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The so-called ‘Vitascope ship clock’ originated from the Isle of Man, where they were manufactured in the late 1940s by Vitascope Industries Limited.

Electrically powered, the clock included an automaton that caused a model ship to gently rock in the waves, while the backlighting changed to indicate the time of day.

This 13in (33cm) brown Bakelite cased Art Deco style example will feature in Philip Serrell’s May Fine Art and Antiques sale in Malvern on May 3.

It is estimated at £200-300. or see this item on

Born in London to a Spanish father and an English mother, the artist Carlos Luis Sancha (1920-2001) became well-established in the field of portraiture.

His career spanned more than half a century and notable sitters included Prince Philip, Prince Charles and former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

This 5ft 6in x 4ft 2in (1.67 x 1.27m) oil portrait by Sancha of the late Lady Kathryn Vestey and her children has been consigned from Lady Vestey’s estate to Leominster saleroom Brightwells. Signed and dated 1981, it is estimated at £300-500 on May 9.

The 1967-68 football season was one of the most memorable in Manchester United’s history. The club became the first English side to win the European Cup, while it also marked the break-out year for a certain George Best.

This sheet of paper contains the signatures of many of United’s first and second team squad from that season, including Best, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Nobby Stiles, Bill Foulkes, Harry Gregg and Pat Crerand.

The autographs have been in the possession of the vendor since 1968 and are estimated at £150-250 in a sale on May 18 at Lawrences of Crewkerne in Somerset.

This pair of 19th century French face screens or fans are decorated with scenes from the plays of Molière (1622-73) – France’s answer to William Shakespeare. Dating from c.1850, the pair depicts scenes from two of Molière’s comedies; L’avare (The Miser) and Le Sicilien (The Sicilian).

Made from stained beech or boxwood, the 15½in (39cm) long screens with turned handles are in good condition with some minor old marks and small chips to the rim. They are priced at £165 from Graham Smith Antiques in Tyne and Wear.