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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.

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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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Contents of Haining mansion in Selkirk go on sale

The sale at Haining Mansion in Selkirk Credit: ITV Border

Some of the contents of a country mansion in the Scottish Borders have gone on sale to raise money for the trust fund which runs the estate.

Items being sold off from Haining mansion in Selkirk include period furniture and paintings. It hopes to raise thousands of pounds.

Some of the items going on sale at Haining mansion in Selkirk Credit: ITV Border

The estate is now run by the Haining Charitable Trust after the former owner Andrew Nimmo-Smith left the property to the community following his death in 2009.

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Robert Burns auction: Full video report

Rare first edition poems penned by Robert Burns have been sold to an anonymous bidder for tens of thousand of pounds at auction.

A Scottish bidder paid 32 and a half thousand pounds for the Kilmarnock edition of Burns' poems, described today as the most impressive work in Scottish literature.

The lots went under the hammer at an Edinburgh auction rooms earlier today.

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