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Hat's off to Benny auction.

THE hat and glasses worn by Benny Hill as his character Fred Scuttle are to be sold at auction.

Fan mail sent to the comedian by US entertainer Phil Silvers will also go under the hammer.

The navy beret and wire glasses were the trademark props used by Hill as hapless security guard Fred.

The items were sold after the comedian's death in 1992 and have been held by a private collector ever since.

They will be sold by Henry Aldridge and Sons Auctioneers of Devizes, Wiltshire, on August 15.

Famous Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the items could be bought by US bidders as Hill was a huge hit in America.

Mr Aldridge added: "The beret and glasses are probably the most recognisable props used by Benny Hill and Fred Scuttle was his most famous character."

Also for sale is a letter written to the comic by actor Silvers in 1979.

Silvers - famous for his Sergeant Bilko character - wrote of how much he loved the Benny Hill Show.

The beret has an estimate of pounds 700-pounds 1000. The specs are expected to fetch up to pounds 1000 and the Silvers letter has an estimate of pounds 500-pounds 600.

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