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QI have just acquired a small bronze statue of a jockey and horse signed "O Tupton" on the base. Do you know anything about it and what is it's likely value? Barbara Swain, via email A The sculptor Oliver Tupton and what you have there is most likely a cold-cast bronze sculpture. Tupton also has created a wide range of pieces everything from dogs to couples embracing. I think your sculpture is probably worth in the region of PS40 to PS60.

QI have a ceramic figure called 'The Old Balloon Seller' which has the number of HN 1315. Please can you tell me something about it and if it's worth anything today? Lewis Smith, Norwich A Doulton figurines are perhaps the most recognisable and collectable antique of all. And yours is arguably the most famous ceramic figure ever produced. In good condition it could be worth around PS120. The firm was founded by John Doulton in Lambeth, South London, in 1815. The figurines came much later in the first quarter of the 20th Century and are still made today. The Old Balloon Seller was designed by Lesley Harradine and was first released in 1929. It has the special registration number of HN 1315. It was one of a series of street seller figurines, but its popularity ensured that it outlived all her contemporaries and was only discontinued in 1998.

INFLATION Doulton QI have recently unearthed an Atari games system. It has a plastic wood effect case and is in good condition and has its controllers, cartridges and cables etc. The box is in equally good condition. This is from the 1970s and I wondered if it was a collectable today? Matthew Grant, Acton, London A The first home console was the Magnavox Odyssey from the early 70s. Atari were one of the key early manufacturers and introduced the legendary 'Pong' bat and ball game in the mid-1970s. A few of the games cartridges are now rare and sell for over PS100 each, whilst a console can make up to PS100 if boxed and tidy. I'd hang onto these gems of 25 years ago as they may increase in value over time.

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Date:Jun 19, 2016
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