The leaping horses that graced the final fence on the Olympic cross-country course at Greenwich are to be sold at auction in November.

Sculptor Tom Hill’s life-size animals – constructed entirely from recycled horseshoes – will be sold at Christie’s, South Kensington, London on 20 November, with a guide price of £50,000-80,000.

Tom, whose workshop is on a livery yard in Tewin, Herts – “ensuring a good supply of used horseshoes” – said the work had been the most exciting commission of his career.

“The course-builder [Sue Benson] called the jump the Olympic Horses, so I’ll stick with that for the title.

“It’s not very original, but it works,” he said.

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This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (20 September 2012)