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Sampson and Horne’s Legacy Makes Over 1 Million Pounds at Bonhams

LONDON.- Legendary English antique dealership Sampson and Horne’s collection of British pottery and furniture went under the hammer yesterday (28 April) at Bonhams, New Bond Street with huge success, achieving a total of £1,056,000 with a 91% sold by value. The auction lasted all day with 740 lots on offer, but the saleroom remained packed throughout with many of their loyal customers attending in person – a poignant reminder of their many visits to Sampson and Horne’s shops. While estimates had been set cautiously, in many cases fierce competition among private collectors meant prices in the auction were at retail levels. Of particular interest were two fine London delftware blue-dash Royal portrait chargers, which fetched £19,600 and £13,200 respectively against pre-sale estimates of £8,000 – 12,000. Also fetching a high price were a late 18th century pair of life sand paintings sold