Auction bosses are thrilled a former South Tyneside gallery's treasure trove sells for £6,400

Auctioneer Giles Hodges with one of the pieces.
Auctioneer Giles Hodges with one of the pieces.

A Jarrow currator's collection of historic items sold for more than double its estimated value

Vince Rae ran the Bede Gallery in Jarrow for 28 years before it closed its doors for the final time in 1996.

Auctioneer Giles Hodges with  a number of items from Vince Rae's collection.

Auctioneer Giles Hodges with a number of items from Vince Rae's collection.

The gallery, which was a former air raid shelter, showed a range of exhibitions and art works from the likes of likes of Picasso, Hundertwasser, Henri Matisse, Sir Sidney Nolan, Hockney, Degas and Don McKinley.

Forty lots belonging to the curator were sold at Boldon Auction House in Front Street on Wednesday. Their estimated value was between £2,000 to £3,500.

However, Caroline Hodges, one of the auction house's directors, was delighted the collection sold for £6,4000.

She said: "The level of interest, especially from local people was phenomenal.

"We're delighted that the lots were sold for almost double than what was estimated.

"A number of the pieces were bought by people from the region, so hopefully they may well end up back on display for everyone to see once again."

One of the Bede Gallery’s exhibitions in 1972 was on the execution of miner William Jobling in 1832, the last man to be hung and gibbeted in England and whose body was displayed in an iron cage on Jarrow Slake. A life size model of Jobling, and his gibbet, made £280.

Another of the gallery’s exhibitions was on the 1936 Jarrow March, which was visited by Labour Party leader Michael Foot.

A maquette - or scale model - of The Spirit of Jarrow by Graham Ibbeson, whose finished piece bronze sculpture was erected in Jarrow town centre to commemorate the March, made £240 in the sale.

A pastel artwork featuring the mouth organ band which played on the march, by artists Brian Johnson, made £320.

The march followed the collapse of Charles Mark Palmer’s shipyard and steel works in Jarrow in the Depression of the 1930s.

A portrait of Sir Charles Mark Palmer at the age of 45 fetched £280 and another of the industrialist, painted in 1906, went for £80.

Painting and photographs from the Bede Gallery up for auction at Boldon Auction Galleries. Pictured is Caroline Hodges with photographs from the gallery

A brass plaque from the boiler shop of Palmer’s shipyard in Jarrow, commemorating employees who served and died in the First World War, was sold for £65.

A model of a casualty of the Second World War, was auctioned for £2,100.

The 5,423-ton cargo ship SS River Lugar was built in 1937 and was owned by Campbell Brothers of Newcastle.

It was sunk in June, 1941, when a convoy was attacked near the Azores by U-69.

The ship, carrying a cargo of iron ore, sank in seconds after being torpedoed with the loss of 40 of her crew of 46.