Another World Record collectibles price smashed... By a $66,000 paperweight


2015-06-26 12:11:23


Another World Record collectibles price smashed... By a $66,000 paperweight

The 'salamander' piece is scuttling to a new home following Bonhams' Fine Glass sale in London

Bonhams' Fine British & European Glass & Paperweights auction on Wednesday on December 15achieved some record prices. In the end, thesale totalled 574,008 for 355 lots with 87 per cent sold by value.

Besides the strong presence of private collectors and dealers there were also institutions represented: The V&A in London and the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, which each secured a number of items in the sale.

Among the paperweights the top item was Lot 243, a rare Pantin magnum salamander paperweight estimated to sell for 15,000 to 20,000 which made 42,000 ($66,000), a World Record price for a paperweight of this kind.

Salamander paperweightSalamander paperweight

Two of the highest prices achieved were for items from the Albert Hartshorne collection, Lot 4, an important and early large punch-bowl and cover, circa 1685, estimated to sell for 10,000-15,000. Itsold for a sparkling 45,600. Lot 5, an early English faon de Venise wine glass, circa 1690, was estimated to make 2,000-3,000 and soldfor 13,200.

The Hartshorne Collection, which featured 66 lots, sold for a total of 138,000 -proving itself as agreat alternative investment.

Antique glass punch bowlAntique glass punch bowl (Click to enlarge)

Two other sale highlights were the Heemskerk flask, lot 208, which sold for 43,200, the best price achieved for a bottle of this type in recent years, and lot 220, the Sang signed goblet which sold for 16,200. Both prices were well above expectations for these types of glasses.

Simon Cottle, Departmental Head of Glass and Continental Porcelain at Bonhamssaid: "As the only international auction house to offer stand alone fine glass sales in the UK it gives me great pleasure to see the growing strength of the fine glass market which once again we lead in Britain having overtaken our competitors in 2007."

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