Global interest sees porcelain collection sell for £107,000
A collection of antique porcelain smashed expectations when it was sold at a Devon auction house.
The Staffordshire Pottery was predicted to sell for £70,000 but due to high demand the price rocketed to £107,000.
"In my dreams I hoped for £100,000," said Nick Sainty, auctioneer at Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood, who auctioned the items. "I didn't expect it to be this much though."
He explained: "This kind of pottery gets a lot of interest; it has a big crossover. If you're an animal lover, if you're interested in military or theatre, there's something for you."
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Mr Sainty was particularly surprised as prices have been dropping recently.
"This is a return to the prices we were getting ten or 15 years ago," he added.
Most of the collection was mid-19th century and made up of Staffordshire Figures which are usually of animals and famous people. However, some of the pieces were from as far back as the 1770s, while others were as recent as the early 1900s.
Previously belonging to Paul and Dorothy Stockman of Torquay, the collection was sold to collectors around the world. Many of the bidders were competing from as far away as the US and Australia.