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Massive hand-carved rocking horse to be auctioned

An upcoming auction at Christie’s in London is entitled “out of the ordinary”, and the rocking horse on offer certainly fits that description.

The massive rocking horse, known as Bigger Bertie, stands 4.65 metres (15ft 3in) tall and is 8.6 metres (28ft 3in) long.

It is made out of marine plywood and was designed and made by Anthony Dew, Sam Glass and Karl Barker.

Bigger Bertie is believed to be biggest hand-carved rocking horse in the world.

Bigger Bertie is believed to be biggest hand-carved rocking horse in the world.

The gargantuan horse sits on red-painted rockers, and has a trapdoor in the horse’s belly and another in the saddle. It is being sold with a steel tri-axle trailer set up to transport the horse.

Bigger Bertie is believed to be the largest hand-carved rocking horse in the world.

An earlier, smaller version, at only 5m long, was designed by Dew for London performance artist Marcia Farquhar, who entitled it “The Horse is a Noble Animal”. This example is currently on display at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Christie’s has a put a pre-auction estimate on Bigger Bertie of £25,000 to £40,000 ($US37,875 to $US60,600).

The auction will be held on September 5.

 

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