Former England Davis Cup captain turned entrepreneur, David Lloyd has purchased the remaining Willard Wigan collection of micro sculptured art, which has been insured by Lloyd’s of London for £11.2 million.
A long time private and, until now, anonymous collector of art, David Lloyd’s latest purchase is regarded by many in the art world as a very significant coup.
Due to receive his MBE on 12 July 2007 for his services to art, Willard’s work has been described by many as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’.
By commission, Willard has spent the past four months replicating the iconic Lloyd’s Building as designed by the award winning architect, Lord Richard Rogers. The completed Lloyd’s piece, which will sit on the head of a pin, will form the showcase to the David Lloyd exhibition and will be auctioned by Eric Knowles (Bonham’s Fine Art) at the Lloyds Building on 24 July 2007.
The David Lloyd Gallery will shortly be exhibiting Willard’s, and other exquisite pieces of art at the prestigious Birmingham Mailbox. Thereafter a touring exhibition will be announced to take place throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
Some examples from the collection
The Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle
The Thinker on a pinhead
Cassius Clay V Sonny Liston
Elvis Presley on a pinhead
Titanic on the tip of a pin
Six wives of Henry VIII