An antique American money box has been withdrawn from an auction sale in Norfolk, following complaints that it was racist.

Auctioneers TW Gaze included the item - which features the caricatured face of a black man - in its catalogue for today's sale of antiques and vintage items at its sale rooms in Diss.

It was expected to fetch between £100 and £150.

Eastern Daily Press: The moneybox which has been withdrawn from sale by TW GazeThe moneybox which has been withdrawn from sale by TW Gaze (Image: Supplied)

But following a complaint to the firm, it has been withdrawn from sale.

The auction house has declined to comment.

It comes weeks after police seized a number of golliwog dolls from a pub in Essex following a hate crime complaint.

In a separate incident, Norfolk police recently recorded a hate incident over a display of golliwogs at a cafe in Caister.

The money box, like golliwogs, is based on a caricature which is now widely considered racist.


Eastern Daily Press: TW Gaze sale rooms on Roydon Road, in DissTW Gaze sale rooms on Roydon Road, in Diss (Image: Google)

The Gaze customer who complained to the firm, and who asked not to be named, said: "Following the seizure by police of a number of golliwogs from a pub in Essex recently, TW Gaze in Diss have included in their catalogue what most would consider an offensively racist money box in the form of a caricatured man of colour."

When the EDP contacted TW Gaze, the firm said it had now been withdrawn from sale but it had no further comment.