A rare Indian chief's medal was the star attraction at a Cumbria antiques and fine art auction.

The North American Indian Chief's Medal, also known as the George III Indian Peace Medal, fetched £3,900, becoming the top lot at the Mitchell's Antiques & Fine Art Sale last week.

The medal, crafted by T Wyon Junior in 1814, features a bust of George III on its reverse.

Another notable lot was a pair of William and Mary candlesticks by Daniel Garnier, a Huguenot silversmith.

These 17th-century artefacts stand at 13.5cm tall, weigh 602 grams and went under the hammer for a substantial £3,500.

But the bidding wasn't just intense for these impressive pieces.

Eye-popping surprises also materialised during the sale, starting with an antique Chinese chicken bone jade lotus form brush washer - it surpassed its estimate of £120-£180 to sell for a surprising £1,200.

The shockers continued as two Chinese cigarette cases, marked Zea Sung and priced between £100-£150, were snapped up for £2,200.

Unexpected outcomes continued through to a Lalique moulded glass vase that fetched £2,800, significantly more than its expected £80-£120.

The 1583 Breeches Bible sold for £3,400The 1583 Breeches Bible sold for £3,400 (Image: Mitchell's)

However, the standout surprise was a copy of a 1583 Breeches Bible.

A receipt revealed it was bought in 1976 for just £125, but the ancient tome saw a hammer price of £3,400, dwarfing its estimate of £300-£400.

Fine art also commanded attention at the auction.

An oil on canvas painting by Vivienne Pooley, a member of The Lake Artist Society, entitled "Stonethwaite Beck," impressed onlookers as the final bid came in at £1,600.

William Heaton Cooper's watercolour of Coniston Water also received significant acclaim, selling for £1,700.

Furniture did not lag too far behind with a Gillows of Lancaster breakfront desk fetching £1,300 and an Edwardian mahogany longcase clock ringing a sale at £1,600.

Fans of vintage items were not left out as a collection of illuminated advertising signs, one of which showcased Murphy Radios, found a buyer for £450.

With the auction concluded, fans of antiques, fine art, and the remarkable are now eagerly awaiting Mitchell's next event - the Vintage & Antique Toy Sale on August 8.

Participants are encouraged to enter pieces before July 12 such as model trains, dolls, and vintage toys.

Mitchell's invites the public to its free Pop-Up Valuation Events around the county.

The next event, hosted by their team of expert valuers, will take place at Victoria Hall in Grange-over-Sands on Saturday, July 6 from 10am to 2pm.

Mitchell's also offer free Drop-In valuations at their Cockermouth saleroom Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, and home visits by arrangement.

The public is encouraged to bring along items or photos of items for a free, no-obligation appraisal by their expert team.