Okay, I admit I probably wasn’t thinking straight, but when my hand went up and made just the third bid on lot 29, I somehow didn’t expect it to be an act of much significance. Ten seconds later the hammer fell, leaving me as the last bidder. What had seemed like a bit of harmless fun had turned into a major purchase. Nothing prepared me for the surge of adrenaline which accompanied the realisation that I’d just won this auction.

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