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Inflatable giant pig used in Roger Waters Berlin Wall concert for sale

“ALL in all, you’re just another pig in the wall.”

Inflatable pig used in Roger Waters' 1990 Berlin Wall concert now on sale at Durrants.

Inflatable pig used in Roger Waters’ 1990 Berlin Wall concert now on sale at Durrants.

Eh? Something wrong there. Unless you are referring to the huge porker seen bursting through said barrier at Roger Waters’ Berlin Wall concert in 1990.

If you want to impress the neighbours, or a bouncy castle doesn’t really cut it at the next school fete, make a bid for this supersize swine being offered in an online timed sale being run by auctioneers Durrants until 6pm on September 15.

The Suffolk saleroom are selling inflatable stage props created over 30 years by Rob Harries, owner of Air Artists of Halesworth, in the same county. They were used by the likes of the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden and Disney and MTV.

The inflatables were cleared out from the workshop after Harries decided on a change in creative direction and began working with clay. When he saw just how many items had been lying on the shelves for years, he decided they should go under the hammer.

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Royal wedding cake slice from 1947 at Gorringes auction

Slice of 1947 royal wedding cake on offer at a Gorringes auction on September 2-3.

Slice of 1947 royal wedding cake on offer at a Gorringes auction on September 2-3.

CHRISTMAS dinner remains eaten cold on Boxing Day are always one of those guilty pleasures. It can even taste better somehow, dare I say it.

Likewise, a slice of cold pizza salvaged from a feast really hits the spot.

I don’t think I’d try a 68-year-old slice of wedding cake, however. Even if it is a particularly special piece of cake.

Auctioneers Gorringes of Lewes in East Sussex are offering that slice from the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, with a cardboard presentation box with silver lettering ‘ E.P. Buckingham Palace 20th November 1947 ’, together with a small card inscribed ‘With the best wishes of their Royal Highnesses Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh’.

It is estimated at £300-500 in their September 2-3 sale.

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Glass paperweight collectors eye Cotswold auction

EMAIL has been blamed for many things, not least the demise of the art of letter-writing. But what about spelling doom for the humble paperweight?

Paperweights galore at Cotswolds auction house Moore Allen & Innocent.

Paperweights galore at Cotswolds auction house Moore Allen & Innocent.

Are they no longer needed? Well, they are still made in English glass studios, I find out from a handy website dubbed The Paperweight People.

But this online resource is also concerned with collecting vintage paperweights, with pages including ‘older Chinese paperweights from 1920-90’ and ‘Old English paperweights’.

Paperweight collectors are definitely out there. Many of them probably had their eyes and bank accounts focused on Cotswolds auctioneers Moore Allen & Innocent on August 7.

They offered a weighty collection of paperweights by ‘big names’ such as Caithness, Selkirk, Whitefriars, Wedgwood and Mdina and it made over £10,500 in total when they went under the hammer (not literally under the hammer, for obvious reasons).

The 317 glass paperweights were amassed by just one collector over several decades and displayed in a single room – The Trophy Room – at his house.

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Chris Evans to sell 13 classic cars at Bonhams auction

THEY say you either love or hate Marmite. Chris Evans, the new face of Top Gear, often brings the same extreme reactions.

Left: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta, 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy. All cars Chris Evans is selling at Goodwood on September 12.

Left: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta, 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy. All cars Chris Evans is selling at Goodwood on September 12.

But however you view the DJ and presenter, you certainly can’t deny he has rather a liking for cars… and puts his money where his mouth is.

He has built an impressive collection over the years and is a familiar face at specialist auctions. Now, petrolheads have the chance in turn to own one of the large number of cars he has amassed as he looks to ‘refresh’ his line-up.

Thirteen Evans’ cars will be offered at auction during Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale on September  12.

The multi-million-pound Evans selection features six Ferraris, including the stand-out: a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy, estimated at £2.6m-2.9m.

Other Ferraris include the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider, (est: £2.3m-2.6mand the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ (est: £1.4m-1.8m).

