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Two Bonhams employees move at 16th century English school painting entitled 'Painting of Death', on view at Bonhams auction house in London. The painting forms part of the sale of the estate of Severin Wunderman who built up the Gucci watch franchise and owned the Swiss watch brand Corum and whose London home was a cornucopia of items ranging from walking sticks to clocks and skulls. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON.- The sale of the Chelsea Collection of Severin Wunderman raised a remarkable £881,940 in total, with 90% of all lots selling. The extraordinary furniture and fittings of the home of 'Time Lord', Severin Wunderman, who built up the Gucci watch franchise and owned the Swiss watch brand Corum, excited bidders on a national and international level at a packed New Bond Street sale.

This sale is the latest in a string of successful single owner collections, following on from the Savoy and Café Royal sales of recent years. Bonhams have continually demonstrated their expertise and prowess in this field and, as a result, have produced some spectacular results.

One of the many highlights of the Wunderman sale was a matched pair of late 19th/early 20th Century carved marble skulls, both crowned with laurel wreaths, which sold for a spectacular £21,600 (against an estimate of £700-1,000)

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The Study. A matched pair of late 19th / early 20th century carved marble skulls both crowned with laurel wreaths, on square integral bases, 23cm high (2). Sold for £21,600.

. Elsewhere, an extensive collection of glass finials from the sitting room of Wunderman's magnificent eight-bedroom Chelsea home reached some extraordinary prices. A collection of red, purple, clear and opaque glass newel post finials, sold for over 50 times its pre-sale estimate fetching £22,800. Elsewhere a collection of clear and opaque glass newel post finials, sold for an equally impressive £18,000 (estimated £400-600), whilst a collection of blue, clear and opaque finials similarly estimated at £400-600, sold for a staggering £16,800.

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The Sitting Room. A collection of red, purple, clear and opaque glass newel post finials, various sizes (24). Sold for £22,800 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

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The Sitting Room. A collection of clear and opaque glass newel post finials, various sizes (20). Sold for £18,000 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

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The Sitting Room. A collection of blue, clear and opaque glass newel post finials, various sizes (26). Sold for £16,800 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

As part of the substantial furniture section, a large French late 19th Century rosewood vitrine, with fluted frieze, gilt metal mounted cartouche and decorative columns sold for an astonishing £19,200, almost five times its lower estimate of £4,000.

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The Napoleon Room. A large French late 19th century rosewood vitrine, 246cm wide x 51cm deep x 272cm high, (96.5" wide x 20" deep x 107" high) Sold for £19,200

An important oil painting by Julie Delance-Feurgard (1859-1892) entitled Afternoon Tea and mounted in a beautifully ornate frame sold for £17,400, against a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-12,000.

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The Hall & Stairs. Julie Delance-Feurgard (French, 1859-1892)  Afternoon Tea, oil on canvas , 190.5 x 114cm (75 x 44 7/8in). Sold for £17,400

Severin Wunderman's Chelsea home was his UK base until his untimely death last year at the age of 69. The four-storey Chelsea housewas an extension of the man in its physical demonstration of his personality following a brush with lung cancer in the 1990s. This was a man fascinated by the passage of time, and so Severin Wunderman filled his London home with a strange and eclectic mix of skulls, watches and images that spoke of time passing.

Charlie Thomas Head of Furniture at Bonhams Knightsbridge comments: "We are delighted with the results of this fascinating collection, proving the market for period furnishings has never been stronger."

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Rosie Kempson, a Bonhams employee, holds two Victorian glass and brass bull's eye desktop clocks on view at Bonhams auction house in London. The clocks form part of the sale of the estate of Severin Wunderman who built up the Gucci watch franchise and owned the Swiss watch brand Corum and whose London home was a cornucopia of items ranging from walking sticks to clocks and skulls. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)