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Custom built carved and painted wood original automaton, "Nottingham", by Frank Nelson 1992, (British, 1930-2012), opening scene showcasing Robin Hood on the left raising and shooting his bow which moves across the glade and lands in the Sheriff of Nottingham's bottom whilst Maid Marion laughs beside him when in operation, this interaction begins the scene of famous individuals, historical characters, and industries affiliated with Nottingham circling through the background, characters include ice skaters Jayne Torvill (British, b. 1957) and Christopher Colin Dean (English, b. 1958), Boots the Chemist advertisement (now Boots UK Limited, a pharmacy chain in the UK), Nottingham miner on a Raleigh bicycle, goose from The Goose Fair (annual fun fair held in Nottingham during the first week of October), Yate's Wine Lodge with musicians and a lady with a handbag, Brian Clough (Former footballer, English, 1935-2004), Captain Albert Ball (Former English fighter pilot of the First World War and flying ace, English, 1896-1917), Players Cigarettes advertisement (Tobacco and cigarette manufacturer started in 1832, formally known as John Player & Sons), and waltzer from the modern Goose Fair with Lady Chatterley and the gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, a Salvation Army representative, and a beautiful girl ("Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D. H. Lawrence, novel published in 1928), coin operated, working order, 33.5"h, 46.75"w, 22"d; accompanied by hand drawn sketches of the layout and characters for the "Nottingham" automaton, 21.75"h, 31.75"w **Provenance: The Richard Allen Garriott de Cayeux (Cambridge, England, b. 1961-) private collection, from Britannia Manor, his Austin, Texas home, a pioneer and entrepreneur of computer role-playing games, first American second generation space traveler, magician, world class collector of automatons, host of the Austin Shakespeare Festival at his Elizabethan style theatre, the Curtain, on the shores of Lake Austin, an Adventurer traveler form the jungles of Rwanda and the Amazon to meteorite expeditions in Antarctica, purchaser of the Luna 21 moon lander...still at that location, host of the theme parties including the End of the World party, board member of the XPrize and Space Adventurers, etc.** Start Price: $1000.00
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CUSTOM BUILT AUTOMATON,NOTTINGHAM, FRANK NELSON

Estimate $2,000 - $4,000Sep 21, 2013
Starting Price $1,000
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