Late comic Frankie Howerd's items sold at auction
SCHOOL reports belonging to late comedian Frankie Howerd have sold for almost £600 at a Bristol Auction House.
Dreweatts in Apsley Road, Clifton has auctioned many of the star's belongings since his death in 1992, aged 75.
The items belong to a personal friend of Mr Howerd's who was latterly living with him and his former partner at their rural retreat in Wavering Down, near Wedmore.
Yesterday the 12 reports from Woolwich County School, which recognised the Carry On actor as a "clever actor" with a "marked talent in dramatics", went under the hammer.
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The batch, which also included a pencil sketch of the comedian and a strip of three photos of him in an army uniform, sold for £580.
A passport in his name, valid from 1967 until 1977, was sold with photos of Mr Howerd with stars including Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John and the Queen for £180.
Finally a lot including a small granite block set with a silver star to commemorate the launch of the 'Avenue of Stars' in Covent Garden in 2005 and a certificate congratulating him on being selected by the Queen to perform at the Royal Variety Performance went for £110.
Two of the items were purchased by Keith Ricardo, who was nine years old when he saw Mr Howerd perform at the Knightstone Theatre in Weston-super-Mare.
Mr Ricardo, who is now 70 and lives in the Midlands, said: "I remember visiting the theatre vividly.
"When people were leaving the theatre they were all regaling each other about what they had just seen.
"When I saw these items had come up for auction, I was astounded.
"One of the joys will be going through it all and seeing what there is and who he was photographed with."