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It came from a Spanish bidder, albeit through an intermediary, on the day’s star lot – a 19th century mahogany pull-out dining table on turned legs.

Extended, it measured 4ft 3in by 13ft (1.3m x 3.96m) and its generous proportions, evenness of colour and practicality made it a sought after lot. So pleased was the buyer with his purchase at £3000 that he is rumoured to be looking for a second example. Of course, he’ll have to look very hard before finding another auction house that still does not charge a buyer’s premium.

Furniture led the way with other strong prices including £1220 bid by the local trade for a 19th century mahogany pedestal sideboard and £860 for a pair of antique gilt-painted overmantel mirrors.

Clocks and barometers also got a look-in with a French gilt-metal mantel clock bringing £520. And in the miscellaneous section, the winning entry was a painstakingly composed scratch-built model of HMS The George, a 5ft (1.52m) long 18th century 100-gun man-of-war.

Rendells, Ashburton, Devon,
February 22-23
No buyer’s premium