Table made from coal smashes antiques valuation

It had an antiques valuation of up to £600.

Antique Furniture

A table made from coal has outdone its antiques valuation to sell for £7,500 at auction.

The item - which had a pre-sale estimate of between £400 and £600 - was sold in Cheltenham at Grosvenor Galleries, This is Gloucestershire reports.

Auctioneer Robin Fisher stated the piece - which was made out of parrot coal - was an unusual, quirky item and the sort that only tends to come up for sale "once in a blue moon".

He added: "I have been an auctioneer for nearly 30 years and I have never seen one."

Mr Fisher described the table, stating it was carved out of coal and is extremely rare.

What's more, the total cost was around £9,000 after the buyer - a dealer from London - paid the auctioneers premium.

This comes after another unusual item went under the hammer in Gloucestershire late last year when a book about nose jobs - printed in 1597 - was sold at auction for £11,000 in Cirencester.

Posted by John Folwell

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