Among the many lots offered in The Award-Winning Paul Daniels Magic & Entertainment Auction taking place in Newbury on November 23-24 is this poster of Chung Ling Soo, considered one of the premier magicians of all time.
As the title suggests, this sale held by Special Auction Services will celebrate the life as well as career of magician Daniels (1938-2016). It features personal items relating to his TV and stage work and magic-related ephemera he bought when on tour.
Included is the biggest collection of magic posters ever to be sold in the UK. Over 350 lots depict Daniels and many other renowned magicians in magic shows both in the UK and worldwide.
There are several posters of Chung Ling Soo and estimates for these range from £700-2500 (the example pictured is guided at £700-1000). Chung Ling Soo was killed on a London stage in 1918 when his ‘catching the bullet’ trick went wrong and after that the public realised he was not Chinese but in fact an American who had been working under a pseudonym.
The collection has been consigned by Daniels’ partner Debbie McGee.
Summers Place Auctions’ Evolution auction on November 22 includes the 88 lots of taxidermy from The Flower Pot pub in Henley-on-Thames.
The collection, assembled by the landlord in the late 80s-90s, turned the pub into a destination for anyone interested in fishing. Many of the cases are by Cooper & Sons, the most famous name in fish taxidermy.
This mount of three pike dated 1929 (pictured above) is expected to sell for £1000-1500.
The Butler Collection is one of three collections of antique costumes to be offered in Tennants’ Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale on November 18.
It comprises fashion, textiles, and accessories originally from the Abbey House at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.
The Butler family of industrialists managed Kirkstall Forge for six generations. The extended family, consisting of Beecrofts, Butlers, and Hardings, all resided at different times in the Abbey House which is now the Abbey House Museum.
The Butlers’ six-generational stewardship of Kirkstall Forge had a wider impact on Leeds since they gave back generously to the city, founding Leeds City Art Gallery for a start.
The collection includes this 1850s lady’s teal silk costume estimated at £200-300 in this Leyburn auction.
The sale of antique and sporting guns at Holts in Wolferton, Norfolk, on November 21-22 includes this cased pair of 28-bore flintlock duelling pistols by J Prosser.
The guns, with walnut saw handles, come in the manufacturer’s walnut case with a parchment trade label for the No 9 Charing Cross address (trading 1796-1853).
In this original artwork of David, The Shepherd King, the Philistine hordes rush headlong to conquer Jerusalem but David and his warriors hide in the surrounding forest, setting a deathly trap for the invaders. Years later King David’s son, Absalom, plots treachery against his father.
It is painted and signed by the famous Thunderbirds artist, Frank Bellamy, for The Eagle comic in 1959. Working swiftly, Bellamy used the notoriously quick-drying Pelikan inks to obtain the vibrant colours which brilliantly survive to this day. The artwork is estimated at £1500-2500 in the Comic Book Auctions timed online sale ending on November 20.
In 1959 the Cornish painter Peter Lanyon (1918-64) joined his local gliding club. Soaring above the landscape gave him a new perspective on it that had a profound, revelatory effect on his output (and tragically on his life, which he lost in a gliding accident five years later).
One of his gliding paintings – Still Air from 1961 – features in Bonhams’ Modern British and Irish Art sale on November 22.
Estimated at £200,000-300,000, it leads a 24-lot private family collection of works from a Knightsbridge residence.
These rare large-scale Talfourd Toys Alice in Wonderland wooden articulated figures date from the 1920s.
The 13 brightly painted figures including Alice holding a Flamingo at 5in (12.5cm) tall, Queen and King of Hearts, Mad Hatter, Cheshire cat, Duchess, Fish and Frog Footmen, March Hare, White Rabbit, Dodo, Jabberwock and Dormouse.
Each is mounted on its own stand and with TFF monogram signature.
These figures were given to the vendor’s mother – who was born in the US to English parents in 1921 – by her English grandparents over a period of years as birthday and Christmas presents.
They are estimated at £600-1000 in Kent saleroom C&T’s Fine Dolls, Dolls Houses & Teddy Bears online auction on November 30.
The sale at Thomson Roddick in Ayr on November 17 includes a group of monochrome watercolour studies produced as illustrations for American magazines.
Some are by well-known illustrators such as this Frederick Stuart Church (1842-1924) watercolour. Signed FS Church, NY, 83 and titled Pandora, the mount says it was used as ‘the front piece for the forthcoming July number of Harpers Magazine’.
The Rogers Jones auction in Cardiff on November 19 includes this Black Forest lindenwood bear estimated at £1500-2500.
It stands 19½in (49cm) high and was consigned from a deceased estate in Ceredigion via the auction house’s Carmarthen office.
John Gibson (1827-1920), a native of the Isles of Scilly, gave up seafaring during the 1860s to set up business as a professional photographer. By 1877 he had two studios, one on St Mary’s and another in Penzance.
His sons Alexander and Herbert both joined the family business. Gibson & Sons established a reputation for their pictures of shipwrecks off the Isles of Scilly (its shipwreck archive, which included many hundreds of glass plates and photographs, sold at Sotheby’s in 2013 for £122,500). Alexander also developed an interest in photographing antiquities and archaeological sites.
A collection of six Gibson albums is on offer at Lay’s Antiques & Interiors Sale in Penzance on November 17 estimated at £2500-3000.
They contain more than 140 images of subjects. They include scenes of Cornish life but the majority concentrate on antiquities, stone crosses and standing stones, fogous and ancient sites in west Cornwall.
The majority of the pictures would have been taken in the late 1800s but the albums were probably compiled in the 1930s or 1940s. Each photograph is annotated with location and historical background.