• Out of the Ordinary auction at Christies

    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 600



    Price Realised  


    Constructed from around three-hundred pieces of scrap iron, including a drill, spanners, cannon balls, lathe handle, clock springs, weights, cogs, wheels and chain, all then cast and machined in bronze, the base applied with a specification plaque, set on a panelled oak cabinet fitted with a hydraulic system and carved with the monogram of the craftsman L & B
    The corkscrew 56 in. (142 cm.) high; the case 40 ¼ in. (102 cm.) high; 70 in. (178 cm.) long; 28 ¾ in. (73 cm.) deep

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    This corkscrew is the bronze prototype model and based on the popularity of demonstrations, three further have been made and sold. The corkscrew removes a cork from a bottle and then pours the wine under its own clockwork power. The corkscrew has been featured on Stephen Fry: Gadget Man, (Channel 4, 2012.) and BBC.'s, The One Show. It was unveiled at the Top Marques exhibition in Monaco by Albert II, Prince of Monaco (b. 1958).

    The lot is sold with a leather bound book commemorating the construction of the corkscrew and signed by various celebrities who attended the launch in Monaco including Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Bono and Damon Hill. It is also sold with a cover, a boat hook/pole to lift the cover off and two fold-over top sections for the cabinet.

    Rob Higgs creates mechanical machines from old raw materials found in scrap-heaps, farms and boatyards.
    His work is in permanent public and private collections in 6 continents around the world.
    His clients include: The Science Museum, Heston Blumenthal, Warner Bros, BBC, NASA, Stephen Fry, Absolut Vodka, Game of Thrones, Fatboy Slim, Blue Peter, Eden Project, Giuseppe Tornatore, Singapore Govt, Kneehigh Theatre....

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    Please note that the base is currently fitted with a jack, and not a hydraulic system as stated in the catalogue, however, it has the capacity to be fitted with one.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts
    'I would like my work to inspire people to consider the general pointlessness and excessiveness of the majority of man-made things in our world and to smile at our tireless pursuit of happiness through the invention of ingenious nonsense.' Rob Higgs - Designer.