Sir Norman Wisdom`s treasures auctioned off for `peanuts`

London: English comedian Sir Norman Wisdom’s treasured belongings have been sold off at a provincial auction house for amounts far lesser than their true value.

Wisdom, 95, had given power of attorney over his affairs to his two children after he fell ill.

The possession recently sold at Toovey`s in Sussex included a Jack Russell painting, which fetched a meagre 300 pounds.

"I got a Jack Russell painting of Norman for 300 pounds," the Telegraph quoted Frank Stone, one of the bidders at the auction, as saying.

He added: "Russell`s paintings typically sell for up to 25,000 pounds and this painting was Norman`s own and hung on his landing.

"Everything was hugely underpriced. I don``t think anything went for over a thousand."

Stone also bought three more items for just 75 pounds.

It included an oil painting by Keith Turley of Lord (Lew) Grade, the late broadcasting tycoon.

Stone added: "I`ve spoken to the artist since and he said it was worth at least 500 pounds. It all seems to have been done very quickly for some reason, but I can`t imagine why."

The money raised from the auction will be spent on his care.

Wisdom`s agent for 30 years, Johnny Mans, said: "Although he suffers from dementia, I reckon he will live to 100.”



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