On Sunday May 20 Mossgreen Auctions sold a collection of art antiques owned by Thomas Hamel, an award-winning interior designer, and Martyn Cook, an internationally renowned antique and fine art dealer.
Described by the auction house as “one of the biggest and most spectacular auctions of recent times”, the sale was a huge success bringing in a total of $2.07 million including buyers premium and achieving 92% sold by lot.
Although the total low estimate of the sale was $1.276 million, part 2 sold without reserve making the final figures difficult to analyse. However, according to Mossgreen, the total sale price would be above the full pre-sale estimated value of the collection based on conservative market estimates
Paul Sumner, Director of Mossgreen Auctions, commented that: “It was an amazing result and showed a rare strength in the market for fine furniture and European art that we have not seen for a long time”.
The highlight of the sale was a Warhol screen print of Mick Jagger which sold for several times the $15,000 high estimate topping out at $56,120 and achieving the highest price of the sale.
Lot 116, a superb and very rare Louis XV ormolu and rock crystal nine-light chandelier, achieved the second highest price of the sale with a final price of $53,680.
A rare set of four mid 18th century Italian Louis XV period Rococo chairs selling as lot 38 were the subject of competitive bidding which resulted in a high price of $46,360 against an estimate of $10,000 - $15,000.
Two late 19th century, fine Japanese Kano School five-fold screens depicting cranes in a landscape experienced considerable interest and sold for $20,740 and $19,520 respectively against the same estimate of $5,000 - $8,000.
Lot 88, an unusual oil on canvas painting by S.R. Robertson depicting a hard feathered Show Bantam fully mounted together with assorted medals dated 1924-48 awarded to C. R. Thompson for Robert and other birds, was one of the biggest surprises of the sale bringing in a total of $14,640.00 against the $2,000 - $4,000 estimate.
Other highlights included lot 127, a George III mahogany pedestal Dining Table, English, circa 1800 and later, that sold for $36,600 against an estimate of $12,000 - $18,000 and lot 132, a pair of silver-gilt cast four light Candelabra after Paul de Lamerie, marked Garrard & Co. Ltd., London 1975, which reached $31,720 against an estimate of $25,000 - $35,000.
The full catalogue of results can be seen here