The house is believed to have been ‘built’ during the first half of the 19th Century and has been kept in the same family ever since. In recent years it was on display in Dorchester Museum.

According to the memoirs of one former owner the inhabitants consisted of ‘Mr Fair and his wife, Lady Fair, and Elspeth and Tommy and the baby… There was [also] Blockhead the butler… and two anonymous maids.’ Many of these have survived to enchant future generations, along with a wide range of furnishings from the Victorian era.

This compelling history assisted the bidding, which opened at a bullish £2,200 and continued to soar. Eventually one of the phone lines came out on top with an emphatic £4,200 bid.

The dolls house was the star lot of the sale, but there were plenty of other stellar prices across all sections of this sale which continues to grow in stature under the experienced eye of auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon who collates these quarterly events.

A run of South African Krugerands from the 1970s and early ‘80s together fetched a collective and impressive £10,435.

A British Royal Air Force Omega stainless steel pilot’s wristwatch dating from 1953 saw a tussle between a couple of phone bidders – one winning out with a bid of £3,200.

A miscellaneous collection of over 400 pre and post nationalisation rail tickets proved irresistible to one room bidder who clinched them with a claim of £1,250. Another miscellaneous collection of around 430 railway tickets sold for £500.

The scope and range of items on offer was quite breathtaking. From some beautifully illustrated natural history volumes including The Illustrated Book of Poultry from 1880 which sold for £380; to a H.M.V. gramophone with a sought-after Lumiere pleated diaphragm, which went for £680.

Waterline model ships were another success story. Examples by Len Jordan and others in plain boxes sold for £650, while 47 white metal and diecast model waterline model ships by Albatross and others were not far behind at £600.

The next collectors’ sale will take place on Friday, June 3. This will include a selection of Great War memorabilia. If you have items to consign or would like expert, no obligation advice, please contact Peter Rixon at the salerooms on (01823) 332525.