The sale includes:
* Bronze bust of HM Queen Elizabeth
* Bronze bust of Prince William
* Bronze bust of Prince Philip
* Bronze bust of the comedian Kenneth Williams
* Resin bust of Peter Ustinov
* Reliefs of Churchill
* Maquettes for public sculptures
* Models of Sir John Gielgud as Hamlet
* Models of Freddie Mercury
* Models of Beau Brummell
Franta Belsky (1921-2000) arrived in Britain in 1940, five weeks after the Dunkirk evacuation. He came with the remnant of the Czechoslovak army which had been formed in France. When they arrived in England they were inspected by Winston Churchill whom he would later sculpt.
In 1968 Belsky completed his statue of Churchill for Fulton, Missouri, where the statesman had made his “iron curtain” speech in 1946. In 1988 the then Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, stood near the statue and said: “The sculptor of this statue expressed the spirit of wartime England.”
Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Belsky was a major force in British sculpture. He sculpted portrait busts of four generations of royalty, the Queen Mother (for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham), the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew (as a baby and as a young man) and the three-and-a-half-year-old Prince William. He has five works – including three of the royal family – in the National Portrait Gallery, and 15 public sculptures in central London.
His work includes a mother carrying her child, placed in the centre of Stevenage and there is the Shell Fountain on the South Bank which is now listed as a Grade II sculpture to be preserved