Out of the Ordinary objects return to Christie's annual sale



2015-08-04 10:20:53

Christie's has announced details of its forthcoming Out of the Ordinary auction.

The highly popular sale, now in its third year, offers a host of weird and wonderful objects, ranging from dinosaur skeletons and rare antiques to modern art and pop culture memorabilia.

Celebrity-worn highlights include Tom Cruise's costume from his iconic 'suspension' scene in Mission: Impossible, estimated at £5,000-£7,000, and a felt crown worn by supermodel Kate Moss in her very first magazine photoshoot, valued at £5,000-£8,000.

One of the most historic lots of the sale will be the pair of running shoes worn by Roger Bannister at the Iffley Road athletic ground on 6 May 1954, when he became the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. His time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds wrote Bannister's name in the record books, and his shoes are expected to sell for £30,000-50,000.

The auction's oldest lot dates back some 165 million years, to the Middle Jurassic period. This exceptionally well-preserved skull and neck of a plesiosaur is extremely rare and, having contributed to understanding of the cranial anatomy of the species, will now be offered with an estimate of £60,000-£90,000.

Slightly less old but far more fearsome is an enormous bronzed fiberglass model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, standing over 2½ meters tall and more than 7½ meters long, which could be yours for just £10,000-£15,000.

Collectors will also be able to bid on pieces of a bygone age, with lots including an original Tower of London black-painted wood sentry box, estimated at £3,000-£5,000, and a refurbished 1920s polychrome decorated wood ‘Burton’ caravan, originally used by travelling circus showmen, estimated at £25,000-35,000.

Items from the sale will be on display to the public in a free exhibition, which runs at Christie’s on Old Brompton Road from Monday August 3 until the sale on September 10.

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