Cricket lovers have the opportunity to own a selection of notable artefacts from the MCC collection at a unique Christie's Sporting Books auction (opens in a new window) on November 17.
This important event will see 100 carefully curated, selected lots auctioned in South Kensington.
Estimates for the pieces range from £500 to £40,000, and the collection as a whole is expected to raise over £300,000.
All lots offered at Christie's are duplicate items with the proceeds used by MCC to sustain and care for the core collections as well as acquiring new ones.
Highlights include a familiar sight for any Lord’s visitor is a portrait of The Young Cricketer - Portrait of Lewis Cage by Katharine Lloyd, which has hung in the Pavilion at Lord’s for the past 60 years (estimate: £4,000-6,000).
MCC are also offering a selection of rare poems, including the first independent works on the game of cricket ever published.
Curator of MCC Collections Adam Chadwick said:"Following advice from the Arts & Library Committee, MCC Committee has authorised the sale of a number of duplicate items from the collections.
"The majority of items will come from the MCC Library collection and we are pleased to offer international cricket enthusiasts, as well as MCC members, the opportunity to bid on items from the library at Lord’s.
"The proceeds will provide MCC with the much needed funds required to enhance and conserve the core collection.
"We continue to attract an increasing number of admirers and in 2009 we set a record having welcomed 60,000 people through the doors.
"We are committed in our aim to continue developing the accessibility of the collections, and to maintain them as the world’s most important celebration of the history of cricket."