Three 20th century paintings of the first America's Cup sailing regatta of 1851, the oldest continuous sporting trophy in history, are highlights at The Marine Sale at Bonhams on March 24, 2010, in London.
The paintings, by Timothy Franklin Ross Thompson (British, born 1951), record three incidents in the race around the Isle of Wight: America and her rivals on the start line (estimated at £25,000-35,000), America romping home to victory (estimated at £25,000-35,000), and Arrow and Alarm (estimated at £15,000-20,000).
Widely regarded as the most famous yacht race ever, it was convincingly won by the New York Yacht Club's schooner America. So convincingly, in fact, that Queen Victoria's question "Who came second?" was famously answered with, "Ah, your Majesty, there is no second."
Alistair Laird, Head of Marine Pictures, says, "These three pictures by Tim Thompson are the most impressive depictions of the inaugural America's Cup race I have ever handled."
The sale will take place at New Bond Street, London on March 24.