CAR BOOT ELEGANCE
Charlie Chaplin began his official acting career at the age of eight, touring with a troupe of clog dancers called The Eight Lancashire Lads. He went on to capture the hearts of 20s silent moviegoers with his iconic performances as the little tramp, a tragicomic character with ill-fitting clothes, worn out boots, toothbrush moustache, bowler hat and bamboo cane. Quick to seize an opportunity to cash in on his fame, toymakers began producing character doll of him, one of the most popular being this clockwork example made by the German company Schreyer & Co, which later adopted the tradename Schuco. Wind him up and he shuffles forwards twirling his cane just like the real thing. He was found in a house clearance and sold online for £200 at Liverpool auctioneers Cato Crane.