Auctioneers were stunned to discover 1,300 Steiff teddy bears and soft toys, when they visited a couple’s home.
The collection includes an array of bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, monkeys, elephants, lions, frogs and other animals.
The stuffed animals were collected by the couple over a period of 15 years.
The collection is thought to be one of the largest and highest quality collection of Steiff bears to remain in private hands and is expected to fetch around £1.2 million when it is sold at auction in October.
One of the most valuable items is the 85 year old Harlequin Steiff teddy bear pictured left, which is expected to fetch over £100,000.