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Archers star collection sold for 9,000 in Oxfordshire

Portrait of Norman Painting (courtesy of Holloway's Auctioneers)
One of the items sold is this portrait of Norman Painting

Items that belonged to the actor who played Phil Archer in the world's longest running soap opera have been auctioned for £9,000 in Oxfordshire.

Norman Painting played the Ambridge farmer in the Archer's pilot episode in 1950 until his death in 2009, aged 85.

Among the items are an inscribed cigarette box to mark the thousandth episode of the show, in 1954, and a portrait of Mr Painting with a pig.

The actor lived in Warmington near Banbury until his death.

He bought the remains of the demolished Christchurch in Banbury and incorporated the stone and pews into his home, Warmington Grange.

On his death some of the stone from the church was found in his garden, which was also offered as part of the sale.

The auction took place at Holloway's Auctioneers in Banbury.

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