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Alex Salmond's favourite Saltire tie to be auctioned

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What is former SNP leader Alex Salmond's favourite tie? Well, it's blue with dot-like Saltires on it, and he doesn't just have one, but a number in the same design.

Mr Salmond told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson: "I shall put one of these ties in the auction which is taking place of all the gifts I have been given as first minister in the last seven-and-a-half-years.

"That tie, and about 280 other individual items, will be able to benefit CLIC Sargent, the Scottish Youth Theatre and St Jerome's Orphanage in Kenya."

So, where has Mr Salmond been seen wearing his favourite tie?

18 November, 2014 (evening)

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Image caption After a day at the Scottish Parliament, Alex Salmond headed west to attend the Scotland V England football friendly at Celtic Park in Glasgow. He saw the home team score once and the away side shoot three into the back of the net.

18 November, 2014 (daytime)

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Image caption It seemed appropriate that on his last day in the hot seat, Mr Salmond should wear his favourite tie. He addressed MSPs for the final time before handing over as first minister.

10 September, 2014

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Image caption The tie was frequently seen on the referendum campaign trail. Here, with just eight days to go, Mr Salmond stood alongside SNP colleagues and other "Yes" supporters.

28 August, 2014

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Image caption The tie, this time being worn with a white shirt, was seen on ceremonial occasions. Mr Salmond is pictured shaking Prime Minister David Cameron's hand at an Armed Forces Day celebration.

25 August, 2014

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Image caption A confident Mr Salmond, sporting his Saltire tie with a blue shirt, entered into his second TV debate with Alistair Darling, the head of the "No" campaign. Many pundits and pollsters reckoned the then first minister did the better in the live Q&A.

26 November, 2014

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Image caption White Paper day was a key date in the calendar this year - so what better time to wear the trusted Saltire blue. The eyes of the world were on Mr Salmond, and his then deputy Nicola Sturgeon, as they published their prospectus for Scottish independence.

21 May, 2013

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Image caption Once the date of the referendum was announced, Mr Salmond headed around Scotland to promote his pro-independence case. Here he visited the Alexander Dennis factory in Falkirk.

15 October, 2012

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Image caption The tie was worn on historic occasions too, including the day Mr Salmond and Mr Cameron signed the Edinburgh Agreement which paved the way for the Scottish independence referendum to take place.

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