23 May 2019
March 17, 2014 - Filed under: Auctions — Harriet

The star attraction of a recent sale turned out to be a set of hardback first editions that had all been signed by a famous author.

The nine books by Dennis Wheatley caused quite a stir among collectors, as the writer rarely signs any of his works of occult fiction. A bidding war broke out among interested parties on the internet, by phone and in person at the auction house.

The Antiques and Fine Art sale held at Silverwoods featured a number of collections that sold for more than their estimated value. The bundle of Wheatley books were sold for £3,800 to an internet bidder. An assortment of die cast models of sports and Grand Prix cars were sold for £1,110, while military cap badges sold for almost £1,000.

Antique furniture was another category that sold well on the day, with an antique chair doubling its estimate and selling for £400. Antique side tables were also popular features at the auction, with two being sold for £160 each. The most successful furniture lot of the day was a supper table with three legs that sold for £980.

The furniture and fine art categories had some of the best sale prices on the day, in addition to the rare Dennis Wheatley novels.

All of the items at the auction will have attracted a buyer’s premium, which is added on to the final price. It is possible to discover fine pieces, like antique coffee tables, in Blackburn for a lower cost than you would get at auction in most cases.

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