Brightwells Fine Art Auctions

Brightwells auctions

Brightwells, based in Leominster hold regular Fine Art and Antique Auctions throughout the year. Dating from 1846, Brightwells is well known locally and now, thanks to internet bidding, globally.

High value pieces sell well at Brightwells as well as quirky and unusual items and they have specialist consultants for coins, medals, Asian Art, paintings, Jewellery, militaria, taxidermy & sporting items, as well as more general valuers for furniture, ceramics etc.

Brightwells 2017 Spring Fine Art Auction included a fine collection of Indian Art and Metalware which totalled over £150,000. It had been assembled by the late Sam Kenrick, a private collector from Worcestershire. Highest price on the day was the £28,000 paid by a UK buyer for a Kangra miniature depicting ‘Women playing Pachisi on a Terrace’.

We were delighted to have been instructed to handle the collection of the late Sam Kenrick. It certainly made the sale an international affair, with registered buyers from 17 countries around the world. Technology has made the world a smaller place and our internet bidding system had two very busy days”. Roger Williams Head of Fine Art.

Horological collectors were out in force! An Empire gilt metal Mantel Clock by Zacharie Raingo attracted eleven phone bidders & internet bidders, finally selling for a pleasing £4,600.

Not surprisingly the highlight of the Brightwells Summer Sale was a rare Triunial Magic Lantern by W C Hughes of Mortimer Road, Kingsland, London.

Having been on display in the saleroom since March, it was a great talking point for many who passed and admired this rare and interesting article. It was also publicised by The Magic Lantern Society, which generated enormous worldwide interest from museums, collectors and private individuals.

On the day of the sale there were six telephone bidders, several on the internet and a number present in the saleroom who were all keen to try and buy such a photographic rarity. In the end it was left to two phone bidders to battle it out, as it quickly sailed passed it’s £6-8,000 pre-sale estimate, and was finally knocked down at £26,000.

Diamonds never fail to attract a lot of interest and all manner of sparkly pieces made high prices. Top price for the jewellery section fell to a magnificent 3.5 carat diamond ring at £17,000.

For a free no obligation auction valuation either in Brightwells saleroom or your home call 01568 611122 or email

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