Bidders push price of rare Beatrix Potter book to £2,600

7 October 2017 4:18PM

A pair of rare first edition books by Lakeland author and illustrator Beatrix Potter attracted the bidders at a London saleroom.

The sale by Forum Auctions saw a top bid of £2,600 for an author’s presentation copy of The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

Bidding reached £1,900 for a copy of The Tale of Mr Todd, with a dedication dated 1912.

A Border Regiment officer’s helmet, from the period 1884 to 1901, sold for £400 in a sale at London by Dix Noonan Webb.

The same sale saw £555 paid for a similar officer's helmet of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, from 1911 to 1914.

A small group of artworks by the Dalton-born Georgian portrait painter George Romney is being sold at auction next week.

The Tuesday, October 10, sale by Adams, of Droghda, Ireland, expects £900 to £1,350 for a figure study in pencil.

It is from the collection of Anne Crookshank, who did a major study on the drawings of Romney.

The artist lived from 1734 to 1802, spending his early years at what became knwown as Rooney Cottage, overlooking Hawcoat quarry.

He spent most of his career recording the features of members of wealthy society families and is buried at St Mary's churchyard, Dalton.

The Irish auction also has a pair of Romney drawings from the same collection with an estimate of £900 to £1,350.

The October 8 sale by BBR Auctions at Elsecar, South Yorkshire, expects £30 to £40 for a 21 inch stoneware flagon produced for the Barrow pop firm Thomson.

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