The box sold for £65 and I posted a celebratory piece on this blog. But when I rang the following day to pay, I was told my bid on lot 477 had been transcribed incorrectly, and recorded as lot 447. The buyer had paid and taken the box home. There was nothing they could do. To give Fellows their due, they were sincerely apologetic.
My indomitable friend Myrna suggested I ask the auction house to contact the buyer, explain what had happened, and say I was interested in buying the plaque. Fellows were extremely helpful and contacted the buyer twice on my behalf.
The buyer eventually agreed to sell it for £100, so we both benefitted from the arrangement (the postage and packing on the box to London would have cost around £40).
The plaque arrived today and is great. Well worth the extra grey hairs I gained securing its purchase.