The stock-in-trade and private collection of Maurice Turpin who died in March, will be sold by Christie’s in London next spring. Two sales, on March 9 and 14, will offer over 800 items and are estimated to fetch over £2m.
A larger-than-life character, known throughout the trade as
Dick Turpin, this renowned dealer was a familiar figure with his
trademark walrus moustache and trilby hat. His shop at 27 Bruton
Street, which he opened in the late 1980s, was primarily known for
18th century furniture, but his knowledge extended much more
widely, taking in early firearms, ceramics, paintings and
Having started trading in 1948 at Portobello, Dick Turpin amassed
a formidable collection. Much of this was stored in his mews houses
in South Kensington and includes pieces he acquired as long as 30
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