Amazing June 2016 sales at Ottery Auction Rooms

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

Single owner collection of stationary engines made over £11,000


Stationary engine realized £1050

Stationary engine realized £1050


Mid 20th century Chinese fan made £2700

Mid 20th century Chinese fan made £2700


Great sales at Ottery Auction Rooms

Our clients have been seeing some great sale prices for their items recently and below are some examples of the items and final sale prices:

Rare Maori Hei Tiki
realised £1800 plus premium


Lalique car mascot (with damage)
realised £680 plus premium


Unusual Grover & Baker Sewing machine
realised £900


Vintage Massey Ferguson tractor
made £1300 plus premium


Shelley Phlox pattern tea set
realised £190


An unusual Patented self righting chess set
made £550


French Majolica Cockerel by Hautin & Boulanger (with damages)
realised £650



March 3rd Bargain Hunt at Ottery Auctions

BBC  Back at Ottery Auction Rooms

Ottery Auction Rooms on the Finnimore Industrial Estate in the heart of Ottery St Mary will once again roll out the red carpet for the BBC as Bargain Hunt will be filming at the auction house on the viewing day on Wednesday March 2nd and on the sale day itself on Thursday March 3rd .Auctioneer David Sumner was very excited to have them back again albeit with a different show. “I think it was the cream cakes, copious cups of tea and the warm welcome is what drew them back rather than my face” he joked, “ I never got the call from Hollywood after the last time!”.
 It is shaping up to be an interesting auction with three famous familiar BBC experts bringing their charm and wit to the local auction room. David has not been told yet who they are so you will all have to wait and see, better still come down to the sale on the view day or sale day and you may even get on the television. The auction rooms will accepting vintage and antique items up until mid-February so it could be possible to have you items in shot on the television and if they are exceptional they may even do a piece just on your item so bring your weird and wonderful collectables and antiques down to the saleroom to have them valued and potentially filmed.
Please note that the sale is on a Thursday not the usual Saturday so make a date in your diary.

Damien Hirst Sketch

An original dedicated sketch by one the most famous and iconic late 20th century artists, Damien Hirst will be sold at Ottery Auction Rooms on 16th January 2014. This cartoon was gifted to the housekeeper at Chanters House, Lord Coleridge's residence and also exclusive bed and breakfast, when Hirst came to watch the famous Ottery St Mary Tar barrels back in 2001. The gift was for making Hirst feel at home and cooking him breakfast in bed after a late night.

Featured Item

One of a folio of Chinese paintings on paper

Realized £2500 plus premium

Ottery Auction Rooms Looks to the East

Ottery Auction Rooms had over 900 lots in their last Antique and Fine Art Sale at the Finnimore Industrial Estate Auction Rooms. There were interesting and quirky items from all over the world things. It is the burgeoning economy of China that is producing dividends with approx. 100 lots of Chinese ceramics, glass. paintings, weaponry and silk works being fiercely contested with bidders in the room, on telephones and on the internet. Some of these items were sold directly to China via the live internet bidding service offered by Ottery Auction Rooms and some items bought by Chinese runners who will take their purchases back to their employers in Mainland China and Hong Kong and some items went into the hands of English collectors.

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