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Mummies and coffins snapped up at auction

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

  • Auctioneer Peter Kemp with the Dartmoor Prison cell door at Par Auctions. BOTL20121124B-002_C

  • MACABRE: Auctioneer Peter Kemp and the Egyptian mummies.

  • VARIED TASTE: Par Auctions manager David Perrele with some of the interesting lots.

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TREASURES unique and macabre straight from the dusty pages of history stood alongside trinkets and teddy bears when Par Auctions held their first sale at Cornish Market World last Saturday.

Close to 600 lots went under the hammer with a few seemingly straight from the Hammer House of Horror.

The skeletal faces of Egyptian mummies gazed out across the room, old iron gates based on the Hoover house attracted bids from far and wide and an antique American coffin awaited its new owner.

David Perrelet, of Par Auctions, said: "The auction room did have somewhat the look of a museum with the many items of historical interest.

"The stars of the day must have been the mummies and the coffin, especially the Priest and the Priestess. The Priest was from the 18th dynasty period. The original was destroyed by fire and this museum high quality reproduction was reproduced from photographs.

"The priestess was from the 18th dynasty and came from the Valley of the Queens. Found with four other mummies, she died in childbirth and was embalmed very well.

"It is not often that there is such variety at the same sale and certainly these items were a first for experienced auctioneer Peter Kemp."

The mummies were all bought by a private buyer as was the coffin, and although pressed for a final price, etiquette rules that David had to keep a lid on it.

All the items recovered from a 17th-century house have now moved from the rusty old boxes they'd been in for the past 70 years into the display cases of new owners.

And the Dartmoor prison doors also left the auction having found a private buyer, although as David added: "One cannot help wondering what kind of room these will fit in."

The next Par auction is on Saturday, January 26 and already more exciting lots are predicted, possibly including mummified animals that have been on display in museums.

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