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Howerd memorabilia up for auction
Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii!
Howerd was best known for playing Lurchio in Up Pompeii!
A selection of personal items belonging to comedy icon Frankie Howerd will go under the hammer in Bristol next month.

The lots include a portrait of the Up Pompeii! star by artist June Mendoza that used to hang in his home. It is expected to fetch up to 3,000.

Other items include an Omega Seamaster watch which Howerd wore up to his death and a leather doctor's bag in which he used to store jokes.

The sale will held on 13 December by the auctioneers Dreweatt Neate.

Howerd died in 1992 at the age of 70, one day before fellow comedian Benny Hill.

Thoughtful

Since his death the items have been stored at his former home in Wavering Down near Axbridge in Somerset where Dennis Heymer, his manager and partner, still lives.

The portrait, which depicts a thoughtful Howerd dressed in a smart grey suit, used to hang over the mantelpiece.

"It is a very nice portrait and we have many other interesting pieces," said Nick Ewing of Dreweatt Neate.

They include a pair of brass goblets used as props in Up Pompeii!, in which Howerd played the wily Roman slave Lurchio.

Earlier this year the late comedian's OBE was raffled to raise money for various charities.


SEE ALSO:
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