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An extensive single-owner collection of antique oak furniture and delftware will be sold in a dedicated auction at Bonhams’ New Bond Street saleroom in London on January 31.

The group was amassed over a lifetime by Pelham Olive, with some works previously part of the famous collections of Simon Sainsbury, Syd Levethan and John and Judith Adler.

Pelham was the son of Gabriel Olive, one of the founders of the Regional Furniture Society, and grew up surrounded by his father’s assortment of antiques and artefacts.

This fitting entry above – a 9in (23cm) wide 18th century delftware plate, Dutch or possibly Liverpool with a ‘jumping boy’ to the central panel and surrounded by groups of antiques and precious objects – is estimated at £350-500.


More than 200 lots of memorabilia connected to the world’s most famous secret agent will go under the hammer at Surrey saleroom Ewbank’s in Guildford on February 7.

The Bond & Beyond auction includes a 1965 Gilbert action puppet of Oddjob, Goldfinger’s bowler-hat-throwing henchman.

It comes with an original card, about 13in (33cm) high, and carries a £100-150 estimate.

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A sale of sporting memorabilia at Shropshire saleroom Mullock’s will include this c.1935 Hazell Streamline Green Star tennis racket.

Ahead of its time, the Hazell Streamline model was made popular by Henry Wilfred ‘Bunny’ Austin, who used it at Wimbledon. Austin was the last Briton to reach the final of the gentlemen’s singles there in 1938, until Andy Murray in 2012.

This example retains the original outer spar design and natural gut stringing and is guided at £140-160 in the January 30-31 sale at Ludlow Racecourse.

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Patriotic efforts to support the economy have at various times resulted in campaigns to ‘Buy British’.

In the 1930s, such a campaign was launched by the Conservative-dominated National Government shortly after its election victory in 1931. The Great Depression, rising tariff duties and growing unemployment made the government conscious of protecting domestic industries.

An original 2ft 6in x 20in (76 x 51cm) vintage advertising poster from the campaign – The safe policy for you Buy British and make your job secure – is guided at £120-240 at Antikbar in west London on February 2.

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