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A solid gold charm given to an audience participant in the first ever 'sawing through a woman' illusion a century ago has sold for almost £2,000 after a bidding war.<br />
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The rare pocket-sized saw was gifted to Gladys Eveline Curtis who in 1921 was the first female to take part in the now-famous magic act.<br />
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She was chosen from the audience by magician P.T Selbit when he premiered his gruesome trick at London's Finsbury Park Theatre in 1921.<br />
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The 1.5g, 9ct gold charm, engraved 'with compliments' from Selbit, was handed down to Gladys' granddaughter.<br />
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It was tipped to fetch £50 with Fellows Auctioneers, of Birmingham, but sparked fervent interest and achieved £1,885 including fees - over 37 times its estimate.