An Athlete struggling with a Python, a rare bronze reduction of the famous full-scale work dated 1877 by Frederic Leighton, is estimated at £50,000-80,000 at Bonhams on April 5.

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This amount should, of course, be properly described as 58 shillings and five pence, or, more accurately as two pounds, eighteen shillings and five pence.

Understandably, no-one is demanding that after Brexit we revert to pounds, shillings and pence!

Frank Monckton