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Why is this auction so extraordinary?

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Register To Bid


Registering to bid is fairly simple:-

1. If you are going to bid in person
Firstly you will need to buy a ticket to the auction event (£3 on line or on door. We would prefer you to buy your tickets on line, so that we know how many people to cater for at the bar) and then you need only take a bidding card with a unique number on it (available at the administration area -
see the picture), with which you use to bid by holding it up. It will be your reference for the form you need to fill in, should you place a winning bid.


2. If you cannot be present on the day of the auction, there are two ways you can still bid:-


1. By filling in and returning a "Commission Bid" form (and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf, up to your specified limit). A PDF of this form will be available soon. Please email organiser, Elaine, at elaine@elainesamuels.co.uk to get one arranged.

2. By nominating a representative, who can be present at the auction, who must be specified when you register your details and who will receive your phone bids, acting on your behalf and who will also have the means to pay for any artwork purchased at the auction on the day. Please email organiser, Elaine, at elaine@elainesamuels.co.uk to arrange this.


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Auction Catalogue

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Paying For Your Artwork


There are 3 ways to pay for your artwork:-

cash,  cheque  or  card (which can be used on an on line form on Paypal on the night, which will incur a 3.5% charge from PayPal).

After winning a piece of artwork, hold up your card so that your number can be noted down and a member of staff can find you and bring you the required paperwork to fill in. If you think you might like to bid on another work, keep hold of your paperwork until you have finished all bidding.

Once you have finished all bidding and your paperwork is filled in (there will be some pens in the administration area - see the picture) you can proceed to the checkout desk, pay for your item and be shown your collection point.



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Why is this auction so extraordinary?

Desmond Jones was a highly talented artist, skilled (through his excellent training at Twickenham Art School) at distilling his visions rapidly onto the canvas in a burst of colour, which make his oil and acrylic paintings extremely vibrant and attractive. His work was celebrated in February 2016 with the presentation of a piece to Richmond Upon Thames College, where a few of his works were also displayed and impressed the local Art presidents and dignitaries who attended the event.

All of the remaining, available, Desmond Jones artworks are to be auctioned at a special event on June 9th 2017, with a pre-auction "once in a lifetime" exhibition at Orleans House, Twickenham (facilitated by Richmond Council's Arts Department). Thirty-nine, worthy charities (local to Richmond or with a personal connection to the artist; see the ones taking part on the right hand column of the art catalogue or Lot Table) have chosen a painting from which to receive 50% of the money raised from its sale at the auction. This is unprecedented and extraordinary in itself!


The amount of money the art works will realise at the auction is a complete unknown, as none of them have previously been sold at a public auction (being private commissions, arranged during Desmond's lifetime), which is going to make the auction incredibly exciting! What I can tell you, however, is that the art going to auction is attracting a great deal of attention and admiration and are showing themselves to be highly desirable. For example, Vince Cable's favourite painting is "Sacrifice" (cat no 8), our celebrity auctioneer and antiques expert, Charlie Ross' favourite painting is "Venice" (cat no 1), Zac Goldsmith described the forthcoming events as "Fantastic" in a recent tweet and Richmond Upon Thames Mayor, David Linnette, enquired about buying one at a gathering I attended for the "Richmond Good Neighbours" charity, in January! Have a look at them for yourself, via this web site.

The famous, highly charismatic and exuberant Charlie Ross, who you may have seen on BBC television's "Bargain Hunt" and "Antiques Road Trip" will be auctioning the artwork at this event, which will be lots of fun! Charlie is highly extravert, enthusiastic and charming and is sure to put on a good show. We hope to provide him with a roving microphone - so he could even come around to your table at the auction! (Check out Charlie's Show reel by clicking on the link above to see what I mean - he runs around enthusiastically near the end)!

Richmond Upon Thames College's large Sports Hall has been chosen for this auction, as interest in it is growing rapidly!


 A  - Administration area - registration, information and check out

 B  - Bar area, in the lobby, in front of the Sports Hall

 S  - Stage position, where Charlie will be conducting the auction from


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Charlie Ross


Having run his own auction house in Woburn, England for 25 years Charlie Ross has spent the last 12 years travelling the world conducting many high profile and high value auctions. See his Showreel below!

He is the resident auctioneer for Gooding and Company, the leading American vintage automobile auctioneers, who now hold annual sales in Pebble Beach (California) Scottsdale (Arizona) and Amelia Island (Florida). This Augustís Pebble Beach auction totalled in excess of $130 million with a Ferrari California Spider making$18.2 million Ė the most expensive lot Charlie has ever sold.

He is also resident auctioneer for MacDougalls, the Russian Fine Art Auction House who hold 2 multi-million pound auctions every year in Central London.

The last two years have seen him conduct auctions in South Africa, Australia, India, France and Belgium, as well as his numerous auctions in the UK.

His well-known charity auctions have raised many millions of pounds for a large number of charities including the Sir Elton John Aids Foundation, UNICEF, NSPCC, Gt Ormond Street, CLIC Sargent and the Shane Warne Foundation.

Charlie is regularly seen on a number of BBC television programmes including the Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (his favourite episode was filming with the ex- Bond girls, Honor Blackman and Britt Ekland) Flog It!, For What Itís Worth and Bargain Hunt for which he has recently been appointed as one of four presenters.

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Weekend Exhibition at Orleans House  May 12th - 14th


There is going to be a weekend exhibition at Orleans House, Twickenham, in the Coach House room, running from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th of May, thanks to the help of the staff at Orleans House.


This exhibition will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the remaining collection of the previously hidden art of the late Desmond Jones, together, before it is split up and sold at the auction on June 9th.


It will be free entry with any donations towards the event costs and the charities gratefully received via a collection bucket.





Orleans House - Coach House
Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 


Exhibition Times

Friday 12th May
Preview Evening - Invitation Only

Saturday 13th
Open to the public - 10am - 5pm 

Sunday 14th
Open to the public - 10am - 3pm






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