Mighty Mini’s at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 10th February includes a handful of Mini’s. “The Mini has to be one of the most instantly recognisable motor cars ever made. Its revolutionary design by Sir Alec Issigonis led the car which was to become a motoring icon when it was first produced in 1959. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Mini’s have always been popular at auction, no doubt aided by a great supply of spares, an active club scene, their versatility and that they are just fabulous fun! “The earliest of the Mini’s entered into the Charterhouse auction, which has nearly 50 classic cars and motorcycles, dates to 1962. This 850cc car has been in the same family ownership for 25 years and represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire an early low mileage Mini with good history at £8,000-9,000. At the other end of the scale, there is a rather special Mini. Having left the factory in 1970, it has now turned into a competitive sprint or hill climb car. Being highly modified, it is offered for sale £15,000-17,000, much lower than its build and development cost.However, if you are looking for a Mini on a smaller budget, then the 1971 car, which has been a local car covering an average of just 1,200 miles a year, could be your for £3,300-3,600. But for those of you looking for an interesting project, then a fully restored 1965 Mini Cooper S shell could be bought for £8,000-9,000. With fully completed Cooper S cars selling for over double the estimate, this represents a great opportunity for the lucky buyer.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, is on Saturday 9th February 9.30am-4pm, and on the auction day, Sunday 10th, also from 9.30. However, for those not able to attend, Charterhouse also offer a live internet bidding service which is proving increasingly popular, just give them a call 01935 812277 or email them on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is still accepting late entries for this and for their next classic car and motorcycle auction For further information, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director, at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or go to their web site where you can see full details about the sale, all the cars and motorcycles.Mighty Mini’s at going under the Charterhouse HammerA 1962 Mini 850, family owned for 25 years £8,000-9,000A highly modified 1970 Mini sprint/hill climb car £15,000-17,000A 1971 Mini, having been a West Country car all its life having covered a believed 51,000 miles from new £3,300-3,600A 1965 rare Mini Cooper S rolling shell with running gear, needing finishing £8,000-9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Classic Cars at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse February classic car auction at The Royal Bath & West Showground was another great success with over £200,000 worth of vehicles sold. “The classic car and motorcycle market continues to be very buoyant with vehicles selling above estimate. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With interest rates remaining low in savings accounts, many of our clients would much rather put the money into a classic which they can now enjoy, take to shows, or pop down to the pub on a Sunday. Put simply, you get plenty of smiles for miles with classics! “A 1925 Riley 12hp four seater sports tourer was the star car at the auction. Sold for a client in Poole, it went to a car collector near Bridport for £36,000 after a bidding war against a specialist car museum in Devon. Elsewhere in the auction, a one family owned 1958 MG Magnette, which had been stored for many years in a barn that had become overgrown with brambles sold very well. Needing total restoration, it was pulled out of hiding and sold for £3,500. With Summer due sometime later this year, a 1961 Morris Minor convertible, adapted from a saloon, also sold well to a Norfolk bidder at £9,000, a 1923 Maxwell tourer, being sold for a client in Surrey, sold for £8,700, a 1962 Morris Mini-Minor which had only had one lady owner from new, sold for its Kent owner at £7,600.However, perhaps one of the more unusual lots in the Charterhouse auction was a 1983 Leyland Titan double decker bus. Having covered more miles than you will ever have hot dinners, it sold for a client in Cyprus bidding live on the internet, for £4,000.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming Spring auctions including medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collectors items on Friday 14th March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 6th April and an auction of pictures, prints and books also in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.com1925 Riley 25hp sold for £36,0001958 MG Magnette, as discovered by Charterhouse, sold for £3,6001983 Leyland Titan bus, sold to a buyer in Cyprus for £4,0001961 Morris Minor convertible sold for £9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Delightful Deco Dining Room Suite Tops Auction

