AUCTION Round up
BISHOP & MILLER, SUFFOLK A 71-piece, single-owner collection of paintings by the Londonborn artist Sigmund Pollitzer (1913-1982) went under the hammer at the Stowmarket auctioneer’s recent sale.
Works included oils, watercolours, pen and wash, with subjects ranging from classical architecture and Roman statuary, to still-lifes, nudes and landscapes.
Many of the paintings featured Roman statues and busts
The leading lots included a 1972 oil on canvas of a Roman, estimated at £150 to £250, which sold for £420, and a 1970 oil of a Roman bust, estimated at £200 to £300, whch hammered at £360.
London born, Pollitzer went to Germany aged 17 to study art and architecture and was much influenced by contemporary art, especially the Bauhaus. After returning to the UK he worked as an architectural draughtsman before becoming chief designer at Pilkington Glass where he was responsible for engraved and etched architectural glass for numerous public buildings and ocean liners, including the Queen Mary.
RICHARD WINTERTON, STAFFORDSHIRE Soldiers’ letters sent during the American Civil War sold for £550 at the Lichfield auctioneers. One letter, dated October 17, 1862, was headed with an eagle taking off holding the ‘Stars and Stripes’ while shredding a Confederate ‘Stars and Bars’ version of the flag.
Letters sent by soldiers during the American Civil War were historically inter-
The letter’s author wrote: ‘The captain is at home he has lost his right arm and (the) lieutenant is at Washington sick and they think he won’t never be back to take command so we are left without a commissioned officer.’ The auction house’s stamps specialist, Phil Ives, said: “The covers used by the Confederate soldiers were not produced by the US postal authorities. They were relatively crude and, of course, only used for a short period.” Elsewhere from the same single-owner collection, an assortment of stamps from Great Britain, including five Penny Blacks of which three had four good margins, fetched £1,050; while a collection of Commonwealth stamps across four volumes made £1,400.
CATHERINE SOUTHON, SURREY A diamond necklace of 46 brilliant-cut diamond collets weighing an estimated 25 carats, sold for £22,000 at the auction house’s recent sale against a low estimate of £15,000. Consigned by a local family, the necklace was bought by a member of the UK trade.
Footballer Paul Gascoigne wore the unwashed kit during Euro ‘96
Another of the sale’s high-scorers was a pair of unwashed shorts and socks worn by the footballer Paul Gascoigne during the England team’s 4-1 victory over the Netherlands at Euro ’96. The kit, with Adidas Predator boots, with ‘Gazza’ embroidered on the tongues, sold for £4,000 (against an estimate of £800) to a Far Eastern buyer.
The diamond necklace was consigned by a local family
ELSTOB & ELSTOB, NORTH YORKSHIRE A collection of wartime love letters and photographs revealing the highs and lows of life in a WWI German POW sold for £550 at the Ripon auctioneers.
The letters were sent by Second Lieutenant Clarence Banyon Pickyard to his Hartlepool sweetheart Gwen Johnson during his incarceration in Schweidnitz camp in Eastern Germany from June to October 1918.
The photographs in the collection captured the colourful antics of the soldiers’ amateur dramatic group and highlighted the efforts they put into staging productions.
The lot also came with a WWI British war medal and the Victory medal engraved 2 Lieut. C.B Pickard, both with ribbons and contained in original box.
The letters and photographs gave an insight into life in a WWI German
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