Five Houses of Parliament artworks and antiques available on thesaleroom.com05 December 2019 The Houses of Parliament may be on your mind this week. Take a moment to see what’s out there in the market to buy from Georgian acts of parliament to a Banksy print.
Second World War bomb-damaged jar
This 1950s jar is made from a piece of the Houses of Parliament damaged during air raids during the Second World War. It features a lead roundel with the crowned portcullis and is inscribed The stone came from the Houses of Parliament. The cover has a similar roundel with a rose. It is offered at Sworders’ auction of December 11 with an estimate of £200-400. The lot includes a certifying letter from HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St John Fund.
The damage was caused during ‘the longest night,’ Saturday May 10, 1941, when the German Luftwaffe launched an assault on London at 11pm. During that night, Waterloo Station and the British Museum were among the other buildings damaged.
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Cecil Beaton photographs
Three bromide photographic prints by Cecil Beaton (1904-80) from 1960 are offered at Sworders’ sale on December 11 with an estimate of £300-500. Each image is stamped with a credit and two are titled in ink and pencil. A variant on these (taken the same day) are illustrated in The Best of Beaton, published London, 1968.
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Representation of the People Act map
The Representation of the People Act 1832 gave rise to the first general election in the UK. As well as increasing the number of individuals entitled to vote, it also disenfranchised many small towns (sometimes known as ‘rotten boroughs’) and reduced the number of MPs elected by some of the remaining boroughs.
This map by James Wyld (1812-87), made in 1831, grapples with these changes. It shows the country divided into counties with a table listing the population of various cities and includes at the bottom lists such as population of the boroughs to be disfranchised [sic] and counties which are to send one additional member each and was included in his New General Atlas of Modern Geography.
It is offered at Forum on December 6 with an estimate of £150-200. It is among several original and facsimile maps included in the lot.
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Banksy’s painting Devolved Parliament made news when it sold for £9.88m at Sotheby’s earlier this year. You don’t have to shell out quite so much to have a version of his similar work Monkey Parliament for yourself. In its Urban and Contemporary Art Auction of December 11, Tate Ward sells a lithograph of the 2009 picture with an estimate of £3000-5000.
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George II Act of Parliament
There are many examples of old acts of parliament available to buy on thesaleroom.com. Among them is this George II Act of Parliament document from 1730. It is organised to update an act passed during the reign of George I to repair and widen a road in Lancaster.
It is offered at Hansons on December 7 with an estimate of £30-50.
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