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Helen & Douglas House sells vintage Cartier bag

Vintage Cartier clutch bag
Image caption The silk Cartier bag had a gold, enamel and garnet clasp

A vintage Cartier clutch bag has been sold at auction on behalf of an Oxfordshire children's hospice.

The French handbag made £2,600 for the charity Helen & Douglas House.

The bag was recognised as "something different" when it was anonymously donated at its shop in Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire.

But it far exceeded the £300 to £500 guide price when two telephone bidders competed and pushed the price up.

Sarah Offill, from the charity, attended the auction in Oxford on 14 December.

She said: "I could hardly believe it, the tension and excitement was unbelievable and I am so happy that it raised this amount.

"It is enough to pay for one of our nurses to provide one to one care for almost a month."

The silk Cartier bag had a gold, enamel and garnet clasp and the interior was stamped: "Cartier, Made in France".

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