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Heading Bonhams Marine Sale are Inaugural America’s Cup Scenes

LONDON.- 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. 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” (estimate £25,000 – 35,000), “America Romping Home to Victory” (estimate £25,000 – 35,000), and “Arrow and Alarm” (estimate £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 by “Ah, your Majesty, there is no second.”