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Antique beds go under the hammer

Antique beds
The beds have been imported from around the world

More than 250 antique beds are to go under the hammer at auction in one of the biggest sales of its kind.

The stock is owned by Seventh Heaven Beds of Chirk, near Wrexham, which went into voluntary administration with the loss of 18 jobs.

The sale by auctioneers Harry Ray, from Powys, will take place at Seventh Heaven's salesroom at Chirk Mill.

Beds on sale from around the world are expected to fetch between 500 and 10,000.

Seventh Heaven Beds was founded in 1971 by Jeremy and Meryl Butler, and their son Tony joined them in 1994.

The firm was forced into voluntary administration by the economic downturn.

Auctioneer Jim Mason of Harry Ray and Company, Welshpool, said: "This is without doubt the biggest sale of antique beds that has ever taken place.

"The interest has been amazing in this unique auction."

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