Where else could you hope to see the shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to break the four-minute mile alongside the suspension suit worn by Tom Cruise in the original Mission: Impossible movie?
Or a superbly detailed 19th century anatomical model of a gorilla — created in a period when debate raged over Darwin’s theories on mankind’s relationship with apes, in close proximity to a superbly preserved fossilised neck and skull of a 165 million-year-old plesiosaur?
And where else could you admire a disarming portrait of President Barack Obama created entirely from tiny plastic soldiers within a few yards of a stunning mosaic of 24 photographs of a moon crater, taken by a NASA Lunar Orbiter in 1967 in preparation for finding suitable landing sites for the Apollo missions?
The answer to these questions — and a good deal more — is Christie’s South Kensington, and the third annual Out of the Ordinary auction which takes place on 10 September.
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