All of the items were collected by the late Arthur Muggeridge, a former Royal Artillery soldier, for more than forty years.

A rare collection of “secret spy gadgets”, which were developed by MI9 to support British soldiers trapped in France during the Second World War, has been auctioned off in the UK city of Bristol for just about £17,000 ($20,000).

MI9, which was established in 1939, rendered assistance to downed pilots from the Allied forces, also shoring up European resistance groups.

The Sun reported that “the James Bond style gadgets” of the collection included a miniature spy camera, exploding coal, dominoes concealing fragments of a map of France, and a champagne cork with hidden compasses.

The newspaper quoted auctioneer Andrew Stowe as saying that the items, which “struck a chord with people” can be seen as “small acts of bravery”.

He described the gadgets as something that looked like “normal” items that were sent in aid packages to POW camps in French territory during World War II.

The late Arthur Muggeridge, a former Royal Artillery soldier, reportedly spent more than 40 years of his life to build the collection.



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