The Richard Edmonds
three day auctions are well established and this year two have already passed and a third is to come. It is something of a small miracle how they manage to find so very many lots to sell. The last one was a fortnight ago, there were a few lots I took a fancy to and had a day spare so decided to make the journey up to Chippenham. The format of the auction is parts on day 1, day 2 'petroliana' (ie enamel signs, petrol cans, old advertising guff, etc) and day 3 vehicles. I was up for the parts day - I had quite taken a shine to a couple of bicycles that in the end went beyond my miserly budget. An auction is a social occasion as well as a good chance to be parted from your hard earned cash (or as is often the case buy stock if you are a dealer) and it was a good day out wandering around and nattering with fellow enthusiasts.
By the end of the day I had been outbid on most of the lots I was interested in, the cycles went for a bit more than I wanted to pay at the moment but I did go home with a very charming small selection of veteran Brooks leather motorcycle puncture repair cases and spare tube cases that were all bundled up together in one lot. Quite unusual items, I'll post pictures soon.
There were a few rather tasty vehicles coming up on the third day of the auction, some pictures are below as well as prices realised (or not in some cases...)
|This 1934 Austin 7 Beaufort Special was a real cracker. A very|
extensively and expensively modified car and unusually set up
for the taller driver. A really nice pre-war sports car with a
performance to keep up with modern traffic. It was estimated
at £15-18k and failed to sell.
|Unrestored ex-police BSA 1932 BSA G12 combination was|
rather nice but probably a big old heavy brute to ride. It sold
for a very reasonable £13.5k.
|The Beesa G12 was original paint and event had 'Bath Police'|
written on the door of the sidecar.
|This very sweet French Carteret cyclecar was estimated £12-15k|
but failed to sell. It was a bad day for car sales.
|1933 Sunbeam Model 8. It was over estimated at £12-14k but|
was in very tidy condition. In the end it made a respectable £10k.
|I absolutely loved this 1926 Triumph Ricardo.|
It looked like original paint but was in fact an
older restoration. In very nice condition with very
little evidence of wear and tear - all the nuts and bolts
were nice, clean hexagons. Evidently several other
people felt the same way as I did about the bike, the
difference being that they had spending money in their
pockets, and it went way above the £12-15k estimate
to hit £21k.
|1922 Sunbeam 500cc side valve would make|
a very decent flat tanker for regular use and
sold for a reasonable £8.5k.
|1950 Douglas Competition Model went for £5.5k. Geared up|
it would make a fun machine for Sunday runs and occasional
green lane excursions.
|This 1922 Baby Triumph was a cracker but|
it carried a more recent number plate as
evidence that it ha passed through the hands of
a number plate dealer in the wild west years of
personalised number plate shadiness in the 80s
and 90s when a lot of old bikes were stripped of
their history. As a result it only made £3.5k.
|Despite its dodgy number the Baby Triumph|
was a steal.
|A very immaculate and seemingly ready to race Sprite Scramber|
found a new home for £2.1k.