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Storming Collectors sale as Covid threat looms

Clarks’ continued their great start to their autumn sales program with another fine sale, once again totally dominated by internet bidding. Auctioneer Paul Clark said “This is the new era & it is one we have always embraced from the off” adding “technology has transformed the antiques business & the saleroom, much to the benefit of the seller & collectors – we are all having to adapt quickly to the changes that surround us”.

The sale included the sale of a hand signed W. O. Bentley book which saw a prolonged internet battle before the hammer came down at £460. Other books saw good prices including a small collection of John Le Carre proofs at £240. A topographical postcard album came in at £130 whilst a WW1 sweetheart silks album saw £220 bid. 

The sales main interest though came in the shape of numerous entries on behalf of Mrs. Lauraine Sadleir MBE & the late Mr. Michael R. Sadleir. Mrs. Sadlier won her MBE for work she did with members of the DCLI post war. These items mostly revolved around WW2 & including some German entries & most were submitted to the collection by fellow comrades. A WW2 de-Nazified Hitler Youth dagger made a great price at £620 whilst two reproduction Scottish sgian-dubh daggers twinned with brass badges & other items astonished at £1200. A Third Reich radio receiver recovered from the occupation of Guernsey perhaps would not fit in most folks display cabinets but still saw bids of £420 & a WW1 brass flare gun made £190 despite faults.

All nine enamel signs sold well. Auctioneer Paul Clark added “These were not as rare as the three that made £8800 in our previous sale but nonetheless were well received by collectors”. Other collectables saw great prices too, notably five boxed Matchbox diecast cars which made £240 at the hammer. A Sunderlands truck by “Qualitoy” impressed when an online bidding war reached £130 despite playwear.

Auctioneer Paul Clark added “There is no doubt things are changing & fast. Desirable items are often making retail prices at auction & sometimes far surpassing expectations of all – sellers, collectors, dealers & auctioneers are entering a brave new world – we all need to be ready”.

Paul Clark said “Another lockdown has now been cast upon us with the increasing threat of a second wave of Covid19. We will all need to adapt to live with this whilst it is still prevalent – it could be a while yet & life won’t be easy for anyone”.  Entries invited for New Years Day which will go ahead, come what may.