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This copy of The Beano No 21 shown above, printed in 1938, includes the first appearance of ‘Pansy Potter, The Strongman’s Daughter’, but the greater appeal for today’s collectors lies in its status as The Beano’s first Christmas issue.

Only a handful of copies are known to exist with this bright cover example is estimated at £650-750 in Comic Book Auctions’ online sale ending on May 27.

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More than 50 lots from a private single-owner collection of Chinese works of art will feature in a three-day auction at Hampshire saleroom Hannam’s, on May 30-31 and June 1 in Selborne.

The pieces range in estimates from £100-1000 and were acquired in the c.1920s by the vendor’s uncle while he was stationed with the police force in India.

Depicted above is an 18th century Chinese blanc de chine porcelain figure of guanyin, measuring 12in (30cm) high and estimated at £400-600.

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In operation for more than 100 years, Folkestone Racecourse was a thoroughbred horse racing venue in south-east England until its closure in 2012.

Westenhanger Auction Galleries in nearby Hythe, Kent, has been entrusted with the sale of the contents, which will take place on June 3.

Among the items being auctioned is awell-preserved 6ft 6in (1.98m) high set of Avery jockey scales, dated c.1950s and estimated at £400-600.

An older set of Avery scales, c.1930s, complete with a side seat for the jockey to sit on, will also be offered (estimate £700-900).


A pair of Charles II raised needlework portraits has been consigned to Silverwoods’ fine art auction on May 30 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

The more expensive of the two at £500-1000 is a portrait of a wealthy family group, left, believed to be a brother and two sisters, in an elaborately worked landscape.

The 16 x 20in (41 x 52cm) piece, shown above, also bears a label for The Hailstone Collection of Old Needlework Pictures.

The second, slightly smaller, stumpwork mother of pearl and glass portrait (guided at £300-500), of a dark-haired lady among prominent nut trees, may relate to the old nursery rhyme ‘I had a little nut tree’ – a story about the King of Spain’s daughter and her ‘jet black hair’.

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