A carved oak bear sold for nearly £10,000 when the assets of the former Malsis School, near Skipton, were offered for sale through an online auction.
In total 1400 lots ranging from rugby posts to pianos were available to buy and generated huge interest from all around the world. The viewing day, prior to the start of the auction, attracted over 1000 visitors.
Jason Pinder, Director at Eddisons, who arranged the sale said: ’The interest in this sale was unprecedented in my experience. People were queuing well before we opened the doors on the viewing day, all anxious to get their hands on a slice of history.
‘Visitors included numerous old pupils for whom several items had real sentimental value, while representatives from local schools and other institutions had their eyes on machinery, furniture and general classroom and sports equipment.’
The carved oak bear, the symbol of Malsis School, was one of a number of unusual lots exceeding the expectations of the auctioneers and contributed to an excellent result for the administrators.
A World War I aircraft propeller which had pride of place in the dining room achieved £2,500, while the honours board recording pupil achievements between 2010 and 2013 sold for £2,450.
Other highlights included the £2025 which was paid for a mantle clock from the Headmaster’s office, and a more modest bid of £310 was enough to win the posts from the first team rugby pitch.
With many items still to be catalogued Eddisons is reviewing the possibility of a further sale.
Mr Pinder said: ‘There are a number of items we were unable to include in the first sale which we still need to dispose of. This means a second sale is a distinct possibility and is good news for anyone who missed out first time around.’
Eddisons is also handling the sale of the main school buildings and grounds and has already registered a number of interests.
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