Cox also made a large bronze gorilla for the 2012 Olympic village
A rare hardback first edition, first issue, copy
The book sold above its low estimate of £20,000
of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which cost £10.99 in
1997, sold for £27,000 at the London auctioneers.
The book which featured the words ‘1 wand’ twice on page 53, came with its original pictorial boards, original end-paper book and library ink stamp to the verso of its title-page.
The Bloomsbury published hardback cost £10.99 in 1997
The book, the first in the popular series, sold to a UK buyer bidding on the internet.
SUMMERS PLACE, BILLINGSHURST While Banksy’s chimp-based Devolved Parliament sold for a record £54.7m at Sotheby’s, a 1.82m bronze of a silverback gorilla was one of the top lots at the West Sussex auctioneer’s recent sale.
Its sculptor, John Cox, (1941-2014) was famous for his depiction of animals, and the impressive ape sold to an American buyer for £16,875, against an estimate of £8,000-10,000. The garden specialist’s next sale, called Evolution, is on November 19.
DIX NOONAN WEBB (DNW), LONDON A rare ‘Iraq 2004’ Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, awarded for rescuing eight soldiers under fire in Basra in 2004, sold for a record £140,000 at the London medal specialist’s recent sale. The medal was one of a group of nine awarded to Warrant Officer Class 1 Terrence ‘Tommo’ Thomson, 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
DNW’s managing director, Pierce Noonan, said: “Second only to the Victoria Cross, the C.G.C. is a scarce and prestigious award which we are very fortunate to have sold.” After his vehicle was hit by a rocket, Corporal Thomson fought his way into the Ba’ath compound, where the soldiers were holed up, taking on a number of armed guards.
The award came as a shock to him. He said afterwards: “The medal was a big surprise. I know lots of people who’ve done what I would consider to be braver things.”
The rarelyawarded C.G.C.
is second only to the Victoria Cross for valour
HANSONS, ETWALL Valentine cards and related ephemera struck a note at the Derbyshire auctioneer’s recent white glove sale of the 211-lot collection of Judith Howard, which made a total of £66,194.
The top lot was a late-Georgian handmade cut-out Valentine, with the words, If you refuse to be my wife, your will bereive me of my life, pale death at last must stand my friend, and turn my sorrows at an end. It sold for a hammer price of £4,000, from an estimate of £200-£300. A Regency-period handmade Valentine in the form of a rebus, a puzzle with words represented by pictures, sold for £1,100 – five times its guide price of of £200-£300.
Another rare lot, a set of hand-coloured lithographic outfit designs, c. 1860, from
The remarkable Valentine sold for a heart stopping
Dolly’s Dressmaker, London, sold for £2,700 against an estimate of
£40-£60. Hansons’ associate director,
Jim Spencer, said: “Judith Howard had a discerning eye for unusual objects with a rich historical pedigree.”
The Regency -period card made more than five times its low estimate
The unusual Edwardian paper game sold for £2,700
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