A mixture of Paintings, Asian Art and Cars were the top sellers at the Anderson & Garland Spring Fine Art sale in Newcastle, with huge interest generated online from international buyers.
The Millar painting, 'The Journey Home', was the highest priced artwork in the sale, selling for £13,500. The oil painting had been part of Millar’s acclaimed 'Working Man' exhibition at Newcastle’s Hancock Museum in 2011 and was sold to a local collector.
A fine selection of works by Norman Cornish created phenomenal interest from bidders. The highest price paid was for 'The Chip Shop on the Corner', which sold for £9,400, and had originally been bought by the vendor from Cornish’s agent at the Stone Gallery in Newcastle in the 1960s. Next highest was the pastel and charcoal drawing 'Dene Bridge Row, Chilton', which sold for £8,000.
Anderson & Garland art expert, John Anderson, said: “Local collectors were here in some numbers outbidding determined competition from the internet. Cornish has recently become more popular in London where a major gallery has been promoting him but the market still seems to be largely here. But for once, the pupil seems to have bested the master in that Alexander Millar doesn’t make any secret of the influence Cornish has on him. The Journey Home is a major masterpiece and a lot of people remember the Millar exhibition at the Hancock.”
Other highlights of the sale included a Ziegler Mahal antique carpet, decorated with bold floral designs and consigned for sale from a Northumberland stately home. It sold for more than six times its estimate at £7400, bidders obviously not being deterred by its fairly worn condition.
Despite antique furniture’s current dip in popularity, an ornate Napoleon III ebonized and inlaid breakfront credenza also sold extremely well for £6200.
Julian Thomson, director at Anderson and Garland said: “There were some excellent results across all departments. A 1930s Reutter Atmos clock made in France went under the hammer for £4500, a pleasant surprise and strong outcome for this early forerunner, the style of which became very popular in later years"
He also commented "The internet played a big part in this sale, with buyers from across Europe, Australia, the US and the Far East all bidding. In all, 37.5% of the lots were sold to online buyers and only 100 of the 1,323 lots in the sale did not receive online bids"
Anderson & Garland auctioneer Fred Wyrley-Birch said: “The internet once again proved its worth in creating a market worldwide. Asian buyers were out in force again after easing off at the end of last year when they were unsure about the economic situation. A Chinese cloisonné box sold for £10,000 after we spotted it in a consignment from a Northumberland home. We also sold a rare Chinese carved soapstone panel for £5,800, and amber was once again very popular with Chinese buyers, with a single row of beads selling for £2,500.”
Another notable consignment for the sale was a coin collection from Berwick, which featured a piece dating to before the Norman Conquest. The coins, split into 57 lots, more than doubled their original estimate of £15,000 and sold for a combined £32,000.
A rare first edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker, dating to 1897 and featuring thicker paper and no adverts in the back, sold for £2,000. It was their second recent successful sale of a first edition of the horror classic.
A Lexus 4x4 SUV Hybrid sold for £18,200, which ultimately proved to be the best price of the sale; and a 'modern classic' Jaguar XJ8 executive saloon with fewer than 15,000 miles on the clock sold for £8,500.
Buyers’ appetites also remained strong for jewellery and watches, with diamond rings and bangles going under the hammer for £3,000 and a Rolex Chronometer watch selling for more than £2,000.
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