Adam Partridge auction house will offer an engraved pin head by the micro-artist Graham Short (b.1946) as part of the April 4 sale in Macclesfield.
It bears the words of American-Romanian writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel: Hope is like peace It is not a gift from god – It is a gift only we can give one another. Housed in its own bespoke LED viewing unit, it will be offered with an estimate of £12,000-15,000.
Birmingham-born Short attracted the national gaze in 2012 when he unveiled a razor’s edge inscribed with the words Nothing is Impossible, a project that took nine months and involved regular Botox injections to prevent muscle twitches to his eyelids.
This Panerai watch above was acquired from a captured German Kampfschwimmer during the Second World War.
Captain Alfred Packer of 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment acquired the watch in the Netherlands in September 1944 during Operation Market Garden, thwarting an attempt by German divers to block the Allies’ route to Arnhem.
This example, passed by descent and kept in a drawer since without being worn, is estimated at £20,000-30,000 at Fellows in Birmingham on April 2. In January last year the auction house sold another Panerai seized during the same operation.
This artwork by the British storyboard artist Ivor Beddoes (1909-81) above was produced to help with filming on the original 1980 Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.
An early draft (Yoda included, he is not), it was used by the special effects and model-making departments for scale reference of the characters when building set and design mock-ups.
Consigned from the personal archive of a special effects designer, the 4ft 1in x 19in (1.26m x 49cm) hardboard backed poster is estimated at £5000-7000 at Excalibur Auctions in Elstree on March 29-30.