Suffolk: Rare work by cartoonist Carl Giles sells for more than �5,000 at auction

AN auction of four original pieces by famous Ipswich cartoonist Carl Giles sold for more than �5,000 at auction – much more than had been expected.

The sale at Lockdales was the first time Giles’s work had gone under the hammer at the Martlesham Heath auction house.

But The Star’s report last week detailing the lots has since prompted those with items related to the cartoonist to come forward.

James Sadler, auction manager at Lockdales, said: “It was absolutely amazing.

“They went for much more than we thought – and thanks to The Ipswich Star there has been a real Giles domino effect.

“People are now coming forward with other Giles pieces, including pictures, letters and other items – so much so that next February we are planning to put on a special Carl Giles auction.”

In total, the four lots sold for �5,050. Giles, who died in 1995, lived and worked in Tuddenham.

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