A copy of 'Puckoon' that Spike Milligan inscribed for Harold Wilson, sold for £450 at Hansons.

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Copies that Britain’s future prime minister had been awarded as a brilliant young student at Jesus College, Oxford, they were both inscribed “J. H. Wilson, Jesus, 1936” and sold together at £2400.

Signed and inscribed “To Harold and Mary, this is the best I can do”, a 1964 first of Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography made £1700 and a 1985 copy of The Rattle Bag, a selection of favourite poems co-edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes – inscribed by the latter for Wilson – realised £450.

Both of the above set auction records, as did a 1963 first of Puckoon that Spike Milligan inscribed for Wilson.