AUCTION Round up
AROUND the HOUSES
Recent sales include a new world auction record for a British military Victoria Cross, selling for £420,000
CHORLEY’S GLOUCESTERSHIRE An early 20th-century photo album of everyday life in the Chinese city of Wuhan sold for more than five times its presale estimate of £200-£300 to fetch £1,700 at the Prinknash Abbey Park auctioneers.
The historical document captured the people, buildings and landscape of Hankow, one of the three towns that merged in the 1920s to form the modern-day city.
Auctioneer Thomas Jenner-Fust said: “We see colonial buildings, views of the Chinese city, racegoers crowding the racecourse and the flooded streets, perhaps from the floods of 1931.”
The portrait of Henry VIII sold for 10 times its high estmate in Gloucestershire
At the same sale a portrait of Tudor monarch Henry VIII sold for £8,500, far exceeding its estimate of £500-£800.
The oil on oak panel portrait is attributed to a follower of Hans Holbein the Younger, the German painter and printmaker who is considered to be one of the finest portrait artists of the northern Renaissance.
The images showed life in early 20th-century Hankow, including a day at the races
The traditional architecture of Hankow became part of modern-day
DIX NOONAN WEBB, LONDON The Mayfair auctioneers set a new world auction record for the sale of a British military Victoria Cross when it fetched £420,000 at a recent sale.
The VC medal was awarded for the capture and defence of Thobal,
The 1891 ‘Capture and Defence of Thobal’ group of five medals, which had a pre-sale estimate of £300,000£400,000, was awarded to 30-year-old Scotsman Lieutenant, Charles James William Grant, dubbed the ‘Hero of Manipur’.
Medals expert, Mark Quayle, said: “Grant’s storming of the defences at Thobal was remarkable in itself, but the subsequent defence of that place for eight days with just 80 men, made up of 40 Ghurkas and 40 Punjabi troops, against an estimated 2,000 of the enemy is a feat that probably ranks alongside Rorke’s Drift in the history of famous defences against overwhelming odds.”
Grant joined the Madras Staff Corps in 1884 and had a long military career before retiring to Devon where he died aged 71.
BELLMANS, SUSSEX Women artists performed well at the Wisborough Green auctioneer’s recent sale, with Mary Fedden’s (19152012) Picnic on the Beach selling for close to double its high estimate to hammer at £4,800, while a 1995 work Ermione fetched £3,500 against an estimate of £1,500 to £2,500. Elsewhere, a 1944 painting of a pub called The Jolly Farmer, Farnham by Barbara Jones (1912-1978) smashed its £200 low estimate to sell for £5,500. Five designs for red dresses by British fashion designer, portraitist and painter, Cecil Beaton (19041980) sold for £4,000 against a £1,000 estimate. His designs for Violet in the 1948 play The Return of the Prodigal, made £1,100, against an estimate of £300.
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) created the striking designs between
1927 and 1967
Mary Sedden’s painting
Picnic on the Beach sold for
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