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Wolverhampton interest lots stir up bidding war at auction

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Wolverhampton auction house Cuttlestones saw a number of lots with links to local history among the star performers in its Specialist Collectors’ Sale.

A collection of 667 photographs chronicling the history of Guy Motors, which manufactured cars, lorries, buses and trolleybuses from the dawn of the motorised age until 1982, achieved an impressive £2,400. As well as attracting the interest of local historians the collection caught the attention of vintage vehicle fans with significant interest both via live internet bidding and from within the room; finally selling to a bidder in the room.

Lots with links to Wolverhampton Wanderers football club always perform particularly well and lot 304, a collection of the side’s home programmes saw the hammer fall at £700. Comprising 47 programmes dating from seasons between 1948 and 1955, the lot also included away fixture and cup programmes dating from the same era – including one from the 1960 final with song sheet. MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, explains the appeal:                                                                                                                                                                   

“Lots with local ties always do well in our specialist collectors’ sales – people are fascinated by the history of the local area and there are collectors always on the lookout for interesting items. The Guy Motors collection was consigned by vendors who now live in Cornwall having relocated from the West Midlands. They found us online and we valued the collection via email before persuading them to bring it up to sell through us – and they are over the moon with the price realised!

“If you have any old photographs of the local area, or have inherited documents relating to local businesses it’s well worth bringing them in for valuation. Likewise, Wolves programmes and other ephemera are generally a hit, especially those dating from the ‘golden’ mid-century years, where the club was at its competitive peak.”

The full sale results are available here. To arrange a valuation call 01785 714905 or email [email protected]

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