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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Soap star's hairnet sold for 61
Ena Sharples, who was played by Violet Carson, in the first edition of the Street in 1960
Ena Sharples' hairnets were a feature of the Street for 20 years
A hairnet worn by Coronation Street battleaxe Ena Sharples has sold for 61 at a Swindon auction.

The character, played by the late Violet Carson, appeared in the first episode of the television soap in 1960.

Her open-weave nylon elasticised hairnet was sold by Dominic Winters auction house to a German collector.

Christian Haslinger bought the piece as a gift for his mother, who watched the series in her youth in Britain. It came with a postcard signed by the actress.

Valuer Chris Albury said: "This hair net is the quintessential Corrie memento."

It belonged to theatre history collector Barry Wilkinson from Twickenham.

Another of the character's hairnets sold for 50 in 2003.

Other items in the sale include signed letters by Peter Pan author J M Barrie, a signed, promotional David Bowie black and white publicity card and a typed letter by Bing Crosby.

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