August Auction Report

August Auction Report

Date of auction: 5th & 6th August

Number of lots: 1884

Number of online bidders: 1,962

Highest price achieved: Lot 1751- Browning B25 12 bore over and under ejector shotgun, custom built and engraved by A M Brown – sold for £4980

Surprise result of the sale: Lot 1020 - World War 2 Bletchley Park Interest: Royal Air Force service and release book for L. A. C. W. 484782 E I Kettle who was a wireless operator at Bletchley Park, together with named photograph of 'D' Watch Auto with script verso 'Church Green Bletchley, July 1945' with Kettle being shown in the back row, a message from the Director General dated 8th May 1945, thanking everyone for their work, signed by various female colleagues and stamped by nine departments verso, a Morse Code slip dated 7/5/45 and marked in pencil VE Italy etc – sold for £1000

Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 1119 - WW1 two personal photograph albums compiled by Lieutenant A C Kingham, HAC, the first depicting his time and experiences on the Western Front – sold for £600

Stroud Auctions’ August sale featured specialist sections of guns and weapons, medals and militaria, toys, and cameras. As usual, there was huge interest in the sporting section and the top selling lot was a covetable Browning shotgun, one of over 400 lots of shooting related items in the sale.

More top results were found in the specialist camera section, where Kinoptik and Leitz lenses averaged £1000 apiece and a Leica M3 camera kit made £1200.

The militaria section saw personal photograph albums of military interest realising some pleasing prices, examples include WW1 in Italy (£460), on the Western Front (£600) and the Expeditionary Force in Russia, 1918 (£460)

However, it can also be the unexpected items that surprise you. In a toy section of over 600 lots were a selection of small petrol and diesel engines from model aircraft, some dating to the post war period and very collectable. An Oliver Tiger example made £130, with the whole collection of engines making over £3,000 in total.

The next auction will be on September 9th, 10th & 11th and includes jewellery, silver, watches, clocks and coins. Always a popular sale, this one looks exceptional, with over 1200 lots of jewellery alone. If you’ve never thought of buying at auction, why not book in for our viewing day on 8th September? Our jewellery specialist Alexandra will be on hand to offer advice and guidance.

We are still accepting entries for our October 7th & 8th auction, which will include vinyl records, pictures and paintings, books, stamps, ephemera, ceramics and glass, and for our November 4th & 5th auction, which will include medals, militaria, guns, weapons, air rifles, swords, toys, plus cars, motorbikes and related transport related collectables. Already consigned are a large private collection of medals and militaria, two rare Zell air pistols, toys including Corgi and Airfix, motorbikes including a 1942 Harley Davidson model U and three restored BSA Bantams. If you have items you may wish to include then remember that earlier is always best, please contact us if you need any advice or assistance.

If you have something you would like to have valued by one of Stroud Auctions’ specialists, contact us by phone (01453 873800) or email (valuations@stroudauctions.co.uk)

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