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Morphets, Harrogate, October 29

First edition of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, six volumes, 1776-88.

Estimate: £3000-5000

Hammer: £9500

Roseberys, London, November 4

Untitled group of bronze figures standing on a circular slate plinth by Rowan Gillespie (b.1953), signed and dated 1990, 19in (48cm) high, inscribed Bank of Ireland R.T.E.

Estimate: £1000-2000

Hammer: £7000

Rob Michiels Auctions, Bruges, November 1

A polychrome Dutch maiolica dish with a fruit tazza, dating from the first half of the 17th century, 10¼in (26cm) in diameter. A related example is in Museum Rotterdam.

Estimate: €4000-8000

Hammer: €13,500 (£12,230)


Wessex Auction Rooms, Chippenham, November 31

Nineteenth century oak double bedstead, part of a complete bridal suite (other sections offered as separate lots), heavily carved throughout including foliate details with barley-twist columns.

Estimate: £50-80

Hammer: £1300

Bonhams, London, November 2

A famille verte square-section tapering ‘landscape’ vase catalogued as Kangxi and with provenance, 19in (48cm) high.

Estimate: £1000-1500

Hammer: £17,000

Auction Antiques, Exeter, October 29

A set of early 20th century bagpipes with original chanter and sterling silver mounts. Maker’s mark PH for Peter Henderson, Glasgow 1909.

Estimate: £60-80

Hammer: £4200

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for October 29 to November 4, 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