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Crufts auction gets better and better
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust
Auction Crufts show – Sunday March 9th

LOTS 25 & 26 A charming pair of Lladro models of a Lhassa Apso and a Peke, are sure to find new homes on the final day of Crufts when they go under the hammer

The annual Crufts art and collectables auction, which started as a one off fundraiser for The Kennel Club’s Charitable trust a couple of years back, now seems to be an almost permanent attraction.

The organisers are cautious as to the sale’s long term future, but as long as it continues to be successful, I can see no good reason for it to be dropped.

This is just another example of how Crufts has grown to be a fully interactive multifaceted canine exhibition, that will keep the visitor occupied for the duration of their stay.

This year’s auction has been ably put together by Nick Waters on behalf of The Kennel Club and an excellent selection he has put together too. To be included at the very end of the sale is a complete run of Kennel Club Stud Books from Vol. 1 right through to Vol. 127. The very early ones of pre 1900 vintage are all very sensibly offered as single lots with the later years being offered as sets of half or full decades. Some of the early Stud Books are very hard to locate and it will be interesting to see what they fetch.

A set of six silver medals won at the national Dog Show by R Leadbetter’s Mastiffs, Ch marksman and Ch Elgiva, all inscribed. These come complete with a copy of a photo of one of the dogs and a pedigree

The auction is particularly appealing to the collector who perhaps can afford to spent from (say) £25- up to (say) £500- on their hobby, a gap in the market which the big three, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams, are unable to fill on cost grounds.

You could trawl through scores of small provincial auctions and never see such a good selection as on offer at Crufts. Items include china models by Royal, Doulton, Royal Worcester, Beswick, Crown Devon, Lladro, Goldscheider and Copenhagen etc, silver and gold jewellery, bronzes, buttons and badges.

There is a bulging picture and print section of 62 lots includes some really nice items with an excellent spread of breeds and artists.

Everything from Victorian copies of Sir Edwin Landseer’s work to an extra large framed example of last years Dachshund Crufts poster are included. In the book section, in addition to the previously mentioned full run of Stud Books are a further 18 lots of dog books including the much sought after 3 volume set of Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopædia and a copy of Vero Shaw's 1881 "Illustrated Book of the Dog"

The lots will be on view each day of the show, with the sale taking place at 1pm on Sunday March 9th 2003. If you are unable to be at the NEC on Sunday it is possible to leave an absentee bid with the organisers, who will bid on your behalf up to your pre set limit.

A really charming head study of the Black Pug, Ch Dark Drago signed Dorothy S. Hallett and dated 1935 is sure to attract a lot of interest form Pug collectors

Catalogues are available either at the show at £1- or either direct from The Kennel Club (020 7581 1029) or Nick Waters (01743 355412) postage extra. The sale may also be viewed on The Kennel Club’s website at

LOT 112 Bearing a very strong resemblance to an original illustration by Norah Drummond, this turn of century oil on Board of a Rough Collie in a landscape is attributed to Frederic French and measurers 9" x 12" (23 x 30cm)