The London based auction house, Christie’s is best known for auctioning things like the world’s largest flawless diamond, Margaret Thatcher’s business suits and paintings by Pollock. However on September 5th, 2013, Christie’s will be going down a different route with their “Out of the ordinary” auction. An example of the truly bizarre pieces, Christie’s plans to auction is a bronze death mask of Napolean from the Antommarchi cast circa 1833 that is expected to fetch between $16,000 and $23,000. Each of the 155 lots that will be auctioned have been chosen for their unique quality of being “Out of the Ordinary”.
For many of the lots this will actually be the first time that they are being auctioned.
One of the incredible items being auctioned is a massive Marine plywood rocking horse designed and made by Anthony Dew and is expected to fetch between $38,000 and $60,000. The horse will feature a hidden trapdoor, that should appeal to lovers of history interested in the Trojan War.
The Triceratops skull estimated to fetch ($233,700 – $389,500) was found in Montana in the United States. It is about 68 million years old and sized 75in long and 88in high, the rare skull is mounted on a stand. For over a century the triceratops has remained one of the most easily recognized and iconic species of dinosaurs.
One of the more expensive lots is a Massive silver caviar dish, that will definitely make a splash at your next dinner party, the lot which is considered to be the largest caviar dish in the world is expected to get between $120,000 and $150,000.
The lots that truly interest me are the vintage pinball machines that include an electro mechanical Olympics, Wizard and Captain Fantastic machine. These lots are expected to rake in between $5,300 and $15,000.
Christies’s hasn’t strayed completely from their traditional auctions, Eight of Francis Bacon’s paint brushes circa 1969 will also be auctioned with and expected price range between $31,000 and $38,000.
The Out of the Ordinary auction promises to be a whopper, and will definitely pique the interest of anybody looking to bolster their art collections with something truly unique!
Words by Aashna Sanghani.