Benny Hill memorabilia under the hammer

Buy the Fred Scuttle beret...

Benny Hill’s ‘Fred Scuttle’ beret and glasses are to go under the auctioneer’s hammer next month.

The memorabilia is to be sold by Aldridge & Son auction house in Devizes on August 15 along with a fan letter Hill was sent from Bilko star Phil Silvers.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: ‘Benny Hill was a British great and we are delighted to be able to offer items associated with Fred Scuttle.’

Also going under the hammer is a love letter Peter Sellers wrote to his second wife Britt Ekland in 1964, which reveals the comedian’s anxiety at marrying a much younger woman.

He wrote: ‘I love you desperately and think you are so absolutely wonderful in every way that I find it very difficult to understand why you married me.’

The couple divorced in four years later.

The letter is expected to fetch up to £2,500 in the sale in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday August 15.

Aldridge told ThisIsWiltshire: ‘The letter from Peter Sellers is quite extraordinary in what it reveals about his relationship with Miss Ekland. I think it is a very important artefact in showbusiness history.’

Published: 31 Jul 2009

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