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Philip Serrell’s January 12 sale in Malvern, Worcestershire, includes Queen Victoria’s own miniature of her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice. The 3 x 2in (8 x 5cm) portrait was reproduced from the original ivory miniature painted by Edward Taylor in 1864 and held in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

Ordered by the queen herself and made in a factory in Berlin, it bears labels on the reverse to confirm its provenance, stamped with the inventory number No 614 and the Queen’s Personal Property, with the royal cipher VR in the centre, dated 1872. Estimate £3000-4500.


Starring alongside a scarce War of the Worlds poster at Aston’s Film and Memorabilia sale on January 17 in Dudley is this poster from the first James Bond film, Dr No.

The artwork was designed by David Chasman and painted by Mitchell Hooks. It features Sean Connery as James Bond, with a smoking pistol in one hand and a cigarette in the other. It was the first image of Bond for the British cinema audience and set the trend for later campaigns.

In original 2ft 6in x 3ft 4in (76cm x 1.01m) British quad film poster size, it is estimated at £3000-5000.


A pair of cold painted and gilt patinated bronze creations by Ferdinand Preiss (1882- 1943) features in Bamfords’ January 17-20 sale in Derby.

Hoop Girl and Sonny Boy were made in c.1925, measure 8in (21cm) high and come on rectangular green onyx bases.

Estimate £3000-4000.