Into The Groove

Into The Groove (1950-1975)


A new exciting sale that covers a quarter of the 20th century that changed the world. 

Encompassing art and design, objects, ceramics, pictures, as well as ephemera, toys, posters and collectables from a period that used new techniques, new styles and new materials. 

This period saw the race for space and the moon and saw explorers reach new depths and heights to conquer the last parts of our unexplored planet. 

Conformity was thrown out - the new generation wanted something different. Music developed quicker in this period than ever before which rolled out Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk. Fashion saw a shift from the clean lines to the crazy psychedelic colours of the 1960s’ counter-culture.  From Buddy Holly to the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix to Ziggy Stardust, Teddy boys to Glam Rock. 

Technological advances helped new architectural styles and buildings, develop in a way never thought possible from the Skylon, in the Festival of Britain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. The first computers commercially successful were developed and the world saw the awakening of a network technology that would ultimately emerge as the world wide web.

Brionvega, Sony, Hitachi and Braun all became household names through their electrical products that became widely available to millions. From rationing to the new techniques in farming practises the world saw a revolution in how the world was fed, how food was stored and how food was eaten. Families sat eating ‘Fast Food’ and ‘TV dinners’ while watching the greatest nation on earth loose a war in Vietnam. The great TV shows such as Star Trek, Monty Python and Thunderbirds emerged as favourites and James Bond, Hitchcock’s Psycho and Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey defined a new style in film. New stars were born and were followed by the ‘Beat Generation’ such as James Dean and Marlon Brando. 

Plastic became the material of choice in furniture, sculpture and fashion. Studio pottery became more sculptural. Metal was cast and moulded into unbelievable forms.



The sale will consist of items of:

  • Music memorabilia
  • Rock ‘n’ roll,
  • Fashion
  • Swinging Sixties
  • Space – 2001 Space Odyssey
  • Apollo and Soviet space memorabilia
  • Moon Landing Memorabilia - 50 year anniversary
  • Festival of Britain
  • Design
  • Electrical collectables – Brionvega, Braun
  • Film – Posters, memorabilia, film props, ephemera
  • Soviet and Cultural Revolution memorabilia
  • Vietnam War – Nuclear/Peace activities
  • Photography
  • Furniture, posters and ephemera
  • Architectural – Brutalism to Modernism
  • Automotive – Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Toys – Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet et al
  • Plywood to Plastic
  • Pop Art to Op Art
  • Teddy Boys to Hippies
  • James Dean to Ziggy Stardust



Auction Preview: A selection of cars to be offered in our ‘Into the Groove’ auction 


  • 1977 BMW 528 SDF 280S 
  • 1991 Dutton Mariner J822 TAV
  • 1986 Ferrai 412 D429 NRL
  • 2005 Mitsubishi Evo 9 FQ360



Department Contacts

John Black

John Black ASFAV
Director 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

John has a degree in Art History augmented by a one year course at Christies, and has 20 years auction room experience. An integral member of our team he has a broad knowledge of the decorative arts, however his principal interest lies in 20th Century Design. John runs our successful Decorative Art and Design sales, held three times a year.

T: 01279 817778



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