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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
Naughty couple tin sells for 423
The offending tin - the couple are back left, dogs bottom right

A biscuit tin featuring a picture of an amorous couple making love in bushes behind a tea party has sold for 423 at an auction in Somerset.

The tin was made by Berkshire biscuit firm Huntley and Palmers in the 1970s for supermarket Tesco.

The initial design did not feature the couple, or a pair of passionate dogs in the background.

When the supermarket discovered the extra pictures an artist added, it declined the order of 5,000 tins.

Helen Carless, managing director of Lawrences Auction House, said: "Sex sells even in the world of biscuit tin collectors.

"The demand was there because you can't get anything like this now. It is totally individual and completely different from other biscuit tins."

The tin fetched three times the amount of similar pieces in the sale.

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