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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 07:43 GMT 08:43 UK
Comic legend's archive auctioned
Stan Laurel
The collection is described as a "unique archive"
Rare photographs and memorabilia belonging to a relative of comic legend Stan Laurel are to be sold at auction.

The collection is being sold by the comedian's nephew Huntley Jefferson Woods, 82, from Blyth, Northumberland.

The photographs and documents trace the life and career of the star, who was born in Cumbria.

Newcastle auctioneers Anderson and Garland estimate the collection could fetch up to 5,000 when it goes on sale next month.

Laurel was born in Ulverston, Cumbria, and his sister Beatrice, Mr Woods' mother, was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

The collection includes photographs sent to Mr Woods' mother from the US and rare photos of Laurel and Beatrice's father Arthur Jefferson.

The collection goes on show to the public on 24-26 June and will be auctioned on 1 July.

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