Leeds art and gold hoard sold for over £80,000

Auctioneer Gary Don, with the hoard of coins discovered in a house in Harehills, Leeds.
Auctioneer Gary Don, with the hoard of coins discovered in a house in Harehills, Leeds.
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A COLLECTION of gold coins, jewellery and art found at a hoarder’s house in Leeds has fetched over £80,000 at auction.

The amazing hoard was found at a large Victorian house in Harehills which belonged to a recently deceased Indian lady.

The woman was described as an “avid collector” who had been buying since the 1960s.

Leeds auctioneer Gary Don, who had estimated that it might fetch £50,000, was delighted with the success of the sale.

Bidders from the United States, Europe and the Middle East were among the buyers of around 200 lots which were sold by the unnamed woman’s family.

One screenprint, entitled ‘Fragment Number 2’ (1965) by Bridget Riley fetched £23,000.

Mr Don said the Riley work had been purchased in the 1980s for £50.

A print by Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth fetched around £1,500.

A total of 50 artworks were sold.

A large numbers of gold coins from across the world were among the items being sold.

Queen Elizabeth 1972 silver wedding gold coins were bought for £5,000 and a gold bracelet with sovereigns made over £3,000.

Mr Don said: “We had telephone bidders from all over the world and we had representatives of galleries in London.

“We are absolutely delighted with how the sale went. We had French buyers bidding for the French coins and Iranian buyers buying the gold coins from Iran.”

Also sold was a diary from 1772-73 which is believed to have been written by a Yorkshire textile trader. It was found in a builder’s yard in Chapel Allerton, Leeds but the author is unknown.

The diary was sold yesterday for around £800 to a private buyer from Yorkshire.

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