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The auction houses currently, presenting
the old olympic games posters.

The auction houses currently, presenting the old olympic games posters.

The archive of Australia’s first-ever double-Olympic medal winner, Bobby Pearce (1905-1976), was the top-selling lot at Bonhams Olympic Games Sale held on July 25 in London. The important collection, comprising Olympic gold medals, as well as letters, photographs and posters, sold for 49,250 pounds to an Australian buyer, bringing the treasured items back home.

Henry Robert “Bobby” Pearce was born in Double Bay, Sydney in 1905. His family was known for their sporting pedigree.

His father, Harry Pearce, was an Australian professional sculling champion, his uncle Sandy Pearce played rugby for Australia’s national side and his grandfather Henry “Footie” Pearce was a noted Sydney waterman.

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According to The Art Newspaper, at Christie’s staff drove a double-decker bus to South Kensington, which has been pedestrianized for the Olympics. The 1966 example of the Routemaster design is being displayed alongside other lots from the “The London Sale” until the auction begins on September 3. It has an estimate of 20,000 to 30,000 pounds. The sale, which aims to celebrate “all things British,” has a total presale estimate of 1 million to 1.6 million pounds and also includes a selection of outfits once belonging to Margaret Thatcher, priced between 800 to 1,500 pounds and an example of the much-reproduced World War II “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster (estimate 800 to 1,200 pounds).

The Art Newspaper also reported that Sotheby’s is hosting a series of exhibitions until August 11, including photographs of the painter Lucian Freud from the Cecil Beaton archive, a selling exhibition of diamonds and a display considering Arab women in sport by the photographer Brigitte Lacombe, which was commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority.

July/28/2012

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