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TREATS FOR HORSE RACING ENTHUSIASTS AND EQUESTRIAN ART CONNOISSEURS

WINNING BID AT AUCTION  WILL SECURE A TREASURE FROM SIR PETER’S OWN COLLECTION, RARE VOLUME INCLUDING ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY CELEBRATED NORFOLK ARTIST EDWARD SEAGO

Sir Peter O’Sullevan (Voice of Racing) established his Charitable Trust in 1997, to raise funds for equine causes. Last year the auction raised £122,000.

Each year a perpetual bronze trophy in the shape of Peter’s own racing binoculars is awarded for a lifetime’s contribution to the sport. HM The Queen and HM Queen Elizabeth were winners in 2002 and 2009.

However the highlight of this year’s auction and luncheon on 22nd November at the Dorchester Hotel, is a rare volume from his personal collection, ‘I Walked by Night’ the Life and History of King of the Norfolk Poachers, written by Himself.

Original pencil sketches by major 20th century Norfolk artist Edward Seago were given to Peter O’Sullevan by the artist, which gives the book its uniqueness and exceptional provenance.

This lively memoir was edited by Lilias Rider Haggard, Norfolk countrywoman herself, daughter of the celebrated Sir Henry, with a feast of illustrations by Edward Seago. It was first published in 1935 and ran into many editions.

Seago shared a love of all things equine with Sir Peter, who became a close friend.

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