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A group of market-fresh British Railways advertising posters stored for many years in a cupboard have been consigned to Perth saleroom Lindsay Burns.

Estimated at £80-120 each in a two-day sale on April 16-17, the eight-lot group promote a variety of destinations such as Bognor Regis, Cheltenham Spa, Loch Awe, The Lake District. This 3ft 4in x 2ft 1in (1.02m x 63.5cm) design pictured above is for Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea.

The posters were assembled by the vendor’s grandfather who worked as a clerk at the railway station in Southport during the 1950s.

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This late-19th century French musical automaton above was made during the so-called ‘Golden Age of Automata’, which spanned 1860-1910.

During this time, small family-based companies of makers thrived in Paris, exporting thousands of clockwork automata and mechanical singing birds around the world.

This automaton has a hand-wound mechanism that operates a bear with turning head and a girl playing a violin. It is mounted on an 11½in (29cm) wide walnut box base with peg feet and is estimated at £300-500 in a two-day Fine Art Sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter on April 16-17.

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A Tudric pewter biscuit box and cover by Liberty & Co, after a design by Archibald Knox, will go under the hammer at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory, Newbury, on April 16.

Standing 5½in (14cm) high and stamped with model number 0194, it dates to c.1905 and is decorated with three tiers of stylised flowers and leaves.

Estimate: £250-350

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A sale of jewellery, watches, silver and pens at the David Duggleby saleroom in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on April 13 will include a set of six silver and enamel coffee spoons by Mappin & Webb.

The set, stamped for Birmingham 1932, comes in an original cased Mappin & Webb box and is estimated at £80-120.

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