AUCTION Sales round up
The boot cupboard set an auction record for a piece by the Cotswold
Bishop & Miller, Stowmarket A Henry VIII joined oak aumbry, or livery cupboard, was the top seller at the Suffolk auctioneer’s recent period oak sale when it achieved £49,200, more than double its low estimate of £20,00.
The secretaire made by Edward Barnsley, dated
1933, sold for
AROUND the HOUSES
Jewellery fared well in recent sales, along with a museum-quality aumbry and a record-setting Lowry print
Dated c. 1520, the rarity and status of the cupboard is apparent by the presence of drawers which were rare in late 15th to early 16th-century English furniture. The cupboard is illustrated in Percy Macquoid’s 1925 seminal book, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Oak.
A 19th-century pub sign reminding customers not to ask for credit, with a low estimate of £500, sold for £6,500 at the same sale. The sign, which came from The Wild Man in Sproughton, Suffolk, read: Customers Came and I Did Trust Them, So I Lost my Liquor and Their Custom, To Lose Them Both it Grieves Me Sore, So I am Resolved to Trust no More.
Drawers on a cupboard of this date proves the status of its owner
The pub sign reminds customers not to ask for credit
Lyon & Turnbull, Glasgow A boot and shoe cupboard set an auction record for the Cotswold School designer Edward Barnsley (1900-1987) when it kicked its estimate of £2,000-£3,000 into touch before selling for £30,000 at the Scottish auction house.
Made in walnut, inlaid with ebony and sycamore, it was commissioned by Anthony Minoprio who paid £161.10 for it in 1952.
From the same collection, a writing cabinet fashioned in Indian rosewood, inlaid with sycamore and ebony with a walnut interior, sold for £22,500, against a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.
The same price was awarded an oak and walnut kitchen dresser of a similar date that had once belonged to Herbert Simon (18981974), the industrial archaeologist and rail enthusiast who turned the Kynoch Press into one of Britain’s leading fine printing houses.
A oak and walnut kitchen dresser by the same maker also sold for
Heritage Auctions, Dallas The original artwork of SpiderMan donning his black costume for the first time sold for $3.36m at the Texan auction house, setting a new record for comic book art.
Artist Mike Zeck’s handdrawn black-and-white art for Page 25 of 1984’s Secret Wars No. 8 issue sold for 10 times its pre-auction estimate of $330,000, smashing the previous record ($657,000) for comic book art – held by the artwork from a 1974 issue of The Incredible Hulk that introduced Wolverine.
The page featured Zeck’s original drawing before it was coloured-in and mass-produced for the comic book itself.
Auctioneer Joe Mannarino, said: “The result proves what we’ve long been saying: comic book art is as beloved and valuable as anything put on canvas.”
The original illustration set a new record for comic book art
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