THE OFFICIAL HONOURS AND RELATED
FILM AWARDS BESTOWED UPON SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE, C.B.E., C.ST. J.
London - Spink is honoured to have
been instructed to offer approximately 50 medals and awards
presented and bestowed to the late Sir Christopher Lee, C.B.E.,
C.St.J.. The group charts the life and career of the legendary
actor, from active service as a young RAF officer in the Second
World War through to his British Film Institute (B.F.I.) Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2013. The evening auction will take place at
Spink's London headquarters on 1 November 2017. The catalogue will
include an introduction by Dame Harriet Walter, D.B.E., Sir
Lady Lee:'Christopher was greatly
appreciative of the recognition of his fans and his peers, and
these honours and awards adorned our apartment for many years,
bringing him great pleasure. It's fitting that now a wider audience
might have the opportunity to enjoy them, and to celebrate so many
highpoints of his life. These awards represent a lifetime of
dedicated work and diverse experiences, starting with his role as a
young R.A.F. officer in the Second World War, a period that went on
to influence him throughout his life. He remains sorely missed but
his family hope that the forthcoming auction will be a celebration
of his life and achievements, and a catalyst for future owners of
his awards to have many happy memories of their own. I am happy to
confirm that a percentage of the sale proceeds will be donated to
Denville Hall, Northwood, the retirement home for actors and
David Erskine-Hill, Medal
specialist at Spink:
"Sir Christopher Lee is an acting
legend, and we're thrilled to be celebrating his life and career at
Spink by offering his medals and awards in October. The auction
highlights the diversity of his achievements, from his World War II
medals and his mention in despatches certificate to his CBE and
Knight Bachelor's Badge, as well as the numerous awards earned
through an acting career lasting almost seven decades and in which
he appeared in over 250 movies, as 'Dracula' in the Hammer movies,
'Scaramanga' in The Man with the Golden Gun, 'Lord Summerisle' in
The Wicker Man, 'Saruman' in Lord of the Rings, and 'Count Dooku'
in Star Wars, as well as so many other roles. We hope to welcome
fans and admirers to Spink in November where we aim to celebrate a
fascinating man, and a glittering career."
The auction lots will be offered
with estimates from £100 and with no reserves, presenting an
exciting opportunity to acquire a piece of memorabilia for a
relatively modest price. In presenting the memorabilia of an acting
legend, this sale follows the success of Spink's auction of
personal articles from the life and career of Bruce Lee which took
place in Hong Kong in December 2013, and at which his yellow
jumpsuit from 'Game of Death' sold for over $100,000.
The medals and awards on offer will
Sir Christopher's official insignia and campaign medals,
including his Knight Bachelor's Badge (he was knighted in 2009) and
his C.B.E. (2001) will be offered as Lot 1 of the auction. His
campaign awards relate to his efforts in the Second World War,
where he served as a liaison officer in the Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve. He was mentioned in despatches for gallant and
distinguished services in 1944; the auction will also include the
certificate., Further distinctions include his Commander's badge of
the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2012); and that related
to his appointment as Commander of the Order of St. John (C. St.
J.) in 1997. (Estimate; £3,000-5,000)
* The British Film Institute
Fellowship Award, presented to him by Johnny Depp in 2013
£2,000 to £3,000).
* Sir Christopher's 'World Awards'
Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him by
Mikhail Gorbachev at a ceremony in
Vienna in 2003. It comprises a finely cast bronze figure of a
seated Atlas and weighs-in at about eight kilos. As its grateful
recipient later recalled in his biographyLord of Misrule, it was
quite a struggle to carry his newly acquired honour off stage: when
'…the Pope received his he very wisely made no effort to pick it
up'(estimate: £700 to £900).
* The U.N.I.C.E.F. Award of 2012
(estimate: £180 to £220) and his 'Cinema for Peace' Award of
(estimate: £300 to £500), both
presented to him at ceremonies in Berlin, the latter by Angelina
* The 'President's Crystal Globe'
awarded at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in
2008; Robert de Niro was similarly honoured at the same occasion
(estimate: £300 to £500).
Originally established by John
Spink in London in 1666, Spink and Son Ltd is now the world's
premier auction house for collectables, with unrivalled experience
and expertise in the fields of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals,
bonds & shares, autographs, books and fine wines. Headquartered
in London, the company also holds regular auctions in New York,
Hong Kong and Switzerland. Spink and Sons received their first
Royal Warrant for medals services to Queen Victoria in 1900. Spink
now holds two Royal Warrants for medal services to HM Queen
Elizabeth, and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh; they also hold the Royal
Warrant for philatelic services to HM Queen Elizabeth.
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