People have been asking me, “So, what happened to the piano?” Well, I’m happy to report that it did find a new owner and is now living in Germany – fitting really given that the great Steinway piano manufacturing company was founded by a German immigrant to the US Henry Engelhard Steinway back in 1853. Now regarded as makers of the finest pianos in the world, they have come a long way from their humble beginnings in a Manhattan loft!
Our particular baby grand Steinway reached a very good price and finally went under the hammer for £8,000. It wasn’t the only piano in the recent Spring Catalogue Sale. We also sold a nice-looking Bechstein ebonised upright piano and several other musical instruments – all well within or above their price estimates.
In fact, the whole auction was hugely successful. Not only was it one of our largest ever sales with a staggering 654 lots but the hammer prices were particularly high, with excellent results achieved across all the sections. The jewellery did particularly well and one of the highest performing items was a two-stone diamond ring that almost doubled its starting price estimate of £1,200 and went for £2,100.
One of the things I love about the catalogue sales is that they often showcase objects that hark back to a bygone era when things were done differently and certain gentilities were upheld. Some of my favourites from the last collection were a striking set of six George V menu card holders; each one encasing a different fishing fly and housed in an exquisite gilt-tooled leather silk-lined case. There was also a late Victorian, cased silver-handled lady’s gloves and shoes accessories set that contained a shoe horn, ivory glove-stretchers and two button hooks; and a silver and ivory handled crumb scoop.
Talking of interesting collections, we are now gathering items for our annual country sports sale, which forms part of the Antiques and Interiors auction on Thursday 29 March. So if you have any old pieces of sporting memorabilia that are gathering dust or even paintings depicting country pursuits, then please consider bringing them forward for sale. We are always happy to advise on individual items and offer a free valuation service.