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How Terry Parsons became Matt Monro

AS names go, if you are aiming to make it as a film star, Archibald Leach is not a winner.

The musical score for Bridge Over Troubled Water arranged by George Martin for Matt Monro on sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

The musical score for Bridge Over Troubled Water arranged by George Martin for Matt Monro on sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

Leach became Cary Grant and a Hollywood career followed. In the same vein, Marion Morrison, Demetria Guynes, Issur Danielovitch Demsky, Natalie Herschlag, Maurice Micklewhite, Frances Gumm and not forgetting Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov hit success under different monikers.

Likewise, when it comes to music, Eileen Regina Edwards, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, Farrokh Bulsara,  Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong and Reginald Kenneth Dwight found a name change was not a bad idea.

But what about Terry Parsons, born in 1930?

Well, he didn’t do too badly either – becoming Matt Monro, known as ‘The Man With The Golden Voice’.

The ‘60s heart-throb covered Paul Simon’s Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1972. The score for the song, arranged specially for Monro by his mentor and lifelong friend, George Martin (later Sir George) and handwritten and autographed by the Beatles recording manager, has now surfaced to be sold in a Kent auction.

It will be offered at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on August 11, estimated conservatively at £200-300.

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Your mission is to buy a famous Tom Cruise film prop

REMIND me. Which Mission: Impossible film are we on now? Fourth? Eighth? Sixteenth?

Tom Cruise suspension suit used in Mission:Impossible on sale at Christie's on September 10 estimated at £5000-7000.

Tom Cruise suspension suit used in Mission:Impossible on sale at Christie’s on September 10 estimated at £5000-7000.

The mega-franchise rolls on relentless, with Tom Cruise still defying the baddies as agent Ethan Hunt. Rogue Nation, just released, is actually the fifth edition of MI.

If the reviews are anything to go by, reaction is mixed. The Guardian says ‘like Tom in that almighty opening plane stunt, I’m finding it harder and harder to hang on’, although Empire mag says ‘easily, almost nonchalantly, best in franchise’.

Nearly twenty years have passed since the first MI film appeared, inspired by the TV series which originally appeared in 1966-73. Any MI movies since will always struggle to recreate the ingenuity of the famous scene in that 1996 Cruise MI debut when he hangs suspended on wires to break into the CIA HQ of Langley.

He was leading a team of agents out to steal a copy of the non-official cover (NOC) list to clear Hunt’s name within the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). Or something like that.

Anyhow, fair play to Cruise: he is famous for doing his own stunts. If you want try recreating the Langley example, put in a bid at Christie’s South Kensington on September 10. The suspension suit used in the film is up for auction.

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And now for a reminder of Edward VIII the playboy

EDWARD VIII lots are like buses. None for ages then…

The final page of a letter the future Edward VIII sent to the father of his mistress 'Freda' Dudley Ward on sale at Cuttlestones.

The final page of a letter the future Edward VIII sent to the father of his mistress ‘Freda’ Dudley Ward on sale at Cuttlestones.

Fresh on the heels of 1937 photos showing the former king giving a Nazi salute on a visit to a German colliery, a collection of letters from him have come up at auction.

The photos (see our earlier blog), which sold at north Wales saleroom Morgan Evans on July 30 for £1800, reflected the Duke of Windsor’s Nazi-sympathiser status, but these latest letters shed light on another side of his character.

Edward was ‘a bit of a lad’, some would say.

In 1936 his ongoing relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson – who had married for a second time – caused outrage among the political elite and religious authorities. It ultimately resulted in Edward abdicating the throne to his younger brother Albert (later King George VI).

Edward’s playboy lifestyle included a number of romantic liaisons with married women prior to his Coronation. Cuttlestones auctioneers of Wolverhampton are offering on August 14 a letter he sent to the father of his former mistress, ‘Freda’ Dudley Ward.

