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Auction Lots Expected To Fly

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10:36am 14th November 2014
(Updated 10:37am 14th November 2014)

He's been collecting them for nearly 10 years, but now a Dad's selling off his Japanese netsukes to help fund his daughter's dream of being a pilot.

Neil Carter has about 20 of the finely carved items that are used to hold together traditional men's clothing.

They're expected to fetch between  £600 to £1,200 at Duke's Auction House in Dorchester today.

Neil's daughter Ellie became obsessed with aeroplanes when she was five and at the age of nine wrote to the Royal International Air Tattoo asking for them to feature her favourite aircraft - the U-2 - the following summer.

She has been having flying lessons and now has over 20 hours under her belt.

But her career of becoming a pilot will require equipment and exams which is why her dad, a director of a haulage firm, is parting with his collection.

Neil said: "I joked with my wife that we could sell them and pay for the kids' education, but she laughed. Then she took them to the Antiques Road Show and realised that they were half decent."

"My daughter has been obsessed with flying since she was five and thanks to a U-2 pilot has been having flying lessons. She's flown six or seven types of plane."

Ellie with John

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