Christmas pickings: five lots for the festive period offered at under £20012 November 2021 With many people starting their Christmas shopping early this year, here are five ideas of items that could make the perfect gift this season.
1. Steiff Christmas tree ornaments
These two Steiff Christmas tree ornaments, above, were part of two limited US editions from 1996 and 2000 respectively. Steiff is one of the world’s most famous and historic teddy bear makers and these two models, titled Teddy Bear Percussion and Sleep Keep are very much in keeping with its traditions.
Offered together as a single lot and coming in their original boxes, they are estimated at £70-100 at Special Auction Services on November 22-24.
View the catalogue entry for these two Steiff limited edition Christmas tree ornaments on thesaleroom.com.
2. Gold drop earrings
If you’re looking to treat that special person in your life to a piece of jewellery this Christmas, auctions on thesaleroom.com are a great place to find that perfect, eyecatching, elegant and affordable piece.
Among the many examples at upcoming sales is this pair of nine carat yellow gold drop earrings. They are offered at Thomas R Callan on Dec 3-4 with an £80-120 estimate. Wouldn’t they look nice on Christmas day?
View the catalogue entry for these gold earrings on thesaleroom.com.
3. Whisky decanters
Two Bells Old Scotch Whisky decanters are offered at Bishop & Miller on December 3. One is a Christmas bell decanter from 1990 (75cl) and the other a commemorative bell decanter from 1995 (70cl).
Housed in presentation boxes, they are offered with a £20-30.
View the catalogue entry for these Bells Old Scotch Whisky decanters on thesaleroom.com.
4. A Christmas Carol sketch
This picture of a scene from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was made by Paul Birkbeck, an illustrator whose sketches appeared in the BBC’s Jackanory series.
This one depicts the Cratchits family starting Christmas dinner with the goose given to them by Ebenezer Scrooge. It featured in the BBC Jackanory reading from Christmas 1984 of Dickens’ classic novel.
It is part of a collection of Birkbeck’s illustrations offered at Ewbank’s on December 14. The estimate is £120-180.
View the catalogue entry for this Paul Birkbeck sketch on thesaleroom.com.
5. Frank Sinatra records
One of the all-time greats when it comes to festive songs is Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
A collection of around 250 Frank Sinatra LPs is offered at Omega on November 23-24 which includes a record of ‘Frank and his friend’s’ Christmas favourites. The 7in records are offered as a single lot, estimated at £60-80.
View the catalogue entry for these Frank Sinatra records on thesaleroom.com.