Out of The Ordinary - an exhibition at Christie's, South Ken sounds intriguing! Your chance to view items that are rarely in the public gaze including the Waxflatter Ornithopter, a Cygan, a triceratops skull and a rocking horse the size of a 2 storey house!
Plus 150 other curious and extraordianry items which will go for auction in Sept at prices between £1k and £200k.
We will meet in the Zetland Arms for coffee at 12.00, see the exhibitions and meet back there afterwards. (pub food available). The exhibition is free but please donate a £1 meet up charge.
As you exit South Ken tube, cross over to Old Brompton Rd and you will see the pub about 200 yds down on the right hand side on the corner of Bute St. Christie's is on the other side of the road.
More details of the exhibition.....
South Kensington, London – Christie’s will be staging a one-off extended exhibition to preview a host of eclectic and fascinating items on offer in the Out of the Ordinary sale on 5 September 2013. Building on the success of The London Sale and summer exhibition held in 2012, the display will be open for five weeks from 5 August, offering visitors an exclusive opportunity to view pieces rarely seen on the market. Spanning all eras from the prehistoric natural world to the surreal realm of science fiction, the intriguing items are sure to prove popular with visitors to buzzing central London. Comprising over 150 lots ranging from around £1,000 to £200,000, this unique exhibition and auction will offer inspiration to those with a range of interests and will appeal to new and established collectors.
Charlotte Young, Head of Sale, commented: “Out of the Ordinary is a tightly curated one-off sale offering a unique opportunity to acquire something a little different from Christie’s South Kensington. Each lot has been selected as either visually striking or with an intriguing story to tell, and many have never before been seen at auction. I cannot wait to welcome the public to the extended exhibition in August and to witness their reaction to the juxtaposition of such diverse lots as a Triceratops skull with a Rolls Royce turbine fan. It is definitely a sale full of surprises that will excite the imagination.”
Highlights of the exhibition and auction include a ‘flying machine’ known as the 'Waxflatter' Ornithopter from Steven Spielberg’s 1980s film production 'The Young Sherlock Holmes' (illustrated above on page 1). Estimated to fetch £50,000 – 80,000, the ornithopter was made to be operational, flapping its wings through pedal power.
Cygan, a giant robot made in 1957 and a veritable celebrity of the 1950s and 60s is another of the astonishing items in the sale. The eight-foot giant is a monumental relic of the atomic age (estimate: £8,000 – 12,000, illustrated right). It was one of the most sophisticated robots of its time with an ability to accept spoken commands and respond to light rays. When presented at London Olympia in 1958 Cygan amazed crowds, walking around the auditorium and even showing off some dance moves.
A menagerie of animals will roam the auction rooms with every kind of beast from a triceratops to agiant rocking horse the size of a two-storey house (estimate: £25,000 – 40,000). TheTriceratops skull excavated from private land in the U.S. is estimated to fetch £150,000 – £250,000 (illustrated left). With its three-horned head, the triceratops is one of the most famous species of dinosaur and is one of the most easily recognised. One of the last survivors before the fatal mass-extinction triggered by an asteroid 65 million years ago, these 30-foot long herbivores lived with the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The horns and recognisable bony frill were probably used as defense against this fearsome foe.