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Auction News June 25, 2021

International and local bidders help Welsh hall auction hit record prices

Significant global interest in the sale of items from an historic Welsh hall saw prices rally during an online auction last week.

The online sale by Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd and Welshpool Livestock Sales of items from Fronfelen Hall, Gwynedd, included a chair used in the 1968 investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales. It reached £420 from a bidder in Texas, USA.

But it was an oil painting by William Strutt (1825-1915) which rocketed from a guide price of between £3,000 and £5,000 to a final sale of £10,800 that made a record sale.

Tony Evans, a Partner at MMP/NL and WLS said: “There was significant interest in the oil painting from five different bidders in Australia where Strutt moved to and married from the UK. But the winning bidder was in Windsor, UK.

“Our online auctions have been pulling in bidders from across the world, in addition to local bidders. We had bids from as far as Sweden, Singapore, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, the United States, and more.”

Strong interest in silver items

Silver items in the sale received significant interest. An 1844 Nathanial Mills silver card case with a guide price of between £300 and £400 reached a staggering £4,150.

“There’s a lot of interest in silver items at the moment and this came through at the auction with most items selling above their guide price. We’ll have more silver coming into our next collective auction in July,” said Nick Hyne of WLS.

The items from the hall at Corris, Gwynedd, range from original paintings to antique furniture, including the investiture chair.

Fronfelen Hall was once part of a large estate that included several slate mines. The auction has been organised by auctioneers and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd and Welshpool Livestock Sales.

Two more auctions to be held in July

MMP/NL and WLS have two more auctions coming up in July. One of furniture from the University of Aberystwyth and another is a collective auction. Both will be held online, although viewing days will be held at both locations to allow potential bidders the chance to view items.

Two viewing days were held during the online auction at WLS, Welshpool, Powys, to allow potential bidders to see the items. They were well attended with necessary covid-19 precautions in place.

“The online auctions have pulled in interest from local people and others throughout the world. They’ve been an ideal platform during the coronavirus situation to ensure such auctions can continue for our clients,” said Mr Evans.

“We believe they are very much part of the future, providing opportunities for buyers and sellers alike.”

Full details of the Aberystwyth University and collective auctions will be published shortly.

Anyone with items for the collective auction can email for more information.


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