An Arts & Crafts silver pot and cover with gem-set decoration by London silversmiths Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr was the standout item in our March 6th online Silver, Jewellery, Watches, Art & Furniture auction selling for £7,000 (including taxes and charges).

Submitted from a deceased estate in Warfield the strong price reflected the makers’ reputation and high appeal for this era of silver design and craftsmanship and was eagerly contested on our live bidding platform eventually going to a UK collector. A lady’s diamond and ruby encrusted Rolex Datejust watch from 1995 with an 18ct yellow gold bracelet made £4,200 and a near pair of monteiths were the best of over 100 silver lots fetching just over £2,500.

Once again the Buy-It-Now option whereby buyers have the option to purchase a Lot at the higher price level proved very popular accounting for 25% of overall sales. An invoice is quickly generated, including postage, so the new owner can have delivery within 24-hours of payment.

One positive legacy of the pandemic for the auction world is the success of timed online sales, typically run over 8-10 days on platform (like for auction houses). This means buyers can browse and buy with confidence as auction houses enhance the quality of online catalogues providing multiple photos, full descriptions and condition reports to allow for ease of purchase. And follow up with online payments options and a competitive shipping service.

A suite of Ralph Lauren Polo furniture made just over £7,100 from a property in Virginia Water, a William Heaton Cooper watercolour made just over £1,500 and an equine study by Florence Mabel Hollams made £1,400.

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