Iconic Lovejoy jacket at auction

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The leather jacket worn by the irrepressible television character Lovejoy – filmed on location in Suffolk more than 30 years ago – comes under the auctioneer’s hammer in Newton on Saturday.

A black jacket was constantly worn by the actor Ian McShane in the popular television comedy drama in the 1980s and 1990s.

He wore the trademark jacket with a white T-shirt underneath, creating his recognisable lovable roguish antiques dealer character.

It will be sold this weekend at Mander Auctioneers at it new centre in Assington Road, Newton, with the sale starting at 10am.

The public has a chance to view it on Friday from 9am to 8pm.

The company said the jacket is thought to have been one of four black leather jackets worn between 1986 and 1994, and auctioneer James Mander said the jacket was acquired on set in the 1990s, following the filming of the final episode.

He said: “Although it is not an easy item to value, the jacket, which comes with some related ephemera from the show, has a guide price of £600 to £800.

“The vendor has decided to sell the jacket having witnessed the successful sale of the Lovejoy Antiques shop sign, which fetched £1,200 when sold at the Mander auction recently.

“The Lovejoy series is well known and fondly remembered in the area since it was filmed in and around this part of Suffolk.”