The weight is slowly settling round my midriff as I sit beside the Christmas tree with vintage Port and cheese reminiscing the highlights of a wonderful year. We have so many specialist valuers these days that when I asked them for their highlights I ended up with enough copy for most of the rest of the winter.

Firstly music. Our vinyl and pop man Stephen Flintoft, whose dulcet tones many will know from his regular radio slot told me of his unbridled excitement upon discovering an LP by the little known folk duo “Fresh Maggots”. He told me of the joy he feels on the discovery of such treasures, it’s not the price, it’s the rarity. In only average condition it soared to £650. I searched it out on Spotify and it’s dreadful.

Our wonderful jewellery specialist Sarah Clark waxed lyrical about the clarity of an amazing solitaire diamond we sold for over £10,000 and how Auction is the only way to buy a diamond. She also implored me to mention how much the classic Rolex from the 1960s has increased in popularity this year, siting one we sold in December for £14,500. (It must have its box and all the papers though. A bit like full main dealer service history)

Robert Lee, again who many will know from the television, is a hard man to keep under control when sport and particularly football is mentioned. He is especially fond of a team who live and play their football in the Barnsley area. Knowing what most of their players past and present had or used to have for breakfast he singled out a goalkeeper, Harry Hough, from 1954 when they won the third division title. Each player received a medal for that honour and we sold Harry’s this year for £1,800.

To be continued………

Senior Valuer Michael Dowse

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