We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming specialist Toy Sale on Monday 1st December. Boningtons` bi-annual toy auctions are always eagerly awaited and attract collectors from across the globe to view & bid on a vast array of Die-cast, Trains, Dolls, Teddy Bears, Lead, Plastic, Militaria, Tinplate, Constructional & Railway toys, Comics & Annuals. As usual Monday`s sale includes a fine selection of lots by notable manufacturers such as Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang & Hornby.
Highlights include a rare boxed Hornby 0 gauge electric E320 tinplate Flying Scotsman (Lot 75, £500-800), a late 19th century tinplate live steam model of a Chinese war junk (Lot 49, £500-700), a boxed Britain’s 1400 Bluebird Land speed car (Lot 400, £250-350) & a rare, c1850s, French Card Decoupage Soldier Set (Lot 414, £200-300).
We would like to thank all our clients, buyers & sellers alike, who contributed to our very successful sale of Fine Art & Antiques on Wednesday 19th November. The auction got off to a flying start with several quirky lots being knocked down for some significant sums, notably a ‘Paddy & the Pig’ mechanical bank for £1,800 & an interesting bell bearing the Dutch East India Company crest for £3,400. There was a diverse array of Asian works of art up for grabs with notable prices being achieved for everything from a Chinese gilt bronze stem cup (£3,000) to a Haunghuali Square Table (£5,000).
A strong selection of jewellery was dominated by rings, the highlight being a circa 1920s Platinum Cushion Cut Diamond Solitaire which fetched £3,200. However, the main talking point throughout viewing was a collection of taxidermy which proved to be equally popular during the auction with the standout examples, two zebras, selling for £1,300 & £1,900.
The traditional paintings yielded some notable results with two fine equestrian works by the same unidentified hand fetching a total of £2,500 & good prices were also achieved for works by George Henry Boughton (£1,800) and James Humbert Craig (£2,000). Nevertheless, it was the modern pictures which drew the most competitive bidding. A still life by the French artist Robert Chailloux set the tone, selling to an international buyer for £3,200 – one of the highest prices ever for the artist’s work at auction whilst an auction record was indeed set by a huge river landscape by the contemporary collaborators Boyd & Evans (£5,200). However, the best was still to come in the form of an oil on canvas by the Manchester artist Edith Le Breton, a friend of L S Lowry, which was knocked down for £7,800 – the highest price ever achieved for a work by the artist at auction, beating the previous record (also held by Boningtons) by over £3,000 – a reflection of the increasing demand for this type of modern British art. And there was still time for more excitement at the end of the sale as a beautiful 19th Century Kingwood, Purple Heart Walnut & Ormolu Mounted Bureau de Dame made £3,800 against an estimate of £1,200-1,800.
We are now accepting final entries for our Christmas Sale on Monday 15th December (closing Tuesday 9th December).