Over £3.5 million has been made during the first day of an auction of 485 pieces from the exclusive collection of a Sandsend man.
American born, Stanley Seeger passed away in June 2011 and had lived in Sandsend for many years with his partner Christopher Crone.
For the first time the eclectic collection has been made public with over 2000 collectors from around the world registering their interest.
At day one of the auction, held yesterday at Sotheby’s in London, the three main pieces were Lord Nelson’s teapot, Winston Churchill’s armchair and a jug from the Titanic.
Dating from 1799, the teapot is engraved with the initial ‘N’.
It had a guide price of £8,000 but went for £56,250.
The claret jug from the Titanic was expected to fetch no more than £3,000 but sold for £40, 000.
It is engraved with “RMS TITANIC” and was presented to Pursuer Reginal Barker and his officers in commemoration of RMS Titanic’s sea trials in April 1912.
It was taken off the vessel before her fateful maiden voyage.
An armchair belonging to Britain’s war time leader is dated around 1880 and made £27, 000 which is over four times the expected return.
The sale continues tomorrow when, among the further 500 or so items to be offered, will be Al Capone’s cocktail shaker, and Orson Welles’ own working copy of the script of Citizen Kane.
Melanie Clore, chair of Sotheby’s Europe, worked with Stanley Seeger many times . She said: “Only once in a generation does a collector with such diverse, interesting and far-reaching taste as Stanley Seeger appear.
“Every single object has a story to tell and is enhanced by its association with one of the greatest collectors of his generation.
“The Seeger provenance is an imprimatur of outstanding quality, evoking the great passion and connoisseurship of one of the world’s most exceptional collectors.”