We are excited to announce that our inaugural African & Oceanic Art and Antiquities auction, on 21 March 2018, will include the collection of conservationist John Rendall.
Rendall is most widely known for having raised a lion cub, “Christian”, in his London flat in 1970 before releasing him into the wild. A video of Christian’s reunion with Rendall a year after his release captured the public’s heart when it was published online, collectively garnering over 100 million views.
This varied collection reflects John's eclectic eye and a remarkable life spent working in Eastern and Southern Africa.
A particular highlight is the set of east & central African shields acquired over decades, each a fine example of its type.
Three original print photographs from Christians’ life are also present - including the famous reunion at Kore, all signed by the award winning photographer Derek Cattani.