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‘Never Boring’ antique dealer’s collection to go on sale in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 17:45 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:47 19 September 2018

John Williams artwork, entitled 'Learning to smile (at last) ', labelled underneath West Suffolk College of Further Education, which is part of the Robert Barley sale in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

John Williams artwork, entitled 'Learning to smile (at last) ', labelled underneath West Suffolk College of Further Education, which is part of the Robert Barley sale in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

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The exotic and diverse collection of one of the country’s most renowned antique dealers is to go under the hammer at a sale in Norfolk.

Exotic objects that are part of the Robert Barley auction in Diss. Picture: TW GazeExotic objects that are part of the Robert Barley auction in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

Robert Barley, whose business cards always sported the words “Never Boring”, began trading at an Aladdin’s cave-like shop on London’s Fulham High Street and later from a stall at Portobello Road Market.

A familiar face at antiques fairs for decades, his unique multi-cultural mix of objects always drew attention and he became well known in the antiques world.

Robert Barley being interviewed on My Antiques TV. Picture: YouTubeRobert Barley being interviewed on My Antiques TV. Picture: YouTube

Having died earlier this year, more than 500 items from his personal and stock collections, including pictures, sculpture, furniture, textiles, architectural features and artefacts spanning 2,000 years, are set to be sold at TW Gaze auction rooms in Diss on September 21.

Self-taught about antique artefacts, objects d’art and collectables, he had a diverse and eclectic interest in objects from across the globe.

Exotic objects that are part of the Robert Barley auction in Diss. Picture: TW GazeExotic objects that are part of the Robert Barley auction in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

Auction room manager Matthew Brand said: “Mr Barley has been a client of ours for several years and we were delighted to receive instruction to market many of the items remaining in his estate. It is bound to be an exciting event, full of colour and surprises; very much like the man himself, so hopefully a fitting tribute.”

• More about the sale at twgaze.co.uk

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