Piece of rugby heritage to go under the hammer - The Rugby Observer

Piece of rugby heritage to go under the hammer

Andy Morris 29th Sep, 2017 Updated: 2nd Oct, 2017   0

A UNIQUE piece of Rugby’s heritage goes under the hammer next week.

The original casting of the town’s William Webb Ellis statue will be up for sale at an auction on Thursday (October 5).

The statue, which has stood outside Rugby School for 20 years, was created by acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson, famous for creating sculptures of Eric Morecambe, Les Dawson, Benny Hill, Fred Trueman and Dickie Bird.

Acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson visited Rugby Art Gallery in 2015 to give insights into the creation of his iconic statue. (s)

It will be sold with the rights to produce copies, meaning the successful bidder will be able to reproduce the iconic image which is etched on the Rugby World Cup – aptly named the Webb Ellis Trophy.

It will go to auction alongside works by 21 artists such as Bushra Fakhoury’s Dunamis, currently located at the end of Park Lane, London, and Danse Gwenedour, another of the Lebanese-born artist’s works sited at Marble Arch.

Principal auctioneer Duncan Lang of auction house Farnon & Lake said: “For the first time we are bringing together an eclectic and remarkable mix of artists, none of whom have ever previously sold pieces as a collective in any other auction.

“Each artist has been encouraged to submit works that demonstrate their signature style, whilst pushing the boundaries and conceptions of what they are renowned for. The resultant collection is of sculpture that is bold and rare, with unique one-off commissions and original pieces taking centre stage.”

The auction takes place at Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire on Thursday (October 5). Visit www.farnonandlake.com for more information.

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