Local auction house raises close to quarter of a million with flagship Welsh sale
10:23am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
CLOSE to quarter of a million pounds has been raised by a local auctioneers flagship auction of Welsh art.
Works by defining artist Sir Kyffin Williams sold for close to £140,000 alone, at the Rogers Jones Co sale.
It was the second £200,000 plus sale at the Llandough Industrial Estate-based auction house in the last four months.
Auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones called the sale on Saturday September 28 “exceptionally buoyant”.
“The saleroom was packed with every seat taken and people standing down either side,” he said.
“Bidding was prolific in the room, on the telephone and on-line with many new faces joining us for the first time.
“It proves that our decision to open a second saleroom in South Wales was the correct one.”
Five oil paitings by Sir Kyffin Williams sold on the day for £84,000. Others were purchased in private treaty sales afterwards, taking the grand total to £136,600.
In June, one of his oils sold for £50,000 – a Welsh saleroom record.
Mr Rogers Jones said that may have encouraged other owners to to sell their paintings.
“Our past sales prove we are the auctioneers for Kyffin’s paintings – we have probably sold more than any other saleroom – but not all the artist’s paintings go for £50,000,” he said.
“The market is selective and we need to make owners aware of this when agreeing estimates and reserves for his work.”
The highest price in the latest sale was paid for an oil on canvas titled 'Penrhiwiau', showing a farmer and sheepdog leaving their Snowdonia cottage. From a private Cardiff collection it sold to an English gallery for £24,000.
For further information about the local caution house, contact Ben Rogers Jones on 02920 708125 or firstname.lastname@example.org