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Christie’s Out of Ordinary Auction on next 10th September is going to be the place where exclusivity will stand out through some of the rarest and unique items. James Hyslop, a Travel, Science and Natural History Specialist, guides us into an out of an ordinary tour with some of his favourite lots, now on show at Christie’s South Kensington. Find out more about this Christie’s Auction!
This pair of English black leather, six-spike running shoe, was worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he broke the record for the four-minute mile in 3 min 59.4 seconds on 6 May 1954 during a meet between the British AAA (Amateur Athletics Association) and Oxford University at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford.
2) Suspension Suit worn by Tom Cruise in the original film Mission Impossible
One of the most iconic scenes of Mission Impossible dates back to the very first film, directed by Brian de Palma in 1996, when Hunt ( Tom Cruise) and his team achieve a seemingly impossible descent into a heavily protected room to hack a CIA computer. During this scene, Tom Cruise was required to drop from the ceiling and hover inches above the ground. Now, his suspension suit is going to be auctioned at Christie’s Out of Ordinary Sale on 10th September.
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3) A Life-Size Prototype Model of a Gorilla
This is a remarkable 19th-centuryanatomical model created just four years after Darwin unleashed a political storm with his theories on human evolution with the publication of his controversial On the Origin of Species in 1859. This model, called ‘anatomie clastique’ (from the Greek ‘klastos’, meaning broken in pieces), were also specifically designed to be taken apart, piece-by-piece as if carrying out a dissection, in order to facilitate the teaching of students in universities.
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These are just some of the rarest pieces to be auction by Christie’s at annual Out of Ordinary Sale. All the items can be seen at Christie’s gallery, which is open to the public for the next five weeks. Among all of these extraordinary items, don’t forget to visit the first edition of Boca do Lobo’s Symphony Sideboard.
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