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The vendor must have had his own reasons for offloading a pair of chairs that would, under normal circumstances, have provided sterling work for his business, but the lucrative performance of the chairs at Willingham vindicated his decision.

The combination of a low reserve at around £1000 and the scarcity of good untouched furniture in the current market attracted eight dealers (six on the telephone) and a winning bid of £10,500 (plus 12 per cent inc. VAT).