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Christian Hesse Auktionen, Hamburg, May 29

Elegies from the Castle of Duino by Rainer Maria Rilke, 1931, translated from the German.

Estimate: €13,000-20,000

Hammer: €42,000 (£36,400)

Wannenes Art Auctions, Genoa, May 28

French tortoiseshell wood bureau, first quarter 18th century.

Estimate: €3000-4000

Hammer: €22,000 (£19,100)

Hotlotz, Singapore, timed online sale ending May 30

Art deco-style 38ct emerald single-stone ring.

Estimate: Sin$18,000-25,000

Hammer: Sin$60,000 (£32,600)


Halls, Shrewsbury, June 2

Signal Book for the Ships of War, 1794. Printed book with manuscript notes and hand-coloured flags.

Estimate: £400-600

Hammer: £11,000

Toovey’s, Washington, West Sussex, May 27

George III needlework sampler by M Rudrum, dated 1804.

Estimate: £80-120

Hammer: £2000

Hannam’s, Selborne, Hampshire, May 26

Seventeenth century boxwood nutcracker inscribed with a poem, 2½ x 2in (6.5 x 5cm).

Estimate: £50-75

Hammer: £6000

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on for May 26-June 2, 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

‘Top selling lots’ = Our selection of items from the top 20 highest hammer prices paid by internet bidders on