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Just like the old saleroom days

Whiff of nostalgia in Cambridge as renowned dealer’s large collection leads the way

A CROWDED room at a country auction, bids ranging from £20 to £70,000 and a large consignment from something of a trade legend. They don’t make them like that any more.

Actually, although such sales may come along less often than before, come along they do. The fine art sale at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) at Cambridge on November 30-December 1 is a case in point.

“Quite like the old days with a buzz in the room as well as all the online and phone bids,” said auctioneer Jonathan Law, looking back on his best sale of the year. Ninety per cent of the 1100 lots found buyers notching up a total just shy of £1.4m.

Providing nearly a third of the total were the 275 lots from the collection of renowned dealer Eila Grahame.

Many a connoisseur will have fond memories of her shop in Kensington Church Street which Miss Grahame opened at the age of 34 in 1969 and ran until her death seven years ago. Some less-learned shoppers may remember leaving it intimidated and wondering what they did wrong, but that’s another story.

Consigned to Cheffins were her stored stock and the contents of her London flat and Suffolk cottage – much of which hadn’t been seen for 20 years – to raise money for the Art Fund and her local country church, St Mary’s at Ufford.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.