Crivvens! Oor Wullie sketch scoops £4,400 in auction

  • 6 September 2007

A sketch of Oor Wullie sitting on his trademark upturned bucket has fetched £4,400 in auction – eight times what was expected for the illustration.

Drawn by artist Dudley Dexter in 1938, the paper also featured a sketch from the Broons.

Auctioneers said there had been a bidding frenzy for the item, and confirmed the picture would remain in Scotland.

Alex Dove, a book specialist at Lyon and Turnbull, said: “This was an amazing result. We had over 15 phone bidders, the internet and clients in the room bidding frantically.

“We did not expect the sketch to sell for this much, but when you get 30 or 40 people hotly fighting over something, it puts the price up.

“It is an iconic image and a lovely picture.”

Meanwhile, a collection of letters sent from comedy legend Stan Laurel to a Scottish housewife was sold yesterday for £2,900.

The correspondence, which was sent over a 10-year period, charts the highs and lows of the comedian’s personal life and career.

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