Lawrence of Ara­bia’s San­dals Go­ing up for Auc­tion

Shoes & Accessories - - The Month That Was -

A pair of Lawrence of Ara­bia’s san­dals is go­ing up for auc­tion. The Bri­tish Army of­fi­cer made his name in the First World War aid­ing the Arab Re­volt against the Ot­toman Em­pire, and it is be­lieved that he had clocked up quite a few miles in the well-worn shoes.

Lawrence’s ex­ploits were drama­tised in the 1962 Os­car-win­ning Hol­ly­wood his­tor­i­cal epic, star­ring Peter O’toole. Af­ter his ex­ploits in World War One, Lawrence joined the Royal Tank Corps, based at Bov­ing­ton Camp, un­der an as­sumed name. He lived at the nearby cot­tage, Clouds Hill, which is now main­tained by the Na­tional Trust, and was a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Ware­ham.

He died fol­low­ing a crash on his mo­tor­bike near Bov­ing­ton in May 1935.

Auc­tion­eer and an­tiq­ui­ties ex­pert Charles Han­son said: “When I pulled Lawrence of Ara­bia’s san­dals out of Waitrose car­rier bag, I was as­ton­ished - and de­lighted. He is one of Bri­tain’s most iconic fig­ures, a man who played a key role in world his­tory and in­spired one of the most fa­mous films ever made.”

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