The Bob Willis Collection

Bob Willis will always be remembered for bowling the Australians out at Headingley on the final day of the 1981 test, taking 8-43 after Ian Botham's heroics with the bat. For England he played in 90 Test matches taking 325 wickets at an average of 25.20 and a best of 8-43. In all first class cricket he took over 890 wickets at an average of 24.99 with a best of 8-32 v Gloucestershire in 1977. The following collection of items were sold by Willis in the Christie's Auction of October 1988 held in South Kensington.

Each item sold in this sale from the Willis collection will have with it a copied listing of items confirmed by Willis and dated 20th October 1988. The purchaser of the 1981 cricket ball and two medals will receive the original signed agreement.

Lot 356:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. The Gillette Cup. A gold hallmarked medallion, presented to R.G.D. Willis, having won the 'Man of the Match' award, Surrey v Middlesex, The Oval 1970. Willis took six wickets for forty nine runs off twelve overs to win the quarter-final game for Surrey, this was Willis's first class five wickets in an innings and his best bowling figures to that date. Surrey won by 8 runs. The medal with image of the Gillette Cup to one side and details of Willis's achievement. In original 'Garrard & Co of Regent Street' presentation case. Excellent condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
Surrey played Sussex in the Semi-Final and the match was tied and they narrowly lost through losing more wickets than Sussex
Lot 357:
Lot 357
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Warwickshire County Champions & Gillette Cup Finalists 1972'. Selection of three gold medallions, two hallmarked, presented to R.G.D. Willis for his and his teams achievements during this momentous season. A gold hallmarked 'County Championship Winners' medal, the obverse with figure of a batsman driving, with inscription to reverse 'Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Champions 1972', another, 'The County Cricket Competition. The Gillette Cup. Runners Up' medallion and a gold hallmarked medallion, the obverse with figure of a batsman at the wicket, with inscription to reverse 'Warwickshire C.C.C. 1972 County Champions & Gillette Cup Finalists. Bob Willis'. It is presumed this third medallion was presented to Willis by the Warwickshire County Cricket Club. All three in original presentation cases. Excellent condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: unsold
Warwickshire won the County Championship in 1972, playing twenty matches, winning nine, drawing eleven and not losing a match all season. Warwickshire played Lancashire in the Gillette Cup Final of 1972 losing by four wickets. Willis taking 2-29 from twelve overs
Lot 358:
Lot 358
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Man of the Match' awards 1976 and 1979. Two Benson & Hedges 'Gold Award' metal medallions, presented to Willis having won the 'Man of the Match' award. One for the Warwickshire v Lancashire, Quarter-Final played at Edgbaston in June 1976, Willis took five wickets for 27 runs off 11 overs. The other medal for the Warwickshire v Derbyshire match played at Edgbaston in May 1979, Willis took four wickets for 38 runs off 11 overs. Both in original presentation cases. Very good condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 359:
Lot 359
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. England World Cup (Prudential Cup) Runners Up 1979' large silver medal presented to Willis as a member of the England World Cup squad. The impressive hallmarked silver medal with titles 'The Prudential Cup. Runners Up 1979' to outer edge and to centre a cricket ball with sun burst surround. To verso hallmarks for London 1979 and makers mark. In original presentation case. Very good condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £380
Willis played in all of England's matches in the World Cup of 1979 from the first match against Australia to the Semi-Final v New Zealand and then was left out for the Final against the West Indies. The West Indies beat England in the Final by 92 runs, thanks to a memorable innings of 138 from Viv Richards and five wickets from Joel Garner
Lot 360:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. Warwickshire C.C.C. John Player (Sunday) League Winners 1980. Bronze metal medal presented to Willis as a member of the League winning Warwickshire team. The medal with image of a bowler and title 'The John Player League', to verso are the details 'Winner. R.G.D. Willis. 1980'. In original presentation case. Very good condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £130
Warwickshire won the John Player League with a total of 46 points winning 11 matches, losing four with one tie, Somerset coming second with 44 points
