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Pallinsburn House treasures fetch pounds 840,000.

Tresures found dotted about a North-East mansion were last night sold for more than pounds 840,000 at a fiercely-fought auction.

Collectors from across the globe converged in a bidding war for the contents of plush Pallinsburn House, near Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland.

The Grade II listed mansion ( home of Tyneside shipbuilding heir Col Charles Mitchell and his wife Jane Lyell ( was sold last year for around pounds 6.5m.

And last night the Mitchell Estate Trust auctioned off the contents in what was the biggest sale of its kind in the region for the last 20 years.

One of the auction room stars was a historic silver teapot valued at pounds 8,000. It fetched pounds 14,500.

Other items finding a high price included a George III Pembroke table which went for pounds 37,000, a Ziegler carpet sold for pounds 27,000, and a pounds 5,500 Edwardian rocking horse.

An inscribed copy of James Boswell's famous biography The Life of Johnson, found in the Pallinsburn's library, went to an Edinburgh collector for pounds 13,000.

Patrick Lees Millais, fine art consultant acting for the Mitchell Trust, said: "It's an excellent result. There were some hugely successful prices."

Col Mitchell inherited Pallinsburn from his father, Maj Charles Mitchell, who bought the estate in 1911 with the fortune of his Tyneside shipbuilding grandfather. Some items will go to Sundrum Castle, in Ayrshire, which was owned by the family of Hope Hamilton, Col Mitchell's mother.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 5, 2005
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