November, 2016

Marketing Agency Cumbria – Rare 1976 Record

Record by Carlisle band makes £650 at auction

A RARE 1976 record by the Carlisle band ‘England’, set up by local musician Olly Alcock, has made £650 at auction.
Discovered at a valuation day held by 1818 Auctioneers who sold it, the vendor – who wishes to remain anonymous – originally paid £2 for it.

Sean Eatherden, expert valuer at 1818 Auctioneers, said it was proof that the rarity of a record was more important than the fame of the performer.

As Mr Eatherden explained:
“This is proof that there is a very strong market for rare vinyl, particularly one that is a late example of the progressive blues rock genre.

“As a private pressing it would have had a very limited circulation. It is also believed to be one of only two copies signed by the band. It was bought by the vendor in the summer of 1976 and was signed at a performance they gave in Kendal’s Abbott Hall Park.”

‘England’ was formed by Carlisle guitarist Olly Alcock in 1971. They were playing progressive rock long after it became popular as a rock genre in the 60’s. Individual band members went on to enjoy later musical successes.

Records, invented in the 19th century, were superseded by cassettes in the 1960s and then compact discs in the early 1980s. By 2001 music was also being listened to on laptops and MP3 players. Whilst there has a recent renaissance in vinyl, original and old pressings are scarce and collectable.

Based on the Cumbria/Lancashire border, the saleroom’s reputation for selling rare records continues to grow. Earlier this year 1818 Auctioneer’s sold a private vinyl collection for over £30,000.

Attached images show the record by Carlisle band ‘England’ which made £650 at 1818 Auctioneers October sale.

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PR Agency Cumbria – Rolls Royce Silver

News Release: Exceptionally rare 1920s Rolls Royce Christmas gifts expected to make thousands at auction

TWO very rare Christmas presents given by Rolls Royce to a valued business contact in the 1920s are expected to make thousands of pounds at auction later this month (Mon 28 November)

Known as the sterling silver ‘Objects de Bureau’ desk set, and made up of 11 items produced between 1926 and 1937, experts believe only seven complete sets exist. The company didn’t commission an item in 1931.

A silver ashtray and a cigarette box, given to John Harold Kaye in 1926 and 1928 (respectively) and engraved with his initials, are now up for sale with 1818 Auctioneers on behalf of a grandson.

John Kaye, who later became a Sheriff and Lord Mayor of York, worked for Myers and Burnell coach builders in York. Such was his loyalty to the famous car company that during WW2 he stored Rolls Royce cars at his home in Haxby to protect them from the York bombings.

Valuer Jackie Rothwell, from 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria, Lancashire border, conservatively estimates each piece at £1,000 to £1,500 but knows of other pieces which have made over £3,000.
She said:

“This was an extraordinary seasonal gesture of thanks from the world’s most luxurious brand to the managing directors of its seven main dealerships. What we are not sure of is why John Kaye was singled out for two gifts as he didn’t work for a dealership. It must link to his job and his love of these amazing cars.

“The expert opinion is that there are only 77 pieces in existence, or seven sets. As they were never available for sale, and only given as gifts, this makes them exceptionally rare and desirable.

The ash tray was the first piece Rolls Royce Motors commissioned in 1926. It was made by the highly celebrated London Crown Jewellers ‘Gerrard and Co.’ The cigarette box was the firm’s 1928 Christmas present and that was made in Birmingham. It has an ingenious design on its lid created by painting a negative of the Rolls Royce ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ emblem under glass. Both items are about four to six inches in size.

Anyone interested in viewing the collection at 1818 Auctioneers J36 (of the M6) can do so on Friday 25 November (2-4pm), Saturday 26 November (10am-1pm) and from 8.30am on the morning of the sale. Further details can be found at:

Attached image shows: Jackie Rothwell with two very rare 1920s Christmas gifts commissioned by Rolls Royce Motors and expected to make over £1,000 each at auction this month. Images of each item are available on request.
Notes to editors:
Known as the sterling silver ‘Objects de Bureau’ desk set, an item a year was produced for Rolls Royce Motors between 1926 and 1937 (except in 1931). A full set consists of: 1926 – ashtray; 1927 – clock; 1928 – cigarette box; 1929 – inkwell; 1930 – a sweetmeat/bon-bon dish; 1932 – ink blotter; 1933 – barometer; 1934 – a cigarette light; 1935 – a salver; 1936 – a rose bowl, and finally; 1937 a pair of bookends.
Recipients of desk sets included the following Rolls Royce dealerships: Clyde Automobiles of Glasgow; Watson of Liverpool; Cockshoot of Manchester; Rippon Bros of Huddersfield; Car Mart of London; Roltes of Maidstone and; Croal of Edinburgh.

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