Auction Delayed

The rescheduling of an auction – a first in my time at James and Sons.

INTRODUCTION

Yesterday was the day on which James and Sons’ second August auction should have taken place. This post is about what actually happened.

TECHNOLOGY ISSUES

I arrived at Fakenham Racecourse precisely as planned, which was about the last occasion on that day that anything could be said to have gone to plan. We were slightly late getting things set up. Then my computer failed to connect to the racecourse’s internet as their set up is not secure enough for my computer’s liking. Another laptop having been located it then became apparent that we would not be able to run video, although the audio seemed fine. 

Just after lot 923 went under the hammer we finally and definitively lost our audio as well. Discussion with the folks at the-saleroom.com, which included them being given remote access to one of our computers failed to resolve the situation, and after 15 minutes attempting to resolve the situation we decided that the only option was to postpone the auction, so on Friday 8th September at 10AM we will be having an auction at our shop which will start at lot 924 and end at lot 1600. 

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DAMAGE LIMITATION

Once the we had got the stuff back to the shop we got the auction officially rescheduled and I sent out a bulk email and a press release about the new auction. Here are both documents, and all the images used in their creation save for that of the record.

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I know I got the date wrong on this one – I was very tired and failed to notice.

JAMES AUCTION ON SEPTEMBER 10THemailJAMES AUCTION ALERT92410011001-a1053-d1053-c10531053-a1053-b127314151415-a1415-b1415-c1415-d1600

James and Sons’ July Auction

An account of James and Sons’ July auction – 1,500 lots over three days.

INTRODUCTION

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week James and Sons had its July auction. 500 lots went under the hammer on each day. 

MONDAY

This first day of the sale featured coins, banknotes, cheques, P&N covers and militaria. There were quiet moments in most categories, but also plenty of stuff sold, some of it doing very well. Here are some pictures from this first day:

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Along the way, lot 377, one of the P&N covers, was knocked down to me:

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As an ardent user of libraries (King’s Lynn and Fakenham very regularly, Gaywood and Norwich when I am in the locality) this had particular appeal. A worthy addition to my collection.

TUESDAY

With stamps, postal history, a few postcards and first-day covers going under the hammer this was always likely to be the quietest of the three days and it was, although there were a few good sales. Here are some pictures from day 2:

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WEDNESDAY

With postcards, cigarette & trade cards, ephemera, books, records and some interesting railwayana this was the day that we expected to go best, and it did. After a quietish start with the postcards, the cigarette and Liebig cards attracted in plenty of online bidders, some of the ephemera did very well, and both the large boxes of railway books found a buyer (someone who I had been in email contact with following a query about the contents of one of the boxes – I take the fact that she bought both boxes full as a definitive judgement as to the adequacy of my response!). I was also relieved because of its weight to see lot 1451 find a buyer. Lot 1379 went to me.

After a few minutes spent making the shop look more like a shop and less like an auction venue and a few more minutes spent consuming my sandwiches I finished up by adding details of those who had actually madce bids to the client database and printing out a complete list of those who had registered to bid online (196 of them on this occasion).

Here are some pictures relating to this third day:

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Most of the lots going under the hammer on day 3 were in this shot
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On the bus home, although exhausted I was still alert enough to accept the opportunity to capture the ruins of Bawsey Abbey when it arose.
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Lot 1451 (six images)

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Lot 1455 (2 images)

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Lot 1467 (five images)

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Lot 1379 (seven images)

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CLOSING THOUGHTS

Overall across the three days the total hammer price for sold items was just over £10,000, and while some of these were owned by external vendors, meaning that our gains are limited to the lotting fees, vendors commission and buyers premium, many were from our own stock. At the end of August we will be having auctions at our shop and also at Fakenham Racecourse.

 

 

Coins and Militaria for Auction, Records for Ebay

An account of a day’s imaging, including some of the most interesting pictures.

INTRODUCTION

This post is about the imaging I have done at James and Sons today. In total I have produced 180 images today (no, I am not going to share them all!), using the scanner for the coin lots and the camera for the rest.

THE BULK JOB – THE FIRST TRANCHE OF COINS FOR THE AUGUST SALE

The coins I imaged today were lots 1-50 in the August auction, except that lot 3 was missing. Images of both faces of each coin were required, which meant two sets of scans, and then some editorial work, resulting in three images for each lot. Here to further explain the process is lot 1…

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The image that becomes 1-a in the images folder
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The two images joined together (1 in the main image folder.

