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Last week Astragal attended The Big A - an auction in aid of the Architects Benevolent Society. The event raised the handsome figure of £70,000, £700 of which came from two Louis Hellman cartoons - a sum that the poor chap could only dream of squeezing out of the AJ. An original pencil-andwash picture by Massimiliano Fuksas proved to be the most coveted lot, eventually snapped up by Jack Pringle for £4,800.

The bargain of the night? A print of the west and east elevations of Wembley Stadium signed by HOK Sport's Rod Sheard and Norman Foster. The first lot of the evening, it was supposed to set the auction off to a ying start, but in the end it sold for the relatively paltry sum of £600. Either the booze hadn't loosened up the bidders enough or the curse of Wembley had struck again.

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