Residents asked to search attics and basements for hidden treasures, whilst regular valuation days are held in the Oxford area
Michael Wynell-Mayow, Director of Bonhams Oxford, says that Oxfordshire is producing some of the company's outstanding items, with excellent results at auction, both in Oxford and London.
Last year a steady stream of artworks that had been locally sourced made strong prices in front of the most discriminating art buyers and collectors.
Michael Wynell-Mayow comments: "This region has a fantastic wealth of art stored away in private homes and collections, sometimes without the owners' even realising it. Many artworks have emerged at our valuation days that are held regularly in the Oxford area, as well as at our Oxford saleroom. We are constantly impressed by some of the breathtaking works that we source here for sale, including paintings, jewellery, furniture, silver, Asian and Russian art, virtually everything across the art spectrum."
A selection of local finds sold in London include:
• Madonna, Edvard Munch sold for £1.25 million
• Studio of Gaspar van Wittel, called Vanvitelli: A view of Vaprio d'Adda sold for £385,250
• Follower of Antonio Canal, called il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768): The Riva degli Schiavoni with the Palazzo Ducale, Venice; and The Molo with the Punta della Dogana, Venice sold for £75,650
• English School, mid C16th, Portrait of a lady thought to be Queen Elizabeth 1 holding a pink and a white rose, sold for £60,000
• A late 19th century emerald and diamond brooch sold for £6,240
• A Study in Scarlet.. Arthur Conan Doyle, (First Printing for the Sherlock Holmes story) sold for £18,600
• A Rare Regimental 1788 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer's Sabre of the 10th Light Dragoons sold for £14,400
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com