The sale has been promoted as a one-off occasion - no commitment to repeats. A lot of money has been spent on German drinks parties and 'gatherings' - solo roadshows by Christie's valuers - and sale lots have been exhibited in six German and Austrian cities. Lord Poltimore, in charge of the sale, calculates it has yielded 60-70 per cent extra business over a six- month period. It has tempted out a rare Friedrich, Walk at Dusk, estimate in excess of pounds 2m.
Another one-off sale - the third, in fact - of surplus BBC costumes by Bonhams, Monday (12am) takes place at the BBC's warehouse in Acton. Both the first, last January (total pounds 83,820), and the second, last June ( pounds 20,278), were meant to be the last. This positively final disrobing is of 25,000 costumes cast off after the closure of the BBC North costume department: Catholic vestments, broken leg casts and street-wearable garments by Christian Dior and Tommy Nutter. BBC: Unit 4, Royal London Industrial Estate, North Acton Road, London W3.
Best of the rest: Toys, dolls and teddies at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday (10.30am) and Sotheby's (with automata) Tuesday (10.30am); Doulton wares, British art pottery and tiles, Phillips, Thursday (1.30pm); 400-lot sale of decorative and topographical prints, photographs, books, maps, by Bloomsbury Book Auctions, Thursday (1pm).
Lacock: Contents of Bewley Court, on the premises, Monday (10.30am) - furniture, artworks, carpets, silver, metalware. Sotheby's (071-408 5263).
Old Heathfield: Contents of Heathfield Park, sold by the artist and actor Gerald Moore to fund a fine art academy. Flamboyant furnishings. Wednesday (10am). Sotheby's (071-408 5263).
Leicester: Contents of Thurnby Manor with lots from other sources, Thursday (10.30am). Heathcote Ball, Castle Auction Rooms (0533 536789).
Ludlow: Part-contents of Tithecote Manor, near Henley-on- Thames, Tuesday (10.30am). Ludlow Antique Auctions (0584 875157).
Barnsley: Doulton and Beswick character jugs, figurines and artistic pieces, today (12 noon) at Milton Hall, Elsecar. BBR Auctions (0226 745156).
Dorchester: Stevenson collection of 18th-century drinking glasses, other glass and ceramics, Thursday (10.30am). Bronzes, metalwork, theatrical posters, furniture, Friday (10.30am). Duke's (0305 265080).
Stroud: Ex-MoD vehicles: Land Rovers, 75 Vauxhall Carltons, vans, minibuses, lorries, Tuesday (10am). MoD Aston Down (061 223 9179).
Plymouth: Computers and peripherals, tomorrow (11am) at the Novotel, Marsh Mills Roundabout. South West Computer Auctions (0934 642437).
Strathclyde: Surplus vehicles, plant and equipment, on instructions of Strathclyde District Council, includes tractors, trailers, generators, Thursday (11am). Intercity Motor Auctions (041-556 3333).
Sheffield: Fitted carpets, kitchens, new records, tapes, CDs, computers, sundries, ladies' clothing, bicycles, gym equipment, Tuesday (10.30am) at Irish Social Centre. Ellis, Willis & Beckett (0742 767156).
Tomorrow: Annual International Vintage Slot Machines: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire. Goldsmith-Roberts (0279 647191).
Wednesday-Sunday: Antiques: Grasmere Hall, Grasmere (0748 824095).
Next Saturday-Sunday: Mammoth: Springwood Park Showground, Kelso (Four in One Promotions; 0455 233495).
Look out for . . .
Winford: Remaining contents of Winford Hospital, on site. Teak garden benches, hospital beds, screens, Tuesday (10am). Allan & Harris (0272 533676).
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