Sir Nicholas Winton
This is the late Sir Nicholas Winton, the Kindertransport hero. Many of his possessions were auctioned at Oxfordshire’s Swan Auction House in Tetsworth on November 3.

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The estate of the late Sir Nicholas Winton will be sold at Oxfordshire’s Swan Auction House in Tetsworth on November 3.

Sir Nicholas, who died last year and is sometimes referred to as Britain’s Oskar Schindler, organised the rescue of more than 600 Jewish children destined for Nazi concentration camps, arranging for trains to carry them out of German-occupied Prague to the UK.

He was born to Jewish parents in 1909 and during the 1930s worked in London as a stockbroker. He organised foster families for the Jewish children and persuaded British custom officials to allow them through.

His brave actions remained largely unknown in the UK after the war but in 2002 he received a knighthood from the Queen.

Following his death, the Winton family have decided to sell his estate including his house in Maidenhead. The family are keeping some of his items that are precious to them but have decided to sell most of the items as they do not have the room to keep everything.

‘Great vision’

Swan Auction House travelled to the Prague to promote the sale but auctioneer Tom Keane said he expects most of the interest to come from the UK and Israel.

“He had such great vision. He was an amazing man,” said Keane.

“We have estimated these lots as everyday items as their provenance is difficult to value yet but we expect them to make in excess of the £10,000- £20,000 total estimate.”

The 180 lots, including a Napoleon III writing desk with an estimate of £1000-2000 although Keane said there will also be many lots of around £50.

It will also be hosted online at the-saleroom.