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Step up to the oche! Darts silks set for sporting sale at Sotheby's auction

Bullseye: lot 98 at the Sotheby's annual sporting memorabilia sale will appeal to darts fans
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Racehorse owner? Darts fan? Then you’ve hit the jackpot, or rather bullseye.

Just circle November 13 on the calendar and head to the annual sporting memorabilia sale at Sotheby's.

The BHA has designed three sets of individual – and very much unique – silks that are estimated to fetch between £5,000 and £6,000 per lot.

Lot 98 can be described only as a racing and darts fan’s dream, with a dartboard effect complemented by an 'arrer' on each sleeve.

Lot 97 is designed for a card shark, with the heart, club, spade and diamond on display, while lot 96 is vibrant, very vibrant. It displays pink, red and blue lightning bolts, yellow stars and an orange cap – and will not be missed on the racecourse.

The silks are among almost 150 lots of horseracing memorabilia, which include a preserved portion of chestnut skin from legendary 18th century racehorse Eclipse that is expected to go for more than £15,000.

Lot 96: an eyecatching design that will not be missed on the racecourse

Robin Mounsey, head of media at the BHA, said: “The three new sets of colours that have been designed by the BHA for this Sotheby’s auction represent a further experiment to see where interest lies in terms of silk designs. We’ll be interested to see how much they grab the attention of existing or prospective owners.”

Twenty per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the new silks will go to Racing Welfare and Retraining Of Racehorses.

Auctioneer Graham Budd said: “The colour of horseracing is an integral part of what makes the sport such a glorious spectacle.

"These bold and innovative designs will certainly add an extra splash of colour around Britain’s racecourses.”

The auction takes place from 10.30am at 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA. All lots can be viewed – and bids made – online or a brochure can be requested by phoning 01933 440077 or emailing

Play your cards right: lot 97 features the four card suits

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We’ll be interested to see how much the grab the attention of existing or prospective owners
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