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This Victorian mother-of-pearl and abalone shell card case carved with a portrait of Lord Byron sold for £5000 at Mellors & Kirk's auction on November 27.

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The crisply carved image, made c.1840, a decade or more after Byron’s death, follows the profile portrait by Richard Westall that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

An object with great appeal to collectors of Byron memorabilia, it sold for a punchy £5000 (estimate £150-200) at Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham on November 27.