Auction items 

A 19th-century sculpture and Fidel Castro’s cigar box are among the six lots to see

A 19th century bronze cast of Mercury after Giambologna – estimate £8,000-12,000 at Cheffins.

1. Bronze sculpture

The fine sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on June 22-23 includes 104 lots from Wood Hall in Hilgay, Norfolk. The contents of the 16th century mansion have been collected by generations of the Stocks, Ellison and Charlesworth families over the past 140 years.

At the head of the offering is this 19th-century bronze cast of Mercury after Giambologna, which, including its stand, stands 9 feet 10 inches (2.7 m) tall and bears an estimate of 8,000 to £12,000.

2. Fidel Castro cigar box

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Fidel Castro cigar box with a estimate of more than £100,000.

The latest sale from Bristol auction house Paul Fraser Collectibles includes 39 lots related to Cuban history: items that once belonged to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

Among the collection is Fidel Castro’s handmade 1953 Upmann No.4 cigar box with two secret compartments for smuggling messages to and from prison. It carries an estimate of more than £100,000 and is in the timed online sale ending June 23.

3. Shipping advertising sign


Early 20th century tinplate Cunard Line advertising sign – estimate £800-1000 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

An early 20th century tinplate Cunard Line The billboard is estimated at £800-1,000 at the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction in Exeter on June 21.

It features a central full color lithograph of RMS Aquitaine after Burns in a swept-back mock rosewood frame with title banner, and measures 2ft 7in x 3ft 5in (78cm x 1.04m).

4. FA Cup Football Medal


A 1910 FA Cup 18k Gold Football Medal given to Robert Oliver (Manager) of Newcastle United FC – estimate £1,000-1,500 at Ryedale Auctioneers.

The Country House sale at Ryedale Auctioneers on June 23-24 includes this FA Cup 18k gold football medal given to Robert Oliver (manager) of Newcastle United FC.

Although engraved FA Cup it was made and awarded for the 1910 FA Cup Final between NUFC and Barnsley. The Oliver family played an important role in the history of Newcastle United, and this medal has remained in the family ever since.

By Vaughton & Sons, Birmingham 1910, it is estimated at £1,000-1,500 at this North Yorkshire auction.

From the same seller, guided between £500 and £800, is a Newcastle Utd souvenir photo album, Season 1905-6. 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11. The leather-bound photo album contains 62 gelatin silver photographic prints mounted on cardboard including a photograph of Oliver.

Ryedale says these photo albums are believed to have been presented to players and support staff around 1910-11. This example was given to Olivier.

5. Stone plates


Known as ‘The Tehidy Plaques’, once belonging to Lord Dunstanville (the Basset family), a pair of large 18th century relief stone plaques inspired by Pompeii – estimate £12,000-14,000 at Lodge and Thomas .

Known as ‘The Tehidy Plaques’, formerly owned by Lord Dunstanville (the Basset family), this pair of large 18th century relief stone plaques depict cherubs in a chariot race. They were inspired by the frieze of the oecus (main hall) of the Casa del Betti in Pompeii, dating from around AD 50-79.

The plaques are from Tehidy Manor of Ilogan, Camborne, Cornwall. In 1734, John Pendarves Basset undertook the construction and fitting out of a large country house in the neo-Palladian style. In 1739, Francis Basset inherited the seat and almost finished the house. In 1861, John Francis Basset again initiated a reconstruction, which was completed in 1863.

In 1888, Arthur Francis Basset had inherited the estate, but due to dwindling revenues from mining industries, it was difficult to finance. In 1915 the mansion was liberated and after 700 years of Basset ownership the estate was sold in 1916. In 1918 the house became a hospital for tuberculosis patients. On February 23, 1919, the house was destroyed by fire, but by January 1922, the house had been completely rebuilt.

These plaques, each measuring 2ft x 3ft 11in (60.5cm x 1.2m), came from the famous Italian garden below and were purchased by Architectural Heritage.

They are now valued at £12,000-14,000 at the Lodge and Thomas auction in Truro on June 23-24.

6. German reconnaissance images of Britain


Queensferry shown in a pre-WWII German reconnaissance photo, from a collection estimated at £2000-3000 by Ewbank’s.

In the early to mid-1930s, when the Luftwaffe began planning its extended assault on British cities, it created a unique historical record: the first aerial survey of many cities and landmarks (Queensferry with the Forth Bridge East shown here).

Part of a large specialist collection of these German reconnaissance images, amassed by an expert who has written a book on the subject, will be auctioned at Ewbank’s in Surrey on June 24.

Nigel Clarke, author of the 2013 book Adolf’s British holiday snaps, also explores the subject via its dedicated site, The selection is estimated at £2000-3000.

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