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Designed after the Italian racing car Alfa Romeo P2 – one of the most successful racing cars of the 1920s – this tinplate clockwork toy in French blue, above, is guided at £4500-5000 at Unique Auctions of Lincoln on July 26-28.

Made by French firm Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet (CIJ), c.1920s, it is painted with a number ‘2’ in white and comes with a key.

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A 119-lot single-owner collection of mostly British-made penny slots, pinball machines and related gaming items will go under the hammer at Peter Wilson in Nantwich, Cheshire, on July 18.

This Bryans Payramid penny slot machine above, with seven balls in an Art Deco wood case, carries hopes of £3000-3500.

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A sale of jewellery and watches at Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller on July 20 will include a Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner snowflake gentleman’s wristwatch.

The c.1970 watch, model 7016/0, has a signed blue dial with square and rectangular markers, snowflake hands, bi-directional blue inset bezel and an automatic movement.

Estimate £3000-5000.

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This sweeping view of Dorset above was commissioned by the novelist Thomas Hardy (1840- 1928), who filled his literary works with descriptive passages of ‘Wessex’ - the region he based on Dorset using this ancient name.

It was painted by Hardy’s friend Frederick Whitehead (1853-1938) and comes with the descriptive title ‘An extensive landscape depicting sheep atop Bulbarrow Hill, Dorset, overlooking the Blackmore Vale’. The 14 x 22in (35 x 55cm) oil on canvas, signed and dated 1894, is a smaller version of Whitehead’s painting of Blackmore Vale from Bulbarrow.

It has passed by descent from the estate of Dr Mann, Hardy’s physician, and will be offered for sale at Duke’s of Dorchester on July 18.

Estimate £2000-4000.

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