It was bound to be a sale with a difference, and Essex auction house Sworders’ recent Out of the Ordinary auction saw strong interest, with almost 450 registered to bid online and 50 bidders in the room. The top lot on the day was a David Linley for Dunhill architectural jewellery box, which made £6,000.
Alongside the Linley jewellery box, the 300-lot sale – featuring unusual pieces ranging from 20th-century decorative arts, bronzes and glass, to posters, prints and modern design – yielded the following top sellers.
Christian Paix mixed media – £5,900
*Christian Paix (French, contemporary) artist’s studio, mixed media, 100cm wide, 25cm deep, 110cm high.
Christian Paix is based in Paris and produces tableaux that he refers to as ‘illustrations of humorous life’. His work has been described as a combination of Wallace & Gromit and Beryl Cook.
Grayson Perry – Recipe for Humanity – £5,200
RMS Titanic’ bell from the 1958 film, ‘A Night to Remember‘ – £4,800
A massive ship’s bell of cast brass, with rope-handled clapper, engraved ‘R.M.S Titanic, 1912‘ in black gloss in-filled lettering. The crown secured with ‘D’ clip to the apex of a custom-made support of rope-covered frame and wooden base, with a brass plaque engraved: RMS TITANIC 1912, THIS BELL WAS USED IN THE FILM ‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’ PINEWOOD STUDIOS 1958, DIRECTED BY ROY BAKER, made for the 1958 The Rank Organisation film ‘A Night to Remember’.’
Feejee mermaid – £4,700