Rutland dealer’s lifetime collection is sold

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A lifetime collection of antiques belonging to a Rutland dealer sold for more than £100,000 at auction.

More than 800 items went under the hammer at Grantham Auction Rooms last week and were snapped up by buyers from 16 different countries.

The collection was recovered from a village antiques shop after the owner died and was sold by auctioneers from Golding. Young & Mawer, which has a valuation office at The George Hotel in Stamford.

Auctioneer Colin Young said: “There were so many highlights it’s difficult to point to any one item and say ‘that did well’.

“While the furniture was undoubtedly a star, the collection did well right across the board which is a testament to the ability of the dealer.”

More than 2,000 bidders from as far away as Australia had registered with the auction company in an effort to bid for the items, which Mr Young described as “proper old antiques”.

One of the most popular items to be sold on the day was a 19th century bookcase cabinet which sold for £1,600. A George II mahogany veneered lowboy sold for £1,100 and a 19th century mahogany cased clock, signed by Alex Dickie of Edinburgh, sold for £1,400.

Salesroom manager Andrew Doubleday said: “It was a fabulous sale with lots of pre-sale interest, especially on the Sunday. We don’t open for viewing at the weekends very often, but when we do we always attract a good crowd.

“The amount of pre-sale condition reports from here and across the globe was phenomenal.”