Celebrity items up for auction

Visitors to a celebrity car-boot sale next month will have the opportunity to take home a number of iconic British artefacts, including Anne Robinson's glasses, David Cameron's cycling helmet and Lewis Hamilton's baseball cap.

Esther Rantzen's jewellery and Antony Worrall Thompson's chef whites are other rarities going under the hammer at a Cotswolds mansion, in aid of disadvantaged children.

The lots also include jockey silks from British Jump Racing champion Tony McCoy and Irish National Hunt trainer Jonjo O'Neill, as well as a cookbook from Michelin Star chef Michael Caines.

Celebrity donations will be sold in a silent auction at the biennial Country House Car Boot Sale at Stowell Park, the Gloucestershire home of Lord and Lady Vestey, on September 21.

It is hoped the famous knick-knacks will raise at least £30,000 for the NSPCC, at the event in Northleach.

Auctioneer Philip Allwood, of Moore Allen and Innocent, said: "The lots will be sold by means of silent auction. There will be no rostrum; instead, people will place their bids before and during the event and at the end of the day the highest bidder will win the item."

The Country House Car Boot Sale, run by the Cotswolds branch of the NSPCC, has quickly established its place in the Gloucestershire social calendar.

The owners of 200 country houses in the Cotswolds have been invited to clear out their attics and sell their antiques, "car boot" style.

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