Bronze statue of famous gorilla up for sale
Wednesday 22 September 2010
A life-size bronze cast of a famous gorilla is expected to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the hammer in Gloucestershire, auctioneers said.
Jambo hit the headlines for guarding a five-year-old boy who fell into his enclosure at Jersey Zoo on July 31 1986.
The gorilla was credited with changing public perception of silverbacks from dangerous King Kong beasts to gentle giants and went on to become immortalised in bronze by sculptor David Cemmick.
The cast will be sold at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in South Cerney near Cirencester next month, with a pre-sale estimate of up to £20,000.
The boy, Levan Merritt, was knocked unconscious on landing in the gorilla enclosure.
His mother watched as Jambo walked towards Levan, sat down beside him and, as if guarding him from the other gorillas, stayed with him and stroked his back until Levan was rescued by the emergency services.
The cast was based on a drawing by Cemmick, who visited Jersey Zoo to sketch Jambo and the other gorillas in 1987. Cemmick went on to work with mould-maker Sebastian Wylder to create the cast.
Nathan Winter, from Dominic Winter auctioneers, said: "We are thrilled to have such a magnificent and rare sculpture of such historical importance as part of our auction. Jambo was renowned for changing the public's perception of gorillas back in the 1980s and this unusual life-size cast is a remarkable original work.
"We believe that there will be much demand amongst nature enthusiasts and art lovers to buy this piece of history."
The gorilla lived in Jersey Zoo until 1992 when he died of a chest haemorrhage. The cast will be auctioned on Wednesday October 6.
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks, Raisa and a new twist in the saga of a horse fit for a Prime Minister
Israel-Gaza conflict: Palestinian death toll now exceeds 500 – but Israel fights on
Income tax league: Revealed - the UK towns where people pay the most and least tax
Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Blogger captures footage ‘showing BUK missile launcher that shot down jet’ now back in Russia
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Scheme Manager (BREEAM)...
Flexible, depending on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: T...
£850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...
£100 - £110 per day: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Hampshire