Car boot bargain goes under the hammer for £1,100 at Fernhurst

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An original drawing by arguably the most famous English cartoonist of the early 20th century has gone under the hammer at John Nicholson’s Fernhurst auction for £1,100 after it was bought for £2 at a car boot sale.

‘The Larynx Preservation Committee Fail To Detect The Slightest Suggestion of Throat Trouble, In A Man Who Has Chain-Smoked One Thousand Cigarettes’ is a classic from HM Bateman whose works had previously sold for thousands of pounds at John Nicholson’s.

This latest cartoon, measuring just 6¾ x 8¾inches, had its frame smashed and was left under a bed for two years. When the owner got round to fixing it she looked up the name and contacted Nicholson’s.

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