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'Mrs Brown's' Christmas gift to her loyal manservant revealed.<br />
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An antique rifle that was a gift from Queen Victoria to a manservant who was rumoured to have been her lover has emerged for sale for £40,000.<br />
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The stoic monarch turned to trusted attendant John Brown for counsel after the death of her husband, Prince Albert in 1861.<br />
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Their friendship became so close that it was suggested they were romantically involved.<br />
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At Christmas 1873 she gave keen huntsman Brown a brand new .450 double-barrelled hammer rifle made by Alexander Henry in Edinburgh.<br />
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The gun is being sold by Bonhams in London on May 12.