It is expected to fetch £8,000-£12,000.

Also up for sale are a unique collection of over-under 12-bore Sporting Guns by premier London Gun Maker Boss & Co.

The collection of six pre-war guns includes two pairs of guns together with two single examples and is expected to fetch in excess of £200,000.

Estimates range from £30,000-40,000 for a single example to £80,000-100,000 for a fine pair built in 1927 and retaining much original finish.

As Gavin Gardiner explained: “The over-under was first patented by Boss & Co, London?s most exclusive gunmaker, in 1909 and the guns remain in production today. It is the most rev-erred of all vintage shotguns and fewer than 500 examples have been built in the 101-year history of this gun. While the ‘over-under’ gun has become a common sight today, the Boss remains the most influential design and all modern designs built today are based on this original.”

The sale of Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns and Rifles will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Sotheby?s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London.

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