Christie's prepares for a journey Out of the Ordinary
Christie's has revealed a line-up of unique and unusual items for its highly-anticipated Out of the Ordinary sale.
The auction takes place in London on September 14, as part of the company's 250th anniversary celebrations, and will offer more than 90 remarkable lots ranging from rare artworks to historic memorabilia.
Amongst the pieces on offer is a selection of memorabilia from the renowned collection of David Gainsborough Roberts.
Assembled over the course of 40 years, the collection includes unique and personal items from the worlds of film and entertainment, royalty and politics, sport, and travel and exploration.
Amongst the highlights are a set of keys from the Titanic, estimated £7,000 - £10,000; a pair of earrings owned by the Duchess of Windsor, valued at £8,000 - £12,000; a Stetson hat gifted to Sir Winston Churchill by the City of Calgary, estimated at £4,000 - £6,000; and a silk head scarf and agal owned by the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, priced together at £8,000 - £15,000.
"After collecting for over forty years the time has finally arrived to share my collection with the world," said Gainsborough Roberts. "I hope my insatiable appetite for the curious, the famous and the infamous will inspire a new generation of custodians."
In addition to the items on offer at Christie's, Gainsborough Roberts has also placed his collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia - believed to the world's largest - up for auction at Julien's, in a landmark sale which takes place in Los Angeles on November 19.
Elsewhere the Christie's sale will include eclectic treasures such as a high rare 1904 Olympic gold medal awarded to American amateur golfer Robert E. Hunter, estimated at £20,000 - £30,000; a silver Jaguar XJ8 armoured LWB saloon used by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, estimated at £15,000 - £20,000; and a special artwork charting the history of the 'Leica Camera Family Tree' from circa 1923 to 2006, estimated at £350,000 - £450,000.
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