The lot which travelled the furthest to the Charterhouse auction on Friday 18th January proved to be the top lot of the day, despite the weather. “As a company we travel extensively throughout the country, not only just within the immediate locality and the top lot Art Deco dining room suite we sold was consigned to us from a client in Essex. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Admittedly when I woke on the Friday auction morning to see nothing but snow I was a little concerned. However, the first buyer into the saleroom travelled up from Devon and after that it was business as usual. This, combined with a large amount of telephone bids and buyers bidding extensively on line through via the internet, resulted in a great day! “The suite comprises a dining table, a set of 6 chairs with cloud shaped backs, a serving table and, of course, a cocktail cabinet. The high Art Deco design of the suite probably dates it to around 1930. Today suites which include all the main parts, are hotly contested, with the Charterhouse suite selling for £6,600. Also from the same client, was a similar nest of tables which amazed everyone when they sold for £1,100.February is another busy month at Charterhouse as they have their auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 10th at Shepton Mallet, closely followed by an auction of silver, jewellery, coins, watches & antiques on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th February. You can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of auctions including clocks, coins, medals, stamps, postcards and collectors items in March.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comPart of the stylish Art Deco burr walnut dining room suite sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne on Friday 18th January for £6,600Also from the same Essex client, a nest of Art Deco occasional tables sold for £1,100Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Recipe for Success at Charterhouse

An old hand written recipe book is to go under the Charterhouse hammer on Friday 11th April. “There is phenomenal interest in old recipe and cookery books, with celebrity chefs such as Heston Blumenthal trying recipes or taking inspiration from them to create wonderful new dishes. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, the recipes are not only for food, but for curing all sorts of ailments and painful dispositions, like a medical recipe book too. No doubt some of these recipes had an effect, but whether it was good or bad we will never know, but I certainly fancy some of the tasty pudding recipes! “The hand written book dates to the 18th century and is a compilation of recipes. Included are Lady Russel’s recipe For a Giddiness or Pain in the Head, Mrs Snellings recipe to make Hoggs Liver Puddings, and there is even Lord Pembroke’s recipe to make Port Wine, which seems to be an extravagant recipe including 8 gallons of genuine wine, 40 gallons of cyder (sic) along with some French Brandy! However, perhaps one recipe which is not for the feint hearted is Dr Waddenfield’s Remedy for Lunacy, which states it cured a Person of Quality!!Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming spring auctions including a sale of pictures, prints, books and antiques on Friday 11th April and classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 6th April. For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comRichard Bromell and extracts from an 18th century handwritten recipe book, going under the Charterhouse hammer on Friday 11th April £300-500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Charterhouse Collectors Sale Turns up Some Little Gems

The Charterhouse auction of collectors’ items and clocks in Sherborne looks to be another huge sale with over 1,100 lots including Football World Cup signatures from 1966. “It seems quite appropriate that we should be selling these signatures as the Football World Cup is now under way. ” Commented Patrick Stainer. “The autograph album belonged to the vendor as a young girl and her father had a friend whose wife baby sat for George Cohen. I admit it is a rather long connection, but George Cohen managed to get most of the other Wold Cup Winners autographs, apparently sometimes around the breakfast table so they therefore come with excellent provenance and are fresh to the market. “Autographs and ephemera are a buoyant market at auction at present, and also included in the auction is a black and white signed photograph by Laurel and Hardy. There is also an album of early photographs which give an insight into country house life and living along with views and an insight into social history, with one of the images of the mail cart from Stamford to Collyweston, showing the driver with a wooden leg! Viewing for this auction on Friday 25th June is on Wednesday 23rd 10-4 & Thursday 24th 10-7. Catalogues are available from the auctioneers or can be viewed on their web site www.charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of sales including classic cars and motorbikes on Sunday 18th July and pictures, prints & books of Friday 30th July. For further information regarding these sale, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact the Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email enquiry@charterhouse-auction.com1966 World Cup Winner autographs £200-300Fascinating Victorian photo album £150-250Laurel & Hardy signed photo £100-150

Chipped plate sells for £567,000 at Charterhouse

An Italian pottery plate, which was chipped, sold for £567,000 at the Charterhouse two day February auction in Sherborne, Dorset. “It was almost an Only Fools and Horses moment as the pottery plate was hanging on a wire frame in the client’s cottage. Not only that, most of it was hidden by a door which was always kept open! ” commented Richard Bromell. “At first, I expected the pottery plate to be a 19th century copy, but after researching it, had it confirmed by Professor Timothy Wilson at The Ashmolean as being made in Urbino, Italy around 1540 and an important discovery. “Charterhouse received enquiries from across the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and the USA. On the auction day, specialist dealers turned up and battled it out with private collectors bidding by telephone, with the hammer finally falling to London dealers S J Phillips Ltd and setting a new house record for a piece of European pottery sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne.The Italian maiolica plate, which measured 41.5 cm diameter, was decorated The Feast of Herod, after a print by Sebald Beham, showing the story of King Herod and the beheading of Saint John the Baptist.If you think you are looking at a fortune hanging on the wall, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is now accepting further entries for this March collector’s auction which includes stamps, medals, coins, clocks, model trains, cars & antiques. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.Richard Bromell and the magnificent Urbino plate, circa 1540, which he sold in the Charterhouse auction on Thursday 14th February.The pottery plate showing its wire frame which kept it safe on the wall for many years in a Somerset cottageQuick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Top Marques at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

