Antiques from ex-stud owner fetch £80,000

1928 Manchester Cup ANL-150601-164034001
1928 Manchester Cup ANL-150601-164034001

Items belonging to a former Newmarket stud owner have fetched £80,000 after going under the hammer at a fine art and antiques auction.

The valuables which belonged to Dana Brudenell-Bruce, former owner of Snailwell Stud, were sold during the latest fine arts and antiques auction held by auctioneers Lacy, Scott and Knight, in Bury St Edmunds last month.

Fetching the most money among the lots that were sold was the 15 carat gold 1928 Manchester Cup, pictured, which went for £18,500 to a private collector. Other items that reached four-figure totals included the 1964 King George VI Stakes nine carat gold pedestal cup which went for £3,700 and the 1970 Coronation Cup nine carat gold cup and cover which was sold for £2,500.

“It was fantastic to have the collection added to the sale as it really put some gloss on it,” said Edward Crichton, fine art manager at Lacy, Scott and Knight.

“The 1928 Manchester Cup was the item we expected to bring in the highest amount of money and there was a good level of bidding for it.

“The only thing that was a shame was that the Jockey Club did not buy anything as they were outbid on several items.”

While many of the racing memorabilia items reached, or exceeded their estimate, there was one item in particular, not connected to the racing world, that went above and beyond expectations.

“There was a lovely pair of Georgian tray-top night commodes that went for £2,400 and we thought they might only fetch £400 or £500,” said Mr Crichton.

“I think they went for so much money as they were a genuine pair which is very rare and that had gone undamaged over the years.”

Although the vast majority of items belonging to the late daughter of well-known owner-breeder Stanhope Joel, who owned 1967 Eclipse and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, have now been sold off Mr Crichton confirmed that several other artefacts will be going under the hammer in March.

“There are a small number of 20th century designed items including a few pictures and bits of silverware that have a 20th century look about them,” said Mr Crichton.

“While the principle items have gone we still expect the remaining ones to go for between £6,000 to £8,000.”

The twentieth century design sale will take place at Lacy, Scott and Knight’s auction house in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, March 13.