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It is believed that the National Trust have expressed an interest in acquiring the chariot.

As reported in last week’s issue, the Reading auctioneers deemed the late 19th century chariot by Hooper & Co. of London the finest to appear at auction for a generation and expected it to bring in excess of £75,000.

Thimbleby & Shorland say the cancellation of the sale has caused a number of logistical problems, particularly in the preparation of the catalogue which will now be late.