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Bonhams Chelsea modern and contemporary picture sale: Tuesday, 11am. An indulgence for curio-seekers that is easy on the pocket. Most estimates under pounds 200, plenty under pounds 100. Condition apart, something irresistible will leap out - Dick Leech's Portrait of a Cockney Lady perhaps (no estimate), or Two Ladies Digging for Ants, Kangaroo Dreaming, signed Emily (est pounds 200-pounds 300). But you are unlikely to carry off Feliks Topolski's charcoal- and-wash portrait of Nubar Gulbenkian for the come-on estimate of pounds 200- pounds 300.

The same saleroom catalogue contains Tuesday's print sale, 2pm, and Wednesday's sales of British ceramics, 10.30am, and rugs, carpets, objects and furniture, 1pm, in which most lots are estimated under pounds 200. For better quality carpets try Bonhams Knightsbridge, Tuesday, 2pm. More cheap carpets, furniture, ceramics and collectables at Phillips Bayswater, Monday, 10am.

Costume and textiles: Christie's South Kensington's bi-monthly sale, Tuesday, 2pm, has 70 lots of paisley and Canton pattern shawls. A few estimates are under pounds 200, but take at least pounds 300 with you.

Curio of the week: a miniature steam engine with passenger-carriers and trestles, said by Brooks to be highly restorable (est pounds 500-pounds 700) in its sale of motoring spares, Thursday, noon, at 81 Clapham Common West Side, London SW4.


Bearne's, Torquay: 600 lots of artworks, furniture, textiles, weapons, boxes and caddies, clocks, scientific instruments and other collectables, Tuesday, 10am (01803-296277).

David Lay, Penzance: Sale of furniture, artworks, collectables and curios. Furnishings include an Edwardian brass fender (est pounds 40-pounds 60). Thursday- Friday, 10am (01736-61414).

Computers and computerware: Flight Refuelling Social Club, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, tomorrow, 11am. South West Computer Auctions (01934-733195).


World of Drawings and Watercolours: Tuesday-Sunday, Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1 (0171-411 3166; during fair, 0171-629 8888).

Mammoth Antiques and Collectors: Leicester Granby Halls tomorrow and Donington Park next Saturday-Sunday. Four in One Promotions ( 01455-233495).

R&S Antique and Collectors: The Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, tomorrow (01702-300112).

John Windsor

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