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Sir Nicholas Winton's treasures sold at auction

Sir Nicholas Winton in 1938 Image copyright PA
Image caption Sir Nicholas Winton is regarded as a hero for saving the lives of hundreds of children

Items once belonging to Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton, including a 105th birthday message from the Queen, have been sold at auction.

Sir Nicholas, who died last year aged 106, brought Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to the UK.

The Winton family decided to sell his estate including his house in Maidenhead, which is now on the market.

Some of the items, including a bible given to Sir Nicholas by his father, fetched sums of up to £1,600.

In 1939, Sir Nicholas organised the rescue of 669 Jewish children destined for Nazi concentration camps, arranging for trains to carry them out of German-occupied Prague to the sanctuary of the UK.

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Image caption The birthday message from the Queen reads: "What a splendid achievement. I send you my warmest congratulations and best wishes for your 105th birthday on the 19th May 2014"

A birthday message written to Sir Nicholas by the Queen for his 105th sold for £300.

And a Napoleon III writing desk made in Paris and bought by Sir Nicholas for his wife, Grete, also sold for £1,000.

His son Nick Winton said the auction was "very emotional".

"It was sad to think I was seeing those things for the last time," he said.

The auction was held at the Swan Auction House in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire on Thursday.

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Image caption A picture taken after US President Bill Clinton introduced himself to Sir Nicholas in 1995 sold for £80
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Image caption A Napoleon III writing desk, bought in 1947 by Mr Winton for his wife, Grete sold for £1,000

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