Rare collection of ‘Selfies’ to go under hammer at Aylsham

An open day viewing of some of the 1380 lots up for auction at the Key's auctioneers fine art sale a

An open day viewing of some of the 1380 lots up for auction at the Key's auctioneers fine art sale at their Aylsham show room from Tuesday 15th March to Thursday 17th March 2016. Pictured is Kevin Lines of Key's Auctioneers looking at the rare set of Colin Self's etchings which are expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A rare set of etchings by Norfolk 'pop' artist Colin Self are set to go under the hammer this week alongside works by distinguished East Anglian landscape artists in an auction of nearly 1,400 paintings, antiques and collectables.

The three-day Fine Sale at Aylsham-based Keys Fine Art Auctioneers is expected to attract interest from bidders around the world.

The 39 signed etchings make up Colin Self's Odyssey/Iliad Suite re-telling Homer's classical story using contemporary imagery and themes.

It is believed to be the first time the complete set of etchings by Mr Self, who lives and works in Norwich, have been sold together.

Other highlights of the sale, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday), are:

More than 200 lots of East Anglian art with four paintings by Edward Seago, including Shrimp Boats on the Suffolk Coast, which is expected to fetch £40,000-£60,000.

A painting by Norwich School artist Joseph Stannard of Fish Market, Yarmouth Beach, which has a pre-sale estimate of £7,000-£10,000.

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Eight works by Norfolk painter Campbell Archibald Mellon.

A stunning 19th century Italian marble Pietra Dura table, which has a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£4,000.

One of the largest model railway collections ever to come to auction in East Anglia.

A mid-15th century illustrated manuscript Book of Hours, on vellum, believed to be from Bruges, which has a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-£10,000.

A first edition Nuremberg Chronicle dating from 1493, a history of the Christian world from the Creation to the 15th century. The volume includes an engraved map of the world and northern Europe and woodcut views of European cities. The pre-sale estimate is £10,000-£12,000.

Several first edition books, including Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and H G Wells' The Time Machine.

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers' general manager Kevin Lines said: 'This is one of the most exciting fine sales we have had at Keys, and it is attracting the attention of collectors from all over the world. There are so many highlights that it's difficult to know where to begin.'

He added: 'But it is not just the art which is attracting attention among the world's dealers and collectors.

'The sale has some real star lots right across all departments, from furniture to books, toys to militaria.'

Details of the lots and how to bid at the sale or online, can be found at www.keysauctions.co.uk.

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