Issue 03 September 2019

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How Was Holt's in June?

Kensington is proving a good venue for the auctioneers and after-sales drove up the total significantly.

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Auctions & Markets|July 2019

The Vintage Gun Journal was announced to the public at Holt's before the auction. Diggory Hadoke presented the concept to public and trade attendees, with a polite reception, considering the food and drink on offer!

Also there was Sir Johnny Scott, signing his new book and Donald Dallas, with his personally written library for sale. Dickson guns hot off the bench were avaiable to view and handle, courtesy of new owner J-P Daeschler and Holt's supplied a great venue and lavish refeshment.

The smaller format sale and the stylish viewing room in the heart of fashionable Kensington are doing well for Holt's, as they work hard to stay on top, in what is generally acknowledged to be a difficult market.

The UK continued to be the biggest buying market accounting for well over half the sales, followed by continental Europe and the USA. Over £720,000 was taken in the main sale followed by over £250,000 in the sealed bid making for a total of just under £1,000,000. These figures donot take into account after sales.

The highest price achieved was by lot 1300, £40,000 for a pair of 12 bore over and under Purdey sidelock ejectors engraved by Danny O’Brien. Coincidentally, the next lot, lot 1301 achieved the second highest price, a pair of Holland & Holland 12 bore triggerplate Sporting Model over and under guns with sideplates. Built in 1995, this pair made £30,000.

The highest price achieved was by lot 1300, £40,000 for a pair of 12 bore over and under Purdey
sidelock ejectors engraved by Danny O’Brien.

An interesting lot that generated much interest was lot 1320, a trio of 12 bore sidelock ejectorsby Purdey, built in 1930, contained in their original case. These guns were very original and itis rare to see a trio of guns that have not had one or more guns re-stocked or re-barrelled. They made £17,000.

In the antique section of the sale, Lot 460 was a spectacular pair of Joseph Manton doublebarrelled flintlock carriage pistols. They were in fine original condition, in their original case and this combination of condition and famous name meant that the carriage galloped on and
they fetched £21,000, well above their estimate. A nice little addendum to these pistols was that the pair were reunited relatively recently.

In addition to quality and condition, rarity also adds to value. Lot 1116 saw a rare .303 boltaction service rifle, model “Australian Issue No1. Mk111 Sniper” rifle made in 1918. Estimated at £4000 - £6000, it set its sights far higher than this and achieved a hammer price of £9000.

The next Holts auction will be held om Tuesday 17th September 2019 at:

The Army Reserve Centre,
Adam & Eve Mews,
W8 6UG

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