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QI OWN the original doors [...]; TREASURE HUNTERS.

Byline: JAMES BREESE

Q I OWN the original doors of Coronation Street's Rovers Return pub, which every star of the soap walked through from 1960 until 1986.

I bought the two doors - each inscribed "Rovers Return" - at a charity auction selling Corrie memorabilia in 1987 after the pub was burnt down on TV by bungling Jack Duckworth.

I also bought a mirror inscribed Newton and Ridley, after the fictional brewery which supplies the Rovers. As Coronation Street celebrates its 50th anniversary in December, I wonder how much they are worth. - Alan Hart, Poynton, Cheshire

A TV memorabilia will rarely, if ever, surpass the best items relating to the silver screen, even if it's from one of the most classic soaps in TV's history.

However, these are great, wholly unique bits of TV history and one could imagine them in a top TV memorabilia auction.

If you were to sell the doors, you would be wise to hold out until the anniversary publicity. As to value, they are unique. I imagine pounds 500 to pounds 1,000 could be possible, and for the right buyer, perhaps more. The mirror could fetch pounds 100 to pounds 200.

Q I HAVE a beautiful Royal Doulton plate given to me by an old lady I used to help look after.

I have tried to find information about it but have had no luck. On the back it says Royal Doulton, made in England. It is called The Old Wife D 5966 and says it was registered in Australia. I would be grateful if you could give me any history about it and if you think it has any value. - Catherine Royle, Northern Moor, Manchester

A THIS is a really nice, colourful plate and, if in good condition, quite rare. The pattern was made for the Australian market and I believe the series was issued from 1938 until the mid-Fifties.

It is 27cm across and is of an underwater scene with raised fish and foliage. It's not quite a plate, nor deep enough to be a bowl, so it looks more like a snack dish or something to be displayed. I'd think it would fetch between pounds 80 and pounds 120 if you were to put it up for sale at auction.

Q I HAVE a figurine which I recently saw on a TV programme about antiques. It is at least 45 years old and is called The Balloon Seller.

The woman is also carrying a baby and is about 9in tall. It has a stamp which reads HN 583. Do you have any more information about this figurine? - Mrs Sally Kerry, Hungerford, Berks ADOULTON figurines are probably the most famous British collectable of the 20th Century.

The firm was founded by John Doulton in 1815 when he set up his business in Lambeth, South London. But it only started producing its famous range of figurines from St George's Day (April 23) 1913.

Your figure was produced between 1923-9 and was the forerunner to the popular The Old Balloon Seller. It is a slightly rarer Doulton piece and usually makes pounds 250 to pounds 300 at auction.

Royal Doulton figurine The Balloon Seller is worth up to pounds 300 Send questions to Treasure Hunters, Sunday Mirror, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AP or

send an email (with your address) to j.breese@sundaymirror.co.uk - sorry, but he can't reply personally. Visit www.jamesbreese.co.uk

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Date:Mar 14, 2010
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