Gildings Auctioneers welcomed bidders to the room for its bi-monthly multi-category event for the first time in two years, as well as its regular internet, mail-order and telephone auctions.
This auction was then followed by a sale specializing in 20th century art and design at the recently refurbished Gildings auction house.
“It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces back in the room.
“We were fortunate that the pandemic was a very strong time for us, in that we saw our highest ever sales result during this period,” said Gildings director Mark Gilding.
“And we recently introduced stand-alone jewelry and watch auctions due to demand.
“However, nothing can match the buzz of a room full of people on auction day.
“So it’s fantastic to find this after two years of selling it in an empty room.”
The Gildings makeover includes a striking new entrance and spacious reception area.
It now has a dedicated appraisal office which allows its clients to have their personal property appraised in a “comfortable and discreet environment”.
The remodeling of the reception area will also make it easier to preview lots for upcoming sales as well as accommodate specialist tours for jewelry auctions.
The most notable lot of the day was a print signed by LS Lowry, one of the most beloved British artists of the 20th century.
‘Berwick-Upon-Tweed’ was bought for £6,000 – well above the £2,000-£4,000 estimate.
The 20th Century Art and Design sale also included works by celebrated Leicester artist Rigby Graham, who died aged 84 in 2015.
His 1976 painting ‘The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping’ went under the hammer for £1,800.
This was up to seven times the work’s estimated value of £250 to £350.
Graham’s 1978 “Packhorse Bridge and Canal Bridge, Aylestone” sold for £800.
This original landscape featured in the artist’s seminal publication in Leicestershire produced with the Gadsby Gallery in Leicester, a signed copy of which sold at auction for £420.
And a Victorian pottery jug from the Martin Brothers bought from Gildings four years ago for £3,000 turned out to be a brilliant investment as it sold for an impressive £5,500.
Upcoming Gildings sales include the flagship biannual Fine Art & Antiques auction on Tuesday May 10 and the upcoming Jewelery & Watches sale on Tuesday May 17.
“Whether you’re looking to get a discounted piece of furniture or collectible at one of our regular auctions or are looking for a special painting or piece of jewelry at one of our specialist sales, we have something for every taste and every budget,” said Mark Gilding.
“And there is no need to bid when you visit us.
“The reopening of the auction house provides a great opportunity for those curious about auctions or who have taken up online auctions as a hobby of lockdown to visit us to see what a live auction is all about. .”