Wind in the Willows characters Mole, Ratty and Toad are to go under the hammer at Michael Bowman of Newton Abbot in Devon on May 5.

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In the form of a 4 x 6½in (10 x 16.5cm) pen and ink drawing from 1969, the lot will also include correspondence from the artist E.H. Shepard (1879-1976) to a Mrs Shirley of Lodsworth, the Sussex village in which he lived, thanking her in particular for gifts he received on his 90th birthday. Estimate £10,000-15,000.

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