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Look out for . . . Loughton: Decorative arts including Clarice Cliff, Moorcroft, three Carlton ware flying toucans, Thursday (11am); antique furniture and artworks Friday (11am). Ambrose (081-502 3951).

CURIOS modestly hidden while the star turns of the season took to the rostrum come out for sale this week. And it is rock'n'roll memorabilia time at Sotheby's Thursday (10am). Reminders that Mick Jagger will be 50 on Monday should prompt nostalgic bidding for his shirt and trousers of the late Sixties. The shirt, with flared sleeves, is in black polyester embroidered with flowers. The flared, crushed-velvet trousers have a Granny Takes a Trip label. Just like grandpa used to wear. Est pounds 1,000- pounds 1,500.

Auctioneers are surprised at the amount of 'good quality' pop memorabilia still pouring into auction. Manuscript lyrics are particularly prized. There are two in the sale, both from the soundtrack of Magical Mystery Tour: John Lennon's I Am the Walrus (est pounds 40,000- pounds 50,000) and Paul McCartney's Fool on the Hill ( pounds 18,000- pounds 20,000), both written in 1967. The record auction price for a pop manuscript was set at Sotheby's last year by Lennon's novelette, A Day in the Life.

One curio in the sale is a sculpture by Tex O'Hara, The Beatles (1962) - a 16in-high running figure in wood and fibreglass with four arms, four abstract heads shaped like street lamps and guitar. Estimate: pounds 4,500- pounds 5,000.

Curios at Phillips' sale of silver and collectors' items Friday (11am): a pair of George III bead-edged asparagus servers with spring pivot by John Hague (around 1775), pounds 200- pounds 250. Edwardian novelty pin-cushions, a must for the well-stocked home include performing bear with articulated limbs ( pounds 180- pounds 220), hatching chick ( pounds 70- pounds 90), seated frog ( pounds 100- pounds 150).

At Bonhams Chelsea's modern picture sale, Thursday (11am), a 21in- high Lazareff cast bronze resin and marble Grand Taureau, one of four, moves on a wheel mounted between its hind legs: pounds 300- pounds 500. More decorative objects at Phillips' New Bond Street sale of contents of 38 Connaught Square, home of the late economist Graham Hutton, as well as carpets and furniture at Christie's South Kensington, Wednesday (10.30am).

COUNTRYWIDE

Royston, Yorkshire: Thousands of new brides' and bridesmaids' dresses and ladies' suits, Monday (11am). The Auction Centre (0226 700868).

Old Weston, Cambridgeshire: US military surplus at village hall: vehicles, plant, portable loos, Thursday (10am). Catalogues: RAF Molesworth (0480 842631).

Manchester: Ladies' fashion, footwear, furniture, Thursday (11am). Auction International (061 832 2400).

Salisbury: Antique and modern Eastern carpets - Qum, Uzbek Susani, Daghestan - plus antique furniture and decorations, Thursday (10am). Woolley & Wallis (0722 411422).

Sheffield: Liquidation sale of fancy goods, computers, cars, garage, office, marine and household electrical equipment, Tuesday (10.30am) at Irish Social Centre, Brunswick Road. Ellis, Willis & Beckett (0742 767156).

FAIRS

Woburn Abbey Antiques, Bedfordshire: Friday-Sunday (0277 362662).

Great Northern International Antiques and Collectors: Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, Tuesday- Wednesday (0642 550268).

Countrywide: Antiques Trade Gazette (071- 930 4957) Government Auction News (071- 734 8291, hotline 0891 887700).

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