Online auction includes original ‘Spirt of Ecstasy’ sketches

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An original pen-and-ink drawing of the Rolls-Royce “Spirit of Ecstasy” by designer Charles Sykes is one of more than 500 items of automobilia up for bidding this week in an online auction being conducted by H&H Classics of England.

Bidding began Sunday and runs through July 8.

The Sykes sketch is believed to have been done in mid-1910, just months before the company adopted “Emily” as its official mascot in 1911. The drawing shows side profiles of the figurine and goes to auction from the property of a woman whose father was Sykes’ gardener and handyman, according to H&H Classics. 

“The drawing was kept as a souvenir and have been in the same family ownership ever since,” the auction house says in its online catalog.

Mors dealership pen and holder | H&H Auctions photos

Also on the docket are three pre-war Lalique mascots — “Sanglier,” “Chrysis” and “Tet d’Aigle” — various other mascots/hood ornaments, a Mors Motors dealership pin, a Steve McQueen police mug shot, vintage picnic sets, various signs (including several from the Royal Auto Club), car models, books, artwork, photographs, posters, autographed Formula One caps, and more.

For more information, visit the H&H Classics website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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