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Past EVENTS AT Barnes Thomas
Specialist Fine Art Auctioneers

December 2014
Barnes Thomas
sold the Studio of Peter Thursby (1930-2011).

September 2014
Barnes Thomas sold Walter Langley (1852-1922), Knitting, 1890, for £54,000.

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Patrick Heron

October 2013
Richard Long - Muddy Finger Circle sold for £5,200 against a guide price of £3,000-£4,000.

Patrick Heron

March 2013
A series of 11 etchings by Patrick Heron exceeded expectations. The series that was the last produced by Heron was entered for sale with a £6,000-£8,000 guide. After fierce bidding the lot sold to the telephone for £10,400.

Simeon Stafford

September 2012
5 Years
Barnes Thomas celebrated 5 successful years with a cocktail party held at Treriefe House. A painting by Simeon Stafford was presented to the auction house.

Beryl Cook

November 2011
The Hairdresser from the US.
An important and well documented painting by Plymouth artist Beryl Cook arrived back from the United States to be sold in Penzance. The painting entitled ‘The Hairdressing Salon’ was purchased by the vendor from the Portal Gallery, London. The painting was illustrated on page 73 of the book ‘Beryl Cook, The Bumper Edition’ published by Weidenfeld   and Nicholson. The painting sold to a local collector for £30,000.

Anthony Van Dykes

February 2011
Three Kings found in Devon Potting Shed
A late 17th century portrait was found in a Devon potting shed wedged between two sheets of plasterboard.  The painting was a triple portrait of Charles I and a copy of Anthony Van Dykes (1599-1641) 1645 work which was sent to Rome to be translated in to sculpture by the famous Bernini, the original being in the Queens Collection.
The work was entered for auction with a £3,500-£4,500 selling to a keen bidder for £9,400.

Paul Wingett

October 2009
Philanthropist sells
New York art connoisseur and collector of sculptures Paul Wingett sold his collection and contents of his New York and St Ives residence at auction.  Held in a marquee on the Lawn of his St Ives home, Barnes Thomas conducted an auction which highlighted a collection that spanned a life time.  Works by Patrick Heron, Alfred Wallis, Sandra Blow, Alberto Morrocco, and Mario Marini all went under the hammer without reserve.

Patrick Heron

July 2013
Barnes Thomas was instructed to sell Truro’s prestigious Lemon Street Gallery archive of works by Kurt Jackson.  23 works all went under the hammer selling to all corners of the Globe.

Daphne McClure

March 2012
Homage to Nicholson
A large work by Newlyn Society artist Daphne McClure made a world record price at auction. The work on canvas which measured 40” x 40”and entitled ‘A Homage to Ben Nicholson’ exceeded its presale estimate of £5,000-£6,000 selling for £7,000.

Tony Sanders

December 2010.
Sanders Estate Sale
Barnes Thomas was instructed to sell the stock and chattels of respected antique dealer Tony Sanders.  The sale was held without reserve with 800 lots being sold over two days.

Alfred Wallis

October 2010
Wallis’s found by St Ives Fisherman
A collection of six works by the St Ives artist were found in a tool chest by St Ives Fisherman David Perkin.  Barnes Thomas, was instructed to sell the six works all of which exceeded their modest £2,000-£3,000 guide almost doubling expectations.  Robert Jones expert on Alfred Wallis said ‘At a time when there are a lot of fake Wallis paintings on the market, it is refreshing to see this set of genuine works which have remained hidden since Wallis’ death’  ‘I hope to use these illustrations in my next book’

Tim Newman

July 2010
Newman Sells his Studio
Artist and collector Tim Newman says "Out with the old in with the new" and sold the entire contents of his home and studio without reserve. From African art to paintings by John Miller, the sale was perhaps the most eccentric and eclectic held by Barnes Thomas.

The Jewels of Tresanton

May 2009
The Jewels of Tresanton
Barnes Thomas held a specialist Jewellery sale at the Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes with kind permission of Olga Polizzi. The 336 lot auction boasted lots ranging from £50-£50,000.  A very fine Edwardian gold and mounted sapphire brooch/ hat pin created national interest eventually selling at £13,400 against a presale estimate of £4,000-£6,000.

Charles Napier Hemy

September 2007
The Pilot finds its way home for £39,000
A work by Falmouth artist Charles Napier Hemy makes a world record price of £39,000. The work which was sold from a private Canadian collection was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1902.


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