|6th March 2014
A Lund at Serrell Auctions
A couple of weeks back an interesting English corkscrew
appeared on the auction search engines. A Thomas Lund 1838
patent with springs, but not in the normal form with a rack &
pinion mechanism, instead this one was a Thomason design.
Wow! Never seen the like.
I sent an email off requesting high resolution pictures showing
every conceivable angle & asked for a full condition report. To
be fair to Serrell auctions they responded with approximately 15
very clear high resolution pictures & a comprehensive condition
report that left no stone unturned. They probably realised they
were on to something good with the number of enquiries.
I booked a phone line & for the last few days have been mulling
over my maximum bid.
Today was auction day!
The phone rang with a voice soon saying "6 lots to go Mr
Borrett", "OK, great, thanks". The heart rate was increasing
(120 bpm) as I heard the auctioneer getting closer to the magic
number - 290. "OK, here we go, I'll let the floor bid before I
come to you", "OK, thanks" (135 bpm). "£2200, do you want to
bid?", "Um, OK, yes, thanks", "£2600?",(148 bpm) "Yes please",
"£3000?", "er, um, OK, yes please", "3400?", (167 bpm) "um,
er, oooh, yes please". I think you get the picture. I was soon all
out but stayed on the phone to hear two heavy weights go toe
to toe - hammer price a whopping £8500! Add the auctioneers
commission = £10000! Woweee!
I wonder who they were? Mr X & Mr XX I guess.
It just proves that good corkscrews very rarely sneak through in
an auction environment. To be honest, I can't recall a really
good corkscrew ever sneaking through.
To be fair my heart might of blown up if I carried on bidding! ;o