I scan these many lots at a time at very high resolution (600 dpi), the exact number of lots depending on the size of the coins, and on the number of coins that make up the lots. The 49 coin lots I scanned today were achieved in four tranches (i.e eight scans in total). Here some of the more interesting specimens…

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Lot 5

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Lot 6

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Lot 10

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Lot 13

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Lot 17

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Lot 23

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Lot 25

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Lot 31

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Lot 38

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Lot 45

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Lot 48

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Lot 50 – last of today’s tranche of coins

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RECORDS FOR EBAY

There were some interesting items here. In total there were 11 separate items, all boxed sets of multiple records, and I offer you a selection of images…

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La Boheme - Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma
Unlike a couple of others that I imaged today this is not a duplicate – it is a different recording of La Boheme to the one that I imaged on Tuesday.

World of Great Classics

THE FINAL SESSION – MILITARIA

Having finished the records it was time to image some items of militaria. This once again required the camera. Here are are a few highlights to conclude this post…

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Lot 207

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Lot 209

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Lot 210

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Lot 211

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Lot 212
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Lot 216

Imaging for the August Auction

A brief account of today at work, with pictures.

INTRODUCTION

I have lots of new pictures, relating to the James and Sons’ August sale (Wednesday 31st). Today’s imaging has involved two types of item…

MILITARIA

You will notice that one item that has been included with militaria is actually not so, but most of these items do count as militaria…

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Lot 197
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Lot 198
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Lot 199
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Lot 200
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Close-ups of both sides of the medallion
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Even closer-up of the ‘heads’ side
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Even-closer up of the ‘tails side’
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The non-military item.
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close-up of the heads side
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close-upf of the tails side.
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Lot 202
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The cover of lot 202
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Lot 203
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close-up of the medal faces
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even closer-up of the obverse
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even closer-up of the reverse

Now it is time to move on to the other auction items I had to image…

EPHEMERA/ BOOKS

This section starts with lot 361, which can be thought of as an anatomisation of a rolls-royce…

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Lot 361
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361 – section 1-c
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361 section 2-a
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361 section 3a
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361 – section 3b
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361 section 3c
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Section 4a
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Section 4b
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361 chamber of horrors

The rest of the items were not quite this impressive, but there were a few other good moments…

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Lot 362
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362-a – this mag still has it’s fold out poster (highly unusual)
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366
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366-a (again still has it’s fold out poster)
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Lot 372 – a box full of old calendars – I chose to showcase this one.
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From the very early history of cricket
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England recorded an innings victory in this match, Arthur Shrewsbury battimg six hours for a then Englan d record score of 164
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The Gabba over 60 years ago.
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Lot 376 – a scrapbook featuring cars
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377
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Lot 551 – a remarkable album
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EBAY IMAGES

In addition to the auction lots I had to image a few records for sale on ebay (the pictures I have included were only some of the records I imaged).

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The July Catalogue Cover

An account, with lots of pictures, of the main thrust of todat at James and Sons.

INTRODUCTION

The catalogue for James and Sons July auction (27th, Maids Head Hotel, Norwich) went to the printers today. This post is devoted to the images that will be appearing on the covers (outside and inside) of the catalogue.

THE FRONT COVER IMAGE

Lot 151 was, as expected, the front cover image, and it went through several takes…

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The original main image for lot 151
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The first cover image
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The second cover image cropped but not edited
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The edited version of the cover image

THE OUTSIDE BACK COVER – COINS

All of the coin lots had already been imaged, but for the sake of uniformity of appearance I was asked to provide new images for nine of the selected coins…

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THE INSIDE COVERS

While I had already done some of the images used for the inside covers, most were of new items that I had to image from scratch, which came in two categories…

RECORDS

This is now the third sale at which we have had significant quantites of records, and here they are in tiled mosaic form…

The pick of the above images were used to fill one whole page of the catalogue (this part of the process is not generally part of my job, although I am well capable of it – it merely entails creating a table in word with the appropriate numbers of rows and columns and inserting the images), while on the other inside cover as well as some other lots filling spaces left over were all of the following…

HATS AND HELMETS

Not every image below was used, exceptions will be noted in the captions…

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This image was not used because having been adamant that he wanted straight on images of all these items the auctioneer then decided that this one could be best presented at an angle.
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The image that does feature in the catalogue

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This image does not feature as it is a close up of some very impressive decoration.

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