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Essex dealership Madelena Antiques & Collectables is selling a c.1860 Staffordshire pottery group priced at £425. The 8in (20cm) high earthenware piece, with maker’s marks to the underside, is modelled as a boy and girl watching a Punch & Judy show.

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An eye-catching lot to go under the hammer on June 14 at Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, is this late 19th century English naive school portrait of a lady playing cricket. The oil on board measures 7½ x 5½in (19 x 14cm) and is guided at £200-300.

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Decorated with the Taj Mahal on a cobalt ground, this large 8in (20cm) high Troika Pottery wheel vase is estimated at £100-150 in a Decades of Design sale on June 16 at the Wright Marshall auction house in Knutsford, Cheshire.

It is signed Troika and bears the painter’s initials for Alison Brigden, who worked as a decorator at the pottery from 1977-83.

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Nearly 250 first editions from a single collection, ranging from Dickens to 20th century classics, will go under the hammer at Keys’ two-day book auction on June 14-15.

David and Patricia Cory from Norfolk amassed their collection of fantasy fiction, ghost stories, crime fiction and classics over several decades.

Highlights include several first editions by MR James (1862-1936), including Wailing Well, offered complete with an autographed letter, and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (both estimated at £300-350).

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