Bought for £10 at a car boot sale, this scarce 1930s tinplate Smile Please Mickey Mouse money box is a highlight of Peter Wilson’s March 2 sale.
When his ear is pulled, Mickey rolls his eyes and swallows coins placed on his tongue. Made by the German manufacturer Saalheimer & Strauss for import to England, it is inscribed on the side By exclusive arrangement with Ideal Films Ltd.
A jacket worn by King George VI for a military portrait will go under the hammer at Clevedon Salerooms on March 9 in Bristol.
The Second World War field marshal’s khaki service dress featured in a portrait painted by the British artist Maurice Codner (1888-1958), which was commissioned by Captain R Corfield as a gift to the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC).
The king had taken along to the sittings a wardrobe of uniforms, including the jacket, which was gifted to the artist as a memento. Inscribed in ink H.M. The King, Feb. 1940 and bearing the label of royal and military tailors CF Johns & Pegg of Clifford Street, London, the jacket comes by direct descent from the family and will carry an estimate of £4000-6000.
A hand-coloured lithograph of a lost oil painting by Scottish artist David Roberts (1796-1864) is going under the hammer at Cuttlestones in Penkridge, Staffordshire, on March 2-3.
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus was painted in 1849. Considered among the finest of his Holy Land depictions, the artist used the writings of Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, an eyewitness to the Roman siege and the destruction of Jerusalem, to create the work. The painting was last seen at Christie’s in 1961.
This 2ft 3in x 3ft 6in (69cm x 1.08m) reproduction was made by 19th century Belgian platemaker Louis Haghe (1806-85) and has been consigned from a local private vendor.