August 2018: News From Stroud Auction Rooms

July 30 2018

TWO Dallmeyer London camera lenses were thrust into the spotlight by eager bidders at Stroud Auction Rooms' July sale.

Topping the list of highest selling lots were a Super-Six lens with cap in original box marked 'Dallcoated', which made £7,100, while a Super-Six anagstigmat lens in box sold for £5,800.

The lenses were spotted in a seemingly unremarkable mixed lot by eagle-eyed auctioneer Mark Rozelaar.  The specialist section remained picture perfect with two Hasselblad medium format cameras with Carl Zeiss Planar lenses each selling for £550.

The real star of the show was ephemera. A quantity of issues of Londona Oz Magazine made £2,000, while a collection of rock concert related items including handbills, tickets, flyers and drum sticks sold for £1,800 and a large collection of mainly 1960/70s sheet music achieved a respectable £1,100. A collection of Jimi Hendrix posters went under the hammer for £800, as did a David Bowie advertising poster; while a large collection of 1960s magazines including Roxy, Valentine and Boyfriend sold for £750; a collection of Rolling Stones autographs (£600), and a quantity of Beatles and related sheet music (£550).

Almost all the lots in the specialist stamp section sold and stamp expert David Lord noted a strong demand across the board. Individual country sections proved popular with albums from China realising £500; Switzerland £320 and France £280. Machin collections remain sought-after with two achieving £600 and £380. An interesting highlight were four stockbooks of early European and South American stamps, including many potentially rare stamps, which achieved prices ranging from £700-£300. David is now accepting entries for the next stamp sale in October.

Retro furniture is in demand and an Ercol Giraffe light elm room divider sold for £600; but good quality traditional items still make the money and an 18th/19thC oak four plank refectory table, a 19thC carved oak cherub holding a platter on square carved base and a 19thC Coalbrookdale cast iron fern design garden bench each sold for £550. However, the emphasis is on quality and condition.

There was a lot of interest in a c1950 American VMC Vendorlator refrigerator vending machine with 'Drink Coca-Cola, Delicious and Refreshing' decal above a lever operated mechanism, which eventually sold for £800.

The next auction will be on August 8, 9 and 10 when weapons, militaria, sporting, taxidermy, toys and Asian art will be among the specialist sections. There is already much interest in 500-plus lots of uniforms and accessories, belonging to an ancient family and dating from the early 19th century. The collection, which ranges from full dress uniforms to military hats, belts and buttons, had been lying untouched in trunks for more than 150 years. Also consigned are over 500 lots of toys including some immaculate boxed Dinky/Corgi toys and a Mercedes child's car, which was discovered in a barn. Viewing will be on Tuesday, August 7 (10am-7pm and from 9am on sale days).

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