Cuttlestones Ben Gamble with the Alfred Sephton VC replica.
The rare Wolves vs Man United programme.
Items of local interest draw bids at Cuttlestones’ first Wolverhampton Specialist Collectors’ Sale
Within just a few months of opening, Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, situated just off Clarence Street, is proving a great success. The progressive auction house, which has established premises in nearby Penkridge, has taken on the challenge to provide Wolverhampton with a dedicated sale room; and the recent Specialist Collectors’ Sale on Friday 4th November attracted buyers from the local community, nationwide and overseas.
The sale included a number of items of specific local interest and it was these lots that really stole the show. The star piece, Lot 255, was a replica Victoria Cross awarded to local man Alfred Sephton following his heroic demise whilst on active service aboard HMS Coventry on 17th May 1941. His was the first VC awarded to a member of the Mediterranean fleet during WWII. In an added twist to this tragic tale the original medal is shrouded in mystery, having been stolen from Coventry Cathedral in 1990 where it was on display courtesy of the Sephton family. With a guide price of £300-500, the replica VC and assorted ephemera sold for an impressive £1200.
A staggering collection of Wolverhampton Wanderers sporting memorabilia was another popular section of local interest in the sale. Spanning several lots, the items included various Wolves programmes dating from the late 40s to the modern day. Lot 167, a collection of 16 Wolves match programmes from the golden 1949/1950 season smashed through its estimate of £50-80 to fetch £105. Lot 174 also sparked major interest; a programme from the Wolves vs Manchester United match on 28th September 1957 – the last match Wolves played against the ‘Busby Babes’ before the Munich Air disaster which claimed the lives of a number of the legendary squad, including Dudley-born player Duncan Edwards on which the hammer fell at a respectable £32.
Another highlight was a Lot 216, comprising four albums of postcards containing images of the local area, which fetched a giddy £700. Meanwhile, in the Toys and Model Railway section Lot 74, two trays of playworn diecast toys including Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox saw the hammer fall at £250.
The next sale at the Wolverhampton Auction Rooms will be the Antique and Home Sale on Wednesday, 16th November. For more information on forthcoming sales, to find out how to enter your items into the sales or to take advantage of Cuttlestones’ free online valuation service, visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk or call 01902 421985.
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