Yesterdays auction at Bonhams had more than a few surprises.
We will have to see if it shows up in the next entertainment sale in December.
Elsewhere in the sale there were a couple of choice items on offer.
Discussing the item with the porters at the viewing, I gather the only problem with it was it's lack of signature and the attributed artist not specifically remembering if he actually painted this version. As a result it had to be sold as a replica rather than original.
That didn’t stop someone paying £5,400 for it, nearly double the £2,000 - £3,000 estimate.
The problem with selling items so long after their time is it allows for a lot of opportunity for things to be messed around with. This has been true of the various Daleks that have sold in recent years, and this puppet was no exception, though the catalogue was suitably honest about it’s history.
The head had apparently been repainted at some point since its creation in the 1960s, making it impossible to accurately identify its screen usage.
If you look closely you can see some amusing family photographs on display . . . .
The mix-and-match assembly of Lady P didnt put off bidders, and she ultimately sold for £33,600, over triple it’s £8,000 - £10,000 estimate! This was by far the single most expensive item in the sale by a long way and shows the pull these classic British shows command.