A 16th century bible, thought to have been owned by the High Sheriff of Elizabeth I, is due to be auctioned by Moore Allen & Innocent in April.
The Elizabethan bible is consists of five volumes, and is inscribed in the first with a statement that its owner was George Huntley, who was the High Sheriff in 1599. The printer of the Virgin Queen, Christopher Barker, published the bible in 1579. During the Victorian era, a descendant of Huntley bound the covers of the bible’s five volumes in red velvet, housing them in a box, which was bound in leather, similar to a larger bible. The tome has been given an estimate between £800 and £1,200 and will be auctioned on 1st April.
The sale will feature a number of other interesting items, including two Royal Copenhagen vases. The 19th century vases feature portraits of Princess Louise and Prince Frederic, with their initials on the vases. The handles of the 60cm high vases are formed to resemble the head and neck of a swan. The pre-sale estimate is between £3,000 and £5,000.
Film buffs may be interested in the wall relief from the classic film Cleopatra, released in 1963. The item was created to resemble granite and features rows of hieroglyphs, used as a prop in the film, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Although the film almost caused the film studio to become bankrupt, Elizabeth Taylor was paid $1 million for her role.
A wide range of items can be discovered at antique stores, including more practical items like antique coffee tables or chairs.
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