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