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Richard Attenborough and the day dinosaurs came to Cheltenham

I WATCHED Jurassic Park in a Cheltenham cinema with rain battering down outside in what seems like prehistoric times now: way back in 1993. Blown away by the special effects as I was, and bemused by the back-of-an-envelope script and dialogue, I could not have envisaged that 22 years later the third sequel would be released.

Replica of the cane used by Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park to be offered by Bonhams.

Replica of the cane used by Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park to be offered by Bonhams.

Jurassic Park was wildly successful, surpassing another Spielberg effort, his 1982 film ET the Extra-Terrestrial, to become the highest-grossing film worldwide until Titanic (1997).

The third sequel, Jurassic World, just released, is certainly no plodding diplodocus of a blockbuster either. It became the highest global opener of all time with a gigantic $511.8m (£330m) in its first days in cinemas.

One of the ingredients for the success of the first film in the series was the presence of Richard Attenborough, now sadly departed, in the role of the zoo’s founder, John Hammond.

A familiar prop for his character was his cane topped with a whopping great insect in amber. If that brings fond memories of the landmark film, and the great British actor and director, keep an eye on a Bonhams’ auction in Knightsbridge, London, on October 21.

The auctioneers are holding a special sale: Richard Attenborough: a life both sides of the camera – a sale of Lord Attenborough’s (1923-2014) memorabilia and selected contents from his houses in London and on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.

One of the stand-out items is a replica of the prop cane used by Attenborough in Jurassic Park. Estimated at £3000-5000, this distinctive 2ft 10in (86.5cm) long design, similar to the one used by Attenborough throughout the production, is moulded as dinosaur bone, painted white, with faux amber top encasing a large crane fly.

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Edward VIII Nazi salute photo album is perfectly timed at auction

TIMING can make a huge difference when it comes to auctions. As noted previously on this blog, anniversaries such as the First World War centenary entice consignments as well as tempt the bidders.

Some of these timings can of course be planned, with auction houses and dealers holding back stock even for years for the right moment to test the market.

Then again, on other occasions it is simply a happy coincidence – and it is then up to the auctioneer or dealer to seize the moment.

A lot on offer at the Morgan Evans saleroom in Anglesey, north Wales, on July 30 is a wonderfully timed example. With the national media full of frothing indignation over the Queen Elizabeth ‘Heil Hitler’ picture storm, with Nazi-sympathising Edward shown in close attendance, what better time is there to have an album of photos showing the ex-king giving the salute on a 1937 trip to Germany?

A very happy coincidence for Morgan Evans, as auctioneer Simon Bower confirms. “It was catalogued two to three days before the video thing broke,” he says. “It’s the first time on the market for over 30 years – only the second time ever.”

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Boxing belt for a David and Goliath fight over gruelling 39 rounds

IN the 1980s the maximum length for a boxing match was set at 12 rounds of three minutes each. Back in the late 19th century, it was a very different matter.

Detail of the centre plate of the Mitchell boxing belt

Detail of the centre plate of the Mitchell boxing belt

Spare a thought for fighters such as Englishman Charley Mitchell and the American John L Sullivan, who slugged it out on March 10, 1888, in the rain, for three hours and 11 minutes – a gruelling 39 rounds.

But it could have gone on longer. The fight, staged in Chantilly at Baron Rothschild’s chateau, was broken up by armed French police. The battered boxers were locked in jail. Faced with charges of violating French laws banning boxing, the pair jumped bail and fled.

Despite the inconclusive result, fans of the English fighter were so impressed with the efforts of their man in that they commissioned a special, one-off silver and gold trophy belt. This belt is now on offer at Heritage Auctions of Dallas as part of their July 30 auction, guided at $30,000 and above.

Chris Ivy, the Heritage director of sports auctions, says: ““Few early boxing relics survive from this era and Mitchell’s belt is one of the most coveted. Mitchell’s countrymen gifted this rather elaborate belt to him on his valour and effort in the ring. The belt is both a piece of sporting history as well as English history.”

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