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Supporters of Liverpool Football Club will have an opportunity to own a piece of Reds’ history in a special memorabilia auction to be held at Anfield.

More than 380 items from the ground’s old Main Stand, which was rebuilt in 2016, will go under the hammer on February 22 in a charity auction conducted by sporting specialist Graham Budd.

A 2ft 7in (81cm) patinated bronze maquette of former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly (1913-81) is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Made by Tom Murphy (b.1949), it is one of three presented to the club as part of a commission for a full-size statue of Shankly that has stood at the entrance to the stadium since 1998.

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One for cross-collectors, this 1920s marble clock by Alfred Dunhill of London also incorporates a pipe stand, a lighter and an Art Deco case of grey, black and red marble and chrome.

The case has rack positions for four smoker’s pipes with sliding drawers to the sides for spent tobacco, and a central pot to store fresh tobacco. It also comes with an original Alfred Dunhill silver lighter and pipe. It is priced at £8750 from Carlton Clocks in Buckinghamshire.


A collection assembled by the creator of Parker from Thunderbirds and other famous TV show puppets will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on February 28.

The late John Michael Blundall (1937-2014) was one of Britain’s leading designers, makers and performers of puppet theatre, and amassed a collection of artefacts related to the topic. The collection consists of around 100 lots.

It will cover Blundall’s puppets for TV such as a 22in (57cm) high Parker figure, made from wood and fabric, which is estimated at £5000-7000.

The group also includes screen-used figures, such as Plant Man from Fireball XL5, another 1960s TV show, estimated at £1500-2000.

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