During the 150th anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, a 3ft 1in (94.5cm) high maquette for the famous statue of him in London’s Tavistock Square will be offered at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on June 5.
The sculptor was Polish-born Fredda Brilliant (1903-99), who depicted a number of people involved in India’s move from colonial rule to independence. She lived in India with her husband, the writer Herbert Marshall, throughout the 1950s and early 60s.
The maquette is estimated at £800-1200 and forms part of Brilliant’s studio dispersal, which has been consigned by her niece and includes portraits of Pandit Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Indira Gandhi.
Three football club contracts signed by 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks (1937-2019) will be offered at Lichfield saleroom Richard Winterton on June 19.
They cover the lead-up to the 1966 World Cup and the 1970 tournament, during which Banks made his famous save to deny Pelé.
Offered in a stand-alone lot is Banks’ Leicester City contract, which was signed by club secretary Edward Plumley in 1964 – the year the club won the League Cup – and runs to June 1966. The contract details Banks’ weekly wages at the club and increments to which he would be entitled depending on the team’s success. It is estimated at £1500-2000.
The remaining two contracts relate to his career at Stoke City, where he moved from Leicester City in 1967 for a fee of £50,000. This duo is expected to bring around £3000.
This Wedgwood & Bentley jasper ware medallion above depicts the 18th century actor and playwright David Garrick (1717-79), celebrated for his portrayals of Shakespeare characters and putting Stratford-upon-Avon on the map.
The piece was made in 1775 and is estimated at £400-600 at west London saleroom Chiswick Auctions on May 30.
An unusually large set of 15 William De Morgan (1839-1917) tiles will be offered for sale at Wolverhampton saleroom Cuttlestones on June 5.
The tiles are in the ‘BBB’ pattern – one of De Morgan’s most popular designs made for the fireplace manufacturer Barnard Bishop and Barnards of Norwich – and have an impress mark for the Merton Abbey Works near Wimbledon in south-west London.