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Pictured: A pair of Italian walnut figures from the late 19th century. They were carved by Valentino Panciera, a master craftsman who accidentally cut off the fingers of his right hand at the age of 56 but managed to continue to carve by retraining himself and using a prosthesis, they have sold for £26,000
An eclectic array of Continental figures and other unusual antiques sold for thousands of pounds with a British auction house.
The sale featured a pair of Italian late 19th century walnut huntsmen figures which sold for £26,000, while an early 20th century ventriloquist's dummy in a sailor's costume which sold for £1300
Other items that went under the hammer with auctioneers Woolley & Wallis, of Salisbury, Wilts, were the Sir Michael Codron Collection of Lions, consisting of needlework, pottery and brass.