A Georgian antique box was among the items that were sold at the Fine Art sales at Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne, Somerset.
Bidders were in for a surprise as the antique tortoiseshell box revealed an illustration of a couple in an intimate situation, which was displayed within the cover of the box. The Georgian antique certainly stirred up interest at the auction, as it sold for £1,960.
Plenty of other items were sold at the sale, including a couple of novelty items and more traditional lots, including a spoon made in 1666. The Charles II antique spoon was made by Stephen Venables and sold for £1,340. An antique teapot also sold for double its estimate, at £2,940. The rare teapot was made in Edinburgh in 1722, although it would certainly complement a modern home, perhaps displayed on an antique dining table .
According to auctioneers, some of the highest prices are paid for novelty or unusual items, or pieces which are rare or one of a kind. One of the highest prices at the sale was paid for a pair of antique waiters, which are small salvers. They were made in 1747 and sold for £11,270 despite the fact they had previously had small repairs. A vesta case had the novelty appeal, featuring a figure of a guardsman that had been enamelled, standing in a sentry box. The Victorian case sold for £3,300, far higher than its estimate. Although higher prices may be achieved at an auction, buyers have to pay a premium, which is added onto the final bid. Antiques stores display good quality antiques, which are sold without any extra charges.
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