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Lot 95

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Hair Raiser (Greeting Couple), a hand-operated automaton, wood, wire,...

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Lot 95

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Hair Raiser (Greeting Couple), a hand-operated automaton, wood, wire,...

Price Realised: £2,210

Estimate: £200 - £300

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

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Lot 95


Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Hair Raiser (Greeting Couple), a hand-operated automaton, wood, wire, feathers, silk, signed and dated Tony Mann '93, 21.5cm high, 20.5cm wide, 5cm deep; together with another by the same artist, Push-me-Pull-me, hand-operated automaton, wood, metal, string, feather, artificial flower, inscribed Push-me-Pull-me and signed and dated Tony Mann '93, approx. 22cm high, 22.5cm wide, 18cm deep (2)

Sir Nicholas Goodison noted:

Hair Raiser: Here is a very respectable pair of citizens, dressed in their Sunday best, out for a walk or perhaps on their way to church. Pressing the lever causes him to raises his hat as good manners dictate, but the head comes with it, revealing a bloody neck, at which she stiffens, her mouth gaping. It is a new experience for her.

Push-me-Pull-me: Two rather Edwardian boaters are out for a row in a smallish boat, a genteel scene. Pulling and pushing (as the title says) the rod projecting from the prow causes the man to row.


Hair-Raiser: Purchased, Tony Mann, August 1993.

Push-me-Pull-me: Purchased, Tony Mann, July 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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