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11th Apr 2016
Lot 236 stuffed kingfisher

Country sports enthusiasts and fans of vintage sporting memorabilia will be heading for Aylsham on Friday 15th April, when Keys Fine Art Auctioneers holds its first ever Sporting & Taxidermy Sale, with 300 lots going under the hammer.

A range of collectable sporting items including a Cup Final programme from 1906, vintage tennis rackets, golf clubs and fishing tackle, and a large collection of sporting pictures, including a rare print of a racehorse by Edward Seago, are amongst the items sure to appeal to sports fans.

Meanwhile, a huge range of stuffed birds and fish, country sports-related pictures, and country sports memorabilia will also go under the hammer, in one of the biggest sporting auctions ever held in East Anglia.

Keys general manager Kevin Lines said that the sale was attracting interest from a wide variety of potential bidders, including interior designers, country sports enthusiasts and sports fans.

“We have noticed a growing interest in sporting items in our antiques and picture sales over recent years, so we have decided to bring them all together in one Sporting & Taxidermy Sale for the first time,” said Mr Lines.

“Taxidermy and country sports-related pictures are currently extremely popular amongst interior designers, especially good quality items by the top practitioners, many of whom are represented in this sale.

“Norfolk is a rural county where country sports are still very popular, and we expect this sale to be well-received by local collectors, as well as bidders from all over the UK via the internet.”

Amongst the lots up for auction are:

  • A programme from the 1906 English Cup Final between Everton and Newcastle, played at the Crystal Palace (estimate £200-£300)
  • A painting of the racehorse ‘Red Eyes’ by Allen Culpepper Sealy (estimate £2,000-£3,000)
  • A colour print of the racehorse ‘Grey Cloud’ by Edward Seago, published by Jarrold & Sons (estimate £100-£150)
  • Nearly 100 pieces of taxidermy, including a kingfisher (estimate £100-£150), several large fish, and a parakeet (estimate £150-£200)
  • Many paintings relating to country sports, including one by renowned British Artist Frank Southgate, of snipe (estimate £900-£1,200)

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers Sporting and Taxidermy Sale takes place at Keys’ Aylsham salerooms on Friday 15th April from 10.30am.  Viewing is on Wednesday 13th April from 9am – 5pm; on Thursday 14th April from 9am – 7.30pm, and from 8.30am on the morning of the sale.  More details at www.keysauctions.co.uk