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Bonhams employees play on a Louis XV/XV1 Macassar Ebony and Ivory inlaid Tric Trac table. Bonhams' annual Gentleman's Library Sale in London on Jan 18 will see the auction house sell of a quirky mix of art, furnishings and curiosities. [All images courtesy of Getty Images]
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A collection of Sir Winston Churchill's wartime cigars will go under the hammer, including a partially smoked cigar that, according to Bonhams, was left at the dentist's office "after a visit in the late-1950s and retained by the receptionist."
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A Nelson mourning ring, one of 58 made to commemorate the death of Lord Nelson, is displayed ahead of Bonhams' sale
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The Gentleman’s Library sale is a collection of weird, wonderful and practical items from a range of historic periods
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The tiller bar from Arthur Ransomes yacht 'Nancy Blackett' is expected to attract attention during the sale\n
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Bonhams employee Victoria Livesey looks at a Gregorian Reflecting Telescope from the early 19th century.
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Bonhams is also offering a George III gold and enamel "mourning ring" (expected to sell for $12,000 to $19,000), given to Dr. William Beatty, who attended to Nelson when he was mortally wounded in the Battle of Trafalgar
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Three paintings by Edward Windred are among the items set to go under the hammer at the London auction house