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Who star Entwistle items sold off
Entwistle's skeletons sold for 200 and 220 respectively
A pair of skeletons said to have been used by late Who bassist John Entwistle to play pranks on houseguests have been sold at auction for 440.

The skeletons, valued between 30 and 50 each, were among more than 700 items on sale in Gloucestershire.

A fibreglass and plastic model of Henry VIII's armour fetched 900, while a set of replica Crown Jewels went for 440.

But a bust of the Princess Royal made to commemorate her wedding to Captain Mark Phillips could only fetch 35.

The 754 items on sale at the Frogmill Hotel in Andoversford, near Entwistle's former home in Stow-on-the-Wold, reflected the eclectic nature of his interests.

They included a snakeskin-covered tambourine that went for 160, a presentation microphone given to The Who that fetched 480, and a novelty metronome mounted with a naked harmonica-playing troll - a snip at 380.

It's sad to see this stuff go but we've got no room
Chris Entwistle
One bidder paid 580 for an alien rock band, while a novelty chess set with a stained glass board decorated with Union Jacks and swastikas brought 800.

At the top end of the scale, a modern leather art sculpture of a male torso fetched 2,200, while a long-cased Mappin and Webb clock went for a whopping 4,200.

A surreal painting from 1969, thought to be of The Who, was bought for 3,600, and a pinball machine - a Who icon thanks to their hit song Pinball Wizard - was sold to "major" Who fan Graham Dodridge for 1,500.


"It seemed like a good deal at the time," he said.

But not everything was sold for rock-star prices. A tortoise-shaped ashtray was purchased for 95, while a red Corby trouser press made just 20.

Pinball machine
Entwistle's personal pinball machine sold for 1,500
Organisers said 2,000 people had viewed the collection over the past three days.

Attendees at Thursday's event included fans of The Who, antique dealers and the late musician's son, Chris.

"It's gone very well," said the 33-year-old aromatherapist. "Some things went for less than we thought but a lot of things went for more so it balanced out.

"It's sad to see this stuff go but we've got no room."

"It's a very eclectic mix," said art deco collector John Stokes, who came from Andorra to buy the male torso and the alien rock band.

"Some of the stuff is awful, but others are absolutely unusual, strange and beautiful."

Entwistle, 57, died after a heart attack in Las Vegas in June 2002.

Fans bid more than 1m for guitars and other memorabilia belonging to the Who member at a Sotheby's sale in London in May 2003.

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