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Several tiles were cracked during their recent removal from a bistro near Dieppe, but that failed to deter some intense phone bidding. The panels were first offered provisionally one at a time – Champagne Mercier was bid to €7500 (£4690) – before being re-offered as an ensemble, with bidding starting at €24,800, the combined total of the individual bids.

After a short competition between two phone buyers, the panels were knocked down to the celebrated chef Jean-Paul Lacombe, owner of several bistros and the Léon de Lyon restaurant (two Michelin rosettes) in Lyon, for €26,000 (£16,250), well above estimate.