An antique gun, which dates back to 1909, has raised almost £20,000 at auction, more than double its estimate. The gun, which is a prototype over and under gun by Boss & Co, a London company was sold for £19,200 at a recent auction held at the Gleneagles Hotel.
The rare antique gun was sold as part of an auction of vintage sporting guns held by Gavin Gardiner Ltd, with Sotheby’s auction house. Another rare piece was the James Purdey & Sons hammer ejector gun, dating back to 1895. The gun once belonged to a man who was considered to be the best shot ever, the Earl de Grey, Lord Ripon. His gun was bought for £18,000 by a private buyer from Australia, while his walking cane sold for slightly less, at £2040.
The auction was a complete success, with Gavin Gardiner, auctioneer being delighted. The total amount made at auction was £328,662, due to the overwhelming response of potential bidders at the auction. The auction house was full, with telephone bids reaching record levels. Following the huge success of the sale, Gardiner said:
“The market remains buoyant for fine English and Scottish guns.”
Although the auction was successful, it is unusual to discover such spectacular antiques. If you’re in the market for something a little less rare but just as desirable- antique dining chairs or a table, for example- there are a number of reputable dealers available in the Lancashire area who can help you find the piece you are looking for.
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