Want to get your hands on some bargain stolen goods? Well you can - and legally!!!
Here's a selection of goodies which the West Midlands Police authority have sent us to sell at our specialist Jewellery, Coin & Watch Auction on 24th October.
These items comprise 'crime recovered' items, unclaimed lost/found items and items seized under The Proceeds Of Crime Act or POCA.
All to be sold WITHOUT RESERVE so it could well be worth a bid - you don't even need to attend the auction in person as you can bid online and we can post items to you if you are successful.
Visit the auction calendar page to find the details for this auction, the full online catalogue and online bidding.
As well as private entries from our regular Valuation Days there are some great lots entered by West Midlands Police authority to be sold WITHOUT RESERVE - so make sure you don't miss out on the potential bargains!
Our next Jewellery auction will be 5th December 2015 - just in time for Christmas. Entries for this auction are now invited and we offer very competitive commission rates for both private and trade sellers so don't hesitate to get in touch with us - 01384 931001.
By Chris Aston
ELVIS PRESLEY RECORDS AND FILM POSTERS have always been popular with collectors - but never more so than in the case of Julie Wall - for whom money was no object
Employed by North Kesteven District Council she was responsible for decades for emptying the £1 coins in the parking machines of the eight car parks stealing £597,963 and investing her ill gotten gains into Elvis Presley memorabilia including vinyl records, film posters and cinema lobby cards.
Her story was told in the ITV film “Caught in a Trap” in December 2008 with Connie Fisher playing the part of Julie Wall.
The Elvis hoard collected was confiscated by the CPS and auctioned on 10th June 2007 to repay the council with Julie Wall jailed for three years in October 2005
Many of Julie Wall’s choice pieces from the Elvis hoard are being auctioned now on 3rd November 2015 at Astons Auctioneers in Dudley.
Also on offer at the auction: rare RCA Living stereo sampler records, promotional records and original rare film posters including the British Quad film posters for Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, California Holiday, Girl Happy, Follow that Dream…….
One of arguably the most fanatical and controversial Elvis Presley collections of all time is going under the hammer - Elvis is in the building!!
By Steve Kennedy
Ever wonder what happens to items confiscated from criminals? The Express & Star Newspaper's Kirsty Bosley finds out at Aston's Auctioneers.....
Click here to download the article as a PDF - Express & Star Article - Police Auctions
I'm running the Birmingham Half Marathon again this year to raise money for Cure Leukaemia, so please donate generously if you can.
I've left it to less than three weeks before the event to start training so it might be a pretty difficult task!
January 1961, my world turned upside down (but still read 1961!). Playing, as young boys do, on the carpet with small plastic Airfix soldiers and Corgi cars, in front of an unwatched TV - Woodentops, Bill and Ben, Watch with Mother? - Yuck!
Suddenly, my world was changed forever.
Supercar, glorious, even in black and white, flew into my life and I was addicted. No turning back, no cure.
The next day at school, the playground was full of budding Mike Mercurys, Jimmys (and a few Mitch the Monkeys) flying, if not with "Grace and beauty", certainly with enthusiasm.
The rest is history, as they say, but Supercar was (IMHO) the Genesis of all modern Sci-Fi - which brings me to the point - check out lot 602 in our collectables auction on Thursday 1st October.
By Phil Aston
These shapely hot-water bottles were made in the 1950's by Combex in the UK.
The bottle was produced possibly using a two part moulding (front and back) and sealed and clamped using heat. Cap assembly and thread were inserted at the head end during production. The cap (black) would have been added and screwed on the doll afterwards.
In our next collectables auction we have a unique opportunity for a buyer to secure one of the original moulds for this product - perhaps they could even use it to make their own water bottles!
It is difficult to know how much the Combex Moulding is worth. Our sources tell us it is extremely rare as the Combex moulds would have been melted down and re-used for other designs.
To see the full auction catalogue for the 8th October Collectables Auction visit our auction calendar page.
By Chris Aston
We were delighted to be given the job of selling Stuart's collection of Transformers & Star Wars figures which, as Kaine has mentioned, and as you can see from the gallery below is a real house-filler!
We thought you might like to see these photos of the items still in-situ as they were displayed in such a lovely way.
They will now go under the hammer on Thursday 1st October and the good news is you can bid from anywhere in the world via the Live Internet Bidding platform.
Visit the auction calendar page to see the catalogue.
By Chris Aston
Last week this colourful but scary film poster for Bride Of Frankenstein, directed by the British James Whale, was consigned to our auction rooms ready for our next specialist Film Poster Auction in November 2015. It has the “H” (for Horrific) film censor certificate which was brought out by the censors in 1932 to protect the British public from the new Horrific films coming from America (Frankenstein etc.) Bride of Frankenstein was made in 1935 and this British poster is from between May 1947 (when Eros films started) to 1951 (which is when the “H” certificate ceased) - it is therefore a very early re-release, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to sell such a rare piece of cinematic history. We have estimated it at £10,000 to £12,000 for the auction catalogue.
I was amazed once I saw the plaque as we had been given no prior warning by the Council that there was going to be a plaque outside our premises!
It is incredible to think that the British Quad film poster for such a famous film is being sold in the very building where the Director of the film spent much time as a pupil at school - and the fact that the poster was consigned the same week as the plaque appeared is just too spooky!
By Chris Aston