A wide array of weird and wonderful items are to go on display today ahead of a major auction next month.
More than 150 lots are to be sold at Christie's South Kensington on September 5 in its Out of the Ordinary sale.
Items involved include a flying machine prop made for the 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes film, which is expected to fetch £50,000 to £80,000, a Triceratops skull and one of the world's biggest caviar dishes.
Here is a list of the favourites on offer:
- 'Waxflatter' Ornithopter from Steven Spielberg's film
Expecting to fetch £50,000 to £80,000
- The Triceratops skull excavated from private land in the US
Estimated to fetch £150,000 to £250,000
- Cygan, a giant robot made in 1957
Estimated at £6,000 to £8,000.
- A marine-plywood model of a rocking horse
Expected to sell for £25,000 to £40,000
Head of sale Charlotte Young said:
Out of the Ordinary is a tightly curated one-off sale offering a unique opportunity to acquire something a little different from Christie's South Kensington.
Each lot has been selected as either visually striking or with an intriguing story to tell, and many have never before been seen at auction.
I cannot wait to welcome the public to the extended exhibition and to witness their reaction to the juxtaposition of such diverse lots as a Triceratops skull with a Rolls-Royce turbine fan. It is definitely a sale full of surprises that will excite the imagination."
The exhibition starts today and goes on for five weeks, offering visitors an exclusive opportunity to view pieces rarely seen on the market.