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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Christie’s in South Kensington, the auction house is holding a series of regular late-night openings. These are free events designed for interested viewers to come along, view some of their items and listen to specialist talks about the collection. I attended one such event called Out of the Ordinary, exploring some of the more unusual items they have up for sale. Unusual, they certainly were.

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Creepy mask/model

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Crown from a then 15-year-old Kate Moss’s first ever modelling shoot

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Unusual biscuit tins

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Vintage Louis Vuitton travelling case

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Tom Cruise’s suit from Mission Impossible

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Crocodile ornament

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Hippo coffee table

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Miniature ivory furniture

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Roger Bannister’s four-minute-mile shoes

Bannister’s shoes eventually fetched 220k when they went to auction. All of the items here were available for sale: not being a millionaire, I was unable to bid (though I was rather tempted by the hippo coffee table) but it was still fun to be able to see this unusual collection of objects.

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