7:30am Saturday 17th May 2014
KNOWN for his bright purple hair and fetching checked trousers, Humpty was once one of the stars of children’s telly.
And now the iconic doll from Playschool is expected to fetch four figures at an auction in Oxford.
The 53cm-high egg-shaped toy will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in Kidlington on Tuesday as lot 27. The auction starts at 2pm.
Humpty is one of a number of original dolls made for the BBC show, which ran for more than 20 years from the mid-sixties.
Bonhams said the doll, valued at £1,200, was “an important member of the Playschool cast, taking part in almost every single episode and even receiving his very own fan mail.”
The show’s presenters, who included Johnny Ball and Floella Benjamin, shared the screen with a regular supporting cast of soft toys including Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and Hamble.
Rachel Gotch from Bonhams said: “There’s a lot of interest in him. It has struck a chord. My generation really do remember the Playschool programme.”
9:00pm Friday 25th July 2014
THE mother of former Chelsea youth player Jordan Tabor has paid tribute to her “wonderful son” after he died on holiday in Turkey on Wednesday.
4:52pm Friday 25th July 2014
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7:35pm Friday 25th July 2014
SKIES across Wallingford played host to an amazing Red Arrows display.
12:20pm Friday 25th July 2014
The jury in the Jayden Parkinson trial has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict on Jake Blakeley.
9:30am Friday 25th July 2014
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9:00am Friday 25th July 2014
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7:30am Friday 25th July 2014
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7:45am Thursday 24th July 2014
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4:22pm Thursday 24th July 2014
BEN Blakeley has been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.
10:07am Thursday 24th July 2014
BUS services will be terminating early until further notice after “severe” traffic delays hit Oxford city centre this morning .
9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014
THE future of Oxford’s train station is being unveiled today, including a new video, and has been hailed as a big step towards the city getting the integrated transport hub it needs.
8:30am Thursday 24th July 2014
COUNCIL officials were taken around Oxford yesterday to look at potential routes for a new flood relief channel.
8:30am Thursday 24th July 2014
WATCHING 15 Oxford students sway and sing on the steps of the Radcliffe Camera to Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie is not an everyday sight.
8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014
A YOUNG parent who overdosed on a cocktail of drugs didn’t know what she was doing, her mum said yesterday.
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