A hoard of 1,000 items that belonged to one of the most noted collectors of antiques has recently been sold by Sotheby’s Europe for just over £7m.
Among the unique items on offer was a cocktail shaker that had belonged to Al Capone and Lord Nelson’s teapot.
The items had been assembled by Stanley Seeger, an American musician who passed away in 2011. Seeger had spent many years living in Yorkshire with his long-term partner, Christopher Crone.
The sale lasted two days, with many of the pieces selling for far more than the estimated value. Capone’s silver cocktail shaker, which had been engraved with “To a ‘REGULAR GUY’ from THE BOYS 1932”, was auctioned off for £50,000, despite being valued at £10,000.
The working copy of the script from Citizen Kane by Orson Welles, dating back to 1940, also raised an incredible amount. It went for £98,500, which was far more than the estimate of £15,000.
According to the chair of Sotheby’s Europe, Melanie Clore, the auction was a unique occasion. She said:
“Only once in a generation does a collector with such diverse, interesting and far-reaching taste as Stanley Seeger appear.”
An antique armchair that had belonged to Sir Winston Churchill had an estimated value of between £3,000 and £5,000, but sold for £27,500.
The auction was deemed very success, with interest from the audience for every item presented. Collectors who are looking for slightly less unusual items, like antique sofas in Blackburn, will discover a number of pieces from the reputable antiques dealers based there.