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Buyers get ready for auction of Broads Museum and Sutton Windmill ephemera

15:15 06 September 2012

Sutton Windmill.

Sutton Windmill.

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More than one thousand unusual items are set to go under the hammer next week when the Broads Museum collection is auctioned.

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Auctioneers TW Gaze have been instructed to sell the collection, which is housed in Sutton Mill, near Stalham.

The museum, which once attracted more than 20,000 visitors annually, was closed in 2008 by current owners Yesterday’s World. The East Sussex-based company, which runs historical attractions including one in Great Yarmouth, said at the time it was not economically viable.

The two-day sale will take place at the mill on September 11 and 12, with viewing from 12-6pm on September 10.

It will comprise more than 1,000 lots including appliances, gadgets and goods for the home, tools, clothes, trade tricycles and carts, shop packaging and advertising wares.

An 1880s pharmacy shop and its contents, a tobacco wholesaler’s shop and a vast collection of smoking and tobacco related paraphernalia will also be sold to the highest bidder.

Bygones specialist and sale-organisers Carl Willows and Robert Kinsella said people were expected to travel from all over the country for the “unique occasion”, with interest also likely from people living in the local area, too.

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