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A Swell sale under new ownership

Skeaping sculpture record crowns £930,000 ‘selected contents’ auction in post-Gibbons era

“I’m enjoying quite a honeymoon period,” said Mark Law, new joint owner of Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium). He took on the day-to-day running of the Newbury auctioneers on May 9 ahead of taking over formally with investor partner Gavin Alexander later this summer.

First came the £656,000 Asian specialist sale on May 16 (see ATG No 2296). Then followed the May 24 sale of the ‘selected contents’ of the Cotswolds country house Abbotswood, the most eagerly anticipated inheritance from the previous Stanley Gibbons regime.

“There was variety and quality on offer,” enthused Law. “The weather was fine, the room was crowded and the atmosphere was great – an old-fashioned country house sale.”

A property has stood on the site overlooking the Swell since the 13th century. In the last two centuries the house has been owned by those with an interest in preserving the architecture, gardens and (particularly the last owner) in furnishing it with fine material.

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