Bob Church sells tackle at auc­tion

Parkin­son’s UK will ben­e­fit as Bob Church sells his favourite items

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - IAN JONES

BOB Church ad­mit­ted to be­ing ‘shocked and ‘over­whelmed’ after a col­lec­tion of his prized tackle sold for thou­sands at auc­tion.

An­gling Times joined the leg­endary an­gler and his wife Jeanette dur­ing the re­cent Sport­ing and Coun­try Pur­suits sale at JP Hum­bert Auc­tion­eers in Northants, which saw more than 50 lots of Bob’s gear go un­der the ham­mer.

Auc­tion­eer Jonathan Hum­bert had a tough task keep­ing up with the num­ber of bids as vin­tage rods, reels and col­lec­tions of hand-tied flies turned heads in the busy sale­room full of col­lec­tors look­ing for their own slice of an­gling his­tory.

But it was the vol­ume of on­line bids from as far away as Aus­tralia and Switzer­land that sur­prised and ex­cited both Bob (MBE) and the on-site auc­tion­eers.

The most pop­u­lar lots in­cluded a gold-plated Mitchell reel made spe­cially for Bob, an Av­ing­ton Mk II 9ft fly rod, and a three-tier fly box con­tain­ing around 1,000 flies – which to­gether made £1,160.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to An­gling Times on the day, Bob ex­plained his emo­tions dur­ing a mem­o­rable af­ter­noon in the auc­tion room.

“Fun­nily enough this is the first auc­tion I’ve ever been to, so it was very ex­cit­ing to watch and hear what was go­ing on,” Bob said.

“Al­though there weren’t that many in the room, those on the in­ter­net were con­stantly try­ing to out­bid each other and Jonathan did a fan­tas­tic job keep­ing up with them.

“This made the bid­ding very ex­cit­ing, and I was over­whelmed to see the amount of in­ter­est in my tackle – which played a huge part in my an­gling ca­reer.

“It’s tackle that I would never use again so I’m just happy it’s go­ing to help other peo­ple with their own fish­ing.”

Auc­tion­eer Jonathan Hum­bert wasn’t sur­prised at the amount of in­ter­est in Bob’s tackle, which made a to­tal of £3,140.20, and be­lieves it’s his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s most in­flu­en­tial an­glers that led to such fran­tic bid­ding.

Mr Hum­bert said: “Bob ob­vi­ously has a huge pres­ence in the an­gling com­mu­nity. This was high­lighted when we started to re­ceive bids

from peo­ple in Canada, Swe­den and Tas­ma­nia.

“All his items are un­re­peat­able rar­i­ties that are a must-have for any fly-fish­ing fol­lower.

“My per­sonal favourite was the three-tier fly box which is sim­ply fish­ing gold and was the party-piece of the sale. They’re flies that Bob used all over the world through­out the last 60 years so it’s no won­der they sold for as much as they did.”

The fly box held more than 1,000 flies – some of which caught cham­pi­onship-win­ning fish – and was pur­chased by a lo­cal Northamp­ton­shire man for £880.

Speak­ing anony­mously, he said: “I bought the fly box for my son – who has not long taken up fly fish­ing but

spends many hours at Pits­ford.

“I’m sure these new, ex­quis­ite im­i­ta­tions will give him an edge dur­ing his next visit, and he’ll never have to buy a fly again!”

Bob has suf­fered from Parkin­son’s disease for the last 19 years and is do­nat­ing part of the money raised to the Parkin­son’s UK Char­ity, which has been help­ing to com­bat the ill­ness for 50 years.

Bob con­cluded: “I want to put some­thing back into the char­ity that has been fight­ing the disease I’ve been liv­ing with for nearly 20 years.

“My wife Jeanette has aided and put up with me through­out that whole time, too, so I would like to buy her some­thing for her gar­den – she truly de­serves it.”

Top seller at £880 was Bob’s su­perb fly box.

Bob Church (left) with auc­tion­eer John Hum­bert.

Rods be­long­ing to Bob await auc­tion bids.

Much of the bid­ding was via the in­ter­net.

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