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TOP SELLING LOTS

Stroud Auctions, August 5

Pair of James Purdey & Sons 12-bore self-opening sidelock side by side ejector shotguns, built for Lord Ramsey and presented to him on July 25, 1925.

Estimate: £6000-10,000

Hammer: £12,000

John Nicholson’s, Haslemere, August 5

Gold mounted ivory toothpick box by Stephany and Dresch with micro carved naval battle scene titled The Mediterranean Campaign of 1778.

Estimate: £2000-3000

Hammer: £9500

Elmwood’s, London, August 5

Emerald cut and step cut aquamarine and round cut diamond ‘bib’ necklace in 18ct white gold, no assay marks.

Estimate: £10,000-15,000

Hammer: £10,500

HIGHEST MULTIPLE OVER TOP ESTIMATE

Amersham Auction Rooms, August 5

George III mahogany veneered and gilt metal sarcophagus form tea casket.

Estimate: £70-100

Hammer: £2500

Gorringe’s, Lewes, August 9

English oak linenfold panel coffer, probably 16th century.

Estimate: £150-250

Hammer: £5000

Hotlotz, Singapore, online sale ending August 8

Qing or later white jade censer and cover on carved hardwood stand, 6in (14cm) wide.

Estimate: Sin$500-1000

Hammer: Sin$15,000 (£8000)

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for August 5-11, 2021. ‘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