The buy of a tiger
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