A wide variety of pictures and prints in Lawrences’ recent auction in Crewkerne ensured that there was something for almost every collector, but a plastic elephant from a local garden shed attracted more bids than almost any other lot.
The 32cm (13”) high moulded grey plastic elephant , pictured here, was designed by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi in 1973 and was used for marketing a Scottish flooring company. Three thousand were made and number 420 was given by a flooring salesman to Lawrences’ consignor. “He had kept it in his shed for 43 years so the elephant needed a gentle clean but it was otherwise in remarkably good condition,” says Lawrences’ specialist, Richard Kay. “It has a linear, semi-abstract outline so may not be immediately recognizable to many but its design exemplifies the best and most irreverent `Pop Art` styles of the era.” Estimated at £500-800, this plastic pachyderm plodded purposefully to just over £900.