Replica Trafalgar Square lions up for sale at 'conversation pieces' auction

A pair of giant bronze lions in the style of those which famously guard Trafalgar Square could sell for up to £100,000 at auction.

The statues, modelled on the originals designed by artist Sir Edwin Landseer which surround Nelson's Column, are due to go under the hammer in Billingshurst, West Sussex, in March.

At nearly 13ft (4m) in length and about 6ft 6in (2m) tall, they are almost identical in size to their counterparts but were made in the late 20th century for Camden Lock Market.

James Rylands, director of Summers Place auctions, said: "We are delighted to be offering some more bronze sculptures from the world-famous Camden Lock Market in London.

"Beloved by both Londoners and overseas visitors, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the capital.

"The monumental bronze lions would look at home in the grandest of stately homes either in this country or abroad."

Landseer made his name by creating the four bronze lions on commission for the government in 1858. But he was also well known for his paintings and sculptures of horses, dogs and stags.

Life-size horse sculptures will join the lions at the two-day sale of "conversation pieces" on March 20 and 21.

Also on offer is a rare SA-4 Ganef rocket.

The Soviet-made medium-range air defence missile measures nearly 30ft (9m) in length and 10ft (3m) wide.

It was first unveiled during a military parade in Moscow in May 1965 and reached speeds of up to Mach 4 with a range of between 31 and 34 miles.

It is expected to sell for up to £25,000.

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