Rare Piece of Manchester Football History Up For Auction

Following their successful Music Memorabilia Auction, Omega Auctions will be hosting its Summer Collection on Thursday 19th June.

Match by Robert Dudley Bailey RCA

Amongst the 320 lots is a fantastic piece of football history, which will be of particular interest to both Manchester United and Manchester City fans. After The Match is a watercolour painting by the artist, Robert Dudley Bailey RCA, which was presented to Manchester United by Manchester City on the occasion of the 100th derby match on 22nd March 1980, which ended in a 1:0 United victory.


The painting hung in the manager, Dave Sexton's office at Manchester United, until 1981 when Ron Atkinson was appointed and Sexton's office was cleared out. It eventually ended up in car boot sale where it was purchased and subsequently featured on Channel 4's Four Rooms programme. Numerous works by RD Bailey have already sold at auction ~ After The Match ~ this historical piece of football history is expected to go for £3,000. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather states, "This is a sort of piece of piece you'd expect to see hanging in either the United or City museum and it is a rare opportunity for a fan to own an item of such history.”


Aside from this football collector's piece, there are a number of much sought after items for sale in this auction, including some stunning photographs by celebrated American photographer, Ansel Adams. This collection of prints are from a vendor who, at the time, was a professional in the field of graphics, lighting and design and was one of the first artists to start working with Photoshop. The vendor was commissioned by the Directors Guild of America c1985 to computer-colourise one of Ansel Adam's prints as supporting 'evidence' for a case presented to the US Congress by Woody Allen and Robert DeNiro in an attempt to prevent the colourisation of classic black and white movies. Each photograph is expected to reach £1,500.


Other items of note in this auction are two of Paul Cannell's distinctive paintings. Paul Cannell was an in-house painter for Heavenly Records and Creation Records in the early nineties, when he painted many of the sleeve designs for singles and albums from The Manic Street Preachers, The Telescopes, Flowered Up, Shonen Knife and Primal Scream ~ including the latter's famous Screamadelica psychedelic sun (This 1991 classic sleeve was one of the albums featured on a series of stamps from 2010). Paul Cannell is now one of the most collectable artists from the '80s/'90s. Both paintings are expected to go for over £1000.


The Summer Collection takes place at Omega Auctions Stockport salerooms on Thursday 19th June Viewing will take place 11am-6pm on Wednesday 18th June and also 9am-10.30am on Thursday 19th, before the auction starts.