Ever wondered, if you could feature in a Superman comic? For one young boy this dream
came true, when his father, British property tycoon Godfrey Bradman, commissioned a
special edition for his son Daniel’s 13th birthday and Bar Mitzvah in 1988. A copy of the
limited edition This Island Bradman is now available at Catherine Southon Auctioneers and
Valuers Ltd’s next sale at The Chateau in Shirley Hills (Surrey) on Wednesday, 20th
November 2013 at 11.30 am.
Superman fans and collectors will know that Bradman paid a substantial sum of £10,000
to get the DC Comics team to make a special edition featuring his son, some friends and
family. The comic was written by David Levin, drawn by Curt Swan and inking by Angelo
Torres, it is estimated that approximately 200 copies were printed and given to friends and
family. This comic is seen as the most specialised custom created comic made by the
team and is being sold by a former Bradman employee for £1,000 – £2,000.
Catherine Southon, well-known through various BBC Antiques programmes, says: “It is
always particularly exciting when you see something at a valuation day and you can
immediately tell how special it was when it was created and how valuable it is now. It was
fascinating to research the background of the comic and to realise how important it is to
comic collectors around the world.”
Catherine’s sale will also include collectables, pictures, ceramics, jewellery, silver, vertu,
furniture and works of art. Among the highlights is a single owner collection of fans,
which had belonged to leading soprano Ava June, who passed away earlier this year.
She had started off as a theatrical dressmaker before taking singing lessons and
embarking on her long career in 1954 with the Sadler’s Wells Opera. Her passion for
texture can certainly be seen in this collection of 30 fans – from a coloured 1920s mint
green ostrich feather fan with mother-of-pearl sticks with a touch of Burlesque (estimated
around £60-90) to a beautifully carved ivory Chinese fan, which is estimated at around
There will also be a single owner collection of Modern Prints included in the sale.
Collected by motor-racing legend Gus Kuhn’s daughter, Marian Davey, there are two
Dame Barbara Hepworth lithographs from 1970-71, included in the collection which are
estimated to fetch £1,000–1,500 each. A bronze of John Curry, the Olympic Ice Skater, by
Australian contemporary artist Tom Merrifield, only one of 10, is expected to sell for
£1500-2500. Other Modern Prints included are by artists Elizabeth Frink, John Piper and
Robert Heindel and in addition there will also be some stunning 1970s studio pottery for
Other highlights include a stunning mid 19th Century Italian micro mosaic panel plaque
bracelet, which is estimated to sell for £2000-3000, while a large Japanese Meiji period
ivory concentric ball carries an estimate of £1000-1500 and a beautiful Derbyshire Blue
John Chalice is expected to fetch £600-800.
A catalogue will be available from the end of October and the sale can be
viewed on 19th & 20th November at The Chateau, Coombe Lane, Shirley,
Surrey CR0 5RE.
For more details, please visit www.catherinesouthon.co.uk
or call 07808 737 694.