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More than 250 camera lots will feature in British Bespoke Auctions’ first dedicated photographic sale on June 30 in Winchcome near Cheltenham.

The collection, which includes brands such as Leica, Rollei, Hassalblad and Voitlander, belonged to the late Peter Smith. A keen photographer and member of the Photographic Club of Great Britain, Smith amassed his collection over a 35-year period.

Among the highlights is this scarce Kershaw Peregrine III camera shown above, estimated at £1200-1500.


A first edition set of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, complete with dustjackets, will be for sale in Cuttlestones’ June 23 auction in Wolverhampton.

The volumes of The Two Towers (1954) and The Return of the King (1955) are first impressions, while The Fellowship of the Ring is a second impression published in 1954, the same year as the original 3000 run.

The set is estimated at £500-800.

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Forming part of George Kidner’s sale in Lymington, Hampshire, on June 22 is this medal awarded to a participant of the 1948 London Olympics.

The recipient of this particular example was Ken Richmond (1926-2006), an English wrestler who came fifth in the Greco-Roman light-heavyweight category. He went on to win bronze at the 1952 Olympics held in Helsinki, and two years later became the first Englishman to win a wrestling gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Richmond also achieved fame as the last of the bare-chested musclemen who struck the enormous gong during the credits of J Arthur Rank films.

Estimated at £700-1000, the bronze medal will be offered with a 1948 Olympics diploma, and a silver wrestling medal.


Bearing a label for Elizabeth Bell & Son at the White Swan, this walnut and featherbanded chest of drawers is going under the hammer at Sworders on June 27 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. The label dates the 3ft 1in (95cm) wide piece to the late 1740s or early 1750s.

Elizabeth Bell was one of only a handful of female furniture makers working in the 18th century. Assisted by her son Philip, she took over the workshops of her husband Henry after his death in 1740.

Estimate £400-600.

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