July 18th 2010 Classics @ The CastleSherborne, DorsetThe Charterhouse 18th July auction of classic and vintage cars at Sherborne Castle, Dorset looks to be another great success for this Dorset company with many top marque motors up for auction. “We have covered many miles across the West Country advising clients on their classic cars such as vendor of a fine Rolls Royce series II Corniche Convertible. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “And now it appears summer is now well and truly upon us, this Corniche Convertible looks resplendant in red with a black leather interior piped in red and with an automatic hood. Powered by a fuel injected V8 engine with ABS it is just one of 1226 of the series made and looks certain to be a perennial favourite with buyers. “Whilst this beautiful Rolls Royce is in fine condition, the same vendor has also decided to sell his Mk VI Bentley, but with a difference. The original engine blew up and is now replaced with a Daf lorry 8 litre 6 cylinder diesel engine! The vendor reports a 0-60 second sprint time of about 5 seconds, but not much speed after that! With plenty of torque on offer, the car would make either an excellent towing car for vintage racers or it will appeal for someone looking for a project they can improve on.Also entered is a 1925 Gardner Town Coupe which has been owned by the vendor for ten years, at £18,000-22,000. Some twelve years younger, is a rare 1937 Morris GPO engineers van which is believed to be just one of three in existence and is up for £8,000-10,000. In the post war section, there is a 1953 MG TD at £15,000-18,000, a 1963 Morris Minor Mini £1,500-2,000, a Triumph Stag £7,000-9,000, a 1974 Aston Martin V8 £18,000-22,000, and a Somerset Morris Minor which has spent the vast majority of its life in one garage at £4,000-5,000.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this auction classic cars and motorbikes on Sunday 16th July. For further information regarding these sale, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact the Matthew Whitney, Head of Department at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email mw@charterhouse-auction.comRolls Royce Corniche Convertible £23,000-25,000Bentley Mk VI diesel powered £6,000-8,000Morris GPO engineers van £8,000-10,000Morris Minor Mini £1,500-2,000Sunday 18th July 2010Classic Cars, Motorcycles & AutomobiliaClassics @ The Castle, Sherborne DT9 5NRCatalogues are £10 on the door or £12 by post, and admit 2 people to the auction. Alternatively you are able to by a wristband which will allow entry to the auction for £5 per person, with no catalogue.You will also need to buy tickets to gain entry to the show at the gate. Venue, Sherborne CastleView Larger MapWe anticipate this will be a very exciting sale, with a record number of vehicles consigned to sale at this stage. The preview page will be updated regularly – please check! Vehicles already consigned for the sale include: A 1970 Ford Escort 1300 Super, full service history, including original bill of sale £3,000 – 3,5001951 Wolseley 1500 Black, for restoration with many spares1966 MGB GT, dry storage for 40 plus yearsA Trojan Toraktor, very rare tractor made between 1961-1964 and 1 of 500 made , estimate £1,500 – 2,000A 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 , estimate £2,200 – 2,5001966 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III phase II, fully restored , estimate £28,000 – 30,000A 1951 Jowett Javalin De-Lux, recent engine rebuild and it was featured in the film Viera Darke £4,500 – 5,000A 1975 Honda CB 400/four, lady owner, estimate £800 – 1,000A 1948 Bentley Mk VI standard steel saloon, fitted with an 8 litre diesel engine “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”, estimate £6,000 – 8,000A 1973 Bentley T1, one family owned from new, estimate £2,500 – 3,500A 1980 Buick Le Sabre limited four door saloon, 23,300 miles from new with full service history, estimate £3,500 – 4,500A 1997 Mercedes Benz 320 SL, full service history and panoramic hardtop, estimate £9,000 – 10,000A 1953 MGTD, older restoration with bills for £14,000, estimate £15,000 – £18,000A 1957 Morris Minor two door saloon, one family owned from new with the valuable registration number 4AYA, estimate £4,000 – 5,000A 1989 Porche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, recent engine rebuild, new black carpets and electric mohair softtop, estimate £11,000 – 13,000A 1982 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible, estimate £23,000 – 26,000A rare 1939 Morris 8 Post Office Engineer 5 cwt light van, fully restored with photographic record, estimate £8,000 – 10,000A 1925 Gardener town coupe with coach work by Brougham, estimate £18,000 – 22,000A 1963 Morris Mini Minor, 37,500 miles from new, estimate £1,500 – 2,500A 1974 Aston Martin V8 mark II, 44,000 miles from new, estimate £18,000 – £22,000A 1953 MGTD, older restoration with bills for £14,000, estimate £15,000 – £18,000 A 1972 Triumph Stag, manual overdrive, full restoration, estimate £8,000 – £10,000A 1974 Lotus Elan +2S130/5, rebuilt in 1998 with bills for £16,000, nominal mileage since, estimate £6,500 – 7,000A 1973 Bentley T1, one family owned from new, estimate £2,500 – 3,500

