Diamonds are Forever

There is a great selection of diamond and other jewellery in the Charterhouse auction on Friday 7th August.

Jewellery, and diamonds in particular, are a perennial favourite at auction whatever the time of year.” Commented Richard Bromell. “In addition, some buyers are now looking at alternative places to put their money into rather than stocks and shares and many like the appeal of diamond jewellery as an alternative.”

One lot which shines more brightly than the others is a huge diamond solitaire ring. The diamond measures 1 cm in diameter, is the size of the nail on your small finger, is estimated at £15,000-20,000 and comes from the estate of a deceased clergyman.

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John Snape joins Charterhouse

We are delighted to announce John Snape has joined Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.

He joins Charterhouse as a senior valuer & auctioneer from Ewbanks in Surrey where he was a Partner and worked there from 2004.

John completed a degree in Fine Arts Valuation at Southampton and has been working as an auctioneer for the past 20 years.

One of John’s first tasks was to help catalogue the contents of a Devon country house, Summerfield House, Summer Lane in Exmouth which Charterhouse are selling on Wednesday 22nd July.

John can be contacted at our auction rooms on 01935 812277 or by email

Caption: John Snape (right) with Charterhouse Director Richard Bromell (left) with some of the lots at Summerfield House they are selling on Wednesday 22nd July

Classy Classic Jaguar Project

A 1948 Jaguar Mk IV  2½ litre saloon, which has been in the same ownership for 56 years, is estimated to sell for £7,000-10,000 in the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars.

“I always find it amazing when clients have owned cars longer than I have been alive!” Commented Richard Bromell. “This Jaguar saloon has been a firm favourite for the owner who at nearly 80 years old has decided he will not get around to restoring the car and decided to let someone

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Classic Country House Auction

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset, have been instructed to sell the contents of a Devon country house on Wednesday 22nd July.

“It is a classic country house auction the likes of which were once commonplace but now rarely happen”. Commented Richard Bromell. “It has been fascinating sorting, clearing and cataloguing the contents of this country house which has not changed much during the 120 years the family have lived there from the Silver Cross coach built perambulator

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Classic British Classic Car

One of Britain’s most popular classic cars, an MG BGT, is included in the Charterhouse online classic car auction on 29th July.

“MG is perhaps one of Britains best known and loved classic cars with the B possibly  its most popular model produced.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With great MG club scenes, a full range of spare parts and although over half a million were produced, including the roadster, MGC and V8, they are still enjoyed by enthusiasts and collectors today.”

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A Diamond Lot

A large diamond solitaire ring is one of the star lots in the Charterhouse two day 6th & 7th August auction.

“It certainly is quite a whopper of a ring, being about the size of a finger nail.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Whilst you will not be able to see this diamond from the moon, it is certainly large enough to see from across a room and will put a smile on the face of whoever is lucky enough to be wearing it.”

The ring comes to the Charterhouse two day auction of jewellery, watches, silver and antiques from a gentleman who passed away at the beginning of 2020. Although it is intriguing to know how he came to own the ring, we will sadly never know.

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White Glove Auction

The David and Ann Graves 59 lot collection of modern art was a sell out at the Charterhouse live online auction on Thursday 4th June where it totalled £31,360 on the auctioneers hammer.

“It was a fascinating collection of modern art carefully selected over the past 50 years.” Commented Richard Bromell. “There was fierce online internet bidding from across the UK, America and Germany as collectors tried to outbid each other.”

David and Ann Graves moved to Sherborne in 2013

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Opening Time

Having had our doors shut to clients for weeks due to the global Coronavirus pandemic Charterhouse in Sherborne are looking to re-open the doors of our salerooms in Sherborne from 15th June.

“The word of the moment is unprecedented and these are certainly unprecedented times” Commented Richard Bromell.

During the lockdown auctioneers have not been able to hold open public auctions. Instead, with the internet, Charterhouse have continued to hold live auctions od classic & vintage cars, motorcycles and country house antiques & collectibles with internet and telephone bidding behind closed doors.

Despite these unprecedented times, the Charterhouse online only auction of classic motorcycles was our best ever such specialist auction which totalled over £250,000. Showing high demand and an appetite for buying items based upon the auctioneers professional descriptions and multiple images online collectors continue to collect.

Moving forward,

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Country House Auction

The Charterhouse two day online auction in Sherborne very much has the look and feel of a classic country house auction.

“There is a fascinating selection of lots from a 7th century BC Cypriot earthenware jug to Regency furniture, Victorian portrait pictures and modern 20th century furnishings with Lalique glass and a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona table”. Commented Richard Bromell. “And if none of these take you fancy then a Cartier 18ct white gold and diamond bangle or a John Deere ride on lawn mower might just!”

The auction, being held on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June, will be online only

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106 year old Zebra goes to Auction

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne are gearing up for their online classic and vintage car auction on Saturday 30th May which includes a 1914 French Le Zebre, or Zebra car.

“With current COVID-19 restrictions and to keep our staff, clients and to protect the NHS we are still having a live auction, albeit behind closed doors.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Having conducted all auctions online as well as in our salerooms for the past 15 years we have everything

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