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Handsome lot

Last week Astragal attended The Big A – an auction of architects’ work in aid of the Architects’ Benevolent Society. The event raised the handsome figure of £70,000, £700 of which came from two Louis Hellman cartoons – a sum that the poor chap could only dream of squeezing out of the AJ on a regular basis. It was an original pencil and wash picture by Massimiliano Fuksas that proved to be the most coveted lot, eventually being snapped up by Jack Pringle for £4,800. The bargain of the night? A print of the west and east elevations of Wembley Stadium signed by HOK’s Rod Sheard and Big Norm. It was the first lot and supposed to set the auction off to a flying start but in the end it sold for the relatively lowly sum of £600. Either the booze hadn’t loosened up the bidders’ enough at that early stage, or the curse of Wembley has struck again.

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