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Another white glove sale for John Woodman Higgins armory collection auction
Hold My Hand: the 19th century boy’s armour in 16th century German style, belonged to the wealthy newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, inspiration to Orson Welles’s film Citizen Cane. It sold for £19,200 (Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000). The tall armour is a composite South German cap-a-pie field armour, partly Nuremberg, circa 1540, which sold for £30,000. (Estimate: £15,000- £20,000).
LONDON.- The style and content of the second Higgins Armory deaccession sale held today had many different aspects from last year. The first deaccession sale of 2013 of over 400 lots was extremely diverse with a very large number of lower value objects. This year, the sale was smaller in quantity, (with 327 lots) but with a larger amount of good calibre principally traditional European arms and armour.

They made a total of £49,200 (including premium).

The pre-sale view was extremely well attended, as last year, resulting in a very large number of commission bids and paddle registries. The sale was also very well viewed online with a substantial increase of interest from last year, notably in English speaking countries.

Thomas Del Mar comments ‘we were delighted to be able to repeat the remarkable success of the 2013 sale. Selling for a total of £830,000 (including premium), in excess of the sum of the low and high estimates with no unsolds. The market continues to be strongly driven by quality and good provenance which was a prevalent theme throughout.’

RESULTS (including premium)

A COMPOSITE GERMAN CAP-A-PIE FIELD ARMOUR IN THE SO-CALLED "MAXIMILIAN" FASHION, CIRCA 1520. Estimate: £20000-30000. Sold for: £46,800.

A COMPOSITE NORTH ITALIAN CAP-A-PIE FIELD ARMOUR, CIRCA 1570-80. Estimate: £14000-18000. Sold for: £43,200.

A COMPOSITE CAP-A-PIE TOURNAMENT ARMOUR WITH LATER ETCHED AND GILT DECORATION, ITALIAN AND GERMAN, EARLY TO LATE 16TH CENTURY WITH 19TH CENTURY ADDITIONS. Estimate: £15000-20000. Sold for: £38,400.

A COMPOSITE NORTH ITALIAN CAP-A-PIE FIELD ARMOUR WITH ETCHED DECORATION, PROBABLY MILANESE, CIRCA 1570-80. Estimate: £15000-20000. Sold for: £36,000.

A GERMAN CAP-A-PIE FIELD ARMOUR BY LORENZ KILIAN, MUNICH, 1911-19, IN THE LATE 15TH CENTURY HIGH "GOTHIC" STYLE OF LORENZ HELMSCHMIED OF AUGSBURG. Estimate: £12000-18000. £36,000.

A COMPOSITE SOUTH GERMAN CAP-A-PIE FIELD ARMOUR, PARTLY NUREMBERG, CIRCA 1540. Estimate: £15000-20000. Sold for: £30,000.

A STAINED GLASS PANEL OF ST ADRIAN OF NICOMEDIA, PROBABLY FLEMISH OR GERMAN EARLY 16TH CENTURY AND LATER. Estimate: £1000-2000. Sold for: £22,800.

A PAINTED LIMESTONE FIGURE OF ST ELIGIUS, PERHAPS LORRAINE EARLY 16TH CENTURY. Estimate: £3000-4000. Sold for: £20,400.

A GERMAN CAP-A PIE FIELD ARMOUR FOR A CHILD IN THE SOUTH GERMAN STYLE OF THE 16TH CENTURY STYLE, POSSIBLY MUNICH, 19TH CENTURY. Estimate: £10000-15000. Sold for: £19,200.

A COMPOSITE NORTH ITALIAN CORSLET WITH ETCHED DECORATION, PARTLY BY THE "MASTER OF THE CASTLE" OF MILAN, LATE 16TH CENTURY. Estimate: £8000-12000. Sold for: £16,800.





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