A unique loan exhibition from one of the world’s greatest private collections of celebrity memorabilia assembled by David Gainsborough Roberts is to go on show at The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which will take place from 17-23 March 2010 at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3. Entitled Heroes or Villains?, the exhibition will include historic items that belonged to some of the most celebrated and infamous figures of the past two centuries. In some cases our view of them has changed with time and in others the debate over their reputation is still raging. The exhibition will examine the nature of heroism and villainy through these extraordinary and often very personal pieces.
Heroes or Villains? has been made possible by the generosity of Mr Roberts, who lives in Jersey. He began collecting celebrity memorabilia in 1991 and now owns almost 3,000 items that once belonged to royalty, film stars, murderers, gangsters, rock and pop singers, dictators, war heroes and others who have either shaped or enlivened world history. (more…)