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Old 04-16-2016, 12:02 PM   #1
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A forum member, Gert de Leeuw, is selling his collection of 47 propellers at auction at Dominic Winter in England on 12 & 13 May. The catalogue will be on the website www.dominicwinter.co.uk. in the near future. I'll advise when it appears.

Initially all will be offered as one lot with an estimate of 50,000-80,000 GBP. If they fail to sell as one lot, they will be offered individually (where 50,000 divided by 47 suggests reserves starting at about 1100.00), although prices are likely to vary widely from a four-bladed prop to one or two prop remnants comprising a hub and blade roots.

I think Gert bought some of his props from me. More important is that I have visited him several times to photograph and record all his props and many of them appear in my books on British and German WW1 Propellers.

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Old 04-16-2016, 08:44 PM   #2
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Bob, is there a link to the auction items? I couldn't find one on the page you hyperlinked.
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Oh!

Dave, you are right; there is no catalogue on view. Their press release appears to have jumped the gun. I assume it will appear in the next few days.

I have updated my announcement above.

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Hello Bob and Dave,

I posted an article about the auction in the category selling . Forum members can send me a private message, so they can already receive my catalog of the propellers. And Bob, thank you for posting.

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Hello forum members and interested,

In addition to the auction of the propellers 12-13 May are also auctioned numerous historic First World War aviation books. Including German, French and English books. A number of rare books on propellers and construction of propellers, and a number of historical books about the early days of aviation.

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Old 04-18-2016, 01:53 PM   #6
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Hello Gert!

Will you be at the auction? Perhaps we can meet there. Are you coming to GB by boat or aircraft? If aircraft, I'll pick you up if you wish.

I much regret that I couldn't buy all of these myself. My buying and selling days are over. They are a superb collection. And it is a great pleasure to have seen your collection and to use examples to illustrate my books, for which many thanks.

For fellow forumites, I would mention that this is a superb collection. By superb I do not necessarily mean in as-new condition. The scope and range of the collection is impressive. Some, a few I think, are restored. Most are in original condition. Gert, correct me if I'm wrong.

I do not know of a better collection in the Northern Hemisphere. Most museum collections consist of piles of propellers gathering dust; often half a century of dust. I believe Peter Jackson in NZ has the best collection, all mounted on a wall, I believe. I think Gert has the next best.

If any forumites wishes to bid in absentia I shall be delighted to help by bidding on your behalf and by arranging shipping. Although I have stopped buying and selling props my shipper who has shipped many for me still retains his skills.

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