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Rolex, Asprey, Hermes and a sprinkling of diamonds
Posted On: 06 Nov 2019 by Pascal McNamara

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An array of heritage brands stole the show at Wokingham Auctions' Silver, Jewellery, Watches & Luxury Accessories sale on October 26th

An array of heritage brands featured prominently at Wokingham Auctions' Silver, Jewellery, Watches & Luxury Accessories sale on October 26th. A Rolex GMT Master, circa 1972 made £11,260 (including buyer's premium) despite fading to bezel and scratches to the crystal. Known as the 'Pepsi' by collectors the timepiece was worn practically every day from new by an engineer on frequent site visits in all seasons contributing to a unique patination for the next owner. Bidding was brisk on both live bidding platforms, four-telephone lines and was eventually knocked down to a buyer in the room.

The highlight of the silver section was a George V silver-gilt wall mirror hallmarked for Asprey, London and went to a telephone bidder despite stiff competition from a flurry of commission and room bids making almost £1,700 (including premium).

Gold chains, pendants, necklaces and a cornucopia of gem-set rings all made the higher end of estimates probably due to their quality, desirability and the buoyant bullion price. A two-carat solitaire diamond ring got away for £4,960 and a three-stone diamond ring sold for £3,720 (including premium). Five vintage Hermes scarves in original boxes realised from £80-130

'This end-of-October sale has become our most successful auction of the year targeting trade and private buyers with the corresponding auction in early February proving useful for restocking after the Christmas season for the former and an opportunity for the latter to offload unwanted gifts', commented auctioneer Pascal McNamara.