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Football programme collection fetches £46,000 in Ipswich

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Image caption Some of the Swindon Town programmes which were included in the collection

A family from Ipswich has raised more than £46,000 through auctioning a collection of football programmes they found in a garage.

The 600 items were found when the family carried out a house clearance at a late relative's home in London.

The highest sale was £750 for a England v Wales international which took place during World War II, while an Exeter v Leeds programme from 1931 fetched £500.

The bidding took place at the Lockdales auction rooms at Martlesham Heath.

Chris Elmy, a cataloguer at Lockdales, said: "We realised they were in exceptionally nice condition, but they're so rare these programmes that they don't tend to come out of the woodwork very often.

"A collection like this is the best of early football programmes that we've ever handled."

The majority of the collection was pre-1939 and the estimated value was £34,800.

Other items included a 1910 programme for a practice match between two Swindon Town teams which raised £200 and an Arsenal v Manchester City programme from 1932, which fetched £520.

The sellers have requested anonymity.

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