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New at Bonhams: a complete run of Nova, the style magazine for "a new kind of woman", published 1965-75. The estimate is pounds 500-pounds 800. Novawrote about the kind of thing you find these days only in Cosmopolitan. Politics, too.

From the front cover of one, showing a young woman in a trouser suit: "I have taken the pill, I have hoisted my skirts to my thighs, dropped them to my ankles, rebelled at university, abused the American Embassy, lived with two men, married one, earned my keep, kept my identity and, frankly... I'm lost."

More such Sixties retro in the same sale of design next Saturday (2pm), including a part set of cutlery by one of Britain's leading silversmiths, Professor Gerald Benney.

The sale is strong on unusual furniture. Most risible piece - the Canadian architect Frank Gehry's corrugated cardboard armchair and ottoman Little Beaver for Vitra Editions, 1986, an example of Gehry's foray into cheap, democratic furniture. He was shocked to find that his admirers found such products chic, driving up their price as collectables. So he stopped making them, driving the price even higher. This lot is estimated pounds 5,000-pounds 6,000.

A first for Sotheby's - a selling exhibition of contemporary decorative arts, from Thursday for a week (see Sotheby's Collector, p21). No bidding: price tags instead. The up-and-coming names in the exhibition have been chosen by Janice Blackburn, a private collector who used to work for the Saatchi Collection.

Victorian Valentine cards are at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday (2pm). Estimates from pounds 60 to pounds 300.

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