Ugly gargoyle fetches handsome price as it is sold for record-breaking £61,000

  • Ornament was made by British pottery manufacturers the Martin Brothers at turn of 20th century

By Sarah Johnson

PUBLISHED: 12:49 EST, 30 November 2012 | UPDATED: 08:46 EST, 7 December 2012

With its grotesque appearance, this gargoyle is hardly the type of ornament most people would like to take pride of place on the mantelpiece.

Yet, despite its hideous looks, people fought over the squat devil-like piece, which was described as an exceptional work of art, when it went under the hammer at the auction house.

And, it ended up being sold for an incredible £61,000 including premium - a world record for such a piece.

You beauty! This gargoyle ornament has sold at auction for a record-breaking £66,000

You beauty! This gargoyle ornament has sold at auction for a record-breaking £61,000

The gargoyle ornament  was made by the celebrated British pottery manufacturers the Martin Brothers at the turn of the 20th century.

It sold for £50,000 but with all the fees added on the total price paid for the ornament was £61,000 pounds.

The price is a world record for an item of pottery made by the Martin brothers.

Michael Jeffery, head of 20th century design at auctioneers Woolley and Wallis of Salisbury, Wilts, said: ‘The market is strong for this type of art at the moment which is reflected in the world record sum.’

The master at work: The gargoyle was made by the Martin brothers (workshop pictured) at the turn of 20th century

The master at work: The gargoyle was made by the Martin brothers (workshop pictured) at the turn of 20th century

By Staff 12/07/2012 00:46:00