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Two of the 15 Rowntree’s sweet tins sold for £2700 by Mitchells.

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All were the popular novelties with designs in the shape of a Christmas pudding, a cricket bat, two bananas, a fish, a drum and a globe.

However, the rarest of the group were two well-preserved tins of a black and white cat with red ribbon and a terrier with a blue ribbon collar.

As a group, they sold well above expectations at £2700 to a private collector in Buckinghamshire who was bidding live on thesaleroom.com.