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£3,600 at auction for Beatles autographs

Shirts worn by sporting heroes and signed celebrity memorabilia were among some of the items going under the hammer at a bumper auction at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel. Excited bidders packed the hotel in the hopes of claiming one of the 500 lots.

Football fans had a great deal to choose from as there were shirts and photographs up for auction signed by Pele, Geoff Hurst and Frank Lampard.

Abbeymead local and Chelsea fan Michael Demaria, 14, was excited when he saw the Lampard shirt, but the flat screen TVs priced  from £15 caught his mother Ann’s eye.

She joked: “I’m not greedy. I’m not looking for a really big television – a small one would do.”

Lorraine Evans was seen looking closely at the range of jewellery on offer.

She said: “I’ve come here looking for diamonds, but I’ve not spotted anything I like. I’m glad we have the opportunity to browse the lots before the auction.”

Hucclecote couple Shirley and Trevor Davies just came for the experience and didn’t plan on buying anything.

Mrs Davies said: “We wanted to see what was available.”

Charles Phillips and Sons Auctioneers professional Charles Williams, who conducted the auction, said after wards: “We had about 350 people there. I think most of them were looking to avoid the shops and pick up a few bargains. The top item was a signed set of autographs from The Beatles that went for £3,600. We had an Eric Clapton guitar, signed by him, which was sold for £2,800, too. It went very well overall. It was really busy and there was lots of demand.”

 

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