If you went down to McTear’s today, you were in for a big surprise!
A rare 19th Century bear shaped walnut stand from the Black Forest delighted auctioneers in Glasgow today as an anonymous buyer paid almost £2,000 for the piece.
The stand came to McTear’s attention when a Glasgow seller used the auction house’s Text It service to find out how much the stand was worth.
However, as soon as director, Brian Clements, saw the text picture he knew the prospective seller had something special on his hands.
“When I opened the text I realised this was a very rare piece that could attract a lot of interest at auction,” says Brian. “We initially thought the stand could fetch about £800, however as soon as the bidding started we realised it was going to sell for a lot more.
“It is a great piece and we are absolutely delighted that it secured such a good price.”
The McTear’s Text It service allows prospective sellers to have an antique valued wherever it may be. All they need to do is photograph the item on a mobile phone camera and text the picture along with the word ‘value’ to 88600. A specialist from McTear’s will then send a text with an estimated value.
The price quoted above includes buyer’s premium and VAT thereon.