Ottery Auction Rooms on the Finnimore Industrial Estate in the heart of beautiful Ottery St Mary has proved again that it is the selling place for the eclectic and obscure. On Saturday 9th July a single owner collection of stationary engines went under the hammer with prices exceeding £1000 for some of the rarer machines and the total realizing over £11,000.
The sale attracted buyers from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire even Lithuania as well as closer to home. Ottery Auction Rooms has always delighted in selling the weird and wonderful and this sale was no exception. David Sumner, the auctioneer commented “we had an international clientele for these engines and they came out of the woodwork to bid for these treasures. Men and women in oily overalls battled against each other for this prized collection and it was lovely to think that all of these engines were going to loving homes to be restored to their former glory.
The previous owner would have been delighted that his lifetime’s enthusiasm for these country by-gones have now been passed onto the next generation to be cared for.”
Other treasures recently sold include a 20th century Chinese fan that realized £2700 plus buyers premium, and a suite of furniture by 20th century designer Makepeace that made £780 which demonstrates the market is not just for the old but also for the relatively new. The price of gold is burgeoning as we speak and this is demonstrated in the price of jewellery, coins, silver and bullion.
Single owner collection of stationary engines made over £11,000
Stationary engine realized £1050
Mid 20th century Chinese fan made £2700