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This Palitoy Star Wars figure, Walrus Man, on its unpunched card carries an estimate of £500-700 at the Bishop & Miller sale of Toys, Comics, Advertising and Posters in Stowmarket on November 8.

Walrus Man (or Ponda Baba to give him the correct name) makes a relatively brief appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope. He is the character who starts a fight with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi at Chalmun’s Cantina on Tatooine and pays for it with his right arm.

The figure was released by Kenner in American and Palitoy in the UK in 1978-79 as part of the second wave of Star Wars figures. This example is part of a cache of unsold and undisplayed stock.

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This seemingly humble Roman pottery bowl from the 1st-2nd century AD is lifted by a cursive inscription.

The words Panem Sardinas Olei Vini (vacat) Vno(m) Vas Aq(u) ale Die Martis roughly translate as: ‘Bread, sardines and one bowl or water, oil and wine every Tuesday’.

The property of a Middlesex gentleman who acquired it in the 1980s, it carries an estimate of £500-700 at TimeLine Auctions in London on November 26.

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This 12 x 10in (30 x 25cm) Carolean stumpwork and embroidered picture on silk, above, probably depicts the Genesis scene of Jacob and Rebecca at the Well.

Exotic animals and an Indian-style temple populate the background while a label to the back reads: This Picture Belonged to Mary Coats, a Cousin of Audrey Hope and was part of her estate.

It is pitched at £1000-2000 by the Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham on November 5.

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This small silver gilt bowl above, decorated with iconography derived both from ancient Greek mythology and the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is a rare example of 18th century Ottoman Greek silverware.

Each figure has a meaning: the winged figure holding a bow is Eros, symbolic of hope and love; the two deer represent piety and devotion; the wolf the founding of pagan Rome; the pig forbidden food; lastly, the dog is symbolic of patience, loyalty and obedience.

The 5in (12cm) dish carries an estimate of £1500-2000 at the Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art sale at Lyon & Turnbull on November 6.

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This 18th century Sèvres porcelain coffee cup and saucer is decorated to a cobalt blue ground with a frieze of dancing classical figures, musical trophies and flowering urns within formal polychrome floral borders. It has a gilded mark to the base numbered 2000 and dates to c.1780.

The estimate is £1500-2500 at Stamford Auction Rooms, Lincolnshire, on November 30.

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