A rare bronze statue of the childhood favourite Peter Pan has sold at an auction in Edinburgh for twice its original estimated value.
The antique statue was created by Sir George Frampton, the world famous sculptor. It was commissioned by the creator of Peter Pan, the author J. M. Barrie, and is based on the statue of the character found in Kensington Gardens, only much smaller. The statue famously appeared at Kensington Gardens during the night, in 1912. The first story of Peter Pan was published in 1902, inspired by Kensington Gardens.
The bronze figure was cast in 1920 and was valued between £20,000 and £30,000. At the recent auction at Lyon and Turnbull, located in Edinburgh, the rare statue sold for £60,000. The seller, who chose to remain anonymous, said:
“We are sorry to part with this beautiful statue; it has been in my family for nearly 100 years. We hope that it will be as loved by its new owners as it was by us.”
Peter Pan was first mentioned in The Little White Bird, produced in 1902. The character then resurfaced in a stage play, and the again in the famous Peter and Wendy novel, created in 1911. Lyon and Turnbull’s head of decorative arts, John Mackie, stated that the statue was admired all over the world.
The buyer of this rare statue may want to display it in an antique cabinet, which will protect it from surrounding elements like dust while complementing the piece.
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