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Pictured: An unforgettable looking early 20th century ventriloquist’s dummy in a sailor’s costume from the collection of David and Paula Newman sold for £1300 at auction. The sailor doll was a trope made popular by Arthur Prince, a British ventriloquist whose puppet, Sailor Jim, would sing a song while Prince drank a glass of water or smoked a cigar.
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.