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Under the hammer: top picks from the upcoming sale at John Rolfe Auctions

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The next sale at John Rolfe Auctions will be held on July 8th and 9th at Babdown near Tetbury.

Auctioneer and owner John Rolfe is excited to showcase his latest sale – title The Summer of LOVE. John said: “We have 850 lots, lovingly put together to be sold over two days from Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th, with a chance to bring the love to our view day of Friday, 7th with bubbles and canapes in the evening from 5-9pm, a chance to have a look at who we are and what we do and what we love.”

John’s eclectic mix has certainly captured the imagination of the public as his business goes from strength-to-strength: “It has been a whirlwind start to our life here in Tetbury. Our previous sale was our biggest and best yet with over 1,000 lots going under the hammer at a 95 per cent sale rate, we broke our sale total record and that has allowed us to expand our premises and our staff.”

Joining the team at John Rolfe Auctions is junior auctioneer James Hulbert and at only 25, he has spent his working life in auctions and antiques and has a wealth of experience in furniture, reclamation, watches and luxury goods.

John has also brought in Mark Weyman, who is head porter. He has a keen eye for pottery, military and most of all quality and is described by John as one of the ‘nicest blokes in Gloucestershire’.

John added: “We have some seriously special things in our next sale our personal favourites are a Rolex Datejust 41 watch with box and papers, it has come to us privately at no reserve and has barely if ever been worn. 

“We have a distinctive studio pottery figural group by renowned master potter John Maltby whose stock has never been higher and an incredibly rare 19th century bronze canon dated 1856 linked to The Treaty of Paris, other highlights include a substantial piece of The Berlin Wall that the vendor brought back as a souvenir in 1991.”

Here are a few of the top items that will be going under the hammer.

Top picks from the July sale:

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Rolex Oyster.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, 41 stainless steel and white gold gents wristwatch 2018 ref 126334, silvered dial with lume hands and baton markers, date aperture, fluted white gold bezel, 41mm case, Oyster bracelet, currently running, box, papers, tags and spare link.

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Patek Philippe watch.

1940s Patek Philippe 1513 18k rose gold wristwatch, cream dial with 3-9-12 Arabic numerals and subsidiary second dial, 36mm case, movement no. 964. 984, case no. 656. 455, with box, dust bag. Extract from the Archives and original Guarantee Certificate.

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A piece of the Berlin Wall.

A substantial piece of the fallen Berlin Wall, carved with a brutalist panel and further painted decoration upon a plinth stand, 127cm high, the vendor purchased this in Berlin in 1991.

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Brass cannon.

Impressive 19th century bronze cannon on a cast iron stand with wheels and traces of original paint, cast inscription ‘Peace 1856’ and ‘Trust in Providence and Keep Your Powder Dry’, 38cm high x 84cm long and 31cm wide.

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A Bren gun.

Lithgow M.A. 1941 Bren MK1 light machine gun complete with deactivation certificate.

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James Hulbert with a painting by Feliks Topolski.

Feliks Topolski (1908-1989) – full length portrait of King of Arms, signed and dated (19)67, watercolour,, 180 x 120cm, framed.

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George Smith Kelim or Kilim upholstered sofa.

George Smith – Kelim or Kilim upholstered sofa, with feather stuffed cushions on turned front legs and brass castors, 84cm high x 180cm wide.

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A piece by John Maltby.

John Maltby (1936-2020) – ‘Reclining figure and trees (Dartington)’, on a plinth base, monogrammed, signed and titled to the base, pottery sculpture, 21 x 28.5cm.

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James Hulbert and John Rolfe with the 1940s Bedford truck.

1940s Bedford MSD Flat Lorry, XVV 913, Chassis no MSD 24440, Engine no 2699, both numbers correspond with a build date of 1946, 3519cc engine. 54,000 mileage, with large supply of historic paperwork, V5 present. Reduced buyers premium of 10% on this lot (12% inclusive).

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John Rolfe in the showroom.

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