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A huge collection of boxed model trains and associated collectables – much of it in largely untouched condition – is expected to fetch over £10,000 at Ewbank’s Auctions in Surrey on October 28th. Built up over many years by a dedicated collector, the huge collection of models from brands including Hornby, Bemo and Tyco only came to light when his sister went to clear out his house after his death. Much of the collection is...

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A huge hidden archive of models, props, scenery and scripts linked to Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson has come to light after more than 30 years, and will be auctioned by Ewbank’s in November. Cleared from Bray Studios after Anderson’s production company wrapped up its final series of Terrahawks in the mid 1980s, the archive became the property of Julian Bell, a driver and handyman at the studios who was gifted it by one of the...

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This autumn, mixed media artists Pierre et Gilles present at Galerie Templon’s Rue Beaubourg, Paris space a set of works created over the past two years. Famed for the part 40 years for their iconic portraits fusing painting and photography, the duo is unveiling their most introspective and critical work to date. For the exhibition, they use their astute observations of society to concoct bittersweet pieces that reflect the contradictions of our era. The exhibition...

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Lyon & Turnbull will be auctioning items from Balcarres House in Fife – home of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres – on September 3rd. A highlight from the auction is a terracotta attributed to Giuseppe Piamontini (Italian 1664-1742) depicting Bacchus (god of wine) and Ariadne. The Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh will include a selection of furniture and works of art from Balcarres House, Fife, home of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres. Balcarres...

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After delays due to COVID-19, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on the pioneering and unparalleled work of animator Ray Harryhausen will be coming to the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) in October. The landmark exhibition is part of the late filmmaker’s centenary celebrations, alongside the specially commissioned publication of Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema, written by Harryhausen’s daughter Vanessa. See also: Julien’s To Sell Iconic Hollywood ‘Golden Age’ Memorabilia A thrilling and immersive exhibition...

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The extraordinary Tony Parker collection comes to auction at Ewbank’s in Surrey on August 26th. What amounts to one of the most eclectic and bizarre collections ever consigned to auction is expected to fetch around £30,000. Tony Parker, who died last year aged 70, had assembled and Aladdin’s Cave of the historic, rare, bizarre and jaw-dropping put together over decades. Ranging from a vampire hunter’s kit to Beatles memorabilia, a fossilised penis bone from a...

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British sculptor Simon Gudgeon, born in 1958, specialises in large pieces for public display – his signature smooth, semi-abstract style is seen in Hyde Park, and in the collections of Prince Charles’ Highgrove House in Gloucestershire and at the United States’ National Museum of Wildlife Art. But his career could have been quite different, as Arts & Collections discovered when we caught up with Simon in his Dorset home, set in the 26-acre sculpture park...

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Images by female photographers have been released to publicise the CEWE Photo Award, claimed to be the world’s largest photo competition, as it launches its latest edition. The 28 photos were submitted to last year’s CEWE Photo Award, a competition which aims to celebrate the best in photography across the globe. This year’s competition, now in its fourth edition, launched for entries on the 18th May and is open to everyone – from keen amateur...

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In a historic agreement, Prince’s estate has accorded his personal photographer Jeff Katz exclusive rights to sell limited edition hand-selected photographs printed from his original film. The collection includes some of the most iconic, world-renowned images ever taken of Prince from the celebrated eras of Under The Cherry Moon, Parade, Sign O’ The Times, Lovesexy, Batman, Graffiti Bridge, Emancipation and more. After being seen by Prince and Katz, these photographs were hidden away in storage....

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Sworders’ Mid Century Design sale on June 23rd includes items from the family of Kurt Heide (1919-85), the German émigré who set up the influential London design store Oscar Woollens in the 1960s. The sale includes original Scandinavian furnishings bought for the North London flat he shared with his wife Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005), a Danish furniture and jewellery designer. The interiors of the property including Danish teak furniture France & Søn appeared in an Ideal...

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