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Your money: TREASURE HUNTERS.

Byline: JAMES BREESE

Q COULD you give me some advice on whether a book of the Goon Show Scripts by Spike Milligan has any value?

It has a drawing by Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan and the signatures of all three. - June Wilson, by email A THIS sounds like fun. I have had a few Goon-related questions this week. They were of course a comedy trio who had enormous success (and influence) on BBC radio from 1951 to 1960. All three went on to become successful in their own right. If your book was signed by the chaps themselves and the drawings are original too, then you could be looking at several hundred pounds here.

Q I HAVE two Whitefriars Glass vases which I purchased in the late 60s, one red and one blue.

They have been used for flower vases and are a bit untidy on the inside but wash and brush up well. I also have an ornamental red duck approx 5in high, which I bought from Whitefriars at the same time, which is very attractive and in very good condition. Can you help? - Christine Harris, by email A YOUR duck is a fun and af fordable collectable. The Whitefriars ducks were made from the late 1950s onwards a nd came in a variety of superb colours including Ocean Green, Twilight, Silver, Arctic Blue, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red. They are crystal glass and have polished beaks and a controlled bubble interior. These ducks have dropped a little in price recently, as have qui te a few collectables, but I would insure yours for pounds 35 or so.

I don't know which vases you have, but being from the 1960s I suspect they are part of the creations by Geoffrey Baxter and will be worth pounds 50 to pounds 100. If they were something special like a TV or Banjo vase, then you could be talking two or three times that amount - if the colours are desirable and the size is right.

Q I HAVE a figurine by Beswick called "Rupert Snowballing".

He has sat on my bookshelf for many years and, although I don't have his box, is in superb condition. Could you tell me more about him? - Adam Hunter, Byfleet, Surrey A RUPERT was introduced by the Beswick pottery in 1980.

He was part of a series called Rupert and His Friends. The period of production was short and all five figures were withdrawn in 1986. Today these figures are quite rare and sought after.

Rupert Bear Snowballing (model number 2779) is one of the Beswick rarities and such an example sold for pounds 260 in June 2007.

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The Goons... Sellers, Milligan and Secombe; A Rupert Bear Snowballing figurine sold for pounds 260
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