The buy of a tiger

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

RE­VIEW: Au­to­mo­bilia, Here­ford­shire Vin­tage Auc­tions, Here­ford 23 Fe­bru­ary There was a strong se­lec­tion of car parts and au­to­mo­bilia in Here­ford­shire Vin­tage Auc­tions’ 23 Fe­bru­ary sale, with a Si­amese Tiger mas­cot, af­ter pre- and post-WW2 race ace Prince Bira, rat­tling col­lec­tors’ cages. Es­ti­mated at £200-400, the mas­cot sold for £560. The 7in chromium-plated tiger with black painted stripes and ‘emer­ald’ green eyes had been mounted for desk dis­play and was signed ‘B Bira’ on the base. A lim­ited edi­tion of 12 num­bered mas­cots were orig­i­nally pro­duced by Bira, of which only a few are known to sur­vive.

A Miche­lin elec­tric tyre com­pres­sor with Biben­dum fig­ure re­alised £500, while a col­lec­tion of 43 pre- and early post-war mo­tor­sport black and white pho­tos went for £510. A Bent­ley 4.5-Litre In­struc­tion Book dated Fe­bru­ary 1928 sold for £440, with a Porsche Driver’s Man­ual, Type 356B, dated Septem­ber 1959, mak­ing £330. The AustinHealey and MG sale brochures men­tioned in 8 Fe­bru­ary’s CCW fetched up to £200 per set. www.hvauc­tions.com

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