Friday, 25 July 2008

Kray painting for auction tomorrow.

Seven paintings by Ronnie Kray dating back to the early 1970s are to be auctioned by Mander Auctioneers of Clare, near Sudbury, UK on 26th July. The paintings were produced while the notorious gangland leader was in jail on the Isle of Wight.

James Mander, of Mander Auctioneers, said: “These paintings are part of an important piece of modern social history. I am particularly pleased to have these for our next auction, since the opportunity to see this many examples in close proximity enables us to really begin to get a feel for their work, which can be very dark at times. Having such good provenance and being fresh to the market is also an important aspect of this small collection.”

Viewing Friday, July 25 at:
The Auction Room,
Church Street,
Tel: +44 (0) 1787 277993

Auction info

Friday, 11 July 2008

Drum-skin makes £450,000 in London auction.

The drum-skin, that was featured on the cover of the famous Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album was sold for £450,000 at Christie's auction on Thursday.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Angel’s smaller sister makes £2.28m at Sotheby’s auction.

A 6.5 ft model of The Angel of the North has sold for £2.28 in Sotheby’s on Tuesday.
This version of Anthony Gormley’s 65ft original was one of five that he created from a cast of his own body.

The Angel of the North design was chosen by Gateshead Council from a shortlist of international artists in 1994. It took four years to build and install beside the A1 and has its tenth anniversary this year. It has a wingspan of 177ft (54m) - wider than a Boeing 767’s - compared with 16ft for the small statue.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Black rhinos to be auctioned.

Namibian wildlife officials say six species of rare animals, including eight black rhinos, will be sold in an auction to boost funds for conservation in the country.

Teams were deployed this week into Etosha National Park -- the country's famous game sanctuary -- to capture sable and black-faced impala. The rhinos and buffaloes were captured last month and are being kept in pens.

Fanuel Demas, director of scientific services in the ministry of environment and tourism, said Wednesday that the auction will be held July 25.

Five female and three male black rhinos will be sold in Namibia, as well as 40 buffaloes, 90 black-faced impala, 16 sables and 21 giraffe.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Biggest auction since 193ad? 200 million items for sale.

Beijing Olympic organisers will auction 200 million items of Olympic memorabilia after the August Games, including the bed of the country's 2.29-metre NBA All-star Yao Ming.

Organisers hope to raise up to $150 million from the sale of "furniture and fixtures, timepieces, light bulbs and tubes, and a variety of sport equipment", according to China Daily.

"We will highlight items (like Yao's bed) for bidders," the paper quoted Xiong Yan, president of the Beijing Equity Exchange, as saying.

Some 200 types of Olympic Village furniture, including closets and coffee tables, had already been listed online for sale, with "electronic items" and sports equipment to follow, the paper said.

"This is not the first time Olympic organisers have auctioned memorabilia, but as far as I know it is the biggest," Xiong said.

Land reserved for temporary Olympic venues would also go under the hammer after the Games, the paper said.

In 193 AD the praetorian guards auctioned off the Roman Empire. The winner was a rich elderly senator Didius Julianius who was deposed and executed six weeks later.