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All-Bronze Silks For UK Auction

Tuesday, 1st November 2005

Tuesday Odd Spot: UK owners "will be offered the opportunity to acquire a rare set of plain silks at Sotheby's London auction rooms on November 16," reported racingpost.co.uk. The all-bronze colours were carried to victory by the 1938 English Derby winner Bois Roussel. Plain silks "have been in strong demand in the UK since the British Horseracing Board initiated the sale of colours in 1995": the world record for such an auction "remains the £69,000 (A$165,000) paid by Sue Magnier for a set of plain pink silks in 2000". Sotheby's auctioneer Graham Budd noted: "Whenever single-colour silks come to the market there's a big demand. A few of the big owners have them & it's seen as very prestigious to have a plain set. I'd like to think the bronze colours will go for around £60,000 (A$144,000)."

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