AUCTIONEERS ELR said the first sale to be held at the company’s new Sheffield home was a big success.
The firm, which moved to a new building in Heeley, from premises at Shalesmoor, sold two large collections at the opening sale – with 100 paintings from Museums Sheffield going under the hammer, followed by items once owned by a drug dealer and sold on behalf of South Yorkshire Police.
The premises were opened by Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson, and the sale was run by auctioneer Robert Lea.
Liz Dashper, director of ELR Auctioneers, said: “The first auction saw huge pre-sale interest.
“On behalf of Museums Sheffield, there was a large collection of 100 lots of paintings and limited edition prints, by artists such as Edward Bawden, Albert Goodwin, Mary Potter and Winifred Wilson.
“These works were formerly part of the picture loan schemes which operated prior to 1998.
“They were bought specifically for the schemes and were not part of the City’s permanent collections.
“They generated many enquiries and a number of specialist buyers commented that hammer prices on the day for many of the works realised London retail prices. Proceeds from the sale of these works will directly benefit Sheffield’s impressive visual arts collection.”
The Museums Sheffield sale raised just under £25,000.
The police auction raised more than £48,000, involving 130 items seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, from Philip Meadows, 70, jailed for nine-and-a-half years in 2008 at Doncaster Crown Court for his role in a drug dealing conspiracy.
Miss Dashper said: “Works included ivories, silver, paintings and a particularly fine early 20th century small secretaire bookcase by Druce & Co, London.
“The auction room was packed with bidders as the auction got under way.”