Suffolk

Lovejoy's leather jacket bought at auction for £1,000

Lovejoy's leather jacket Image copyright Mander auctioneers
Image caption Ian McShane often wore a leather jacket and white T-shirt as the antiques sleuth in the hit BBC TV show

A leather jacket worn by perma-tanned TV antiques dealer Lovejoy has proved a surprise hit at auction.

The black jacket, believed to be one of four similar ones donned by actor Ian McShane in the hit BBC TV series, was on sale with a list price of £600.

But it was snapped up by a local woman for £1,000 at the auction held by Mander in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Auctioneer James Mander said: "There is still a keen local interest as people remember it being filmed here."

Mullet haircut

The television series was mainly shot in villages on the Essex and Suffolk border such as Long Melford and Belchamp Walter. It ran from 1986 to 1994.

As well as the trademark Lovejoy leather, McShane also famously sported a mullet haircut to portray the roguish antiques dealer and part-time detective with an eye for the ladies.

Image caption Lovejoy with Dudley Sutton as Tinker Dill (left) and Chris Jury as Eric Catchpole (right)
Image caption Alexei Sayle played Freddie "The Phone" Reeve alongside Ian McShane in Lovejoy

Mr Mander said: "The lady who bought it said it was for her husband, but I suspect it was as much for her.

"Whether the buyer is also going to get a white T-shirt for her hubby, I couldn't say."

The auctioneer said the jacket was sold by somebody who had been an adviser on the show and the successful bidder was from the Ipswich area.

Image caption The real-life location for Lovejoy's workshop was Belchamp Hall in Essex

A collection of reference books used by the author Jonathan Gash to write the original Lovejoy books is expected to fetch up to £15,000 when it is auctioned on 16 September in Oxford.

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