03/23/2008 11:00PM

Memorabilia to sell at Newmarket


The British auction house Bonhams will offer racing memorabilia related to such iconic figures as Fred Archer and Dorothy Paget as part of its third annual Racing Sale at Newmarket, England, on July 19, the company announced.

The sale includes such items as racing memorabilia and photographs related to the racehorse owner Dorothy Paget; a whip owned by Queen Elizabeth II's racehorse trainer, Capt. Cecil Boyd-Rochfort; an enameled pocket watch commemorating jockey Fred Archer's 1881 Epsom Derby win aboard American-bred Iroquois; and a variety of racing trophies, equestrian art, and racing-related memorabilia.

Items, including personal photographs, related to Dorothy Paget might hold the most interest for Americans. The daughter of Lord Queensborough and the American Pauline Payne Whitney, she was a very wealthy and successful owner in England. Her most notable horse was the steeplechaser Golden Miller, who won Cheltenham's Gold Cup five consecutive times as well as the 1934 Grand National. She also bred and owned the 1943 Epsom Derby winner, Straight Deal, among other exceptional runners.

Paget, who died in 1960, was most active as an owner in the late 1930s and into the 1950s.