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Lots to cherish in Crufts auction

There is always lots to see and enjoy at the world’s largest dog show and this year is no exception. The Kennel Club will once again be holding its popular ‘Dogs in Art and Literature’ auction, on behalf of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, at Crufts on Sunday March 9th.

There will be well in excess of 300 lots on offer at the show, and to allow time for everyone to enjoy the auction more comfortably, it will commence at the earlier time of 12 noon. The auction will take place on Stand 98 in Hall 3a, with visitors able to view many of the items available on the stand over the preceding three days of the show and the morning of the sale. An illustrated catalogue of the lots will be available at the show.

This year’s auction offers an eclectic selection, with something for even the most discerning of collectors. The book section has a number of rare volumes including Shields American Book of the Dog, Chapin’s Dogs in Early New England, Jowett’s Complete Story of the Airedale, early dog show catalogues and the first volume of the Kennel Club Stud Book.

Included amongst the pictures is a watercolour of a Pekingese in a secret garden, a number of cartoons by the American humorist Zito, sketches by Persis Kirmse and some rarely seen prints by Maud Earl.

The section devoted to porcelain and sculpture will include a collection of Continental porcelain Dachshunds, a selection of all sizes of Royal Doulton dogs, a varied choice of Bulldogs and an early 20th century Austrian painted spelter Airedale.

Within the jewellery section, there will be some carved Essex crystals, miniatures by W.B. Ford mounted as stickpins, a rare micromosaic of a Toy Spaniel and a Victorian carved ivory brooch. The sale also includes some Victorian dog collars.

All monies raised from the auction will be given to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year. Since it was established in 1987, the Trust has distributed grants totalling over £3million to a wide variety of deserving causes, with almost £450,000 awarded in 2007 alone.

The Trust has three main objectives that support its overall mission of ‘Making a difference for dogs’:

Science: Assisting the advancement of education and science by helping fund research into canine diseases and hereditary disorders in dogs.

Support: Improving the quality of life for human beings by promoting dogs as therapeutic and practical aids.

Welfare: Helping relieve the suffering of dogs which are in need of care and attention.