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The pub closed in 2013 after the death of its much-loved landlady who was born there in 1916. It is now a private house.

The 2ft 11in (88cm) tall Monarch machine, Reg No 574253, was outwardly in good condition but the pinball machinery needed work and it was estimated at £150-250 at the Cockermouth rooms on February 23. “We had a great deal of interest in it and it sold at £800 over the phone to a dealer from Ireland,” said Mitchells’ toy specialist Ewan Duff.

A rare early 20th century Crawford’s biscuit tin, a 17in (40cm) long model of the nation’s favourite locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, carried a very modest estimate of £20-40.

With embossed and lithographed detailing and a hinged-front smoke box door, it sold to a Sheffield collector at £550. “I have realised that collectors of vintage tins are very passionate,” said Duff.