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London, 24 - 29 June 2010

The inaugural Masterpiece London event was held at the former Chelsea Barracks, situated a short distance from Sloane Square in London SW1. The gathering is not a car event, but a high end luxury lifestyle fair featuring top names from the respective fields. The range of items on display and for sale was truly amazing, some of which one would normally only expect to see in museums. How about a 4th Century BC Greek marble bust, or a Dragon Obelisk Clock, ex Belgian Royal Family, circa 1777, plus a spectacular array of beautiful antique furniture, old armour, swords, guns, to a truly amazing new timepiece called the Chronophage, created by John C Taylor. This is 2.91m in height with a 1.54m diameter gold plated dial surmounted by a mechanically actuated grasshopper, a truly amazing piece of engineering of which only twelve examples will be offered for sale, with an additional 3 artist’s proofs.

The fine automobile field was represented by Fiskens and Coys, the latter having a pair of Aston Martins, a DB3S sports racing model and a DB5 GT car, together with a Ferrari 250 GT S1 Pinin Farina cabriolet. Fiskens showed a stunning Zagato bodied 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, chassis # 2311228, fresh from restoration by Cognolato in Italy, and 1927 Red Label Bentley, still with its original Vanden Plas fabric body. This car was famously featured in the British film “The Fast Lady”, in which it was driven by British actor Leslie Phillips, who was reunited with her on the preview day of the show. The film also saw the big screen debut of a young lady who would go on to achieve international stardom, Julie Christie.

Keith Bluemel