Most watched lots right now – including a rare Dambusters mascot14 November 2019 Pictured here is our latest round-up of some of the most watched items on thesaleroom.com.
What have other bidders spotted this week? All of these upcoming lots have been added to the ‘watch list’ of more than 40 users’.
A Snowflake in November - 69 watchers
In a white-hot market for branded ‘tool’ watches ‘Rolex’ is among the most searched-for terms on thesaleroom.com. Vintage Submariners are top of the list of many collectors, not just as bullet-proof diving watches but because of the long association with James Bond and its sheer good looks. There are many variants. The Reference 9411 made by Rolex sister company Tudor is known as the Snowflake on account of its distinctive luminous 'snowflake' hour hand and batons. Although this example, for sale at Sworders’ auction of Fine Jewellery, Watches and Designer Handbags in Stansted Mountfitchet on November 19-20, shows signs of factory restoration (the movement has been replaced or fitted with replacement parts) it is a very attractive proposition at £800-1200.
Dame Laura’s mighty oaks - 46 watchers
The collecting market for vintage posters is defined by artist, subject matter, rarity, and condition. This original travel poster combines two collecting niches: posters published by London Transport and those by the prolific Mod Brit artist Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970). This 1.01m x 63cm sheet - a version created before text was applied – was made to promote travel to Richmond Park in 1938. In the shadow of the Second World War, Knight uses the oak tree, a traditional symbol of national identity, to mark to the great park's past, present and future. An ancient gnarled oak stands to left, a mature tree dominates the foreground while sapling grows in the centre. Perfect for anyone living in south-west London, it carries an estimate of £120-240 at London-based vintage poster specialist Antikbar on November 16.
View and bid for this London Underground travel poster by Laura Knight on thesaleroom.com.
Pinnie The Wooh – the lucky mascot of a Dambuster pilot - 49 watchers
This small 16cm teddy bear comes with a remarkable story. Pinnie The Wooh was present onboard during all missions flown by pilot David Maltby including Operation Chastise in 1943 when he flew the Lancaster bomber J-Johnny and scored a direct hit that caused a major breach of the Möhne Dam. Just a few months after the Dambusters raid, the bear was later recovered from Maltby's body after he crashed into the North Sea during Operation Garlic. It is sold along with a slip of type-written paper which reads ' Pinne (The Wooh) - Our David's 'lucky' mascot. Pinnie flew with David on every mission. He was returned to us after David's death - Etterick Maltby [his father].
The bear was originally on display at Hydneye House School where Etterick Maltby was headmaster but was given to the vendor, an ex-pupil, shortly before the building was demolished. Other items gifted to the vendor - including a bomb release switch and a bomb sight used during the raid have all been sold at auction in previous years.
This “incredibly rare, humbling and important part of Second World War aviation history” carries an estimate of £5000-10,000 on November 15 at East Bristol Auctions.
View and bid for this Dambusters mascot on thesaleroom.com
A primitive Welsh stick-back chair - 42 watchers
If the finest urbane Georgian cabinetmaking is loved and collected for its craftsmanship and harmonious design, then the quirky ‘primitive’ furniture of the same period appeals to a different aesthetic. Vernacular pieces made by the rural cabinet makers of the British Isles in the 18th and 19th century can work perfectly in the modern interior. Despite its shortcomings as a piece of seating furniture (its comb top is now missing) the folk art form of this early 19th century elm Windsor type chair has already found plenty of admirers. The estimate at Busby auction house in Bridport, Dorset on November 21 is £100-150.
View and bid for this early 19th century elm Welsh primitive Windsor stick-back armchair on thesaleroom.com.
A Les Paul on a budget – 54 watchers
Auctions can be the perfect place to find a ‘nearly new’ or ‘pre-loved’ items at a fraction of its retail price. This maple and rosewood 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar and case carries a serial number dating it to July 2005. Many of those watching the sale at Thomas R Callan, Ayr on November 30 would have love to snap it up at its £200-300 estimate but pre-sale online bidding has already reached £460.
View and bid for this Les Paul custom electric guitar on thesaleroom.com.