Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bellend and Grommet

Bellend and Grommet’s auction house on Filter Street* used to be both rival and accomplice to Harold’s second-hand Emporium. He’d never miss an auction in those days, often buying up job lots to sell in his shop, and selling choice items by auction in return. We still keep an eye on their listings in case something pertaining to the supernatural turns up and it did today.

Spirit bottle. C 17th century.
Purported to contain the malevolent spirit of the magician Benito Fuseli, locked inside a bottle as punishment for his crimes against the church in 1685-89.

It was listed as worth £50-300 but with such paltry sums** it was well worth a shot. The actual auction is on Thursday but we’ll drop in on the viewing room this afternoon.

More fly0tipping spotted this morning. I’ve written to the council about it. I gave it to Harold in order to save a stamp. What’s the betting he tosses it into a hedge somewhere?





*Originally Philtre Street, since it was the province of the doctor and apothecary in the eighteenth century, the name was altered by common parlance in the mid twentieth century when oil filters were more common than potions

**for a demon



Image: Buying Bargains at Property Auctions


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4 comments:

stephanie said...

That seems like a choice find, indeed! Sure it isn't an imp dropping by the viewing room?

Leatherdykeuk said...

Ha! It could well be!

aims said...

I'm wondering if the bottle will remain intact.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Of course :)