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Barker, Ronald William George [Ronnie] (1929–2005), actor and comedian, was born on 25 September 1929 at 70 Garfield Street, Bedford, the only son and second of the three children of Leonard William Barker, a clerk for Shell, and his wife, Edith Eleanor, née...

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Christie, James (1730–1803), auctioneer, was born in Perth, Scotland. Little is known of his background, except that his mother was a MacDonald; his father, an Englishman of good family. He entered the navy, but resigned his commission as a midshipman about 1750 in order to marry....

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Stevens family (per. c. 1830–1925), natural history auctioneers, whose name was synonymous with natural history and curiosity auctions for over a century, became involved in this business when John Crace Stevens became a partner in a long-established Covent Garden auction house. The company had been founded about 1759 by ...

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Wilson, Peter Cecil (1913–1984), fine art auctioneer, was born on 8 March 1913 in London, the third and youngest son (there were no daughters) of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Mathew Richard Henry (‘Scatters’) Wilson, fourth baronet (1875–1958), of Eshton Hall, Gargrave, Yorkshire, and his wife, the ...