Big Up Barnardo’s + You Have Mail + Collection Part 2 Linley Box

Here are some bigger file size versions of the auction posters.

As always, left click to display full size in a new window

Hope this persuades you to come along and join an evening of laughter and good entertainment … remember you do not have to bid in the auction!


For fans who are not on the mailing list, here’s a copy of a message sent out by Ed earlier this week:

“I am delighted to communicate this message from Barnardo’s:———————————

Barnardo’s have an event planned that is sending ripples of excitement through the Dame Shirley Bassey fan base…

This special event is at Café De Paris on Friday 30th March.

It’s called ‘Hey,Big Spenders’ and aims to raise funds by auctioning off flamboyant outfits fromthe iconic wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey, including official endorsement from the Dame herself.

Every penny raised will go to Barnardo’s.

It will be a kitsch, glitzy and fun charity fundraising night in a beautifully burlesque venue, complete with champagne and canapés, a celebrity auctioneer (Christopher Biggins – subject to schedule), a Shirley Bassey inspired performance by 4 Poofs and a Piano, and a top tribute artiste Surely Bassey, celebrity host Julian Bennet (Queer Eye for a Straight Guy UK) and celebrity attendees, as well as use of the Café De Paris VIP room until 3am!

All the details about the event (including online ticket booking) can be found here:

Contact Gary at (+44) 0208 498 7307 for more details/to book tickets

If you can’t make the event, you can still bid for an outfit!

The picture catalogue of outfits for online bidding opportunities can be found at the link above, or by contacting Gary directly.


I hope as many of you as possible will be able to support this event.

Barnardo’s is a great charity providing valuable support to vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

With best wishes, Ed”


Another item from Neil Dalrymple’s collection of DSB memorabilia

Now, who’d have thought a wooden box would be on the blog?

But this is no ordinary wooden box, this was made by David Linley and formerly owned by DSB

As you can see from the photos, it’s exquisite

It first surfaced at the Rosebery’s auction on 15 June 2005, as one of the many items from DSB’s London apartment

It went for only £180, a gift considering how much a Linley Jewellery Box normally costs – some over £1,000

David with some of his fine work

Visit David Linley’s shop here

David is the son of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the 1st Earl of Snowdon. He is the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II

For more information visit Wikipedia here

Viscount and Viscountess Linley


So how did this craftsman-made inlaid jewellery box get into Neil’s collection?

At Rosebery’s auction he was bidding by phone, and narrowly missed it. The estimate was a mere £40-£80 and it was sold, as we know, for £180

Fortunately, Neil recently discovered it for sale again on the Internet. He says it had just been gathering dust on a shelf

He was pleased to have a second chance at acquiring this modern antique