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The auctioneers have been lucky enough to secure a large consignment of exhibition and standard models from the famous porcelain factory – the bulk of which will be offered in a specialist sale to be held in the summer months.

This particular model was designed by David Fryer in 1986 and, with a 2ft 11in (89cm) wingspan, it is the largest single casting ever produced by Royal Worcester. The problems in casting such a large piece reduced the intended edition number of 15 to just five, with this example the first off the production line. Despite slight damage to one of the talons, the eagle was in good condition and its rarity value held huge appeal for specialist collectors. Estimated at £5000-7000, it attracted lots of interest eventually selling to an Australian telephone bidder at the upper estimate.