Dunhill Aquarium lighter – £3200 at Hartleys.

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Good examples general selling in the £1500-2500 range at auction. Some designs are scarcer than others.

This 3¾in (9.5cm) wide example, above, had a tempting £1500-2000 estimate at Hartleys’ (21% buyer’s premium) Ilkley sale on January 20 and went to an overseas bidder at £3200.

The firm’s first auction since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic at which there was no physical viewing at all was a considerable success, with 90% of the 520 lots getting away.

'Mouseman' chest


‘Mouseman’ chest of drawers – £5200 at Hartleys.

It was led by another traditional favourite at the Yorkshire rooms: a Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson chest of two short and three long drawers.

Dating from the 1950s, the 3ft wide x 3ft 1in tall (91 x 95cm) chest with moulded edge, ledge-back top, canted angles and six panel sides was pitched at £2000-3000 and sold at £5200.