BUYERS paid as much as $2750 for coffee pots in one of the biggest antiques auctions Toowoomba has ever seen.

The vast collection of Toowoomba man Ted Arundel went under the hammer on Saturday morning in Torrington, with more than 1000 lots presented with a 95% clearance rate.

Some highlights included three items of Royal Doulton Coaching Days collectables, including a coffee pot and two soup tureens, which each went for $2750.

Toowoomba man Ted Arundel, 82, at the auction of his antique collection
Toowoomba man Ted Arundel, 82, at the auction of his antique collection Bev Lacey

Mr Arundel's son Geoff said the sale went well thanks to the hard work from the Toowoomba Auction Centre.

"The auction went very well and it met expectations," he said.

"Some items sold to New Zealand, and some items went interstate.

"The auction was really well done by auctioneer Pat Dunne and the staff at Toowoomba Auction Centre - they did a good job."

Speaking before the auction, Mr Arundel made the decision to sell his enormous collection after his wife Ruth passed away 18 months ago.

"It was an interest that turned into a hobby and a hobby that turned into a business and now it's time to say goodbye," he said last month.


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