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Auctioned off

The antiquated former offices of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers in Glasgow were dominated by a majestic, if impractical, table. It has not followed staff to their spanking new premises at Stock Exchange House in Nelson Mandela Place. Instead it will be offered at Sotheby's with a reserve of Pounds 2,000.

Tino Ferri, the ever upbeat Scottish member of the union's national executive, is hoping for Pounds 3,000, which would be Pounds 2,800 more than one bargain-hunting member offered for the Victorian relic. At the opening of the new premises, UK general secretary Nigel de Gruchy promised in devolutionary spirit that Scotland could keep the proceeds.

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