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Unwanted treasure in your attic? It could help save Twickenham’s national treasure

Twickenham Festival charity auction

Do you have a collectable item that is now surplus to your needs? Would you help to restore one of Twickenham’s greatest treasures by donating it to a charity auction during Twickenham Festival?

As part of the Twickenham Festival High Road Auctions, Twickenham, is generously holding a charity auction of high quality collectables to benefit Turner’s House Trust Appeal. It takes place at 2pm on Sunday 21 June and will feature donations of paintings, ceramics, glass, silver, jewellery and furniture. Among items already promised is a wonderful drawing by WW2 artist Feliks Topolski and a 1790s watercolour of the Thames at Brentford.

Sandycombe Lodge, the country villa that our universally acclaimed landscape artist JMW Turner designed as his country retreat, is to be saved for the nation. However, in order for restoration work to proceed, Turner’s House Trust, which has already raised over £2 million, must find the final £250,000.

“We have been generously supported by private and institutional donors, as well as many pro bono hours donated by our wonderful volunteers. We just need to get the final slice,” explained Catherine Parry-Wingfield, the Trust’s chairman.

“High Road Auctions is delighted to be hosting the charity auction to benefit Turner’s House Trust as part of the Twickenham Festival. We hope it will be a fun event in support of a worthy cause and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our saleroom,” said David Holmes, branch manager, High Road Auctions, Twickenham.

“This a great opportunity for all of us to help preserve for the nation this unique 3-dimensional Turner work that we are so lucky to have in Twickenham. We are extremely grateful to have this wonderful support from High Road Auctions. Even if you have nothing to donate, do come and join us on the day: you may even return home with something new to cherish,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield.

Auction donations should be delivered to High Road Auctions, 55-61 Heath Road: smaller items from Tuesday 9 June; larger items such as furniture from Tuesday 16 June. All items delivered by 6pm Wednesday 17 June.