TV antiques expert Catherine Southon ’s sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club, on the outskirts Warlingham resulted in her auction house’s highest total ever.
The highlight of the sale was a magnificent single owner collection of work by Stuart Devlin which fetched £92,416 and was 100% sold, also known as a “white glove” sale. The collection sold well above the pre-sale top estimate.
The highest price of the private collection, which comprised over 80 lots, was a pair of parcel-gilt-silver three light candelabrum, hallmarked London 1970, which sold for £18,240 – more than three times its top estimate, while a set of four parcel- gilt-silver candle holders, hallmarked 1970 sold for £5,472 and a parcel-gilt- silver cased cylinder music box, London 1976 realised £4,864.
As Catherine said after the sale: “The Devlin section was exceptional from start to finish and some staggering prices were achieved. The owner was at the auction and was delighted with the outcome.”
Stuart Devlin, who was born in Australia, in Geelong, Victoria, died earlier this year aged 86. He studied goldsmithing and silversmithing at Royal Melbourne Technical College and then silversmithing and sculpture at Columbia University, New York (1960-62).
However it was winning the competition to design Australia’s first decimal coinage changed his life, which was introduced in 1966. Subsequently, he designed the medals for Australia’s new honours system in 1975 and many of their defence force and civilian medals, as well as coins for more than 30 other countries.
Catherine will be holding a valuation day at Oxted Community Hall, Church Lane, Oxted Monday, October 22 9:30am- 12pm