Treadway's 'A Passion for Collecting: Fine Timepieces, Erotica & Decorative Arts' sale certainly tantalised tastebuds in the auction room, as the sale total reached a staggering £1 million.

25 Georgian and Victorian lover's eyes, which consisted of portrait miniatures and jewelry, boasted a combined total of $72 000 (£51 000.)

All eyes were on timepieces from the 18th through to 21st centuries, many of which of an erotic nature. The top lot of this session was a rare concealed erotic enameled and gem inset gold pocket watch by James Cox of London, circa 1775. The watch sold for $73 200 (£52 000) check out other timepieces in the gallery above.

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The auction room was silenced when two lots of historically important taxidermy tableaux, by the famous Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter, reached nearly $300 000 (£213 000.) Two bidders on the phone quickly escalated the bidding by jumping increments in excess of $10 000 (£7 000.) In the end, each bidder was successful in securing one of the lots each.

The next auction from the Estate of Candice B. Groot is Fire and Form: Fine Art & Ceramics, which will be held on 16th April. The sale will offer one of the most important and comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary ceramics to come to auction.

Check out Treadway on Barnebys here.

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