UPCOMING SALES

Antique & Fine Art Sale

Wednesday 29th November
We are now accepting entries for this auction until the closing date which is October 23rd

Toys & Collectors Sale

Saturday 23rd September 12.30pm
On view Friday 22nd Sept 1-5.30pm & Saleday 9am to start




Fine Wines, Port & Whisky

Friday November 17th
We are collecting for this auction until our final date for entries of 17th October







NEWS ARCHIVE

Toy & Collectors Auction 23rd September


 
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A Great Day Out In Ilkley


 
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An Optimistic Summer Auction


 
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An Excellent Spring Result


 
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Winter Fine Sale 30th November


 
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A Wine Sale with Sparkle


 
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Autumn Toy Sale Results 2016


 
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Autumn Sale Results 2016


 
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ILKLEY SUMMER SALE REPORT


 
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Toy & Collectors Auction 9th April


 
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Spring Sale Results March 23rd Sale


 
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THE ILKLEY WINTER FINE SALE RESULTS


 
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Wine & Spirits Sale Report


 
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Autumn Toy Sale Report


 
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THE CHANGING SHAPE OF AUCTION SALES


“Lopsided” is the way the oldies might describe Hartleys Autumn Sale in Ilkley on September 9th.  “Modern” or “Interesting” is the more likely comment of the younger generation as over £260,000 was raised from 790 lots with only 19% unsold.
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June Sale Report


Possibly one of the smallest quarterly fine sales in recent years at 572 lots nevertheless produced a most creditable £230,000 at Hartleys in Ilkley on June 17th.  The two main headlines to report are first that “desirable” and “furniture” are words that can genuinely be used in the same sentence, and secondly works by Harrogate painter Brian Shields (or “Braaq”) are still holding their price.
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A Good Toy Sale Results


A total on the day of £80,000 was the satisfactory result at Hartleys six monthly dolls and collectors sale at Ilkley on April 25th.  The buy-in rate of only 12% unsold out of the 589 lots on offer was an indication of the depth of interest with so much of it via the internet these days.
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Spring Sale Results March 25th Sale


The Spring Sale of Hartleys in Ilkley on March 25th produced what is now regarded as the norm in a wide range of results.  Interest in individual items was often either intense with an unexpected price resulting, or near enough nil producing a no-sale, and all with no way of predicting which way demand would go.  On the day there were thirty six lots sold for four figure sums and 23% by lot withdrawn unsold.
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Hartleys Winter Sale Results


The Winter Fine Sale held by Hartleys in Ilkley, West Yorkshire on December 3rd provided an interesting event with a wide selection of items on offer.  As is usual these days, some areas were more readily received than others, but the general message seemed to be that decorative items such as ceramics, bijouterie, works of art and pictures were in good demand, high priced jewellery was harder to get away, and furniture and clocks provided a more than reasonable disposal rate.
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Christmas Wine & Spirits Auction Results 21st November 2014


A relatively small but, in several areas, interesting wine and spirits sale was held at Hartleys in Ilkley on Friday evening December 21st.  The strength of the buyers was very much centred round rare spirits perhaps responding to the supply side, where the weaker area was the cased Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone.
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AUTUMN ILKLEY TOY SALE


Over £71,000 was the total of Hartleys Ilkley Toys, Dolls & Collectors Sale on Saturday September 27th.  There were 613 lots on offer with 18% bought in, although this marked considerable differences across the commodities.  Similarly the figure of 155 lots (or 31% of sold lots) was bought live on the internet with some categories percentages climbing much higher.  Indeed the presence of the live net is particularly strong with this type of sale, but in deference to those buyers good enough to turn up in the room, it was a relief to keep up a bidding rate of 150 lots per hour
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Ilkley Autumn Sale Report


The Autumn sale of Hartleys at Ilkley on September 10th produced a varied cross section of results across the different commodities which were represented on the day.  The 813 lots on offer produced a buy-in rate of 23 ½ % across the board which disguised some very different results as the day progressed.
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Brian Shields Braaq World Record


Brian Shields Braaq.  Once again the pendulum has swung in the direction of Ilkley for the World Record auction price for an oil painting by Brian Shields, or Braaq.

At Hartleys sale on March 26th, the hammer fell at £56,000 for a view of a racecourse (possibly Doncaster) entitled “Does the mean there’s no dinner now?”

Another sporting picture entered by the same owner, this time with a cricket match in progress, and called “I bloody hate cricket” went to the same buyer for £42,000.  Three other “Braaqs” all his more usual semi-industrial and townscape views achieved between £12,000 and £14,000 each.

Since the start of 2012 when these paintings have really taken off in price, Hartleys have sold a total of thirty six Braaq oils, all from throughout the United Kingdom except for one from Sweden.  The database of sellers many of whom still hold several examples and buyers who often specialise in particular subjects, is now growing into a significant marketing tool for future sales.

Amongst the other categories in this fine arts sale such as jewellery, ceramics, silver and furniture was a special section of 110 lots devoted to militaria and sporting items including a wide variety of items.  A rare 19th century Saxon heavy cavalry sword reached £1,550, a late 18th century cavalry officers sword £1350, a pair of German U-boat binoculars £700, a 19thcentury full suit of armour £950, and a Beretta shotgun £640.  The section was rounded off with a selection of taxidermy and trophies including a preserved perch in case by J. Cooper London 1873 selling for £1000, and a preserved barbel in case “caught at Harwood 1921” at £980.  It is hoped a further section of this kind will be added to a regular fine sale in the next few months.


