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A c.1900 French automaton – estimated at $8000-12,000 at Potter & Potter.

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The 2ft 1in (63cm) high design on a wooden base, by the Parisian firm Leopold Lambert, features a magician who nods his head, sticks out his tongue and waves a wand to reveal a dove, three baubles, a rabbit, and a dice on his table.

It has an estimate of $8000-12,000 in the 450-lot June 29 sale.

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