Monday, June 14, 2010

A foray to London Auctions

We've been in England this past week and just had to go back to some of our favorite auction haunts for inspiration.

Lots Road is full of finds and bargains (and some junk).  I found these two lots very interesting.

The objects above on the left are a pair of windows that someone put mirrored glass in to. They would be terrific in an area without windows to give the effect of a more open space. Or they would be wonderful graphic decoration behind a sofa. They sold for 1,600 British pounds ($2,360), which was over the high estimate of 1,000 British pounds. I guess a number of bidders thought they were worth it as well.

The six deco style chairs on the right above were in a very smart red leather with black wood trim. I thought they were a bargain with an estimate of 300 - 600 British pounds ($440 - $880). They didn't sell which usually mean that their was a minimum reserve that wasn't met.

We also went to the Christie's Interiors auction review in South Kensington. We always find the equivalent auction in New York offering very good decorative items. They had a number of round tables, which are great in entrance hallways (if you have one big enough) or if you space is on the small side, they make good dining tables (see blog posting of May 21st).

This Regency rosewood  table sold for well above the estimate which was 800 - 1,200 British pounds. It sold for the equivalent of $4,720.

My favorite find, however, is this one. I have never run in to this before and doubt I will again. 

If you haven't guessed yet, this is a Vampire killing kit! Not sure what you do with it exactly unless you have a haunted house. Amazingly, this sold for $8,700, off an estimate of $1,900 - $2,700.

If you have any interesting and/or strange auction finds, send them in!

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