Alan Ball’s 1966 medal up at auction
The 1966 World Cup winner’s medal won by England’s Alan Ball comes under the hammer at Tennants in North Yorkshire on December 9 with a guide of £80,000-120,000.
Also on offer will be cup final No 7 shirt (estimate £30,000-50,000), and his 1966 World Cup cap (guide £15,000-25,000).
Ball sold his medal and cap at auction in 2005, when they were purchased by the owner of Bolton Wanderers, businessman and philanthropist Edwin ‘Eddie’ Davies (1946-2018).
Lancashire-born midfielder Ball was the youngest and least experienced member of the 1966 World Cup-winning team at just 21 years old. However, he received widespread acclaim for his energetic and passionate performance that was fundamental to the 4-2 win over West Germany victory.
As well as playing as a midfielder for clubs such as Blackpool and Everton and winning 72 caps for England, Ball went on to manage several clubs including Manchester City and Southampton.
T-Rex skull offered as a single sale
A tyrannosaurus rex skull will be offered without reserve with a $15m-20m estimate at Sotheby’s in a single-lot sale in New York on December 9. Mounted on an iron pedestal, the 76 million-year-old skull stands at 6ft 7½in (2.03m). The skull was discovered on private land in Harding County, South Dakota, in the Hell Creek Formation.
Other T Rex bones have been discovered there including Sue, the first dinosaur ever sold at auction (a record $8.3m at Sotheby’s in 1997).
US print fair hails high attendance
The IFPDA [International Fine Print Dealers Association] Print Fair reported attendance up 45% since its last in-person fair in 2019, attracting nearly 16,000 visitors over its four-day run. The 29th edition took place in New York’s Javits Center with 76 exhibitors on October 27-30.
Raftery goes retro for games format
Surrey auction house Ewbank’s has launched a dedicated sale series of Retro Video Games and Consoles.
The first will take place on November 18. Specialist Roy Raftery is running the sale. Raftery started consulting with Ewbank’s in summer last year and joined as a staff member this autumn.
He is a specialist in collectables including comics, video games and trading cards.
The sale includes nearly 40 years of gaming history with the Commodore Amiga 500 the oldest system to be offered.
Singer Sargent work makes return
A sketch by famed portrait artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) has returned to where it was painted.
The oil sketch of Elsie Palmer was painted in preparation for his portrait of the Lady in White which is now owned by Fine Arts Centre in Colorado Springs, US.
Elsie (1873-1955) was the daughter of William Jackson Palmer, the American railroad engineer who founded Colorado Springs.
She came to live at Ightham Mote with her two sisters and mother (known as Queen or Queenie Palmer after a nickname from her grandmother).
The family rented Ightham Mote in Kent for three years from April 1887 and Queen Palmer formed a salon of artists and writers, with visitors including author Henry James, costume designer Alice Comyns Carr, actress Ellen Terry as well as Sargent.
Sargent painted the work before he became internationally famous for his portraits of high-society society figures in Paris, London and New York.
The picture has been sold to the now National Trust-run property from Elsie’s granddaughter Jane Kasmin. It had been owned by the Palmer family since it was painted.
The price of the transaction, via a private treaty scheme with the assistance from the Arts Council, was undisclosed.
Sargent created a number of sketches in preparation for the finished picture which depicts Elsie seated in a silk dress against the linenfold panelling of the tower corridor of Ightham Mote.
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Serial number of the War Department provisional driving licence dated March 1, 1945, for the late Queen Elizabeth II (when she was Princess Elizabeth) and was serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). On November 8 it was offered at Colchester saleroom Reeman Dansie and sold for £6800 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £1000-2000, together with a contemporary handwritten and typed account of her service, photographs and related ephemera from her driving instructor in the ATS, the late Major Violet Wellesley MBE.