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Bear necessities.... £10,000 to buy the beast

Have you clocked the unusual auction item in Penrith? Credit: ITV Border

A 6 ft 6 polar bear is going up for auction in Penrith this week.

The creature was legally killed and stuffed six years ago, and has been on display in a private home in the Lake District since.

But now it's up for grabs, and it's expected to sell for up to £10,000.

Stamp of approval for Penny Black letter at auction

A letter addressed to a solicitor in Carlisle was the star lot at an auction in London today, when it exceeded the estimated sale value by nearly £1,500.

What made it special was the six Penny Black stamps attached to it.

The letter was expected to go for up to £2,000 Credit: ITV Border

The letter was posted in May 1840, just five months after the introduction of Britain's first adhesive stamp.

They may have cost six pennies in 1840, but today those stamps and the envelope and letter they were attached to sold for £3,480.


Auction gets underway in Carlisle

Auction Chairman Nick Utting is welcoming the visitors to the auction before lot one- a British Blie heifer calf, gets underway. Credit: ITV News
This baby Jersey Heifer calf raised £260 Credit: ITV News
One of the star lots of the day is this Billy Goat, born in April 2013, which has just sold for £30. Credit: ITV News
This three year old Shetland Colt managed to raise a grand total of £30 Credit: ITV News
Lot one - a British Blue heifer calf - has kicked off the auction by raising £420 as well as lots of 'aww's! Credit: ITV News
The auction room is packed out. Credit: ITV News
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