Clus­ter ring shines as sale’s star of the day

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Art & Antiques -

Michael Bow­man’s fi­nal sale of the year of­fered a bumper crop which was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the ca­pac­ity au­di­ence and the nu­mer­ous in­ter­net and tele­phone bid­ders who took part. The star of the day was an 8.47 carat corn­flower blue sap­phire and di­a­mond clus­ter ring that climbed over its £3,000-£4,000 guide price af­ter a bat­tle be­tween two tele­phone bid­ders, fi­nally sell­ing for £5,000 to a col­lec­tor from Kent.

A col­lec­tion of 64 pros­thetic eyes was a talk­ing point of the day when in­ter­net bid­ding leapt to £1,160.

An­other rare col­lec­tor’s items was a pair of Se­cond World War Ger­man U-Boat binoc­u­lars by Benutzer that raised eye­brows at £1,750 to an Amer­i­can bid­der.

Michael Bow­man is now ac­cept­ing suitable en­tries for his New Year auc­tion at Chudleigh to be held on Jan­uary 19 and is avail­able for free con­sul­ta­tion at the Town Hall each Mon­day 2-5.30pm.

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