Bidders drive up prices in Dorset automobilia sale

A specialist auction of automobilia achieved some strong prices in a recent sale at Dorset auctioneers Charterhouse.

Top lot in the sale was a rare and small opaque glass Shell Motor Oil clamshell pump globe. Entered into the auction from a client near Newbury, this sold on the hammer for £8,000.

Auctioneer Richard Bromell with a vintage Vauxhall Bedford Sales and Service enamel sign

Elsewhere in the auction, which had a selling rate of 95%, a Lyme Regis enamel target railway sign sold for £5,800, a Firestone Tyres Most Miles Per Shilling double sided flanged enamel sign made £2,400, a Vauxhall Bedford Sales and Service target style double-sided enamel sign £2,000 and a rare Ford Cosworth DFV Formula 1 block, from about 1973, stamped DFV 101 hammered at £1,300.

An enamel railway sign for Lyme Regis

Auctioneer Richard Bromell commented: “There were bids coming in from the telephone, internet, absentee commissions and from the many people in the saleroom. While many lots sold to UK buyers, several lots also sold to international bidders.”