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Howard Mannett says he has made a few good finds at yard sales over the years, but there is one that stands out. Inside a bag of ordinary art supplies, bought at a benefit sale in Bedford, was something extraordinary – an envelope with a collection of military citations and letters addressed to James Gordon Austin, a regimental sergeant major with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, along with family photos. The documents detail Austin's service in France, Belgium and Germany, from D-Day to the liberation of Europe. Military historian Ken Hynes says the collection of documents Mannett discovered is telling. “The...

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From a mechanical corkscrew and wine-pouring machine to a 1904 Olympic gold medal awarded to an amateur golfer, a selection of the unusual and unique will go under the hammer in Christie's "Out of the Ordinary" auction. More than 90 lots are up for grabs in the Sept. 14 sale in London, the auction house said. Other items include a set of keys belonging to the lamp trimmer on board the Titanic and a history of the Leica camera including 107 of the principal models, according to the auctionhouse. "Robert Hunter was a 17 year-old amateur golfer and this medal...

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