FURNITURE which is almost a century old is being auctioned off for thousands of pounds each.

A collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture and furnishings which date as far back as the 1930’s is expected to fetch over £15,000.

They are being auctioned by Leyburn-based, Tennants Auctioneers at its Modern Living - Art and Design sale on Saturday, March 2.

A spokeswoman said: “Always a firm favourite at auction, Mouseman pieces from the 1930s command the best prices as eager bidders compete to win a prized lot.

“The offerings in Tennants’ March sale look set to cause excitement with some special pieces.”

A ‘bespoke’ double-sided bookcase desk, which features a specially-carved mouse, is to estimated fetch between £5,000 and £7,000.

Whilst an early Monk’s chair, dated 1936, is due to be sold for any amount between £1,500 and £2,000.

The spokeswoman added: “The chair – initially designed for the monks at Ampleforth Abbey, Thompson often made personalised examples for clients such as the present lot.

“The chair was made for William Fox who worked for Rowntree’s of York.”

An oak chest of drawers, and a panelled sideboard, estimated at £3,000 each, is joining dozens of other pieces of furniture created by North Yorkshire's Robert Thompson.