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Charity auction raised over £29,000 for KC trust

(left) Lot 49 seen here beneath the auctioneer’s dais was a pair of life size (4 feet high) greyhounds in bronze c.1950 of the French school. These sold for £5500

THE FOURTH and final day of Crufts saw the third ever charity auction in aid of the kennel Club Charitable Trust adding thousands of pounds to the trust funds, writes Bill Moores.

Catalogued by Kennel Club member Mr Nick Waters, fellow member Mr Nicholas Bonham of Bonham’s was the auctioneer for the day who cleared over 220 lots in just over two hours.

Star - or stars - of the show this year was a pair of life-size bronze greyhounds of the French school which sold for £5500.

There were some unusual items in the sale this year amongst which was a stuffed velvet French Bulldog toy c.1900 (£550); six silver national Dog Show medals awarded to Mr R Leadbetter’s Mastiffs (£850); eleven hand coloured head study photos of the Littlebreach Basenjis (£1600); a studio pottery model of an Airedale, 12 inches high and modelled on one of the late Mrs Audrey Dallison’s dogs (£320) and in the book section there was keen bidding for some of the breed books.

A full set of Kennel Club Stud Books sold for just over £2000 split into individual volumes and bundles of five and ten. Volume no.1 (1874) went for £300 with the early ones up to 1900 averaging £50 each.