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Tripod table belonging to David Cameron's parents – £30,000 at Dreweatt Neate of Donnington Priory.

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The highlight of Dreweatt Neate's January 18 Furniture and Works of Art sale at Donnington Priory was this George III mahogany tripod table, left, with its piecrust top and a column and legs smothered with acanthus carving. Its provenance was given as The Old Rectory, Peasemore in Berkshire, a property that was quickly identified in the press as the family home of the new Conservative Party leader David Cameron. The table had a leg repaired and a chip to one of the scroll feet but it left its £7000-9000 estimate way behind, selling to a buyer in the room at £30,000 (plus 17.5 per cent buyer's premium).