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Vintage, Classic & Sports Car Auction

Our sister auction house, Holloway’s of Banbury, will be hosting a sale of classic cars at Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs. on 24th June 2017, as part of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club three-day rally. Full details can be found via the link below:

Classic Car Auction 24th June (91)


If you require further details, or have a vehicle you would like to consign, please contact the auctioneer, Russell Beard, on 07860 399522, or email him at

BBC Heir Hunters Visit Woburn

BBC Heir Hunters at Charles RossWe were delighted to welcome the TV cameras from the popular BBC programme Heir Hunters recently, where they filmed some interesting items going under the hammer in our October sale. Saleroom manager Evan Willison and auctioneer Peter Mason had previously visited a warehouse in Bedfordshire, in order to open seven large crates from a deceased estate, with a view to any items of note going into auction.

img_0818Filming also took place at the storage depot as the units were opened, but as we didn’t know what exactly we were going to uncover, there was a certain amount of excitement as to what treasures may be held within! All will become clear when the programme is aired in the first part of 2017, however given the interesting and nomadic life of the person who once owned the items, it wasn’t really much of a surprise that we found some unusual and rare lots. Perhaps the star item was a limited edition Pablo Picasso ashtray from his Madoura Pottery in France, which saw some fevered pre-sale and online bids, resulting in a hammer price of £1,300

lot-300-edition-picasso-madoura-pottery-bowlThe Picasso dish, as well as a large three-stone diamond ring (hammer price: £760), were not actually discovered until we had returned with a van-load to the saleroom, where they were lurking at the bottom of a tatty cardboard box. To say they were unexpected finds would be an understatement! It was great to be able to add these to a good quantity of other exciting items which had been uncovered on the day at the warehouse, bring a total hammer price of circa £6,400 for the Heir Hunters team. 

The finished programme is now on the BBC i-player and can be viewed here: