Grand Auctions has a gem for sale on 8th May - an original manuscript by Spike Milligan about Paris and Art. For some reason John Bratby asked Spike to write this piece. As ever Spike’s writing is very funny and typically ‘goon’. As we all know, Spike was the inspiration for the Monty Python team and Miller and Cook before them, as well as countless other comedians. Spike has titled the piece ‘Milligart’.
Above: Spike Milligan; Top: Group Photo at a rehearsal, L to R: Valentine Dyall, Pat (Spike’s wife), John Antrobus, Spike Milligan.
Spike and Bratby knew each other, one lived in Rye the other in Hastings, so not so far apart. Spike liked Bratby’s paintings and wanted a Sunflower by
him. Spike asked Bratby many times to come over for supper but Bratby would never come. Spike arranged for a take-away to be delivered to Bratby. Knowing
Bratby, I bet he did not find it at all funny.
If you have any paintings you would like to have valued, please contact Jonathan Riley of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent.
- Posted by Jonathan Riley