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Some of the most popular mascots for collectors are those made by glass designer René Lalique, like this example, left, which topped the day at the Chichester rooms of Strides (15% buyer’s premium) on March 28.

Depicted as the head of a peacock – presumably Lalique was unaware of the bird’s unlucky reputation in some quarters – it had once graced the bonnet of a 1928 Hispano Suiza limousine, illuminated from within by a bulb connected to the dynamo.

The vendor, a local doctor, had had it valued by a London saleroom at £3500 but in Chichester it sparked a bidding battle which ended with a collector’s winning bid of £6500.