Auction Intrigue at Biddle & Webb

Biddle and Webb’s Interiors auction is nothing short of eclectic. As auctioneers we are used to seeing and selling a vast array of desirable items ranging from Moorcroft jugs to mahogany cheese coasters, witches’ balls to Rolex watches. Unusual, unconventional and at times – frankly bizarre, the ever expanding antiques industry never fails to surprise the saleroom at our monthly Interiors auction.  Here is a selection of our most intriguing lots from over the last couple of sales.

Biddle & Webb’s May Interiors sale saw an international array of stamps sold at auction. The collection achieved well over £40,000 in hammer total – proving that stamp collecting is no archaic pastime. One of the more impressive lots of the day was lot 206: A portfolio of USA. 1845 – 1946 mint & used collection incl. Postmasters Provisionals, some on cover and some certified, realised at £5500.

The June Interiors sale also saw its fair share of star lots – to include a rather striking string of butterscotch amber beads. Lot 5: A string of graduated butterscotch amber beads, consisting of approx. 59 oval beads, sold to one lucky telephone bidder for £3,000. The sale also included an exciting collection of retro racing bikes, attracting a large crowd of private buyers who battled it out in the saleroom to place the winning bid. Lot 206: A Major Nichols bicycle with blue frame sold for £550. One of the more exceptional lots on the day, Lot 290: A 19th century No.2 single lever typewriter by The Columbia Type Writer Co. USA sold for £2100,  lot 319 – A piece of cake from the wedding of Jacqueline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1953 sold for a healthy chunk at £500, piece of cake!

So, no matter how peculiar the item – we want to hear from you.

For more information about consignment please contact the saleroom on 0121 455 8042, or email

What might you discover?

Ellie Hill.


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