Conversation Pieces


After a successful first themed auction of this kind, Summers Place Auctions will hold the second ‘Conversation Pieces’ auction on 20th and 21st March in Billingshurst, Sussex, and it promises to include even more unusual and top-quality pieces than before.

If rockets are your thing, this auction includes a variety of objects which very much qualify as ultimate boys’ toys – for example, a missile from 1968, or a Rolls-Royce aluminium seat created from the cowling of an RB211 jet engine. Other quirky lots include an unusual child’s fairground ride in the form of a camouflaged Bren Gun carrier tank, which has been converted into a coffee table – it could be yours for £1,200-1,800.

The highlight is undoubtedly the pair of monumental bronze lions, identical in size to the famous ones at Trafalgar Square, but these were made in the late 20th century for Camden Lock Market. The sale will also include some of the fantastic horse sculptures from Camden Market. They are expected to sell in the region of £20,000. Highlights among the Natural History part of the auction is a full mount Jaguar which is expected to sell for £5,000-8,000, and a Dayak ancestor human skull, with feathers, nose piece and seeds and mounted on a wooden stand. All of these items are certainly real talking points!