Fine Arts: A man for all seasons who amassed exquisite art

The art collection of former WWII fighter pilot and Hollywood executive Tony Bartley will be auctioned off on September 5 by Mullens

20th August, 2021
Fine Arts: A man for all seasons who amassed exquisite art
The sale has a Victorian oak cased provincial domestic regulator grandfather clock bearing the name LE Ryan on the clock face

Few careers have been as distinguished – or as diverse – as that of Tony Bartley. Twice awarded for gallantry as a Spitfire fighter ace in World War II, he also performed the aerobatics for the film The First of the Few, which chronicled the life of the Spitfire's designer RJ Mitchell.

Post-war, he became a test pilot in the US and through his sister, a Bletchley Park codebreaker, he met and married her flatmate,...

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