The price of art…

Earlier this year I posted an item here on the former Villa player Oliver Whateley who claimed he designed Villa’s original claret-and-blue colours. Whateley’s house in Charlwood Road, London, was named Aston Villa. Did the house still exist, we wondered?

Today, Brian Halls came up with the answer. It does – a four-bedroomed terraced house that sold for £1,400,000 two years ago!

• The illustration above shows detail from an illuminated address presented to John Devey. It was produced by Oliver Whateley, a commericial artist, so the colours are probably as close to Villa’s original claret-and-blue. What price would the illuminated address fetch in the sports memorablia market these days?

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