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Catalogue of the entire contents of the mansion including items brought from Lambton Castle and Harraton House, Newmarket ... Which will be sold by auction, upon the premises, as above, by Messrs. J. & R. Kemp & Co. 4to.
Ward & Foxlow, printers. 1929 Photographic front. & 18 further plates. Uncut in orig. limp vellum boards, embossed in black on front board.Loosely inserted are two letters to the auctioneers J. & R. Kemp from the royal household, one dated June 17, 1929, written on behalf of Princess Mary requesting a copy of the sale catalogue, and the other dated 21 June, 1929, from Windsor Castle on behalf of the Queen thanking the auctioneers for the catalogue 'sent to Her Majesty by the request of Princess Mary'. Both letters have a J. & R. Kemp & Co. stamp indicating that these letters were in the company archive. Also loosely inserted is an independent valuation of item number 645, a pearl necklace of 102 pearls together with eight newspaper articles (sent by the newspapers to the auctioneers) relating to the sale. The necklace was valued at £8,400 but sold for £12,600. This catalogue is an oddly scarce item with no copies located on Copac or OCLC; this copy is presumably a limited edition in embossed vellum binding and printed on handmade paper. The sale spanned ten days in June 1929. In addition to the necklace, notable sales include a 16th century silver standing salt and cover, £3,045, a diamond and pearl necklace, £1,806, and a signed letter by George Washington, purchased by Maggs Brothers for £270. 39 Grosvenor Square was the property of John Lambton, 3rd Earl of Durham, who died without an heir in September 1928. The sale preceded the New York stock market crash by only four months, an event that catapulted the world into the great depression and, one imagines, would have resulted in a far cheaper pearl necklace.
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