Olympic sculptures to be auctioned in county

Olympic Village tortoise, due to be auctioned off at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst.
Olympic Village tortoise, due to be auctioned off at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst.

Olympic fever continues behind the walls of Summers Place Auctions where sculptures from the Athletes Village will be on sale.

In association with Sotheby’s, the auction house based in Billingshurst’s Stane Street will auction eight large contemporary sculptures, which were recently displayed in the Athletes Village in London’s Olympic Park, as part of its October event.

One of the sculptures on sale is a skeleton in action by Wilfred Pritchard, a bronze of a skeleton on a gymnast’s pommel horse entitled ‘Backflip’, with an estimated worth between £15,000 and £20,000.

James Rylands, director and co-founder, said: “We are very excited and honoured to be involved particularly in something that is of the moment and all the sculptures have their own merits in their own right, but to have provenance like that, being displayed at the Olympic Games, is as good as you are going to get.”

He added: “They are all in the moment as they were all exhibited in the Athletes Village and are a testament to our British athletes.”

Other pieces include a large bronze Olympic Gorilla, at around six feet tall, and a giant Galapagos tortoise.

Continuing the Olympian theme for the collector of antique sculpture is an over life size carved white marble figure of Prometheus bearing a torch of fire by the celebrated Victorian sculptor William Theed - exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

In May, a specialist garden sculpture and decoration auction totalled over £1.6m, as Summers Place unveiled a new 5,000 square feet gallery.

To view a full catalogue visit www.summersplaceauctions.com or call 01403 331331.