Auc­tion fever

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

Rar­ity and de­sir­abil­ity apart, one thing more than any other is re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing an auc­tion price spi­ralling up­wards: two col­lec­tors des­per­ate to fill a gap in their re­spec­tive col­lec­tions who each find the miss­ing piece in the same sale. Whether or not that’s what pushed the bid­ding for this Lenci fig­ure to a sale-top­ping £2,700 we’ll never know, but its es­ti­mate at Adam Par­tridge’s Liver­pool sale­room was a more af­ford­able £200-300. That’s the joy of auc­tions…so long as you are the seller! The stylish 46cm (18in) tall girl wear­ing a wide brim straw hat and scarf, yel­low jacket and cu­lottes match­ing her scarf is both rare and de­sir­able. She dates from the 30s and was made in the Turin factory founded by En­rico Scavini and his wife Elena Koneig.

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