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This 6in (15.5cm) high figure of a monkey, is valued at £250-350, while a larger figure of a cat with yellow glass eyes is estimated at £800-1200.


The signatures of the Duke of Wellington, Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill, Harry Houdini and 1000 others will be offered at Worthing auctioneers Campbells on January 24.

The collection was amassed by the late John Evans, who meticulously put the signatures in albums or had them framed. The earliest signature dates from 1697 and is from the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Estimates range from £250 upwards and includes this letter sent by the Duke of Wellington from his Parisian headquarters in 1815 – the year of the Battle of Waterloo. Other highlights feature the signature of Charles Dickens on a Coutts cheque made out for £35 to silversmiths Messrs Hunt & Roskell, and a sketch by Laura Knight (1877-1970).


Three watercolour illustrations for Charles Kingsley’s 1863 novel The Water Babies feature in Forum Auctions’ January 25 sale at The Westbury Hotel in London.

The works were created c.1890 by the littleknown artist DC Bowen-Davies. The largest measures 11 x 7½in (29 x 19cm). They are estimated together at £150-200.


In the 1960s, English artist Reginald Brill (1902-74) worked on a series of livestock paintings, studying the characters and events at markets in King’s Lynn, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury.

This 8½ x 12¼in (21 x 31cm) grey watercolour wash and pencil comes from this body of work and is a study for his 1966 oil painting The Black Bull in the Ring. It has been with the artist’s studio and is guided at £300-500 in Blythe Road’s British and Continental pictures, prints and photographs sale assembled by specialists Harry Moore- Gwyn and Arnaud Delas on January 25 in West Kensington, London.