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Pictured: Suffrage Atelier Poster from 1912 was part of the sale<br />
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One of the most important single-owner suffragette collections to emerge on the market in many years has sold for over £360,000 after a bidding war.<br />
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Lesley Mees spent almost 40 years acquiring over 100 rare mementos from the hard-fought early 20th century campaign to secure women the vote.<br />
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Some lots went for 12 times their pre-sale estimate as collectors fought over unusual items at the London-based auctioneers Bonhams.<br />
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Lesley's impressive collection included an 116 year-old rediscovered painting by movement founder Sylvia Pankhurst entitled 'The Chainmaker', which fetched £48,000.<br />
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A Hunger Strike medal awarded to Maud Joachim, who was arrested after interrupting a talk by Winston Churchill, made £41,600, while a unique suffragette chess set achieved £38,400.