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IHAVE sent you a dis­gust­ing ob­ject,’ wrote Auberon Waugh. ‘You may be able to iden­tify it as a tele­scopic ear trum­pet as used by my Fa­ther in his later years… it may be of some whim­si­cal in­ter­est to an ob­ses­sive col­lec­tor.’

Said ob­ses­sives should head to The West­bury ho­tel, May­fair W1, on March 30, or visit www.fo­ru­mauc­tions. co.uk, where Eve­lyn Waugh’s tele­scopic ear trum­pet (above), es­ti­mated at £1,000–£1,500, will be of­fered at Fo­rum Auc­tions’ Fine Books and Works on Pa­per sale, along­side a col­lec­tion of first-edi­tions and letters.

Waugh fa­mously used his old-fash­ioned ear trum­pets for dra­matic ef­fect—‘i don’t think I hear any bet­ter for them, but I look more dig­ni­fied,’ he ad­mit­ted to the Duchess of Devon­shire—and to make peo­ple un­com­fort­able, un­screw­ing them when bored dur­ing speeches or dull con­ver­sa­tions.

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