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POLE POSITION At Bonham’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale of Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia in July, this 1992 Williams-Renault FW14B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater, Chassis no. FW14-08, sold for £2,703,000 including premium. ‘Red 5’ is an ex-works South African, Mexican, Brazilian, Spanish and San Marino Grand Prix-winning racer, driven by Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese. Acclaimed as the finest-ever F1 Williams, designed by Adrian Newey, it was a record-breaking, dominant design of the early 1990s, and the most sophisticated and complex F1 car of its time, featuring computer-controlled active suspension and a transverse-shaft Williams 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox. 

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The sitter for Julio Romero de Torres’ The Slave was the actress Elena Pardo, a regular performer at the Romea Theatre in Madrid, and de Torre’s preferred model during the 1920s. Painted circa 1925-29, the study in oil and tempera on canvas shows Elena’s figure embodying to perfection the archetype promoted internationally by Coco Chanel—a modern woman with a greased bob hairstyle ‘comme les garcons’. The work was one of 27 selected by the artist for his retrospective exhibition celebrated in the Cordoba Pavilion at the Iberoamaricana fair in Seville in 1930 and sold for ten times its estimate at £299,000 in Christie’s British & European Art auction in July. 

A rare Harry Potter hardback book bought from a library for £1 has made £28,500 at auction. The 1997 first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, sold on Harry Potter and author JK Rowling’s birthday (July 31) by Hansons Auctioneers of Staffordshire, made a hammer price of £28,500. The total price paid for the book, with buyer’s premium and VAT, was £34,200. Jim Spencer, head of books and works on paper at Hansons, said: “It’s a pretty impressive return for a book bought 20 years ago for £1. I’m delighted for the seller, and the buyer, a private UK collector. Three phone bidders battled it out to own this very special first edition in what was a tense battle.” The classic first edition hard copy, distinctive for two misprints, was available in an edition of 500, sold mainly to schools and libraries. This copy is a former Staffordshire Library book stamped “withdrawn from stock”. Another copy sold for £28,000 earlier this year, while one signed by author JK Rowling made £68,000 at auction. 

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