Youngs Auctions


A Minton majolica dancing bear, sold for £2400 at Young’s last auction, with numerous bidders on the internet and telephone vying for ownership of the rare but ‘ injured’ bear. The ceramics section also saw other excellent results, including a Daisy Makeig-Jones, Fairyland lustre vase with a hammer price of £900 and a small 19th C. Chinese crocus vase selling to an international bidder for £480.

The auction in Farnham town centre, attracts a varied assortment of lots and the last sale was no exception.  Silver and jewellery proved particularly popular with a 90 % sale rate.  Kings pattern silver cutlery sold for a very respectable £850 and an unusual Scottish silver coffee pot is heading home to Scotland after bidding took it to £480; also heading home a small Chinese silver ingot that made a surprising £220.

In jewellery a fine platinum ruby and diamond ring, sold for £900 and two unusual Art Nouveau silver pieces took £430.

Christopher Young who moved his auction business to Farnham two years ago has specialist knowledge in books, which has served him well on a number of occasions; although he stresses that sadly most books have little re-sale value. Some including rare antique and 20th C. first editions attract huge interest from collectors. ‘ The Bell Jar’,  written by Sylvia Plath under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, sold at Youngs auction for £3000  a world record auction price for this edition.  During the same house visit Christopher spotted a ‘tired’ looking table lamp with an interesting ceramic vase base. In spite of the chipped condition this Persian copy of a chinese vase, converted into a lamp stand, sold for £3200.

The next sale is October 10th,  viewing is by appointment.

Young’s welcome Lots for their November antique and collectables auction and December’s ‘ The Fine Sale’ on 5th December which includes a private collection of antique glass, silver, jewellery, ceramics, objects of vertu, wines & spirits and wine related antiques.