The winning bid at auction will secure a treasure from Sir Peter’s own collection, a rare volume including original drawings by celebrated norfolk artist Edward Seago.
Sir Peter O’Sullevan (Voice of Racing) established his Charitable Trust in 1997, to raise funds for equine causes. Last year the auction raised £122,000, auctioneer Johnny Francome.
Each year a perpetual bronze trophy in the shape of Peter’s own racing binoculars is awarded for a lifetime’s contribution to the sport. HM The Queen and HM Queen Elizabeth were winners in 2002 and 2009
Highlight of this year’s auction is a rare volume from his personal collection, ‘I Walked by Night’ the Life and History of King of the Norfolk Poachers, Written by Himself.
Original pencil sketches inside the cover, by major 20th century Norfolk artist Edward Seago, signed and dated 1939. Given to Peter O’Sullevan by the artist which gives the book its uniqueness and exceptional provenance.
This lively memoir was edited by Lilias Rider Haggard, Norfolk countrywoman herself, daughter of the celebrated Sir Henry, with a feast of illustrations by Edward Seago. It was first published in 1935, ran into many editions.
Seago, guided when young by Sir Alfred Munnings, shared a love of all things equine with Sir Peter, who became a close friend.
Another top notch auction item (favourite of Nigel Payne of Earth Summit) is a VIP visit for four to Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle Stables, where this year’s award winner has trained so many Group I champions. (a gift from Magnier family)