Samurai sword sold for almost four times pre-sale estimate
Cannon’s Auctioneers of Hilton achieved some huge, but satisfactory, discrepancies between pre-sale estimates and actual knock-down prices at its sale of antiques, collectables and art on July 31.
The two major surprises were:
* A World War ll Japanese Samurai sword in a leather-bound scabbard, possibly by Yasumoto Norimitsu, fetched R16000, compared to the top pre-sale estimate of R4500.
* A pair of Victorian ewers (serving vessels) of different origins: the one is solid silver and made by Stephen Smith of London, and the other electroplated and produced by James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield. The pair sold for R19000, almost double the pre-sale estimate of up to R10000.
Other impressive prices fetched at the auction were:
* 9ct gold bracelet, each link set with a gold R1 coin – R19000.
* Victorian 9ct rose gold, fetter link fob chain – R18000.
* 18ct white gold and 10 stone art deco diamond pendant – R28000.
* Victorian oval shaped, quarter veneered burr walnut loo table – R19 000.
* Regency mahogany twin pedestal dining table – R56000.
Cannon’s is now accepting consignments for its next auction on October 1. For more details, call 0333433364, email email@example.com or see www.cannons.co.za.