A nice lit­tle earner

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Arthur Da­ley’s camel coat and trilby hat from the ITV se­ries Min­der has sold for £12,000 at auc­tion – ten time its es­ti­mate.

They were worn by Ge­orge Cole play­ing the role of car dealer Da­ley in the se­ries that aired be­tween 1979 and 2009, and came up for sale at the Spe­cial Auc­tion Ser­vices sale on 23 Fe­bru­ary at its sale­room near New­bury, Berk­shire. It sold to a Min­der fan in the room.

In­cluded in the same sale were a black cash­mere coat that was worn dur­ing the se­ries – and sold for £5400 – and a grey three-piece suit that re­alised £1680. The first ever Min­der script, Gun Fight at the OK Laun­derette, which aired on 29 Oc­to­ber 1979, sold for £540.

‘We’re de­lighted,’ says SAS’s Alan Pritchard. ‘ There was tremen­dous in­ter­est in all the lots and fierce bid­ding in the room. It is a real tes­ta­ment to Ge­orge Cole and his iconic char­ac­ter.’

www.spe­cialauc­tion­ser­vices.com

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