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A consignment for Ewbank’s upcoming single-owner film poster collection is so large that the auction house has had to delay the auction by a week in order to complete cataloguing it. But the size of the Michael Armstrong collection, now set for May 7th, is not its most important feature, as Ewbank’s partner and specialist Alastair McCrea reveals. “The outstanding factor is its condition. Michael Armstrong was the longstanding and final projectionist at The Regal...

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Glass items by René Lalique (1860-1945) – the epitome of inter-war period glamour – take centre stage at auctioneer Lyon & Turnbull on April 29th 2021. The firm’s first dedicated Lalique sale, curated by former Christie’s specialist Joy McCall, will be held at the Mall Galleries, London. The 107 lots, with an estimate range from £300-400 to £12,000-18,000, are all vintage pieces by the venerable luxury brand. Of these the first 57 pieces are from...

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Three equestrian bronzes by the sculptress Liza Todd-Tivey (b. 1957), actress Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter, will be offered at auction in the UK in June as part of a selection of works from the private collection of Nick Robinson, founder of Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, a pioneer of shared racehorse ownership in the 1980’s and publisher of horseracing books and magazines. The paintings and animalier sculptures, which all centre on the subject of horses, will be offered...

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A rare intact James Bond movie poster is expected to fetch up to £12,000 in Ewbank’s James Bond 007 auction on April 9th. Created for Thunderball (1965), the Advance British Quad poster features four panels promoting 007 and his adventures, two painted by Frank McCarthy and two by Robert McGinnis. the ‘quad’ was designed to be cut into four pieces, so very few examples (complete or otherwise) have survived. The estimate for this linen-backed poster...

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A limestone carved Medusa fountain commissioned by Gianni Versace is one of the many unique items being offered in a special sale of garden statuary and ornament from the world-renowned collection of Piet Jonker. It has been six years since the last auction from the Jonker collection, in which time Piet Jonker has carefully added to his curated collection. The stunning ornamental and sculptural works are housed on the 18th country estate of De Lindenhoff,...

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With the sad death of Sir Sean Connery, and the 100th birthday of the character James Bond coming up, the secret agent has never been more in the spotlight, or under the hammer. So is now a good time to buy James Bond Memorabilia at auction? Sir Sean Connery’s sad death in October 2020 reminded us all that the character of James Bond remains as entertaining, controversial, and stylish as ever. With the 100th anniversary...

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Classic star portraits by some of the world’s greatest photographers are on show at Iconic Images Gallery in London from Thursday 3rd December 2020 – 28th February 2021. Iconic Image Gallery’s new exhibition Blow-Up brings visitors face-to-face with some of the most iconic faces in history and takes a look at the careers of the most ground-breaking, influential photographers who shot them. Subjects include a dazzling array of 20th century icons, from John Lennon to...

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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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