August Auctions


Although the sun is out the team of specialists at Charterhouse have pulled together another amazing array of lots for their August auctions with specialist sales of motorcycles, silver, jewellery, watches and country house interiors.

“It has been full on during the warm weather this year.” Commented Richard Bromell. “My favourite appointment was to meet client to view at his motorcycle collection which was stored at the Top Gear race track near Guildford, but sadly it was not on a filming day!”

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Model Attraction

The September two day auction of collectors’ items at Charterhouse in Sherborne includes a charming scale model of a Burrell engine.

“Many games today are oriented towards computers, smart phones and tablets” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, at auctions, collecting is driven by nostalgia and this wonderful Bassett-Lowke model of a Road Tractor, which could have been built for a child to play with, will now probably be bought by a mature collector to enjoy or maybe by someone fired up to start collecting after a visit to The Great Dorset Steam Fair in late August.”

Dating to the 1950’s or 1960’s,

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A Month of Successes

The Charterhouse marathon three day July auction turned up some stunning lots and many top prices.

“It has been a very busy month with many hot lots along with hot temperatures!” Commented Richard Bromell. “We have scoured the West Country and beyond clearing houses, seeing collections and advising on single items, all of which culminated with the three days of auctioneering making a great total just shy of £400,000.”

On Thursday 18th July, the auction

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Marathon Three Days of Auctions

Whilst some people are thinking of their summer holidays relaxing in the sun it is full steam ahead at Charterhouse in Sherborne as they set off on a mammoth three days of auctions on the 18th, 19th and 21st July.

“To say we have been busy is probably an understatement!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Our team of specialist valuers have travelled far and wide to put together an amazing array of pictures, automobilia, antiques and classic cars and

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Lovely Cornish Lass at Charterhouse

A watercolour drawing by Walter Langley is going under the hammer in the Charterhouse 18th & 19th July two day auction in Sherborne.

“Like all Walter Langley’s watercolour drawings it is beautifully executed.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Walter painted in watercolour at a time when painting in oil was more prestigious and today he continues to be highly sought after by collectors and museums.”

Walter Langley moved with his family to Newlyn, Cornwall in 1881. He came from a working class background with far left political views. His working class background enabled him to identify with the villagers and the hardships they endured. Many of his paintings reflect this sympathy for with the working class fisher folk amongst whom he lived with just like the Charterhouse drawing, entitled The Lass Who Loves A Sailor which is estimated to sell for £7,000-9,000.

The Newlyn School was a colony of artists based

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Ace Automobilia at Charterhouse


There is a vast collection of automobilia in the Charterhouse two day auction on 18th & 19th July.

“Automobilia is the term used to describe anything related to motorcars, motor racing and garages or really to do with mechanically propelled vehicles.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Today the market for automobilia is strong with bidders looking to buy anything from old enamel signs

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Fijian Relics Set to Fly


A collection of Fijian relics are included in the Charterhouse two day June auction on 20th & 21st June.

“The market for Fijian war and other clubs remains very strong with international buyers bidding live on the internet looking to add items into their collections.” Commented Richard Bromell. “These beautiful hand crafted clubs and other items are today more likely to be put on display in a modern chic loft apartment rather than a country house due to their naïve charm and wonderful patina which fits in perfectly with 21st century interior design.”

Fiji has more styles of native weapons than anywhere else in the

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Little Cars Worth Big Money


Two microcars are expected to sell for thousands of pounds when they go under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 23rd June.

“Microcars have for many years been overlooked by collectors and generally regarded as a poor man’s mode transport.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, that has all changed in the 21st century as the microcar market is hot to trot with people recognising their quirky design and unusual looks.”

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Star with Heart of Gold

Audrey Hepburn’s Silk Scarf comes to Charterhouse

A silk scarf, owned by icon and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn is going under the Charterhouse hammer in Sherborne on Friday 21st June.

“Rarely do items belonging to star of stage, screen and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn come on the market.” Commented Richard Bromell. “This is due to fans and collectors keeping their treasures safe just like our client who has owned the scarf, photographs and letters for the past 56 years.”

Actress Audrey Hepburn was born in 1929. She lived abroad and studied ballet moving to London in 1948 where she continued her ballet training and started performing as a chorus girl in West End productions. Having had minor parts in several films she starred in the Broadway play Gigi in 1951.

In 1952 she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday, for which she was the first

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Token of Love

***The road from Sturminster Newton at Lydlinch will be closed on Friday 17th May****

A necklace, in its original heart shaped box, is one of the lots going under the hammer in the Charterhouse 16th & 17th May auction of silver, jewellery and watches.

“Charming is probably the best way to describe the necklace” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, just as important as being charming is the necklace is very wearable and still looks stunning today in the 21st century.”

The necklace dates to the Edwardian period. Although unmarked gold, it is probably 15ct gold set with seed pearls and peridots in the Art Nouveau taste.

At over 100 years old it has survived in remarkably good condition. This is probably due to it being cherished and put away in its beautiful heart shaped box after being worn.

Inherited some time ago, the family who live in Somerset have decided it is not something they will wear and called upon

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