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July 10, 2017 - Filed under: Auctions — David

Two stone heads found a new owner as they sold for a surprising amount at a recent auction.

The heads are believed to be those of Remus and Romulus, who were twin brothers. According to Roman mythology, Romulus became the founder of Rome and its first king, after killing his brother. Legend also states that the twins were raised by wolves.

At the auction, held in the Cotswolds, the heads were sold for £480. Each Portland corbel depicts a head with a helmet decorated with an animal mask. The stone heads date back to the 1890s, and were originally carved as decoration for a Birmingham bank. Each head is two feet high, measuring one and a half feet in depth, and over a foot wide. Two men were required to move them.

However, despite the unexpectedly successful sale of the heads, the top attraction of the day was an oak dresser, produced in the 20th Century, but in the style of an 18th Century piece. Although the item was estimated between £500 and £800, the dresser sold for £1,100.

Out of the top five lots at the auction, four of them were antique furniture, which demonstrates that there is demand for good quality time-honoured furniture like antique cabinets.

Three glass lampshades dating back to the Victorian era sold for £700, despite only being valued between £50 and £80. Other items at the auction also surpassed their estimates, much to the delight of the auction house.

Collectors who are searching for antique furniture often find that they can secure cheaper items with dealers, as there are no buyers’ premiums added to the sale price.

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