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Small house may fetch big price

dolls house
Inside the house are carved figures of Victorians

A Devon collector's early 19th Century dolls' house is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £8,000 when it goes under the hammer in London.

The Victorian toy, which sits on a wooden table has a secret garden tucked away in a drawer.

The lot will be sold at Bonhams in London later this month.

"Foot for foot it may prove to be the most expensive real estate in Devon," Bonhams regional director Charles Lanning said.

The house is described as an "evidently much loved Victorian toy" because of its slightly worn look.

Inside there are carved figures of Victorians in various settings.

The kitchen has a built-in water tank and sink, spinning wheel, butter churn and a painted wooden maid at a table.

Dolls house garden
There is a 'secret' garden in a drawer

There is also a games room with billiard table with green baize.

"This extraordinary dolls' house came from an equally interesting house owned by a well known collector," Mr Lanning said.

"It was tucked away on a landing but when I saw it I immediately felt that here was something special and when I saw the garden and the furniture with the period interiors I knew we had a real collectors piece."

The dolls' house will go under the hammer on 19 May.

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