Grantham auctioneer sells a haul of valuable lots discovered in estate of widow

Toby jugs sold by Golding Young & Mawer.
Toby jugs sold by Golding Young & Mawer.
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A treasure trove of valuable items found in the estate of a widow were sold at auction for more than £100,000 in August.

Around 500 items went under the hammer at the Grantham sale room of Golding Young & Mawer.

The items belonged to Susan Goffin, the widow of Lincolnshire farmer Robert Goffin, and offer a valuable insight into family life through the generations.

One of the most valuable lots was 20 bottles of wine which went for £4,200 after a bidding war between an internet buyer and a wine connoisseur.

Many of the lots went for far more than predicted. A Victorian jug with an estimated value of £300 to £600 sold for £1,250 and an 18th century jug sold for £1,650, almost triple its value.

Watches and jewellery also did well with a rolex selling for £4,200.

The items were recovered from Mr and Mr’s Goffin’s farmhouses in Londonthorpe and Newark.

A second installment of vintage cars went under the hammer on August 31 on Bourne Auction Rooms, including a 1927 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer which has always been in the family.

The final installment of vintage farm equipment and machinery will be sold on Saturday, September 21.