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Hartleys Spring Sale Results March 25th Sale


The Spring Sale of Hartleys in Ilkley on March 25th produced what is now regarded as the norm in a wide range of results.  Interest in individual items was often either intense with an unexpected price resulting, or near enough nil producing a no-sale, and all with no way of predicting which way demand would go.  On the day there were thirty six lots sold for four figure sums and 23% by lot withdrawn unsold.
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Hartleys Spring Sale Results


A very polarised set of results for Hartleys Spring Fine Sale in Ilkley on March 26th produced a total of £350,000, some excellent prices, a buy-in rate overall of 25% and a World Record auction price for a painting.

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Wine & Spirits Sale


A convivial roomful of buyers gathered at Hartleys’ annual wine sale in Ilkley on November 22nd paying over £57,000 for 450 lots of fine wine, port and old spirits
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AUTUMN TOY SALE RESULTS


A modest offering of just 400 lots was proffered at Hartleys twice yearly sale of toys and collectors items in Ilkley on September 28th but with the help of all that the internet arsenal could provide produced nearly £40,000.

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AUTUMN HIGHS & LOWS


The Autumn sale at Hartleys in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, was the usual collection of highs and lows but a useful final total of £290,000 and a buy-in rate on the 789 lots of only 17%.

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ILKLEY NET A GOOD RESULT


Hartleys June 19th summer fine sale in Ilkley produced a useful total of nearly £310,000 with the two areas of greatest interest to the auctioneers being the picture section and their first experience of live internet bidding

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A Spring in the Steps of Buyers


Saturday April 13th was declared the official first day of Spring of 2013 at Hartleys in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, as a total of over £92,000 was achieved for the twice yearly toys and collectors sale.
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A Snow Dominated Spring Sale


“Braaq” was once again the buzz word at Hartleys quarterly Fine Sale on March 27th.  As winter and snow stuck stubbornly like a limpet to what was laughingly named “the Spring Sale”, six examples of Brian Shields work took £62,000 or over a fifth of the sale total of £282,000.
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POSITIVE - EITHER WAY


At Hartleys sale in Ilkley on December 12th, items either sold, often very well, or there was virtually no interest at all.  The resultant total of £276,000 included 25% by lot bought in, but also produced some notable results.

 

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Autumn Toy Sale Report


A mixed set of results produced a total of £72,000 for Hartleys Toys and Collectors Sale in Ilkley on October 6th.  The 680 lots were selected from over 150 different owners and while only 15% by lot was bought in, some areas showed much greater buying strength than others.  Demand for dolls was somewhat muted and enthusiasm for model railways could have been better, but in other areas, there was nothing to complain about.

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AUTUMN SALE RESULTS


A collection of attractive items in every category at Hartleys sale in Ilkley, West Yorkshire on September 19th produced a relatively modest total of £234,000 perhaps because of the 22% of lots bought in as supply is still outweighed somewhat by demand.  Nevertheless, it was those items that sold well which formed the main impression of the sale.


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A Summer Sale with Mixed Results


The Summer Sale at Hartleys on June 27th produced several surprise prices, two best auction prices for pictures, and a total of over £270,000.  The underlying impression was of success within a difficult market; 734 lots were offered and 25% were bought in below reserve.  Some bullish furniture estimates meant a much greater failure rate than normally expected in this area rising to exactly one third by lot.

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THE CURATES EASTER EGG


In spite of overnight snow Hartleys Spring Sale in Ilkley on April 4th was definitely like the Curates egg, (very good in parts).  Although the unsold rate of 24 % by lot was higher than is usually expected at these rooms, some excellent prices in most areas ensured a total of £308,000 for eight hundred lots which was comfortably above expectations.

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Spring Toy Sale


The twice annual toys and collectors sale at Hartleys in Ilkley was a hard working affair with all but 40 (or 6 ½ %) of the 624 lots on offer finding a buyer.  The star lot of the day, a superb cart mounted street organ failed to sell, but the auction still realised a total of £60,000.

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Winter Sale


The sales pitch before the December fine sale always comes around to “all those desperate men our there looking for Christmas presents”.  This particularly aims at jewellery, bijouterie and the like and Hartleys December 7th fine sale in Ilkley proved the point, with enthusiasm continuing beyond the end of the sale with more than twenty five post sale bargains also struck.

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Don't blame the Buyers


There is never a shortage of buyers in August, except perhaps in the jewellery sections, where buyers desperation does really come to a head until later in the year. Sellers frequently worry that there will not be anyone there to buy their goods at this time of the year. On the contrary the usual scene is of a full saleroom impatient for enough stock to buy and so often punters leave empty handed.

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Reflecting the Market


The June sale at Hartleys Salerooms in Ilkley, West Yorks on June 18th produced 800 lots, many seeming to sell in a minor key, but on the basis of buy-in rates produced a most successful result with only 17 % (or 140 lots) unsold. With fewer than normal high profile items included within the sale, the eventual total did not quite reach the £200,000 mark with just thirty one items producing four figure prices.
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The Spring Collective


The Spring Collective Sale was held at Hartleys in Ilkley on April 23rd and comprised 920 lots. Opinion based on pre-sale activities was optimistic with higher than normal requests for information and well attended viewing. The actual result was tempered by a discriminating public eager to buy in certain areas, and happy to leave it alone where goods were over estimated or lacking in demand and saleability.
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Autumn Toy Sale Results


 
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