GREAT BRITAIN: Appeaser's Auction

Last week the remnants of Arthur Neville Chamberlain's worldly possessions went on the auction block at his home in Birmingham. Already distributed to relatives and friends were his umbrella, his fishing tackle, butterfly collections, other valuables. With little enthusiasm, women souvenir hunters and secondhand dealers bid for the rest, a motley collection of old juvenile books, pottery, bedraggled furniture. High bid of £55 was for a piano. A settee from the Chamberlain drawing room went for £7; an oak bureau with graduated drawers, for "accommodating birds' eggs," for 15 shillings.

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