C&TCF Tidbit #17: And Now.... A Tale of Two Auctions

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C&TCF Tidbit #17: And Now.... A Tale of Two Auctions

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:24 am

How do you help fund a new museum???

Originally posted by Gilbert’s Girl in December 2005

Fine Bordeaux in Roald Dahl auction
December 8, 2004
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A case of 1982 Leoville Las Cases and a 175-year-old bottle of Massandra are up for auction at Christie's as part of a sale of Roald Dahl's private photographs and other Dahl 'treasures'.

Dahl's widow Felicity ('Liccy') Dahl selected the wine from the master storyteller's cellars. She is as keen a collector as her late husband and has managed the cellar since his death in 1990.

The Leoville Las Cases usually sells at auction for around £1900 per case, but Christie's is not issuing a high and low estimate.

Dahl (pictured) 'bought an enormous amount of 1983s and 1982s,' Mrs Dahl told decanter.com. He was most interested in Bordeaux and left a wealth of first growths, including two cases of 1982 Lafite, Pichon Lalande, because d'Estournel, Chateau Bel-Air, Lafleur and other fine wines.

There is also a good collection of Burgundy, which Mrs Dahl is adding to by 'doing swaps with the 82 Bordeaux', she said.

The Massandra, from 1830, was a gift from Eric Abraham, who produced the 1989 film of Danny the Champion of the World.

'He asked Roald for the rights to James and the Giant Peach,' Mrs Dahl said, referring to one of Dahl's – and the world's – most famous children's books. 'He refused, saying it was impossible to film, but then gave him the rights for nothing for a year.'

The main part of the auction consists of photographs taken by Dahl, and a 'Treasure Trove' of Dahliana including original audio recordings by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, and rare artwork by Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe – including the latter's cartoon of Tony Blair as a poodle.

There is also a giant (2.5m) Anglepoise lamp, made by Anglepoise for the 1989 film of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).

Hugh Edmeades, chairman of Christie's South Kensington, said although best known as a writer, 'Roald Dahl was also a talented photographer. Many of the photographs offered in this auction have never been seen before in public and give a rare glimpse into his private world.'

The auction took place on 13 December at Christie's King Street, London, and is in aid of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, which opens in June 2005

More on another auction and the results tomorrow...
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Unread postby lizbet » Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:00 pm

DITHOT - chocolate, assorted sweeties, gum and now red wine - is anyone getting any reading done!?!?!? - :lol:

what a lovely piece about the auction - it would be really interesting to see his photographs - an insight into what inspires him - these have been really really interesting (and tasty) tidbits

its starting to snow harder so I'd better bundle up and get over to the library for a stack of books incase we get snowed in this weekend - check in later - :cool:
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:53 pm

lizbet wrote: DITHOT - chocolate, assorted sweeties, gum and now red wine - is anyone getting any reading done!?!?!? -

what a lovely piece about the auction - it would be really interesting to see his photographs - an insight into what inspires him - these have been really really interesting (and tasty) tidbits

its starting to snow harder so I'd better bundle up and get over to the library for a stack of books incase we get snowed in this weekend - check in later -


Reading??? :eyebrow: On yeah, better get off the chocolate and into the book... :lol:

If you are interested in the pictures, check back with us tomorrow ;-) and stay warm! Maybe time for some more exercises... :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Re: C&TCF Tidbit #17: And Now.... A Tale of Two Auction

Unread postby luvdepp » Fri Feb 18, 2005 4:08 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:The main part of the auction consists of photographs taken by Dahl, and a 'Treasure Trove' of Dahliana including original audio recordings by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, and rare artwork by Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe – including the latter's cartoon of Tony Blair as a poodle.

More on another auction and the results tomorrow...

Very interesting DITHOT. Do we know what the audio recording Johnny did is of? :eyebrow: Was this something done recently for CATCF since they also mention Helena Bonham-Carter?
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Feb 18, 2005 4:50 pm

luvdepp wrote: Very interesting DITHOT. Do we know what the audio recording Johnny did is of? Was this something done recently for CATCF since they also mention Helena Bonham-Carter?


I don't know what the recordings are. I was wondering if it was something to do with C&TCF as well. I looked on the Christie's site but couldn't find out, possibly because the auction was already over. :-/
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Unread postby Charlene » Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:55 pm

You know, I was thinking...wasn't it around December that Johnny was spotted at some wine sampling event in London (and no one recognized him)...could this have been in connection with this sale?


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