Auction Preview: Silver & Vertu Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Oct 17

What: Sale of Intricate Silverworks and Jewelry

Where: Heritage Auctions, Design District Showroom, 1518 Slocum Street, Dallas, TX 75207

When: Oct 17, 2017, 10.00 am CT

Public Viewing: October 13 – 17, 2017

The auction features a selection of intricate and rare silver objects from silver flatware, hollowware, silver smalls, to estate jewelry, Asian art, and decorative arts.

Top Lots of the Sale:

– An Asprey 18K Gold, Diamond, Mother-of-Pearl, and Gemstone Tri-Fold Frame, London, 20th century,  5-1/8 inches high x 13 inches wide (13.0 x 33.0 cm) (fully extended). Estimate: US$ 100,000-US$150,000

– A Pair of German Silver and Hardstone-Mounted Jousting Knight Figures, probably Hanau, early 20th century, 14 inches high (35.6 cm) (each, including bases). Estimate: US$ 17,000 – US$20,000

– A Large R & S Garrard & Co. Victorian Silver Nautical Figural Trophy, London, 1863, 22-3/4 inches high (57.8 cm) (trophy), 28 inches high (71.1 cm) (including base). Estimate: US$ 30,000 – US$ 50,000

– A Matthew Boulton Silver and Cut-Glass Epergne, Birmingham, England, 1825, 19-3/8 inches high x 19 inches wide (49.2 x 48.3 cm). Estimate: US$ 15,000 – US$ 20,000

– An Eleven-Piece Cased French Enameled Silver Lady’s Vanity Set Retailed by Cartier, circa 1910, 9-3/4 inches long (24.8 cm) (longest, brush). Estimate: US$ 15,000 – US$ 25,000

– A Fabergé 14K Gold, Gilt Silver, Opalescent Enamel, Moss Agate, and Diamond Vanity Case, workmaster’s marks for Henrik Wigstrom, St. Petersburg, Russia, 0-5/8 h x 4-1/8 w x 1-5/8 d inches (1.6 x 10.5 x 4.1 cm). Estimate: US$ 20,000 – US$ 30,000

– A Twelve-Piece International Silver Co. Art Deco Silver and Enamel Cocktail Service, circa 1930, comprising tray, pitcher, and ten stems. Estimate: US$ 15,000 – US$ 20,000

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Luxury phones go cheap as bankrupt Vertu auctions off entire museum – here’s how to bid

British company is auctioning more than 100 gold and titanium handsets.

Over 100 luxury mobile phones are being sold for a fraction of their list price, as the contents of bankrupt British phone company Vertu’s HQ are auctioned off.

Lots include ornaments from the Hampshire headquarters, as well as presentation cases, brochures, marketing material, a Richard Wilson sculpture and the company’s once-prized museum collection.

Documenting the history of the company, the 105-piece collection was once the pride and joy of Vertu. It includes one-off handsets made from 18-carat gold, limited edition phones built in partnership with Ferrari, and prototypes dating back to the launch of the company under Nokia’s ownership in 1998.

Although the museum collection is yet to receive a bid at the time of writing (and the minimum bid stands at £20,000), other lots of individual phones have attracted bids over £1,000. One lot includes a collection of 49 Vertu Constellation phones, currently selling for £1,000 with just a day to go.

Vertu auction

One item of particular interest is Hold The Line, an original sculpture produced by Richard Wilson (not the actor) and commissioned by Vertu. The sculpture depicts a futuristic cityscape with white buildings of various shapes and sizes, made from discarded Vertu parts. Skyscrapers are built from metal phone frames and green paths from motherboards. A 2013 article by The Verge said how Vertu was looking into auctioning the sculpture for charity.

The auction marks a sad end for Vertu, which was declared bankrupt earlier this year, putting 200 employees out of work.

Based in the rural Hampshire town of Church Crookham, Vertu’s British factory was more of a workshop, where staff assembled titanium, jewel-encrusted mobile phones by hand, personally signing each phone.

Vertu Richard Wilson sculpture

Sold at a boutique shop in London’s Mayfair, as well as through outlets in Selfridges and Harrods department stores, Vertu phones started in excess of £5,000 and stretched to well over £20,000. The company once sold a series of eight phones for £213,000 apiece.

Vertu’s collapse comes as owner Murat Hakan Uzan, a Turkish exile based in Paris who bought the company in March, attempted to buy the business out of administration for £1.9m. This was rejected in the High Court on 12 July, as its accounting deficit ran to £128m.

The contents of Vertu’s factory is being sold off in 62 lots by the BidSpotter website. Click the link, create an account and bid. Auctions end tomorrow, 11 August. Over a thousand pieces of factory machinery and computers are also up for auction in the i-Bidder website.

Gold Vertu Signature phone