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Pieces of Eight: Importance of Provenance, Connery's Classic Car and a Regal Pop Portrait

Pieces of Eight: Importance of Provenance, Connery's Classic Car and a Regal Pop Portrait

🤵🏽‍♂️ If you’ve ever fantasised about giving supervillains the slip from behind the wheel of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin – and you have some spare millions of bucks lying around – you could be in luck this summer.   The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 personally owned by the late actor Sean Connery is hitting the auction block on August 18, and it’s expected to fetch between $1.4 million and $1.8 million, according to Detroit’s Broad Arrow Auctions.

Our Take: Despite this specific vehicle not featuring in a Bond film, the fact Connery owned it is a real draw. It’s incredible to think that ‘James Bond’ owning this vehicle results in such a high valuation. Having said that, one of two cars purchased by Eon Productions for the launch of Thunderball sold just over its top estimate for $6.38m in 2019! So, a bargain perhaps?

👗  The dramatic story of a costume from The Wizard of Oz thought lost for decades went through another plot twist on Monday, when a judge blocked its planned sale at auction.    One of the blue-and-white checked gingham dresses that Judy Garland wore in 1939 for her role as Dorothy was scheduled to be part of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Auctioneer Bonhams listed a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2m for the dress before it was withdrawn following a claim made by...

🚓   The caretaker of a stately home in Staffordshire gave away a rare Tudor carved panel worth up to £5m, it was put up for auction last year but Stafford borough council went to court to stop Whitworth Auctions from selling the piece.  Brian Wilson took the 450-year-old overmantel from the Grade II-listed Seighford Hall and tossed it on a pile of firewood, before giving it to an antiques dealer who later tried to sell it.    Wilson, who lived in a caravan in the grounds of the 16th-century manor house near Stafford, was found to have committed gross misconduct and dismissed.

Our Take: Provenance is key, regardless the category. Both of the above are prime examples demonstrating the importance of excessive due diligence when bidding at auction or buying privately. A paper trail showing an items journey is the bare minimum required along with the opinion of experts such as Gurr Johns who we employed when acquiring our Andy Warhol.

👑 Nigerian artist Oluwole Omofemi gives 1955 portrait of Queen Elizabeth a pop art twist. The oil painting is by Nigerian artist Oluwole Omofemi, who has infused his own style elements in the piece inspired by a 1950s portrait of the monarch.   Omofemi kept some elements of the original photo –  including the queen's George IV State Diadem tiara, Nizam of Hyderabad necklace and a sash adorned with the star of the Order of the Garter – but added other elements, including a bright yellow background and a floral pattern to the monarch's dress.

Our Take: A fabulous take on our long reigning monarch ahead of her Jubilee weekend!  We are of course just a 'a little' biased when it comes to this story, our 'Reigning Queen' is the epitome of Pop Art and Royalty. As with Warhol, Omofemi pairs and iconic image and uses striking colours to create a unique and respectful portrait.

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🖌 Showpiece number three Andy Warhol's 'Reigning Queens' is here.    We're releasing a new article every week for our collectors to enjoy, check out Friday's 'Warhol - The Phenomenon' here

That's it for this week, thanks as always for reading and if you have any comments please get in touch via hello@showpiece.com.

The Showpiece Team