next Specialist Collectors’ Sale which will take place on Friday 16th August at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms. To arrange a free, no obligation valuation of items call 01902 421985 or email [email protected]



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