Leeds hoard of gold and art set to fetch up to £50,000

Auctioneer Gary Don with a hoard of coins discovered in a house in Harehills. PIC: James Hardisty
Auctioneer Gary Don with a hoard of coins discovered in a house in Harehills. PIC: James Hardisty
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A HUGE collection of gold coins, jewellery and art found at a hoarder’s house in a Leeds suburb has been valued at up to £50,000.

The items were found at a large Victorian house in Harehills and belonged to a recently deceased Indian lady who had been collecting since the 1960s.

The hoard has been described as a “wonderful find” by Leeds auctioneer Gary Don who will sell around 200 lots on behalf of the unnamed woman’s family on October 7.

“When you come across something like this it is a privilege,” said Mr Don. “It is a wonderful find. She was a very well-to-do lady and an avid collector who could obviously recognise quality.”

Many of the coins were hidden away in a large holdall and come from Iran, South Africa and Panama. There are Victorian and Queen Elizabeth sovereigns, as well as diamond rings, ladies’ watches and bracelets.

The hoard includes signed, limited edition works by Salvador Dali, LS Lowry, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Elizabeth Frink, Laura Knight and Bernard Leach. Around 50 pictures are being auctioned.

One screenprint, entitled ‘Fragment Number 2’ (1965) by Bridget Riley, could fetch up to £6,000.

The sale in Leeds is expected to attract interest from buyers across the world including the Far East.

Also coming under the hammer is a diary from 1772-73 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 not known.

It contains the writer’s thoughts on all manner of subjects, from religion to drinking.

One entry reads: “4 of the drunkenest towns in England...Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Rochdale are 4 verry great towns of trade in ye worsted.”

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