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Sales make a happy new year

If two of the very first auctions of 2018 are an indicator, the outlook is promising

Two of the first sales of 2018 suggest that toasts to the future can be drunk from half-full, rather than half-empty, Georgian rummers.

The sale at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) at Salisbury on January 10, a traditional season opener, resulted in 85% of the 700 lots selling to a total just over £504,000 – but with occasional sticky areas among the furniture and longcases.

Meanwhile, the enthusiasm for affordable antiques was never more evident than at Lincoln’s Unique Auctions, where on New Year’s Day itself more than 1600 bidders took part in an 11-hour auction marathon (see page 14).

Longcase leads

Against the current grain it was a longcase clock which led the day in Salisbury. This was the illustrated 7ft 8in (2.03m) tall William and Mary walnut longcase clock with a long-duration movement signed Gulielmus Clement Londini Fecit.

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