|July 26th 2006
A rarity at auction
Today I went along to an auction in Dorking,
Surrey looking to purchase a very rare corkscrew
patented by Twigg & Bateman in 1868. I'd never
seen one, such is the rarity of the piece which
boasts a very unusual piston rod mechanism
which catches on a spring mechanism within the
handle. I had a very tidy sum in mind to buy it,
including Ruth's housekeeping cash for Aug
2006 - July 2015.
After watching a goodly number of lots, including
pots, pans, toys, figures & statues sell for no
more than £20.00 the magic number was called.
"Now for lot 386, two corkscrews, where shall we
It quickly went to £120.00 in the room & before a
short pause...there followed a bidding war
between - one in the room & one on the phone. A
classic, heart rushing battle.
& the hammer price???
It sold for £4900 + commission
but sadly, not to me.
|At times like these you want to grab the phone & make a deal with the other
bidder just so one of you gets the piece & the other gets a few quid not to bid.
The auctioneer didn't relate to any bids on the book during the pause between
the room & the phone bidder, which makes me think but for one of the two
bidders the corkscrew would of sold for £120.00!