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Vintage motorcycle zooms off at the latest Specialist sale

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We've cause for celebration once again at Cuttlestones in the wake of another hugely successful Fine Art sale, which saw over 1,000 lots go under the hammer at our Penkridge salerooms on 13-14 June. The auction attracted a packed saleroom, a strong contingent of telephone and more than 700 registered internet bidders; all vying to bid on the diverse range of quality items on offer.

Key among these was a fantastic Ariel SFO 744 motorcycle (lot 1019), built in 1949 and an incredibly well-maintained example, considering its age. Competitive bidders fought to a hammer price above estimate, with the lucky winner taking this beauty home for £2,900.

Among a 468-lot strong paintings section on day 1 of the sale, we saw a dramatic work by famed horse painter Alfred James Munnings (lot 261) fetch £2,700. More of a surprise were two 'sleepers' which fetched above estimate, including an early religious icon of unknown origin (lot 33), featuring saintly figures and eastern script which sought £1,400, plus an industrial pottery study by Leonard Griffith Brammer (lot 59), noted for his works of this type, that fetched a similar value.

A further notable lot, by the renowned Thomas Sidney Cooper, featured his favoured subject of cows at pasture. The work, dated 1864, depicts a scene in Hambledown Park, Kent and was sold to the winning bidder for an impressive £1,750.

Elsewhere, the catalogue featured diverse lots ranging from jewellery and silver to militaria and furniture. In the watches and jewellery section, standout pieces included a Lemania gentleman's military chronograph wristwatch in stainless steel (lot 642). Featuring British Royal Navy issuing to the reverse, the lot fetched £2,000. The other standout piece was a Georgian-style mourning brooch (lot 589) which, attracting bidders with its enamel and seed-pearl design and touching quote from Homer's The Iliad to the reverse, saw the hammer fall at £650.

Other highlights included a finely worked bronze dish featuring an Oriental design of a man pictured with his little finger extending upwards (lot 870), which sold for £650. Two stunning examples of late-19th/early-20th century craftsmanship also brought in the bids, firstly in the shape of a large Swiss-made music box (lot 908). The most impressive of three similar lots in this sale, with stunning rosewood casing, it sold for a price of £1,300. Meanwhile, a meticulously crafted early 1900s typewriter by Salter Standard, in fantastic condition and complete in its original storage case, fetched £750.

All in all, yet another successful Fine Art sale for us here at Cuttlestones. In addition to the select few items featured above, you can view the entire catalogue of items sold including their hammer prices, online here

Our next specialist sale at Penkridge – the Autumn Antique Sale – is scheduled for 12th September 2019. To consign lots for sale in this or any of our other auctions, why not pop along to one of our free valuation sessions – taking place every Monday & Tuesday at Wolverhampton from 10am – 4pm and every Thursday in Penkridge from 10am – 3pm. Alternatively, use our free online valuation form.

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