Bronze maquette of the late Queen Elizabeth with mare and foal, by Etienne Millner and Charlie Langton, sells at Tattersalls December Sales.
A bronze maquette depicting Queen Elizabeth II with mare and foal (by Etienne Millner & Charlie Langton) was sold by auction at Tattersalls December Sales on Monday 28th November 2022, with all proceeds going to the National Horseracing Museum.
The twelfth and final maquette was knocked down to Jamie McCalmont on behalf of Hong Kong-based Marc Chan for 165,000 guineas.
After the sale, Jamie McCalmont commented there were three reasons Mr Chan was so keen to acquire the maquette.
Firstly, he had visited the National Horseracing Museum over the summer with his family and had been so impressed with the venue, the exhibitions and the staff, particularly enjoying the horse equiciser and was really keen to show his support for the organisation.
Secondly, he was a great admirer of the late Queen Elizabeth, with enormous respect for her and her devotion and love of horseracing and as patron of the Museum. He had seen and admired our maquette on display in the gallery and also another one in private ownership while visiting Newmarket and was very taken with the bronze.
Thirdly and finally, on September 11th the funeral cortege bearing the Queen’s coffin was making its way from Balmoral to Edinburgh. As it passed through the town of Kinross, the horse Mr Chan owns of the same name was winning the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster! If ever the stars aligned surely this was one of those occasions.
Speaking about the auction of this special bronze maquette, NHRM’s Director Anne-Marie Hogan said: “On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at the National Horseracing Museum we would like to express our enormous thanks to Mr Chan for this huge gesture of support and confidence in the Museum. This is a very heart-warming story that even in death the Queen is still one of our greatest supporters.
We would also like to thank Tattersalls for agreeing to conduct the auction and finally the Newmarket Commemoration Committee who had the foresight to arrange for the casting of the twelve maquettes as a fundraising tool for the Museum”.
About the National Horseracing Museum
The National Horseracing Museum is a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, the Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses.
Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays you can find out about the history of horseracing, plus meet friendly retired racehorses. You’ll also be able to discover what it feels like to ride a racehorse with our famous equine simulator, watch the sparks fly as a farrier works in the forge and enjoy some of the country’s best examples of sporting art.