A marble sculpture by a historic Royston artist has been auctioned for more than £3,000.

Auction house Hanson Ross opened its Lumen Road premises in June this year, and hosted its first auction on August 4 - achieving a total of £100,000.

The top-selling item was the sculpture of a boy carved by Joseph Towne, which had the guide price of £500 to £800 but went for £3,400.

Amanda Butler, director of operations at Hanson Ross, said: "We were blown away by the interest from bidders all over the world and delighted for our clients.

Royston Crow: The marble sculpture of Joseph TowneThe marble sculpture of Joseph Towne (Image: Hanson Ross)

"It was the perfect start, led on the day by celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson.

"The success of the top-selling lot was particularly heart-warming. It was an item which celebrated Royston’s heritage."

Towne (1806-1879) is best known for pioneering the creation of anatomical wax models, many of which are now displayed in a medical museum at Guy's Hospital in London.

He was also highly skilled in the art of moulage, which is the creation of mock injuries to aid medical training.

Amanda said: "The sculpture showed a different side to Towne’s talent. We’re so pleased it gained the interest, and price, it deserved.

"It was one of several items to sweep aside estimates in the hundreds to achieve hammer prices in the thousands.


"Other lots to excel included a Gordon Highlanders officer's dirk and Sgian Dubh, a ceremonial stabbing knife, items typically worn with Scottish Highland dress.

"They’re on their way to America at a hammer price of £2,500, four times the £400-£600 estimate."

A Chinese Peking red vase also exceeded expectations. It was taken along to a WI talk to gain publicity, and went for £750 from a guide price of £100 to £150.

Auction house owner Charles Hanson said: "The response from both vendors and buyers was remarkable.

"I’m delighted for the Hanson Ross team, Amanda Butler and Miles and Michael Wheeler. Their passion, hard work and dedication has paid off."

Hanson Ross offers antique and jewellery valuation events in Woburn, Royston, Hitchin and Berkhamsted.

For more information go to www.hansonross.com or call 01763 430 042.