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Lot 94

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Pyramid of Power, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire rod,...

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Lot 94

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Pyramid of Power, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire rod,...

Price Realised: £9,750

Estimate: £400 - £600

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 94


Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Pyramid of Power, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire rod, brass, signed and dated Tony Mann '95, 65cm high, 78cm wide, 9.7cm deep

Sir Nicholas Goodison noted: Manns depiction of enterprise is a caricature, but like all caricatures has an element of truth. The workers toil at repetitive work in the factory, overseen by the foreman with his worksheet. The Managing Director talks on the telephone while his secretary waits patiently for his dictation in his spacious office. At the top the capitalist owner drinks Champagne and smokes a cigar in his triangle of paradise at the top of the pyramid. The business has clearly been successful and he is toasting his good fortune. But he is no longer with us, he is up in the clouds, having spent a gainful life exploiting the toils of others.

Provenance: Purchased, Kristin Baybars, London, February 1995.

Note: Tony Mann, 1927-2013, worked for 20 years as an industrial designer before turning his creative energy into automata. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece and show his love of bright colours.He was voted Toymaker of the Year by the British Toymakers Guild for both 1987 and 1988.

Roseberys do not guarantee the working order of any automata or toy.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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