Auction goers took Philips Auctions March sale by storm from the moment auctioneer Tony Philips stepped onto the podium.
He no sooner declared Lot 1 – a small 1889 Victorian pocket barometer – available for sale than bidding became frenetic.
What was estimated in the catalogue to bring $40-$50 was knocked down for $500 (or $590 when the buyers premium is included).
And it didn’t stop there. Two lots later, an 1860s Victorian mother-of-pearl and...