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A Queen Anne oyster walnut chest of drawers, estimated £1,000.<br />
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The collection of an influential politician who helped bring Thatcher to power is going under the hammer and expected to fetch more than £86,000.<br />
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More than 100 items owned by the late Sir Edward du Cann, including a rare maquette of Winston Churchill worth £50,000, have been put up for sale by his family with Duke's of Dorchester in Dorset following his death last year.<br />
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Sir Edward was an MP for 31 years and the longest serving chairman of the powerful 1922 committee, where he was instrumental in bringing Margaret Thatcher to power in 1979, and his name was never far from the front pages of the national newspapers in the 1960s and 70s.<br />
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Among the items being sold are several bronze sculptures of Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Clement Atlee.<br />
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The collection will be sold in the Dorchester saleroom on September 6.