Lawrence of Arabia’s Sandals Going up for Auction
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.”