21 November 2007

Auctionitis ... and Anne of the Thousand Days ...

... So, yesterday I wasn't able to attend an auction where there were quite a few interesting-sounding Lots. Forget it ... that's what you're supposed to do. Move on ... there'll be another one soon ... and do you really need more stock?

... So, yesterday late afternoon I phoned the auction house to see what the Lots sold for ... and most of the ones I was interested in didn't sell.

... So, today Pauley and I drove up to Cheltenham to view the unsold Lots and came back with a loaded car. Did I really need it? I doubt it. But as you know there's a very fine line between need and want.

This box of linen should bring in a nice return.

These bobbins weren't the best buy in the world when I really looked at them carefully when I got home, but they'll be OK. But if there's someone out there learning to make lace, looking for a lace-making table on a stand and some books to go with the bobbins, then they could have a bargain!

And look at these 2 beautiful hand-made lace cushions.

The threads are interesting and I have no doubt they will sell in due course and the ribbons and braid are good, too.

But this ... well, I haven't taken it out of the box since we brought it home but I'll enjoy looking at it tomorrow while I'm at Dairy House. This is a 1969/70 wedding dress made by Harrods (in its original Harrods box) and it's a copy of the dress worn by Anne Boleyn (actress Geneviève Bujold) in the 1969 film Anne of the Thousand Days which also starred Richard Burton. Has anyone seen the film? I don't think I have. There is a matching headdress as you can see, and at the bottom of the box is a bridesmaid's dress and headdress, which was made at the time for a 14-year-old. An interesting Lot which didn't sell, mainly because it was added to the sale after the catalogues were printed.

... So I now have my hands tied behind my back, and you heard it here first ... I'm not buying anything else for at least a week!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hiya Sue,
As always, it was great to see you on Sunday. I always look forward to my visit with you ( even if it was brief). The drive home was miserable wasnt it? That wedding dress is an incredible find, I would love to see more of it! What a super surprise to find you have electricity in your "workroom/office" now. That must have made coming home doubly special.

Libbys Blog said...

The wedding dress is stunning, can't wait to see a full pic of it!!

Clare said...

Hi Sue

What a great find at the auction house - look forward to seeing more of the dress. I think my mum has probably seen that film - Richard Burton being a particular favourite of hers!!

Hands tied behind your back eh? Any chance of you doing a Houdini?!!!

Have a lovely weekend,

Clare x

Cowboys & Custard said...

Never say never is my motto...!
So sorry I didn't get to meet you at Shepton Sue.
Hopefully our paths will cross at Bath craft Fair next weekend..

Barbara said...

You certainly found some treasures

OhSoVintage said...

I am so jealous of all that linen and lace you have managed to find both here and in your last post! I am so surprised that they remained unsold. The wedding dress was a great find too, hope you will be photographing it on a mannequin for us all to see.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hello Everyone - I promise I'll photograph the wedding dress eventually. It's fabulous, and so is the bridesmaid's dress, but they're so creased that they really need to be ironed first otherwise they'll look awful in any photo. The mannequin is standing waiting - I just need to find a spare hour or so to make them photogenic!

OhSoVintage said...

Thanks, Sue, I actually did think you might know the name of the 'embroidery' - I would appreciate the name if you do come across the book.

Rose Vintage said...

Hi Sue, I've seem the film a few times now and it's one of my favourites. Geneviève Bujold played the part as a very temperamental Anne and if I remember rightly the thousand days was the amount of time that she had been involved with Henry one way or another. There is a great scene towards the end of the film where she is holding and using long wooden tags to recount and number the thousand days that she spent with him...A wonderful film...


Pigtown-Design said...

Ohhhh.. Chentenham! Love that. We stayed a summer on Tewkesbury and my cousins are just outside of Cirencester, so know the area well. Bet the auction was great, because the leftovers are wonderful.