Ballantine’s salmon goes under the hammer!

Georgina Ballentine and her record salmon. A cast of the fish looks set to raise up to £ at auction later this month

Georgina Ballantine and her record salmon. A cast of the fish looks set to raise up to £5,000 at auction later this month

A rare cast of the biggest freshwater fish caught in the UK – Georgina Ballantine’s 64lb salmon from the Tay – is up for auction among a host of collectable angling artefacts.

The Bonhams Sporting Sale takes place on 23 May 2017 at their auction house in Edinburgh, with numerous lots expected to raised tens of thousands of pounds.

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Ballentine’s original salmon  – taken in 1922 – was cast in plaster by P. D. Malloch and is held at Glendelvine Estate near Dunkeld in Perthshire, the home of Sir Gavin Lyle.

The limited edition replicas – there were 12, of which this is number nine – were cast in fibreglass by George Jamieson by taking a mould from the original plaster cast. They were commissioned for sale by Farlows, the world famous fishing shop on Pall Mall in London. The cast for sale is estimated at £3,000-5,000.

The cast - number nine of just 12 made

The cast – number nine of just 12 made

Other angling highlights include an archive of papers belonging to Bernard Venables, the former editor of Angling Times and Creel magazine, better known as the author of the Mr Crabtree cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror in the 1940s. A spin-off book, Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing, published in 1949 sold more than 3 million copies. The archive is estimated at £500-700. In addition to his skills as a graphic artist, Venables was a talented painter, and his self-portrait Mr Cabtreee Goes Fishing is in the sale estimated at £3,000-5,000.

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Bonhams Head of Sporting Sales, Henry Baggott said, “As usual, the Sporting Sale offers a wide variety of lots celebrating country pursuits. In particular, we have a fine choice of fishing artefacts and memorabilia including a rare cast of Georgina Ballantine’s wonderful record salmon – a record which has stood for more than ninety years and is very unlikely ever to be broken.”