Ap­par­ently, Hitler gave a damn

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OBITUARIES -

FORMER movie leg­end Clark Gable’s leather flight jacket from his World War II days in the US Army Air Corps, which he joined in 1942 as aerial gun­ner and in­struc­tor, sold on auc­tion for $14 350 (about R187 000).

“The King” was Adolf Hitler’s favourite actor and he ap­par­ently is­sued in­struc­tions that his troops should try to cap­ture him un­scathed so the Fuhrer could meet him.

Gable prob­a­bly wouldn’t have given a damn. – Auc­tions Writer. OMNI’s monthly select auc­tion prom­ises to be “the hottest event in town”, ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion house’s War­ren Scheuer, with many lots of col­lecta­bles, jew­ellery, sil­ver, art and fur­ni­ture cat­a­logued on its web­site and cu­rated in its rooms.

The di­verse items on of­fer were sourced from a Bish­op­scourt man­sion, two Sea Point beach­front apart­ments and other pri­vate homes and col­lec­tions, he says.

Scheuer de­scribes the auc­tion as “a quirky sale with lots of friv­o­lous pieces, but also filled with many se­ri­ous col­lecta­bles”.

“Pic­ture your­self sit­ting on one of a pair of ex­cep­tion­ally good qual­ity vin­tage leather Ch­ester­field but­ton­back so­fas while read­ing a col­lectable book from the rare books on of­fer, many from the col­lec­tion of gal­lerist and art dealer Jo­hans Bor­man,” he says.

“And why not dress the fire­place with a Vic­to­rian brass fire fender while sip­ping wine from a del­i­cate an­tique glass. There is an an­tique wheel­bar­row to bring in the fire­wood and an Ed­war­dian rock­ing horse for the kids.”

Among other items on sale will be 150 lots of fur­ni­ture, rang­ing from 17th cen­tury to con­tem­po­rary items.

“The cat­a­logue is filled with cof­fers, chests, book­cases and desks, so­fas and din­ing ta­bles of all shapes and sizes, mas­sive cup­boards and small side ta­bles. Car­pets and chan­de­liers will be on of­fer, as will un­usual con­ver­sa­tion pieces in the form of vin­tage bak­ers’ racks and spec­i­men chests.”

With more than 100 lots of paint­ings on dis­play, the art sec­tion will be a vis­ual ex­trav­a­ganza, he says.

“The works of nu­mer­ous well­known and pop­u­lar South African artists, such as Robert Slingsby, Christo Coet­zee, Andrew Ver­ster and Syd­ney Gold­blatt, will be rep­re­sented.

“A high­light in the in­ter­na­tional sec­tion will be an An­dré Ma­son paint­ing and there will also be many other works by artists who have be­come house­hold names. The sub­ject mat­ter and styles of the art­works are di­verse.

“The of­fer­ings will in­clude a sig­nif­i­cant sin­gle-owner col­lec­tion of or­nitho­log­i­cal paint­ings with great prove­nance and an im­por­tant se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary prints.”

Many of the col­lecta­bles on of­fer date back to a nos­tal­gic, by­gone era.

“There will be an abun­dance of crys­tal and cut glass in the form of drink­ing glasses, vases and dishes, and din­ner and tea ser­vices, with vin­tage linen to com­ple­ment them. Se­ri­ous col­lecta­bles are the nu­mer­ous South African ce­ram­ics on of­fer, from Lyn­nware to Hyl­ton Nel and Cle­mentina van der Walt pieces.”

Scheuer says a large se­lec­tion of sil­ver­ware will also be avail­able, with a fine col­lec­tion of Kid­dush cups as a high­light.

“There are tea sets and trays, trin­kets and taz­zas: an Aladdin’s cave of met­al­ware to suit all tastes and pock­ets.

“In ad­di­tion, a beau­ti­ful ar­ray of jew­ellery and watches will go un­der the ham­mer – rang­ing in de­sign from the in­tri­cate to the flam­boy­ant – in gold, plat­inum and sil­ver, with di­a­monds, ru­bies and sap­phires.”

Scheuer says Omni’s monthly cat­a­logue auc­tions are at­tract­ing a strong fol­low­ing, with those who reg­u­larly at­tend re­gard­ing th­ese as a won­der­ful place to meet like-minded col­lec­tors and a so­cial event not to be missed.

The auc­tion will take place at 10am on Tues­day. The auc­tion items may be viewed be­tween 10am and 4pm daily, in­clud­ing Satur­day and Sun­day, at Omni’s rooms at 9 Hem­lock Road, New­lands.

For more de­tails or to view the cat­a­logue, see www.omni.co.za, or con­tact Omni at info@omni.co.za or call 021 671 4497.

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