The antiques shop sign from the hit television series Lovejoy has recently been sold at auction for considerably more than the estimated price.
The prop was believed to be worth between £200 and £300, but eventually sold for £1,200.
The auctioneer at the Suffolk Auction House, James Mander, spoke of the difficulty estimating the value of the Lovejoy Antiques sign.
Mander auctioneers is based in Glemsford, Suffolk, where the popular series was set. The programme began in 1986 and ended in 1994, and was filmed in towns and villages along the Essex-Suffolk border.
The antiques shop ended its days at Felsham Hall, another fictional building. The protagonist of the story, Lovejoy – a roguish antiques dealer – was played by Lancashire actor Ian McShane. The shop sign had been autographed by most of the cast of the show, although not by McShane.
The famous logo was purchased by a private bidder who lives in Ipswich. According to Mander, items related to Lovejoy will continue to be popular in that area of the country and, now people realise that the items are valuable, more will appear on the market.
The private bidder who purchased the store sign may also be searching for a piece of antique furniture to display the item. There are reputable dealers who have antique cabinets in Blackburn, which would complement the Lovejoy sign. Items are also cheaper at dealers, as an auction house will add a buyer’s premium on to the final bid.
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