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International Autograph Auctions, Malaga, December 3

Series of 23 letters (78 pages) written by William Pitt the Younger to William Wilberforce covering religion, war, and the slave trade.

Estimate: £15,000-20,000

Hammer: £18,500

The Rostrum, Roughton, Norfolk, December 2

Large Scottish silver flagon chased with battle scenes and heraldic lion finial, 21in (52cm) high, Marshall and Sons, Edinburgh, 1883.

Estimate: £15,000-20,000

Hammer: £14,600

Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, December 7

Standing figure by Keith Vaughan (1912-77) signed, dated and inscribed for January 1960, pastel, crayon, watercolour and bodycolour, 19 x 15in (47 x 38cm).

Estimate: £5000-8000

Hammer: £12,500


Ewbank’s, Send, Surrey, December 2

Pastel, watercolour and charcoal on paper of embracing couple in the manner of Floris Arntzenius (1864-1925), signed lower right with label verso for The Goupil Gallery, Boussod, 2ft 3in x 16in (68 x 39cm).

Estimate: £200-300

Hammer: £10,000

Mitchells, Cockermouth, December 2

Orientalist School watercolour of a young girl signed for Horace Van Ruith (1839-1923), 19 x 13in (48 x 34cm).

Estimate: £30-50

Hammer: £3000

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Taunton, December 2

Oak single door cupboard with linenfold panels, possibly 16th century, 3ft 6in (96cm) wide.

Estimate: £30-50

Hammer: £4000

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for December 2-8, 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