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LOCKDALES, MARTLESHAM A weapons set, including a Saudi Arabian ceremonial sword and a Nepalese Gurkha kukri, made 20 times its low estimate, selling for £2,000 at the Suffolk auction house.

Auctioneer Chris Elmy put the high price down to the fact the swords are still worn by Saudi dignitaries, or the current high price of gold.

The sword had a leather and gold scabbard and bone handle with gold fittings

Freddie Mercury’s maracas came with a letter of authenticity

Five jumpers from Lost in Space sold for

EWBANK’S, WOKING A pair of wooden maracas used by Queen’s Freddie Mercury on stage in 1979 sold for £4,637 against an estimate of £2,500-£3,500 at the Surrey auctioneer’s recent sale. The 28cm long shakers came with a letter of authenticity from their owner Peter Hince who began working as a roadie for the group in 1973.

£13,524

Five jumpers from the cult 1965 American sci-fi series Lost in Space, starring Guy Williams, June Lockhart and Mark Goddard, sold for £13,524 at the same sale.

ELSTOB & ELSTOB, BEDALE A two-panelled, religious Russian diptych soared past its guide price of £200 when it fetched £6,800 at the north Yorkshire saleroom.

Believed to date from the 19th century, the 35cm (13¾in) hinged wooden panels open to reveal Christ on the cross set among various biblical scenes.

Director David Elstob said: “We had an inkling that the diptych would achieve a higher than expected price because it was the subject of much pre-sale interest from Russia and Eastern Europe. It was finally knocked down to an Eastern European bidder on the phone and reflects the strong market in this area for works of art.”

“We had an inkling that the diptych would achieve a higher than expected price because it was the subject of much pre-sale interest from Russia and Eastern Europe. It was finally knocked down to an Eastern European bidder on the phone and reflects the strong market in this area

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An oil painting of a young girl – entitled Miss Robertson with a Dove – in the manner of George Romney sold for £4,000, far in excess of its estimates of £600-£800. Both lots came from the collection of the Winter Olympian and businessman Keith Schellenberg.

the collection of the Winter Olympian and businessman Keith Schellenberg.

The market for Russian icons and works of art is strong

The portrait was in the style of George Romney

(1734-1802)

MALLAMS, ABINGDON A bronze commemorative sculpture of an MG Midget sped past its low estimate of £1,000 to sell for £3,000 at the Oxfordshire auctioneer’s sale on October 8.

The bronze depicts Captain G. E. T. Eyston’s 1932 record-breaking speed of 118.38mph made on Pendine Sands in South Wales. The piece had been consigned by a local man whose father had worked at the nearby MG factory. After a bidding war it sold to a UK trade buyer.

The piece included a dedication to the

‘world’s fastest baby car’

Three series of the popular show told the intergalactic story of the Robinson family

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