Bonhams has announced that Richard Attenborough: a life both sides of the camera – a sale of Lord Attenborough’s memorabilia and selected contents from his houses in London and on the Isle of Bute – will be held at Bonhams Knightsbridge, London on 21st October.
Lord Attenborough (1923-2014) was one of Britain’s best loved public figures whose career in the film industry as actor and director spanned 65 years. The sale will reflect not only the breadth of his own creative life, but also his deep interest in the history of the industry.
Highlights among a wealth of material include:
• A rare 1918 Charlie Chaplin film poster for A Dog’s Life (£10,000-15,000)
• The prop cane used by Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park 1993 (£3,000-5,000)
• A set of early black and white stills from Brighton Rock 1947 (£1,000-1,500)
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Holt’s Auctioneers is selling a fine and virtually unused 12-bore sidelock ejector by London gunmaker John Wilkes.
“Quality, condition and provenance is the auctioneer’s mantra when it comes to placing a value on modern guns – and it’s a rare combination to have all three in abundance as we have with this gun,” explains Holt’s Auctioneers’ Chris Beaumont, adding: “In all respects it is a best London gun that has barely seen the light of day in its 32 years – and having been part of the one of the most remarkable gun collections ever to come to the market, the Tulchan Collection, it really does ‘tick all the boxes’. I guess it will be destined to continue as a collector’s piece – but I do hope it does get taken out at least occasionally.”
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The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair returns to the famous Pavilion Gardens next month, marking its 49th anniversary and seven years since Cooper Fairs took over the event.
For the first time members of the Buxton Opera House will receive complimentary invitations to the four-day event, while organisers of the famous Buxton Festival have also pledged their support.
Fifty specialist dealers from a wide range of disciplines will be exhibiting, with a special mention going to Hodgson of Ashleigh House Fine Art, Saffron Walden, who has attended every fair since 1981.
Vetting committee chairman Richard Midwinter at work
Organiser Sue Ede said: “It’s the flair and imagination of our exhibitors who create such an inspiring show. With traditional 18th and 19th-century furniture being joined by 20th century and decorative pieces, art deco and 20th-century industrial.”
Over the years the historic pavilion… View the full post
A brand new event hits the fair-goers’ calendar this month with the unveiling of the Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair in the grounds of Petworth House, West Sussex.
Organised by the Antiques Dealers Fair Limited (ADFL) the event from May 8 to 10, will be held in a marquee in the 700 acre deer park, which surrounds the late 17th-century Grade 1 listed mansion.
ADFL director, Ingrid Nilson, said: “With more than 30 antiques shops, Petworth is a favoured destination for collectors of antiques, fine and decorative art, so it seems fitting to add a stylish antiques fair to the area.”
More than 35 specialist dealers, predominantly members of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers and BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association, will showcase their finest wares including traditional furniture, jewellery, silver, antique and contemporary paintings.… View the full post
Christopher Hogwood’s collection of instruments achieved a house record of £430,000 (including a buyer’s premium of 20 percent) at Bath auction room, Gardiner and Houlgate, recently.
The star of the show, was this rare 17th-century French guitar by the famous French luthier Jean-Baptiste Voboam, which sold for a hammer price of £120,000, more than four times its estimate.
The 3ft 1in (94 cm) instrument, with lozenges of gilt-backed red-stained tortoiseshell, ivory, ebony and mother-of-pearl, included an ivory plaque at the inscribed Voboam a Paris 1699.
The conductor Christopher Hogwood, who died last September aged 73, was the founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, one of the first and best-known period instrument orchestras. The auction followed a memorial service for the renowned musicologist at Handel’s parish church, St George’s in London’s Hanover Square with many people attending both.
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In the year marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, two rare examples of regimental Colours will go on display at Edinburgh Castle for the very last time this month in a special exhibit to commemorate this famous battle.
Due to open in May, the display will be the last opportunity that members of the public will have to view the surviving pair of Colours or flags of the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Scots – the oldest regiment in the British Army – which accompanied the Battalion into battle on the 18th June 1815.
Once carried by The Royal Scots into a number of battles, including Waterloo, these regimental honours depict their own and the King’s colours, with the royal cypher of King George III, representing honour and traditions as a symbol for rallying during the battle.… View the full post
The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) is offering visitors the chance to download complimentary tickets to this year’s annual Art and Antiques Fair at Blenheim Palace.
Visitors can simply click on the invitation below to download their ticket, which gives two people free entry to both the Fair and palace grounds. The CADA event runs from 16-19th April and will feature a wide range of specialist dealers in antiques and art.… View the full post
A tape recorder, which was used to ‘discover’ Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, goes under the hammer next month after languishing for 40 years in a garden shed.
Tom Newman, who set up the Manor Recording Studios with Richard Branson in the early 1970s, discovered the original Akai 40000 reel to reel on which he played the original 3in demo tape of the 80s classic by Mike Oldfield.
Tubular Bells went on to become an iconic instrumental album which not only established Virgin records but sowed the seed for the Virgin empire.
The significance of the album was not lost on Richard Branson who named one of his first Virgin America aircraft ‘Tubular Belle’.
The tape recorder will go on display with gold discs awarded to Newman for record-breaking sales. Other lots at Tennants sale on June 20 will include the… View the full post