Auction to be held on
Saturday 11th July 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic and the current lockdown showing no signs of being over in the near future, we feel we need to be proactive and temporarily adapt our business slightly to continue and I am writing to inform you of my intention to hold an online auction of cricket and sporting memorabilia on our already scheduled auction date of Saturday, 11th July 2020.

The auction will be held online but there will still be commission bids taken, live telephone bidding and all 'The Saleroom' facilities available as usual. So in effect nothing will really change barring buyers will not be able to attend the auction and view the items. We aim to provide full photographic images of each lot and give a full description of the item including full condition report, so clients can hopefully buy with full confidence of their purchase.

The pandemic and lockdown affect our business in a number of ways, most notably, our standard auctions held at the hotel are not permitted, I cannot travel to conduct valuations and collect items to be entered through our sales, I cannot deliver items post auction as I have done previously either, although this might have changed by July.

Hopefully the auction will be an event for clients to view, anticipate and participate in, hopefully relieving the tedium of the current situation a little.

If you would like to consign items to this auction you will need to post them to me, please either call me to discuss or advise by email and send to my home address as soon as possible to enable cataloguing to commence... I will confirm safe receipt of items by email.

Please stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you all once this is over...


Tim Knight
Knights Auctioneers

01263 768488
07885 515333

Home address:

Cuckoo Cottage
Town Green
NR11 7PR

Highlights of the auction held on Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th March 2020

Auction highlights:

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Lot 214. Donald George Bradman. New South Wales, South Australia & Australia 1927-1949. Wonderfully evocative photograph of Don Bradman having just passed thorough the gate onto the pitch at Melbourne to bat against England in the second Test of the 1932/33 'Bodyline' Ashes series in Australia. From an excellent and comprehensive collection of cricket photographs being sold in this auction.
Estimate £100/150
Hammer price: £220

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Lot 422. 'The Victorious 1921 Australian team'. Large and impressive sepia photograph of the Australian team who toured England in 1921, seated and standing in rows, wearing suits and ties and all wearing trilby hats, in the courtyard of the Hotel Cecil, London on 30th September 1921.
Estimate £1400/1800
Hammer price: £1400

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Lot 1155. Alan Alexander Milne. 'For the Luncheon Interval' A.A. Milne. London 1925. First edition. Original green wrappers, bound in green boards, with gilt titles to spine. The book signed in ink to title page by Milne, being a presentation copy to John Arlott. A handwritten letter from Milne to Arlott accompanies the book
Estimate £400/600
Hammer price: £1200

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Lot 1065. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1899. 36th edition. Original hardback. Very good condition. A rare early hardback edition
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £5300

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Lot 662. Julius Caesar and George Parr. A pair of original large Staffordshire cricketing figures, believed to be of Caesar and Parr. The figure of Caesar measures approx 14" tall and the figure of Parr approx 13.75" tall. A rare pair of early cricket figures
Estimate £700/1000
Hammer price: £1400

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Lot 1376. 'England v Scotland 1892'. Commemorative jug, produced for the Scotland v England International football match played at Ibrox Park, Glasgow on the 2nd April 1892. The jug features to one side 'International Heroes' and features cameo images of the Scotland defender Daniel Doyle to left and England forward Billy Bassett. Cambellfield Pottery of Glasgow. The jug stands 6.5" tall
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £280

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Lot 1246. 'The Galaxy. Consisting of a Variety of Sacred and Other Poetry. The Whole Original and New'. W. Belcher and others. Rochester 1790. Printed by W. Gillman at the Phoenix Printing Office and sold by James Evans, Paternoster Square, London. Pages 41-42 of the last section, 'Poems on Various Subjects' includes a 100 line poem, 'Cricket being a game peculiar to Kent, and a few other counties...'
Estimate £2000/3000
Hammer price: £unsold

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Lot 1269. 'Cricket'. W.G. Grace. J.W. Arrowsmith, Bristol and Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. London 1891. Handsomely rebound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath in full green morocco, top edge gilt, hand marbled endpapers, and hand sewn headbands. Gilt caricatures of Grace by Harry Furniss to front and rear covers, Vanity Fair caricature of Grace to spine with raised bands. Contained in a green cloth box. Limited 'Edition de Luxe' of 652 copies.
Estimate £1500/2500
Hammer price: £1400

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Lot 1360. Sheffield United v Southampton. F.A. Cup Final 1902. Original Cup Final ticket counterfoil stub for the match played at Crystal Palace on Saturday 19th April 1902, for admittance to a 'Ring Seat. Price 2s 6d'.A rare ticket stub.
Estimate £500/700
Hammer price: £1100

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Lot 1035. Wisden Cricketers¹ Almanack 1864, 1865 and 1866. 1st, 2nd & 3rd editions. The three editions bound together as one in blue boards, all lacking original wrappers, with titles in gilt to spine. All pages checked. The 1864 edition is complete. The 1865 edition lacks four 'prominent dates' pages for May to December 1865 otherwise complete. The 1866 edition is lacking its title page, six pages detailing the prominent dates for January to December 1866 and two pages 'The Laws of Cricket'.
Estimate £6000/8000
Hammer price: £8500

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Lot 49. Leslie Ethelbert George Ames. Kent & England 1926-1951. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928-29. Rare official folding tour itinerary for the M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928-29. The front cover very nicely signed to the front cover in ink by all eighteen members of the touring party.
Estimate £250/350
Hammer price: £380

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Lot 143. M.C.C. tour to India 1933/34. Large autograph album comprising a comprehensive and excellent collection of signatures from the tour of the M.C.C. touring party, Indian Test, state and representative teams, each team signed nicely signed in ink.
Estimate £500/700
Hammer price: £600

"Except for highlight pieces, the dominance of Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams is being eroded by the large, visually appealing and meticulously compiled catalogues from Tim Knight…"

Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

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