In our December 12th & 13th
A Record Player that belonged to Elvis Presley...
This wonderful piece of popular music heritage, a ‘Perpetuum Ebner Musical 5v Luxus’ was owned by Presley during the early part of his army service in Germany. It is an incredibly rare collectors item with a wonderful history. Please contact our offices for full details of it's story and how it came to Cornwall. Elvis remains to this day one of the most iconic and influential artists of the twentieth century and we expect there to be much international interest.
In excellent used condition. Inherited by the present owner from his wife, who was given it in person by Elvis Presley in 1959.
Also in the sale: The Hickman Collection
This extraordinary collection of Blue and White numbers over 500 pieces and includes some fascinating rarieties. Pictured above is one of the rarest, a simple Swansea-made mug, depicting St Michael's Mount.
A fabulous piece of Equestian History
Standing at an imposing 70cm tall (that’s over two feet!) and made entirely from silver, this impressive trophy was presented to the winner of the Liverpool Spring Cup in 1903. This was a flat race, run during the three-day spring meet at Aintree, which included the Grand National. The winners name, engraved on the cup was ‘Fighting Furley’ and we know he ended his days in Australia, put out to stud at twelve guineas a mare, lucky chap...
Recently, Fine Art Sale November 7th
We had an excellent selection of fine paintings in our next art sale, this attractive still life by Bryan Pearce (Lot 520 above) being one of several works by the artist in the sale. Sold for £8000
Lot 470 above, a large oil by Henry Scott Tuke, Sold for £9,800. Below: Lot 471, a very fine oil by Thomas Sidney Cooper, sold for £2,200.
The Carwinion Garden Sale,
On 19th October we held a very successful garden sale at Carwinion in Mawnan Smith. There were buyers from some of the county’s most famous gardens. It was as much a social event as a serious horticultural gathering. A great success for our client Jane Rogers, but also poignant, as she was giving up the home that her late husband’s family had occupied for generations.
Other Recent News....
This particularly fine Bryan Pearce painting of St Ives harbour sold for £27,000 in our August 8th Fine Art Auction.
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From the Pendarves Archive Auction Part II This beautiful sketch book by Luttrell Wynne soared from the opening bid of £2,000 to finally sell for a staggering £23,000 in our June auction of papers & manuscripts from the Pendarves Estate of Camborne.
Ram Kumar 'The City'
This wonderful, major work from one of India's most celebrated artists was brought in to David Lay's by a Devon dealer. Painted in the 1950's, it had lain undiscovered in Devon for many years. After a well publicised viewing at a specialist London dealers during Asian Art Week, it was auctioned in our 2010 July Art Sale. Hectic bidding on 14 telephone lines saw the painting finally sell for a staggering £170,000.
This altar piece, in the form of a Tibetan Stupa sold for an incredible £25,000 in our 2011 December Antiques Sale.
It was sold on behalf of a mid-Cornwall vendor and was being used as part of a table lamp! Clearly damaged and incomplete, an estimate was given of £400 - 600.
With frantic bidding online and on the telephones, the piece eventually sold to a specialist, London based dealer.