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Was the dealer – who paid five times the estimate – hoping to acquire the striking object for Olympia or Grosvenor House? “No” said
auctioneer Simon Chorley on June 5 (the opening day of the Olympia fair)
“definitely not – it’s still in storage here in Gloucestershire.”

This was lot number 2076 in a
mammoth sale of more than 2500 objects collected by Parry, the trustee of an offshore company, who began purchasing antiques at retail
establishments worldwide in the 1980s. When he died tragically in a walking accident in Vermont he was in the process of buying antiques on behalf of an investment trust who were the partial beneficiaries of the £800,000 taken over the five days.