Lot 361:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Man of the Match' awards 1981 and 1983. Two Benson & Hedges 'Gold Award' metal medallions, presented to Willis having won the 'Man of the Match' award. One for the Warwickshire v Yorkshire match played at Edgbaston in May 1981, Willis taking seven wickets for 32 runs off 10.3 overs. The other medal for the Warwickshire v Derbyshire match played at Edgbaston in 1983, Willis took five wickets for 37 runs off 11 overs. Both in original presentation cases. Good/very good condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 362:
Lot 362
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. Two One Day Final 'runners-up' medals for 1982 and 1984. A bronze metal medal with figure of a batsman to centre with titles 'National Westminster Bank Trophy' and to obverse, 'National Westminster Bank Trophy Final. 1982. Surrey v Warwickshire. Runners Up'. Surrey beat Warwickshire by nine wickets in the 1982 Final. The other medal for the Benson & Hedges Final of 1984. Warwickshire v Lancashire. The gold metal medal with a bowlers hand holding a ball with title 'The Benson & Hedges Cup' and to obverse, 'The Benson & Hedges Cup Final at Lord's. Lancashire v Warwickshire, July 21st 1984. Both in original presentation cases. Good/very good condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £120
Lot 363:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v Pakistan 1978'. A bronze metal medal presented to Willis whilst playing for England in the series. With relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v Pakistan 1978' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. In original presentation case. Good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
In the three match Test series against Pakistan, Bob Willis took 13 wickets with a best of 5-47 in the second Test at Lord's
Lot 364:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v New Zealand 1978'. A bronze metal medal presented to Willis whilst playing for England in the series. With relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v New Zealand 1978' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. In original presentation case. Some darkening to medal otherwise in good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
In the three match Test series against New Zealand, Bob Willis took 12 wickets with a best of 5-42 in the first Test at The Oval
Lot 365:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v West Indies 1980'. A silver metal medal presented to Willis whilst playing for England in the series. With relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v West Indies 1980' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. In original presentation case. Good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
In the five match Test series against the West Indies, Bob Willis took 14 wickets with a best of 5-65 in the second innings of first Test at Nottingham. He also took 4-82 in the first innings to finish with nine wickets in the match
Lot 366:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v Australia 1981'. The cricket ball with which Bob Willis took eight wickets for forty three runs in the famous third Test played at Headingley on the 16th-21st July 1981. The ball inscribed by Willis in ink 'Headingley 1981. Bob Willis 8-43' and signed by Willis, some fading but all just legible. The ball is accompanied with a special medallion presented by Cornhill Insurance to commemorate his bowling, the medal with relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v Australia 1981' and engraved to verso 'To commemorate Bob Willis's match winning figures of 8-43. England v Australia. Headingley 1981'. Although Ian Botham was adjudged man of the match for his match winning score against the odds of 149no, Willis must have come a very close second hence Cornhill also presented Willis with a commemorative medal. In addition there is a further medal which was Willis's standard Test match medal for the series. The silver metal medal with relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v Australia 1981' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. Both in original presentation cases. Good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington as lot 67
Estimate: £8000/12000
Hammer price: £11000
The 1981 Test Series was, remembered for Ian Botham resigning the captaincy after the second Test, England having lost the first and drawn the second, Brearley being reappointed, and for the 'famous' third Test match, at Headingley, Ian Botham and Bob Willis's match. England followed on 227 runs behind and were soon 135-7 in their second innings. Botham and Graham Dilley then put together a stand of 117. Botham finished up with 149no and Dilley 56. Australia needed 130 to win. Australia at 56-2 seemed favourites to win the game, however Willis with 8-43 won the game for England by 18 runs. England won the series 3-1.

