CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Human remains and cinema seats go under hammer

PUBLISHED: 13:57 04 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:00 20 February 2013

Human remains and cinema seats go under hammer

Human remains and cinema seats go under hammer

A macabre lot at Moore Allen & Innocent's next auction of antiques in the Cotswolds, on Friday, October 12, is a set of human remains

The Cirencester Salerooms
Burford Road,Cirencester,GL7 5RH
Tel:01285 646050
Fax:01285 652862
Email:fineart@mooreallen.co.uk

Human remains and
cinema
seats go
under hammer



Its almost Halloween and supermarket shelves are packed with decorations for a spooky costume party. But for those who want to add a bit of authenticity to their creepy celebrations, theres only one place to go.

For a macabre lot at Moore Allen & Innocents next auction of antiques in the Cotswolds is a set of human remains.

Dating from the early days of anatomical research, when bodies were regularly imported from abroad, at least some of the human remains were supplied by Millikin & Lawley of The Strand, London.

Both the pine box in which the bones are contained, along with one of the two human skulls, carries the stamp of the firm, which was established in 1815 to supply surgical instruments, microscopes and osteology devices to the medical profession.

The collection was, until recently, in the possession of a local doctor. It will be offered for sale with a guide price of 200 to 300.

Halloween as we know it today is inspired by the golden age of cinema. Boris Karloff as Frankensteins monster and The Mummy; Bela Lugosi as Dracula; Henry Hull in Werewolf of London: all probably played at Cirencesters Regal Cinema, which was erected in the 1930s and was one of two movie houses in the town.

The cinema showed its last film Calendar Girls on November 27, 2003, and was soon after demolished to make way for a housing development.

Now, almost a decade later, 30 of its original 200 Art Deco seats are being offered for auction.

Most of the seats which have cast iron legs and beech arms and backs upholstered in plush red velvet come in pairs, although a handful will be sold individually.

Some are in need of TLC, but many are in good, albeit faded, condition. Most have rear-mounted ashtrays, harking back to the days when smoking was permitted inside public buildings.

Auctioneers anticipate bids of around 20 to 30 a pair, as the cinema is remembered fondly by many Cirencester residents, despite the fact that it was named by the BBC's Watchdog programme then hosted by Cotswoldian Anne Robinson as one of the six worst cinemas in the country.

Faults listed by the consumer programme included films being delayed, screened upside down, projected out of focus, and breaking down in the middle. The presenter did concede, though, that despite cold and often wet inside it leaked when it rained the cinema had 'lots of character'.

The auction will be held from 10am on Friday, October 12 in Cirencester. For a full auction catalogue, log on to www.mooreallen.co.uk

0 comments

More from Out & about

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Cotswolds are abundant with picture perfect locations ideal for a ramble. Gather loved ones, wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with one of these winter walks in the region

Read more
Monday, December 10, 2018

Tracy Spiers takes an impressive, if hypothetical, budget on a shopping spree in Cheltenham’s independent stores

Read more
Monday, December 10, 2018

Get out and enjoy seasonal celebrations with a Cotswold twist

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this month, we have gathered plenty of events for you to pop in your diary

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK are saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket, including a number of venues in the Cotswolds

Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018

“We’re looking forward to lots of festive fun this Christmas festival and hope to welcome lots of people to our town.”

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

“Faringdon upholds old-fashioned values through its traditional shops, personal service and shop owners who go the extra mile to make their customers feel at home.”

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Home to some of the country’s most breathtaking architecture and picturesque gardens, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of beautiful stately homes you need to visit. We pick eight special locations that are made even more magical during Christmas time

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Taking the classroom outdoors is fun, inspires fresh ideas, broadens horizons – and encourages a new generation to enjoy and care for the Cotswolds

Read more
Monday, November 19, 2018

Chipping Campden – once the meeting place for a council of Saxon kings – now offers the warmest of welcomes to all its visitors, from the humble shopper to the seasonal shin-kicker

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Warwickshire town of Alcester is considered one of the best understood Roman settlements in the country. Tracy Spiers digs below the surface to discover its hidden jewels

Read more

Thanks to the impact of ground-breaking comedy This Country, the quiet market town of Northleach has become one of the Cotswolds’ hottest film locations. Katie Jarvis is sent to investigate

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stephen Roberts walks in the footsteps of the Oxford scholar who enjoyed attending parties dressed as a polar bear, and once chased a neighbour while dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search