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Props from Stephen Fry's show Kingdom go under hammer
Sign from Kingdom's pub, The Startled Duck and Stephen Roberts from Watton Salerooms
Auctioneer Stephen Roberts was pleased with the turnout for the Kingdom sale

Props used in the popular TV programme Kingdom, which starred Stephen Fry, have gone under the hammer in Watton.

Almost all of the memorabilia from the show, filmed in Swaffham, sold during the two-day sale.

Watton Salerooms auctioneer Stephen Roberts said: "It was an interesting one to do because of local interest."

The signs, including ones for Market Shipborough and The Startled Duck pub, made a total of £300, while costumes sold for around £500 altogether.

One of the most recognisable pieces of memorabilia was the wooden duck which sat on the bar of the show's fictional pub - it went under the hammer for £55 to a local bidder.

Good turnout

The sale was held on 15 and 22 December 2009, with the latter's turnout particularly good in spite of the bad weather.

"We had a lot of people attending which was very pleasing," said Stephen.

"The biggest percentage of the crowd were locals who were interested because a lot of the show was filmed around Swaffham and Wells."

The unique nature of the collectables, memorabilia, props and costumes meant it was hard to put a guide price on the lots.

"It was very hard to estimate prices because you don't get too many Startled Duck signs," said Stephen.

"But most of the items went and made about what we thought," he added.

Local crew

The ITV show ran for three series between 2007 and 2009, where Swaffham doubled as the fictional town of Market Shipborough.

Stephen Fry, who played Norfolk solicitor Peter Kingdom, announced the programme had been axed on his blog in October 2009.

"Our masters at ITV have decided that there shan't be a fourth series of the television series Kingdom," he said.

"I am sorry because the crew of mostly local East Anglians was so cheerful, professional and delightful to work with," he added.




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