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THE ARKLE COLLECTION A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF MEMORABILIA RELATING TO THE HIGHEST RATED STEEPLECHASER IN THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL HUNT RACING comprising The Arkle saddle, the saddle used by Pat Taaffe for all of Arkle's victories, set with a metal plaque inscribed THIS IS THE SADDLE I USED WHEN I RODE "ARKLE" TO WIN ALL HIS RACES, then engraved with the signature of Pat Taaffe, stirrups a later addition by the current owner for presentation purposes; sold with a scan of an original typescript letter, undated but circa 1970, signed by Neil Durden-Smith, then Secretary of the Anglo-American Sporting Club, on Club letterhead, reading TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, THIS IS TO AUTHENTICATE THAT ARKLE'S SADDLE, SIGNED BY PAT TAAFFE, AND NOW OWNED BY MR. ARTHUR POWNALL, IS TRULY THE SADDLE USED DURING ALL OF ARKLE'S GREAT VICTORIES, the letter sent in response to a request from Arthur Pownall who had purchased the saddle at an Anglo-American Sporting Club after dinner auction Provenance: Sold at Graham Budd Auctions, 8th November 2010, lot 642. The saddle was donated by Pat Taaffe for an after dinner auction at the Anglo-American Sporting Club in London where it was bought by Mr Arthur Pownall whose family consigned it for the 2010 auction. The Arkle Bridle, an authenticated bridle fixed with original reins worn by Arkle in some of his races, the bit inscribed ARKLE 19.4.1957, RETIRED 8.10.68; sold together with a frame mounted with all the original authentication relating to the sale of the bridle at a charity auction in 1970, including a signed letter of authenticity from T W (Tom) Dreaper on Greenogue headed paper dated 26th November 1970; a related letter from Anthony Fairbairn Secretary of the Racegoers Club, 42 Portman Square; the original purchase cheque made payable to the Arkle Memorial Fund; a press cutting regarding the Arkle Auction; and other items Provenance: Sold at Graham Budd Auctions, 7th November 2011, lot 19. The bridle had been bought at a charity auction following a gala performance of the play 'The Jockey Club Stakes' at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, 9th November 1970. The evening was organised by the Racegoers Club as a principal money raiser for the appeal to erect a Doris Lindner-sculpted statue of Arkle at Cheltenham Racecourse, which of course came to fruition. The auction was conducted by the BBC commentator Peter Bromley and three items of Arkle memorabilia were auctioned. This bridle fetched £150 (although reported as guineas), a silver salver set with one of Arkle's shoes made £280, whilst Pat Taaffe's riding boots were purchased by the Duchess of Westminster for £100. A pair of jockey boots owned and used by Arkle's jockey Pat Taaffe, although not thought to have been used when riding Arkle, black and tan leather, the boot tops with embossed stamps PAT TAAFFE, the soles embossed P. TAAFFE A Desmond Snee (Irish 1957-2005) oil painting of Arkle, signed, oil on canvas portrait of the great steeplechaser surrounded by vignette portraits of all who were associated with his major successes, clockwise from top left, Pat Taaffe (jockey), Anne Duchess of Westminster (owner), Tom Dreaper (trainer), Liam McLoughlin (jockey), T.P. Burns (jockey), Mrs. Mary Baker (breeder), Mark Hely-Hutchinson (amateur jockey) and Paddy Woods (jockey), 76 by 91.5cm., 30 by 36in., framed A Desmond Snee limited edition print of Arkle with Pat Taaffe up, signed by Anne Duchess of Westminster, additionally signed by the artist, this being No.1 from the edition of 475, framed and glazed, 69.5 by 88 cm., 27 by 34 ½ in. A large and stunning colour portrait of Arkle with Pat Taaffe up at Leopardstown, produced, coloured and enlarged from an original photograph by Jim Cashman, framed and glazed, overall 85 by 107cm., 33 ½ by 42in. A Susan Crawford head portrait of Arkle, a print on canvas, 72 by 51cm., 28 by 20in., framed A Jim Cashman photographic print of Arkle at Leopardstown, mounted, framed and glazed, overall 67 by 80cm., 26 ¼ b
Sporting Memorabilia
Venue address
34-35 New Bond Street
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Sporting Memorabilia

Auction dates
Nov 10, 2014 10:30 AM GMT
Nov 11, 2014 10:30 AM GMT
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Four Sessions

Monday 10th November 10.30am. Lots 1-334
Monday 10th November 2pm. Lots 335-684
Tuesday 11th November 10.30am. Lots 685-989
Tuesday 11th November 2pm. Lots 990-1223

Buyers Premium: 17.5% + 3% commission
Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 3% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed

Buyers Premium:
A buyers premium of 17.5% is applicable to all lots in this sale.
The buyers premium is subject to VAT at the standard rate (20%). Lots are normally offered for sale under the auctioneers margin scheme and VAT on the buyers premium is payable to all buyers. Lots subject to VAT will include the symbol †.
These items will be charged at the 20% on both the hammer price and the buyers premium

Artists Resale Rights:
Purchase of lots marked with the † will be subject to payment of the Artist's Resale Rights, at a percentage of the hammer price

On receipt of cleared funds lots can be collected from the Sotheby's saleroom on sale day. Thereafter lots will be transferred to storage in Enfield, north London, where they can be collected in person. Alternatively, we ship worldwide. Please contact the auctioneer for further details.