Presenter Tim Wonnacott and antiques experts Kate Bliss and David Harper joined medal winning stars of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to watch items go under the hammer at Lincolnshire auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer on Wednesday, October 17.
In the special celebrity show, the red team, modern pentathelete silver medallist Samantha Murray and gold medal winning rower Helen Glover, competed against the blue team, Taekwondo bronze medal winner Lutalo Muhammed and silver medal winner equestrian star Lee Pearson. Auctioneer John Leatt said: "The contestants were treated to the full Bargain Hunt experience with a day at an antique fair to choose their items with the experts and then a visit to an auction to see how the items fared.
"There was a great atmosphere at the sale with the auction rooms packed with buyers and strong bids for the Children in Need lots especially." As well as lots chosen by the teams, various items of signed Olympic, Paralympic and Bargain Hunt memorabilia were auctioned along with a lemon drizzle cake with a Pudsey Bear on top made by Golding Young & Mawer's auctioneer and jewellery expert Jan Squires. Viewers can see the results of the competition when the programme is broadcast at 12.15pm on Friday November 16 before the Children in Need telethon. Elsewhere in the sale, highlights of a strong clock section included a late 19th century German Biedermeier month going regulator clock in a walnut case with white enamel dial which sold for £2,000.
A 19th century three-dial clock, calendar, barometerand thermometer combination set within a shaped polished slate case which made £1,200, well over its£400 to £600 estimate. Three longcase clocks made good prices in the sale. An early 19th century
oak longcase clock with a circular painted dial marked 'Saml. Afhton (sic) Ashbourn' sold for £850 against a £350 to £450 estimate and a 19th century flamed mahogany longcase clock with a painted dial marked 'Shepperley and Pearce, Nottingham' made £550. A 19th century flamed mahogany longcase clock featuring a dial painted with equestrian scenes and marked 'J. Schwarer, Sheffield' made £350.
Among the furniture, an early 19th century mahogany inverted breakfront bookcase in the manner of Henry Holland sold for £1,200, well over its £400 to £600 estimate and a late 19th century rosewood and marquetry envelope card table on square tapering legs made £600 against an estimate of £300 to £500. An Edwardian mahogany and marquetry breakfront display cabinet with an estimate of £250 to £300 sold for £800.
Two items from a house clearance in the Lincolnshire Wolds made good prices in the sale. A Longwy oval jardinière with a wandering dragon and floral decoration sold to a French collector bidding on the Internet for £900, well over its £100 to £200 estimate, and an iridescent green and orange glass vase in the manner of Loetz sold for £500, well above its £100 to £150 estimate. The sale also included a collection of 15 radios dating from the 1930s and later including an Ekco radio in a circular Bakelite case which sold for £300. The next Fine Art and Collective Sales will be held at the Grantham auction rooms on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8 and the Lincoln auction rooms on Wednesday, November 21.
For more information about sales at Golding Young & Mawer log-on to www.goldingyoung.com or phone the Grantham saleroom on (01476) 565118 or the Lincoln saleroom on (01522) 524984.