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Collection casts a spell on bidders

Warehouse hoard amassed by vendor over more than 20 years is hailed as a magical mix

Billed as a collection, possibly better described as a hoard, the contents of boxes stored in warehouse units were “the magic ingredients for auction goers” according to Dreweatts’ deputy chairman James Nicholson.

Fresh to market, having been stored for 20 years and more, the extraordinary range of items – from academic antiquities to top-name 20th century luxury items via the occasional two-figure collectable – were offered by Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) at Donnington Priory on January 23-25.

“We are beyond thrilled with the results,” said Nicholson after international bidding brought a hammer total just shy of £950,000 – 50% more than the top estimate – for the 745-lot sale, 95% of which sold.

The vendor had begun his 30-year acquisition campaign in the ’70s, giving rise to a belief he was from the Middle East. Although Nicholson credited him with a discerning eye, it seems he did not use it much to dwell on his purchases, many of which still had their original auction wrapping on when they came to be sold.

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