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This leather-bound picnic set for a classic car sold for a mid-estimate £380 at Duke's.

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At Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester on September 10 a leather-bound picnic set for a classic car sold for a mid-estimate £380. Marked Devereux, the textured and angled top suggested it was probably used as a footrest while in the car.

Duke’s specialist William Batt said: “This was a personal favourite of mine. The set came from a private collector, who used to interchange this piece between his numerous classic cars when day-tripping. The buyer was a new purchaser for Duke’s. We are aiming to grow our automobilia department and clearly the quality and these picnic sets appealed to some of our new audience.”

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Picnic set produced by Barrett & Sons, £400 at Duke's.

Another example in the same sale, which took a low-estimate £400 from a London buyer, was produced by Barrett & Sons, picnic set suppliers to the royal family.

Batt said: “In the same auction we had a Land Rover Discovery, likely used by Prince Harry on his tour of Africa (as shown by supporting documentation). The Barrett & Sons picnic set did seem to fit quite well in the Discovery boot…”