On Tuesday 29 July 2014 Sotheby’s Australia will auction the 1886 South Australian Coursing Club Waterloo Cup (circa 1882-1883) (estimate $15,000-20,000, lot 33) in Melbourne at its Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design sale. A rare colonial treasure, the Cup was awarded to the winner of the South Australian Coursing Club’s principal greyhound race, the Waterloo Cup.
Arguably one of the biggest and most anticipated Australian sporting events at the time, the Waterloo Cup attracted spectators from across the country, holding enormous significance to South Australia’s social and sporting calendar. This particular trophy was given to the winner of the 1886 race by the South Australian Coursing Club’s president Robert Barr Smith, a prominent Adelaide businessman and philanthropist. A keen sportsman, Barr Smith’s own dog was defeated in the 1886 Waterloo Cup.
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The 1886 South Australian Coursing Club Waterloo Cup, by Henry Steiner 1835-1914 Adelaide, circa 1882-1883. Estimate $15,000-20,000
Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design
Auction in Melbourne,29 July 2014, 6 pm
Level 2, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Exhibition in Melbourne
24-29 July, 10 am to 5 pm
Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne