Auction of Cricket, Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Football and Sporting Memorabilia

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 13th & 14th May 2017
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Leicester LE3 2FW

Auction highlights:

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Lot 335. Richard Gorton 'Dick' Barlow, Lancashire & England, 1871-1891. Excellent and historic early silver cup/trophy 'Presented to R.G. Barlow by a few friends in Australia for his excellent batting & bowling against the Australian Eleven. January 29th 1883'.

An historic and unique early trophy presented to Barlow following the match, it was during this Test match that some ladies burnt the bails used in the match, once the game was won, and placed the 'Ashes' in a small urn and presented it to the victorious captain of the English team Ivo Bligh, he had won back the ashes of English cricket
Estimate £7000/10000
Hammer price: £37000

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Lot 366. Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v Australia 1981'. The cricket ball with which Bob Willis took eight wickets for forty three runs in the famous third Test between England and Australia played at Headingley on the 16th-21st July 1981, 'Botham and Willis's match'. Sold with a presentation medal presented to Willis following the match by Cornhill and his 1981 series medal.

From a collection of Bob Willis items previously sold by Christies in October 1988
Estimate £8000/12000
Hammer price: £11000

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Lot 541. 'Ready for Chances'. A Royal Doulton Black Boy tea plate, entitled 'Ready for Chances' printed with a boy in a white shirt, red waistcoat, yellow trousers and a floppy hat crouched awaiting a catch. 6" diameter. A rarer 'Black Boy' title
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £750

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Lot 670. George Herbert Hirst. Yorkshire & England 1891-1929 and Wilfred Rhodes. Yorkshire & England 1898-1930. Very scarce Henry Hulme & Son of Burslem commemorative beer jug featuring both players to front and back. Approx 6.5" high. This jug featuring both Yorkshire stalwarts rarely seen.

From a large collection of sporting ceramics and metalware being sold in this auction
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £1350

"Except for highlight pieces, the dominance of Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams is being eroded by the large, visually appealing and meticulously compiled catalogues from Tim Knight…"

Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

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We hold three major auctions of sporting memorabilia each year specialising in cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league, olympic games, boxing and other sporting memorabilia.

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