William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924) was not just a designer and manufacturer of brass and copper lighting and other household objects. As demonstrated by the rare, museum-quality side cabinet on offer at Sworders’ 20th Century Design sale in Stanstead Mountfitchet on January 29, he was also a designer of furniture.
The Goodies ‘Trandem’ three-seater bike up for Auction at Ewbank's 4th October sale.
The three-seater ‘trandem’ bike used by the much-loved comedy trio, The Goodies, in the 1980s, is going under the hammer at Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house.
The blue bike, which carries a guide price between £1,000 and £1,500, was last incarnation of the vehicle used by The Goodies – Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden - when their programme switched from BBC to ITV.
Ewbank’s, the UK’s leading auction house for movie posters, has added an auction dedicated to them on 2nd August due to unprecedented demand. Alastair McCrea, Ewbank’s entertainment memorabilia specialist, explains: “We’ve had a record year selling movie posters in terms of both their quality and quantity. As a result, more and more sellers are entrusting us with their collections, which in turn is attracting increasing interest from buyers.”
The Titanic set sail from Southampton at 12pm on 10th April 1912, and via Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, was due to arrive in New York on 17 April. 400 miles off the Newfoundland coast, at 11.40pm (ship's time), the Titanic hit an iceberg, four days into her journey. Two hours and forty minutes later the ship had sunk with over half of her passengers and crew still aboard.
Coming up at Vectis Auctions on the 10th of July are 76 lots from The Gary & Joyce Rice Collection. The sale contains many sports, TV & Film personalities, plus comedians, entertainers, soap stars and stars from musical theatre including Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, and Charlton Heston, plus Bruce Forsyth, The Goodies and the Fawlty Towers cast; and many photographs and postcards from actors and actresses from Hollywood’s 'Golden Era'.
Mark Brazier-Jones (b.1956) is an internationally celebrated artist, master furniture and lighting designer and engineer, who cut his teeth working in the 1970s and 1980s on music sets for Duran Duran, Elton John and David Bowie.
The Russian Art Sale coming up at Christie’s includes some wonderful Folk Art paintings in pencil and Gouache by primitive Ukranian artist Maria Prymachenko (1909 -1997), whose work is becoming increasingly collectable. These brightly coloured images date from the around 1940 have been owned by the same family since that time.
The second “Conversation Pieces” live auction took place on Tuesday, 20th March at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, Sussex and the sealed bid part closed on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.
The top lot in the live auction were the monumental bronze lions after Sir Edwin Landseer which sold for £100,000 (hammer, £127,000 including premium and VAT) at top estimate. They were copied from the famous Trafalgar Square lions in the late 20th century for Camden Lock Market.
Anybody that likes Decorative antiques will have an appreciation for Asian art, whether it’s a bronze Buddha, a Chinese lacquered box or a piece of embroidery depicting parrots and peacocks! However, if Fashion is more your thing, and there’s nothing more you enjoy than getting kitted out head to toe in real Vintage – then you’re in luck, as Ewbank’s – Surrey’s leading auction house – has all of this and more going under the hammer on the same day.