- It is not every day that 1,000 objects and works from an exceptional collection are put up for sale. The encyclopaedic acquisitions of Stanley Seeger go under the hammer at Sothebys on 5 and 6 March, offering an unparalleled opportunity to bid for a variety of unusual, whimsical and sublime items that anyone would like to own.

Winston Churchill's Armchair. Estimate £3,000-5,000.

From dinosaur eggs to Churchill’s armchair, to Al Capone’s cocktail shaker and Orson Welles’ working script for Citizen Kane; from lovely Middle Eastern runners to a marvelous little Chinese mouse tea pot, from as little as £60 to several thousands, the sale has something for everyone – a window into the soul and imagination of collectors with unique tastes and a consuming appetite for the beautiful and quirky. These objects chart many of the great moments in history and art, and everything either has a story to tell or appeals to the eye. I for one have already registered for my paddle!

'Al Capone's Cocktail Shaker'. Estimate £1,000-1,500.