With thanks to Kathryn Fensterstock of Zambuni PR, news arrives of an amazing opportunity for high-end collectors to own a piece of memorabilia owned by the late Sir Alec Guinness. Unlike his alter ego’s opinion of guns, Sir Alec thought this weapon was far from uncivilised.
In 1959, two very important events occurred in the history of St. James in London. Legendary film actor Alec Guinness was knighted at St. James Palace and in the same year, Sir Guinness bought a very special gun from William Evans, the leading gun shop in this esteemed neighbourhood.
Sir Alec Guinness’s best known films include the original Star Wars trilogy in which he plays Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Laurence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, Oliver! And The Bridge on the River Kwai. He would eventually gift the gun to his son, Matthew, whose initials are still engraved on the oval of the gun.
The actor was knighted for his contribution as a leading British film actor, with an identity as an epic, charismatic character in bold, adventurous film roles. William Evans is proud to have him as a client, especially during such an important year in his life signifying the accomplishments in his career.
“I can only imagine the excitement in the gunroom the day that Sir Alec Guinness walked in. We have had many well known names pass through our door, but I would have definitely liked to have met Sir Alec, a legendary film actor and knighted Brit,” explains William Evans General Manager Alastair Phillips. “It is wonderful to know that he embraced and enjoyed what the British countryside has to offer, and we are excited we can now share the story of his passion with the public.”
This side by side shotgun is a 12-bore boxlock ejector with 28 inch nitro barrels, and the rib is engraved with William Evans, 67A St. James Street, London. The gun will be up for sale on the 8th December at the Holt’s Auctioneers sales evening.