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The Independent

Costumes worn by Norman Knowledge and Vera Lynn to be bought at public sale



Costumes and collectors’ objects belonging to comic Sir Norman Knowledge and Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn are set to go underneath the hammer.

Among the many objects being bought at West Sussex public sale home Toovey’s on December 1 is Sir Norman’s Gump Go well with made by W Snape and Son in Wolverhampton in June 1956.

Sir Norman wore the swimsuit, full with its unique cap, shirt and tie, in his first 5 movies for the Rank Organisation, together with Up In The World in 1956 and Simply My Luck a yr later.

The comic, actor and singer was greatest recognized for starring in a string of comedy movies in the course of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties during which he normally performed a model of his luckless Norman Pitkin stage persona.

The swimsuit, which is estimated to fetch as much as £5000 at public sale, was additionally used throughout his many performances within the theatre from the Fifties to the Eighties.

Additionally included within the sale is his leather-bound This Is Your Life guide which was offered to him in 1957, containing roughly 39 mounted black and white pictures from the present and carries an estimate of as much as £500.

Sir Norman, who moved away from comedy appearing later in his profession, died in October 2010, aged 95.

Various Dame Vera’s costumes are additionally to be bought at Toovey’s in the identical public sale in help of the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Belief.

Amongst them is a blue gown and matching robe, designed by Fortuny, which has a blue silk trim and delightful beaded and sequin applique worn by the late singer on TV.

Dame Vera’s daughter Virginia mentioned: “Mummy’s charitable work was very valuable to her, so it is extremely becoming that the costumes we’ve got entered for public sale at Toovey’s will profit the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Belief.”

Dame Vera died at her dwelling in East Sussex in June 2020, aged 103.

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