King Farouk I's silver ceremonial model celebrating the completion of Egypt's mighty Aswan Dam presented Jan. 25, 1939 as Farouk himself laid the final stone in the structure that tamed the indomitable Nile River is expected to sell for $100,000+ in Heritage Auctions
' Sept. 13-14 Fine & Decorative Arts Including The Gentleman Collector Signature Auction. The two-day auction offers nearly 1,300 lots of fine art paintings, silver smalls, more than 100 lots of jewelry.
"The Aswan Dam is a modern engineering marvel and this ceremonial model owned by King Farouk I himself commemorates all three distinct stages of the dam's completion, from 1902-1939," said Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections and curator of the Gentleman Collector Auction. "The model itself was made by Omar Ramsden of London and is true king's treasure."
Additional highlights in the Gentleman Collector portion of the auction include a French Bronze Orientalist Group After Alfred Dubucand, of an Arab warrior on horseback chasing an ostrich ($20,000+), and a 19th century Continental White Marble Sculpture of Lorenzo de'Medici, Duke of Urbino (est. $5,000+).
A selection of decorative arts is led by a George II Japanned Quarter-Striking Tall Case Clock, circa 1740, attributed to Isaac Nickals of Wells, Somerset, England (est. $3,000+), and a French Empire-Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Mounted Gentleman's Desk, circa 1900, adorned with a gilt bronze frieze and pay foot pedestal bases (est. $1,500+).
A selection of fine art, photographs, and original posters includes a rare, 1930 Triplex automotive poster, signed and dated by the influential artist A.M. Cassandre (est. $15,000+) as well as a KPM Porcelain Plaque of a Nobleman with Weapon, circa 1880, painted by Hans Kundmuller (est. $7,000+).
A selection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe includes a 1962 gelatin silver with hand-tint photograph titled Marilyn with Blue Roses, from Photographer Bert Stern's The Last Sitting with Marilyn Monroe (est. $6,000+).
Rarities suited for a gentleman's library include a Ship Model of the U.S.S. Constitution, presented in a wood case (est. $1,500+) and a framed Fossil Palm dating to 56 million years ago from the Fossil Lake area of Kemmerer, Wyoming (est. $8,000+).
A collection of silver match safes is led by a rare Tiffany & Co. example, circa 1892-1902, engraved with playing cards, centered with a monogrammed cartouche and playing cards representing the Queens from each suit on the reverse (est. $700+).