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While assessing the contents of a country house in the south of England, Bentley’s auctioneer Nick Hall discovered what he believes to be a Roman carved stone bust buried among the undergrowth in the ground.

A family member has a vague recollection of the late home owner buying it many moons ago at a country house sale and the family are now trying to verify the provenance in advance of its sale in Cranbrook, Kent, on November 2.

The bust is 2ft 6in (76cm) high and the associated column plinth is 2ft 8in (82cm) high. Estimate £3000-5000.


The London Underground serves as a noisy and uncomfortable but safe retreat in one of a group of 21 watercolour and pencil drawings by Ivor Beddoes (1909-81) depicting scenes from the London Blitz years of 1940-41.

Estimated at £3000-5000 on the second day of the Dominic Winter auction of November 6-7, they are part of a ‘monster collection’ of militaria formed by the late Lt Col ‘Bob’ Wyatt that the auctioneers reckon may have to be spread over four or five sales.