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Numbered 40/50, Childhood was knocked down to a member of the London trade for £28,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer’s premium).

The bronze was one of 1360 sell-out lots from the red brick pile sold to benefit the Bromley Trust, the chosen charity of the late Toby Bromley (1912-2003) who lived at Ashley Manor for 50 years.

The £1.17m contents were as eclectic as memories of the man himself: a breeder of prize cattle, a renowned wildfowler who made his home a conservation wilderness, a yachtsman who ‘ran away to sea’ at the age of 70 and a fisherman who caught the world record sea trout on a dry fly.