Stamp of Approval at Charterhouse Auction

An album of Great Britain stamps is estimated to sell for up to £1,500, is just one of the interesting lots in the Charterhouse two day March auction of collector’s items. “Our collector’s auctions always have a great selection of model trains, cars, stamps, coins, medals and militaria with 100’s of lots going under the hammer. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The collector’s market continues to gain strength where 15 years ago it struggled. This combined with collectors buying items such as stamps not only for pleasure but also investment, has resulted in prices being pushed up and up. “The stamp album forms part of a collection from a client in Wiltshire. The owner took advantage of the free home visit service Charterhouse offers for clients looking for help and advice on selling their goods and chattels, and was pleasantly surprised by the value given on their collection.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this March collector’s auction which includes stamps, medals, coins, clocks, model trains, cars & antiques. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding this auction please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comA 1929 Postal Union Congress £1 stamp, part of an album of GB stamps, being sold by Charterhouse in their March collectors auction £1,000-1,500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Buyers look to seal lots with Bids

The Charterhouse auction of silver, jewellery and watches on 27th August also contains a collection of over 200 seals. “It is an amazing collection of seals which come in all shapes and forms. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The Somerset vendor collected seals for a number of years having been looking for a hobby which was interesting and did not take up too much space. Over the years, they have been sourced and bought through auctions, the internet and even from car boot sales! “Seals have always been attractive to collectors and dealers. They can involved in signing off important documents or be very personal in closing a letter ensuring that no one can grab a peek at the contents.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of summer sales including silver, jewellery, watches and antiques with a selection of wine, port & spirits on 27th August. Then there is an auction devoted to classic motorcycles and related items in their salerooms on 15th September, which is then followed with a two day auction with Beswick & Royal Doulton on the morning of Thursday 23rd September and medals, coins & stamps in the afternoon. The next day, Friday 24th, is another full day with clocks, collectors items, trains and model vehicles. To arrange a free home visit through out the West Country, please contact Richard Bromell, Director, at Charterhouse 01935 812277. 19th century French seal, initialed MM, with a large mother of pearl handle £150-200 in the Charterhouse auction on Friday 27th August

Cache in the Attic

A collection of modern gold coins, which lived in an attic for several years, was sold in the Charterhouse two day February auction in Sherborne for nearly £50,000. “The owner, who lives in Somerset, had been clearing his father’s property in Bridgwater and came across several boxes of coins in the attic. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “He then removed them back to his Somerset house when he then put then in his attic €“ like father like son! The son, with whom we sold some stamps for previously, then took advantage of the free home visit service we offer as boxes in which the coins were held in were rather too heavy to bring into our salerooms. “The father had collected the coins directly from The Royal Mint, and they all came in fitted cases with certificates. The family have had local Somerset ties for many years. The father worked as a part time fireman and also had a sweet shop in Yeovil in the late 1960’s. In more recent years, he lived in Bridgwater where he collected the coins.In addition to the gold coins, which sold for just over £48,000, there are the silver coins which are entered into the Charterhouse two day March collector’s auction. With several thousands of pounds worth of coins still to be auctioned, the owner who originally thought the collection to be worth about £10,000, is delighted, and hopes to be able to help his daughters university education with some of the money.If you think you have at a fortune lurking in your attic, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is now accepting further entries for this March collector’s auction which includes stamps, medals, coins, clocks, model trains, cars & antiques. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.Part of a cache in the attic €“ a collection of gold coins which sold for nearly £50,000 at Charterhouse in SherborneA Victorian anniversary gold coin set sold for £1,800A Royal Sovereign gold coin collection set sold for £4,150A UK Britannia gold coin set sold for £1,700Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director