Dolls' house decorated

doll house

The , complete with its miniature and , is one lot in a two-day auction of the private collection of antique dealer Roger Warner, whose shop in Burford, Oxfordshire, attracted an impressive list of visitors and customers including Queen Mary, Princess Margaret, Walt Disney, Peter Ustinov, Bruce Chatwin and the Mitford sisters during its 50 years of service between 1936 and 1986.

doll house

The Christie's auction, which also features a piece of lace torn from a church altar by Oliver Cromwell and a desk chair used by William Wordsworth, has attracted 150,000 visitors to the online catalogue - the highest ever for a sale.

Andrew Waters, Christie's' director of private collections and country house sales, said: "I am not aware of any other recorded item that has been decorated by Charlotte Bronte, which gives this piece a unique and charming personal connection with such an iconic figure."

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