Fairy the stuffed puppy, £3100 at Mendip Auction Rooms.

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It is likely that Fairy was not among them, however.

The Pomeranian-type puppy who lived for less than a year was said to have been the smallest dog in Bristol.

Immortalised standing on a red velvet cushion, he or she was only about 5in (12cm) long, according to the catalogue description for the Mendip Auction Rooms (18% buyer’s premium) sale on March 11 in Binegar, Somerset.

Fairy stood within a glazed display case about 12in (30cm) long with a commemorative brass plaque engraved FAIRY/ BORN SEPT 1ST 1930 – DIED FEBY 3RD 1931 and related provenance information.

The miniscule canine was bred by a Miss Wells of College Green, Bristol. She lived with a menagerie of animals, many of whom were stuffed and donated to Bristol Museum on their death.

Small maybe, but Fairy – perhaps a Teacup Pomeranian – made a big price of £3100 from a bidder on against an estimate of £250-350.