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  • Lang’s next auction will the the largest yet, with more than 3000 lots. They include one of the world’s best collections of classic American reels.
  • Neil Freeman looks at big-game tackle from a golden era, when makers created superbly crafted but extremely large reels capable of battling the ocean’s mightiest marlin and tuna.
  • A Frank Benson wedding gift may have headed this sale, but several other pictures attracted healthy prices, helping this auction’s total receipts reach a total of more than $2 million.
  • Plus: – The First US Spring Hook, Dr Todd Larson uncovers the fascinating Sockdolager story, how George Griswold invented in 1845 what is generally recognised to be the first US spring-loaded hook. – My Magic Trip to Mongolia. John Bailey recalls his first trip: a ground-breaking expedition to a wild river in outer Mongolia in search of the fabled taimen.
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