Hansons London’s first auction soared to success in front of a huge crowd who saw a copy of the Quran smash its estimate to sell for £6,500 – the top price paid at the sale.
The late 19th century, leather-bound religious Islamic text had a guide price of £100-£200 but, like several items at the inaugural auction, it reached heady heights.
More than 500 lots went under the hammer, it was standing room only in the saleroom - the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington - and hundreds registered to bid online.
Chris Kirkham, associate director for Hansons London, said: “Our first auction on February 10 was a great success. It exceeded all our expectations. We were delighted.
“Though Hansons is a long-established auction house name, we are new to the London area and it speaks volumes about the company’s reputation that we received such a warm welcome.
“More than 140 people came to enjoy the atmosphere and there were plenty of bidders in the saleroom and online.
“This is the first of many monthly auctions for Hansons London and we’re looking forward to making our March 24 auction an even bigger success.”
Hansons London was launched in January by auctioneer and TV personality Charles Hanson as an expansion of his Derbyshire business, Hansons Auctioneers.
Mr Hanson said: “We were praying for success at our first sale and those prayers were answered.
“Our saleroom really was full of the magic and sparkle of true auction fever. The atmosphere was electric with an audience hungry to bid and, with over 500 online bidders, we sold to buyers in Quatar, Russia, the USA, Turkey, Germany and Brazil.
“We enjoyed a high sold rate and some staggering results in Teddington. Our London auctions will march forward. It really was a case of 'Ready, Teddi (ngton) … Go' - the world is watching us.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to expand to London. I wanted to bring the theatre, drama and passion of the auction room to the capital, together with our professional, approachable and friendly Derbyshire-born ethos.”
More than 500 lots were sold out of a total of 564. Star lots included a Chinese Doucai Yen Yen vase, which sold for £3,800; 19th century Chinese peach blossom dishes which sold for £1,100 from an estimate of £500-£800, and a Chinese Famille Rose Rouleau vase, which soared to £3,600 from a £300-£500 estimate.
Meanwhile, a Robert Taylor Carson oil painting sold at £2,000 - £800 above estimate - and a jimbaya dagger was contested to £2,400 from an estimate of £50-£100.
Another item which soared to success was a collection of Islamic metalware which sold for £2,100 from an estimate of £80-£120. Another item which smashed its estimate was a selection of Chinese and Japanese scrolls, contested to £2,500 from an estimate of £70-£100.
The next Hansons London auction will be held on March 24 at the Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS. Entries invited until March 3. Free valuations are held at Hansons London Valuation and Consignment Office, 77 Bridge Road, Hampton Court Village, KT8 9HH, every Wednesday and Friday, from 10am-4pm. To find out more, call 020 8979 7954 or email email@example.com.