Date of auction: 7th, 8th & 9th October 2020
Number of lots: 2343
Number of online bidders: 1749
Highest price achieved: Lot 671 - A set of Beatles autographs, obtained at their MBE investiture at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 26th October 1965 – sold for £6000
Surprise lot of the sale: Lot 593: Nine plans relating to Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace, comprising three main floor plans, dated in the lower right corner September 1900, each 216 x 56cm – sold for £1000
Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 633 - Gloucester v New Zealand (All Blacks) October 1905, Kingsholm, Gloucester, Rugby programme – sold for £2100The October sale at Stroud Auctions saw several outstanding results in the ephemera section. Increasingly popular with buyers, ephemera is defined as ‘collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity’ and includes autographs, enamel advertising signs, postcards, tickets, leaflets and promotional items, programmes and posters.
Beatles related items continue to be extremely sought after, and lot 671 was no exception. The price achieved was excellent simply because of the provenance – the story behind the autographs. Obtained on the day the Beatles received their MBEs at Buckingham Palace in 1965, along with the famous four signatures was the addition of Robert Dougall, the newsreader popular in the 1960’s, another MBE recipient on the same day. With so many fakes and copies around, the background to any autograph is vital, and these checked out perfectly so made a great price.
The auctioneer’s favourite lot was the rugby programme for a match held at Kingsholm back in 1905, the year of a rugby tour still considered one of the greatest ever. Gloucester were beaten 44-0 on the day, but this programme is on its way to New Zealand, where the new owner definitely won’t feel bad about the result! The tour was famous for being the one where the All Blacks got their name – before this they wore white shorts, but swapped to black for the 1905/1906 tour, hence the nickname, which has definitely stuck.
The October auction also included ceramics and glass, stamps, books, pictures and paintings, vinyl records and furniture, and with a huge amount of interest online the prices achieved were very pleasing. The December auction (including specialist sections of jewellery, silver, watches and coins) is shaping up brilliantly, in particular the fine wines and spirits section. The deadline for entries is November 6th.
Stroud Auctions are now accepting items for the January auction, so if you have anything you would like valued with a view to selling, including ephemera like the items above, please get in touch by phone (01453 873800) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Valuations are free and without obligation.