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The oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War has sold at a Dorset auction for £6,300. The poppy went under the hammer at Duke’s auction house in Dorchester, 97 years after it was picked from front line trenches by 17-year-old Private Cecil Roughton.
Cecil was serving in the trenches of Arras in northern France in 1916. Private Roughton pressed the bloom in the pages of his notebook. The poppy was sold for more than six times its estimate.