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Swan scent bottle flies at auction

Bidder's were on top form at our November sale of Silver & Jewellery last week, with a total of over 1000 bids placed on the day! We had results at all price points, from a small gold Pandora style ring at £22, to a very rare and unusual Victorian silver scent bottle modeled as the head of a swan, which after a tough competition between two bidders, one on the phone and one online, finally sold for £7800 - almost ten times its pre-sale estimate of £800-£1200.

"The sale of this object just goes to show the enduring popularity of rare pieces, which have always been and will continue to be sought out by discerning collectors around the world. It is so disappointing for me that this beautiful piece can only be owned by one of the two competitors, whilst the other misses out. The underbidder, who was bidding with me via the telephone, is in New York - I even offered to deliver the piece personally to him when in New York next month if he bid once more, but alas he still didn't get to buy the piece. Maybe we can find another for him." - Samuel Hill, Director

Other highlights of the sale included lot 49, an antique Chinese Export Silver dragon bowl by Wang Hing & Co, which more than doubled its £600-£800 estimate, selling for £1800, and lot 161, a platinum and diamond pendant made by the famous Imperial Russian jeweller Faberge in 1914, which sold for £5400.

With both silver and jewellery performing well, things are looking good for the market, and we are looking forward to a positive and successful year of sales ahead.

Posted on 30 Nov 2017 by samuel
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