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Roald Dahl photos fetch 84,000
Roald Dahl's photograph of his first wife and three children
Roald Dahl had five children with his first wife, Patricia Neal
Private photographs taken by late author Roald Dahl have fetched more than 84,500 at a charity auction.

A picture of his first wife Patricia Neal with children under her skirt was the top item, selling for 7,500.

Other lots in Monday's Christie's sale included artwork by Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe, which went for 2,800 and 5,000 respectively.

Auction proceeds will go to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which opens in Buckinghamshire in June.

"It was a wonderful evening and a fantastic result, exceeding all our expectations, " said Dahl's widow Liccy.

Auctioneer Duncan McEuen said it had been a great honour to be involved in the auction.

Famous stories

"The sale was 100% sold, with many photographs easily exceeding their pre-sale estimates," he said. "It was a wonderful tribute to one of Britain's most-loved writers."

Roald Dahl
This photograph of Dahl was taken in 1930
Two photographs of Baghdad market taken by Dahl in 1940 fetched 5,500 and his picture of the Arch of Ctesiphon in Iraq made 6,000.

A giant anglepoise lamp sold for 4,000.

Dahl, who died in 1990, is famed for his stories such as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. As a young boy, he developed a passion for photography which continued throughout his life.

Dahl's photographs were reprinted by his 18-year-old grandson Luke Kelly.

Dahl was born in Wales to Norwegian parents but he spent many years living in the Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden, where the museum will open.

It will include galleries telling the story of the writer's life and how he worked.

The Story Centre will show how other leading contemporary authors work and will feature interactive games.

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