Willis had match figures of 15.1 overs, three maidens, eight wickets for 43 runs. Seven of his wickets were caught but probably the wicket which stands out to most watchers of the game was when he bowled Ray Bright to win the Test match against all the odds, 500-1 at one point!!
Lot 367:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v Pakistan 1982'. A silver metal medal presented to Willis whilst playing for England in the series. With relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v Pakistan 1982' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. In original presentation case. Good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
In the three match Test series against the Pakistan, Bob Willis, who played in two of the three games, took 10 wickets with a best of 3-55 in the second Test at Leeds
Lot 368:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v India 1982'. A silver metal medal presented to Willis whilst playing for England in the series. With relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v India 1982' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. In original presentation case. Good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
In the three match Test series against India, Bob Willis took 15 wickets with a best of 6-101 in the first Test at Lord's
Lot 369:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'England v West Indies 1984'. A silver metal medal presented to Willis whilst playing for England in the series. With relief of ball and stumps and wording 'Cornhill Insurance Test Series. England v West Indies 1984' and engraved to reverse 'R.G.D. Willis'. In original presentation case. Good/very good condition Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
In the five match Test series against the West Indies, Bob Willis, who played in three of the five matches, took 6 wickets
Lot 370:
Lot 370
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'The Prudential Trophy'. Three silver convex medals presented to Willis for One Day International match series against Pakistan 1978, against the West Indies in 1980 and against India in 1982. The medals with relief of cricket ball seam to centre and titles to outer edges. Hallmarked. In original presentation cases. G. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in the October 1988 auction held in South Kensington
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Willis's best figures in these three series of One Day matches was the first one day match against Pakistan at Old Trafford where he took four wickets for fifteen runs from 11 overs
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Centenary Test Match, Melbourne 1977'. A gold metal medal presented to Bob Willis as a member of the England who played in the Centenary Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 12th-17th March 1977. To the face, 'Victoria Cricket Association 1877' and to obverse 'This medallion presented by the Victoria Cricket Association to participants in the Centenary Australia v England Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, March 1977 is engraved with the design of the medal, given by the Victoria Cricket Association to the colonial players in the first Test on the same ground in March 1877'. The medal by K.G. Luke Ltd of Melbourne. In original presentation case. G
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: unsold
Australia won the Centenary Test by 45 runs, the exact same margin as in the first Test in 1877. Derek Randall was named Man of the match for his second innings of 174 runs for England
Lot 371a:
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. Sri Lanka v England, First Ever Test Match 17th-22nd February 1982. Silver metal medal awarded to Bob Willis as a member of the England team. The medal with Sri Lankan and England flags and titles to rim to face, to obverse details of the sponsors of the match 'Hatton National Bank' with details of the venue etc to outer rim. In original presentation case. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £90
England won the inaugural Test by seven wickets
Lot 372:
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Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. Tasmania v England 3rd February 1979. 'The Gillette Cup (Australia)' Silver medal awarded to Bob Willis as a member of the England team who played Tasmania at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 3rd February 1979. The match was staged to honour the winning team in the State Cup competition which was won for the first time by Tasmania. The medal with 'The Gillette Cup and an image of the trophy to face and to obverse 1978-1979 Awarded to R.G.D. Willis. Won Toss. Winners v England 3-2-1979'. In original presentation case. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
England won the one day match by three wickets, Willis taking 2-20 in the game
Lot 373:
Lot 373
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Pakistan v England Cricket Series 1977-78'. Gold metal medal awarded to Bob Willis as a member of the England team. The medal with Pakistan 1977-78 to face, to obverse, details of the match and date etc. Sold with a ribbon in Pakistan colours of green and white. In original presentation case with inscription to inside of case lid Presented by General M. Zia-ul-Haq. Chief Martial Law Administrator. To members of the English Cricket Team 1977-78'. G
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £150
All three matches were drawn in the Test series
Lot 374:
Lot 374
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Golden Jubilee. England v India 1932-1982'. Commemorative gold plated medal presented to Willis on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of England and India Tests played at Lord's on the 10th-15th June 1982. The medal with Lords Cricket Ground to face and the wording 'Golden Jubilee, England v India 1932-1982'. Made by Garrad & Co of Regent Street. In original presentation case with M.C.C. initials to lid. G
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: unsold
England won the Test at Lord's by seven wickets, Willis taking 6-101 in India's second innings
Lot 375:
Lot 375
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. Three medals and awards presented to Willis whilst playing in Australia with England. A bronze metal medal for the Prime Ministers XI versus England match played on the 1982/83 tour of Australia with Bob Willis, Captain, a further gold metal medal presented to Willis to commemorate fifty Years of Test Cricket in Queensland 1978 and lastly an award presented to Willis by the S.A.C.A. for his contribution to a century of Test Cricket at the Adelaide Oval, December 1984. All three in original presentation cases. G
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 376:
Lot 376
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. 'Bombay Cricket Association'. Pair of gold metal cuff links presented to Willis. Each link has 'Bombay Cricket Association. Wankhede Stadium and Indian lion emblem to centre. Made by Mayur. In original presentation case. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £60
Lot 377:
Lot 377
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. Silver plated trophy of three crossed stumps on a black plinth with plate inscribed to front 'Presented by Warwickshire County Cricket Club to R.G.D. Willis to mark his achievement in taking 8 Derbyshire wickets for 44 runs (including the Hat Trick) on September 6th 1972'. The trophy stands 6" tall. G
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
In the match played at Edgbaston the result was a draw. Willis in Derbyshire's first innings bowled 15.4 overs, four maidens and took eight wickets for 44 runs completing a hat-trick of Page, Hendrick and Wilde. Page was caught having made 125 and Hendrick and Wilde were both bowled
Lot 378:
Lot 378
Robert George Dylan Willis. Surrey, Warwickshire & England 1969-1984. M.C.C. tour of India, Sri Lanka & Australia 1976-1977. Official M.C.C. navy blue touring blazer with embroidered M.C.C. emblem in white of St George & Dragon of England and below in scroll 'India, Sri Lanka & Australia 1976-1977' to breast pocket. Trimming to pockets, sleeves and blazer edging in M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. Blazer by Simpson of Piccadilly. Worn by Willis on the tour of India & Sri Lanka and for the Centenary Test Match played at Melbourne on the 12th-17th March 1977. Very good condition. Sold with two cricket holdalls used by Willis on the M.C.C. tours of 1981/82 to India & Sri Lanka and the 1985 Young England tour of the West Indies (Willis went as tour manager). Qty 3
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £300

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