Antique tackle sale sees a set of lures sold for £22,000

A set of vintage lures costing £22,000 were the highlight of a huge auction of antique fishing tackle held in London last week.

Collectors from all over Europe descended upon the London HQ of Angling Auctions for the sale of 500 lots belonging to lifelong collector Graham Turner, which included some of the finest rods, reels, tackle items and equipment ever to grace the sport.

Although the uncertain economic climate may have had a minor impact, organisers claimed trade remained ‘very buoyant’, with a total of £226,500 being spent by collectors.

The highest price on the day was fetched by a collection of fishing lures made by the British Wyers brothers, billed as one of the star lots before the event began.

However, several other items which received a prominent pre-sale billing, such as an Ustonson Original Multiplying Winch reel (dated 1762) which was expected to fetch bids upwards of £30,000, and a quartet of rods previously owned by the 4th Earl Spencer, failed to reach their reserves.  

“It ended up being a sale of two halves really. We had high hopes for a few of the main lots, and while it was a little disappointing that they didn’t sell, there were some very pleasant surprises with the other items.

“The Wyers lures went for a good price, and there was a Complete Fishing Compendium which sold for £11,000 to a Russian collector. Some of the Hardy reels also fetched good sums, including an 1896 all-brass Perfect, which was bought for £8,800,” said Graham (76), who is now planning to call time on his collecting career, although admits he’ll find it hard to do so.

“I might need some tablets from the doctor!” he joked.

Angling Auctions boss Neil Freeman remained upbeat in his post-auction summary, saying: “All in all, it was a buoyant sale with lots of interest from overseas. The markets for antique tackle remain in good shape.”