August 17, 2014

Christie’s “Odds & Ends” Auction

A year or so ago, Christie’s, the auction house, held an odd lots auction which proved to be very successful for them. So they are doing it again this year with the “Out of the Ordinary” sale, on view in London until it’s hammered down on September 3. I thought I’d share some of the odder odds and ends up for bid.

Pair of rare taxidermy Zebracorns (est. $5,000 to 8,000)zebracorns

Anthony Redmile Ostrich Egg Six-Branch Chandelier (est. $6,000 to 10,000)redmile

Handbag, formerly the property of the Queen Mother. (est. $3,000 to 6,000)image

A Swarovski crystal encrusted dog’s skeleton with platinum teeth. (est.$33,000 to 50,000)image

36” tall Chinese tole tea canisters ($11,000 to 16,000_image

Fornasetti Adam & Eve plates. (est. $5,000 to 7,000)image

Paul McCartney’s childhood home’s front door. (est. $10,000 to 13,000)image

An Enigma cipher machine. ($66,000 to 100,000)image

Lobster claw with pearls. Reminds me of the late, lamented House of Beauty & Culture. (est. $4.000 to 6,000)image

John Rocque’s 1746 24-sheet map of London, which I am hoping that Ben Pentreath will republish. ($50,000 to 60,000)image

Papier Mache horses’ teeth models (who wouldn’t want these!) (est. $4,000 to 7,000)image

1930’s enamel London Underground map. (est. $16,000 to 25,000)image

For more information on any of these lots, or to see some of the other amazing lots on offer, please click here.


  1. What a delightful mixed bag. Speaking of bags, curious how the Queen Mum's ended up there (and what does it smell like inside? Violets and peppermints like most grandmothers'?). Mesmerized by the ostrich egg chandelier. The Bedazzled dog skeleton (three words I never thought I'd see linked) ... oh dear. Thanks Meg.

  2. yes - House of Beauty & Culture is much missed!

  3. stunning things + I was wondering the same thing + how did the queen's mum's bag get there?.

    1. Wondering also. I thought the family sold her old stuff on e-bay

    2. Might have been from one of her servants or a lady-in-waiting and they're selling it on.


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