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Sale SC28: Sporting and Collectors Sale

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From Wednesday, 15th May 2019
Until Thursday, 16th May 2019

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Two Day Sporting and Collectors Auction

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Specialist Sporting and Collectors sale held at our Exeter auction rooms in Devon.

This auction has 1343 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

There is always a great deal to choose from in the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Sporting and Collectors auctions and the next sale of the 15th/16th May 2019 is no exception with over 1,300 lots on offer over the two days.

Among the silver section is a William IV stirrup cup by GR Collins & Sons, Birmingham (SC28/27). Despite the date assay being rubbed, its quality and age should attract collectors with its £800-£1,200 estimate (Plus buyer's premium of 21% and VAT@20%).

The market for militaria and antique weapons continues to attract buyers internationally and there will certainly be a great deal of interest in the WWI Military cross group of four to Major RD Bennett, Middlesex Regiment (SC28/209), whivh carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,500 (Plus buyer's premium of 21% and VAT@20%) Major Bennett was awarded the Military Cross during WWI whilst serving in Cameroon as part of a machine gun team defending a position against heavy enemy fire. During the action he was injured when a bullet passed through his neck, tongue and palate before leaving through his nose. To hide the scar he grew a moustache. A full page sketch drawn by Frank Gillett was published in 'The Graphic' page 777 on the 5th December 1914, which showed Lt Bennett being carried from the action by four unarmed carriers.

The Sporting and Collectors auction allows Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood the opportunity of opening up the international market for clients with niche collections like the section of optical toys and magic lantern slides. There are a number of Magic Lantern Societies worldwide with members who would no doubt relish the opportunity of acquiring some of the Carpenter & Westley lantern slides included in the sale. In particular is the set of six Polar Exploration slides (SC28/406). with an estimate of £600-£800 (Plus buyer's premium of 21% and VAT@20%) which combine two niche collectors markets in one, those for Polar Exploration and those collectors of magic lanterns, each equally as buoyant in the current market.

For those who have a more modern attitude towards collecting then there is nothing like buying the one toy you never had as a child. Nostalgia is still the most motivating force behind many people's interest in collecting and what better way to start then with an original boxed Star Wars Tie-Fighter (SC28/1285) with an estimate of £80-£120 (Plus buyer's premium of 21% and VAT@20%). I have to admit that even I was a little more than excited when cataloguing it!

In the 21st Century, there is a boredom of modernity with everyone's mobile phone being able to do almost everything. Not surprisingly interest in early technology and pre-digital equipment has slowly been on the rise. The build quality and reliability of a 1963 Leica M3 camera (SC28/1327) will have purists and those looking for a more visceral photographic experience bidding for this example in good condition, hence the £400-£600 pre-sale estimate (Plus buyer's premium of 21% and VAT@20%).

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100