Herefordshire auctioneer’s two-day fine art and collectors sale saw one accessory sell for enough money to buy a brand-new SUV car… with thousands to spare.

Minster Auctions' sale continued the recent run of successful quality auctions with a huge diversity of fine antiques, antiquities and collectables achieving fantastic results and attracting buyers from around the world.

The auction’s silver section opened proceedings, with a pair of silver mounted enamel bowls, decorated with tribal figures, selling for £1,900, and a George III silver fruit basket by Paul Storr achieving an amazing £3,200.

The glittering jewellery section boasted an exquisite array of antique and fine jewels, with a gold swivel Intaglio Seal Ring being eagerly fought over before eventually selling for £4,800, but the star of this section had to be a ‘Ruben Bombe’ diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The estimated value of this stunning accessory stood at around £15,000 to 20,000, but a deal for this bracelet was finally struck at a whopping £28,000. According to Nimblefins Insurance, £26,000 is the cheapest average price for their very highest tier cars, so you could hypothetically drive away with a luxury family SUV and have £2,000 to spare for the price of this ‘Ruben Bombe’ bracelet!


Moving on to the paintings section, this category's highlight was a portrait of Thomas Walford in the circle of Thomas Gainsborough R.A. achieving £3,200. Within the fascinating European ceramics section were a pair of early delft seated dogs that, despite being unsigned and showing some damage and restoration, attracted considerable attention, and sold for £2,300.

A wide range of antiquities were auctioned at the sale.A wide range of antiquities were auctioned at the sale. (Image: Minster Auctions)

Day two opened with clocks and furniture, and it didn’t take long for bidding to intensify with a Congress chess timer flying to an exceptional sale price of £3,600. On the second day of auctioning, a fascinating collection of antiquities from a local estate and a selection of natural history lots also achieved standout prices for their top items.

Minster Auctions' next fine art and collector’s sale will be held on August 28 and entries are being invited now.