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Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder codpiece auctioned for 850

Cod piece
Rowan Atkinson wore the black leather codpiece throughout the series

A codpiece worn by Rowan Atkinson in the 1986 TV series Blackadder II has sold for £850 at an auction.

The item, from the series which was set in medieval times, was sold by Cameo Auctioneers in Midgham in Berkshire.

Jon King, from the auctioneers, said: "This is possibly the most iconic costume item in the series."

The codpiece was a covering at the front of the crotch and formed an essential part of the well-dressed Elizabethan man's wardrobe.

The garment accentuated the genital area and was held closed by string ties or buttons.

The khaki ski suit used by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in The World is Not Enough in 1999 sold for £1,700 at the TV and Film Costumes auction.

A medieval-style tunic with studs worn by Sean Connery as Robin Hood in the film Robin and Marian in 1976 was only expected to sell for up to £200 but fetched £2,000.

Another costume which exceeded its estimate was a burgundy one worn by the Thuggee in the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

It was expected to sell for between £400 and £600 but it went for £1900.

Mr King added it was a "good sale all round".

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