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Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, November 27

Peter Sedgley, Polaris, oil on canvas, dated Berlin 1972, 6ft 4in (2m) square.

Estimate: €9000

Hammer: €34,000 (£31,000)

Kings Russell, London, December 1

Large Hindu gilt bronze of Pirani, 17in (43cm) high.

Estimate: £300-500

Hammer: £21,500

Great Western Auctions, Glasgow, November 26

Scottish school 17th century portrait of Elizabeth Arthur (d.1657) probably painted at the time of her marriage to George Waddell, oil on canvas, 2ft 2in x 21in (65 x 54cm).

Estimate: £500-700

Hammer: £9500


Reeman Dansie, Colchester, timed sale that ended on November 29

Soviet porcelain plate, 9in (22cm), painted in sepia with two soldiers from the ‘Russo-German War’, imperial cypher of Nicholas II dated 1915, an overglaze blue hammer and sickle mark dated 1921 plus a Cyrillic inscription.

Estimate: £500-700

Hammer: £21,000

Martel Maides, St Peter Port, Guernsey, November 25-26

Victorian taxidermy case of New Guinean birds, including a magnificent riflebird, a greater bird of paradise, a magnificent bird of paradise and three other species.

Estimate: £150-200

Hammer: £4800

Gardiner Houlgate, Corsham, November 26

Long boarded oak coffer, probably 16th century and dated 1527, with multiple arcaded carved front, 6ft 8in (2m) long, ex Abbey House, Malmesbury.

Estimate: £600-1000

Hammer: £14,500

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for November 26- December 2, 2020. ‘Highest multiple over top estimate’ = Our selection of items from the top 20 highest hammer prices as a multiple of the high estimate paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com 'Top selling lots’ = Our selection of items from the top 20 highest hammer prices paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com