THE house contents of Joan Dunk – a stalwart of Portobello Road Antique Market - will go under the hammer in Newbury in June.

For decades Joan had an outside pitch on the corner of Westbourne Grove.

One of the highlights going under the hammer on the first day of the auction is a Steiff cinnamon centre-seam teddy bear circa 1908 which is estimated at £3,000-4,000.

Joan also had an extensive toy collection. The living room shelves were filled with clockwork toys, shallow wall mounted display cabinets were filled with lead toy figures including Felix the Cat amongst other comic and civilian characters.

In addition to teddy bears and toys, the first day of the auction on June 9 will comprise dolls, dolls' houses, cake decorations and everything childhood which she enjoyed collecting with her second husband Peter. The second day, June 10, will offer kitchenalia, curios and pottery with estimates ranging from £30-300.

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