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Liv Tyler returns to Cotswolds family home – but has love life with Dave Gardner hit a rocky spell?

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Just what has lockdown done to lovebirds Liv Tyler and Dave Gardner, David Beckham’s best friend?

Those close to the couple have grown concerned about their relationship after 43-year-old Lord Of The Rings star Liv flew to Los Angeles for eight weeks with their two children in tow, leaving her football agent fiance to fend for himself.

She returned to their Cotswolds family home with the youngsters, aged five and four, last week – but their transatlantic separation has set tongues wagging.

Liv, daughter of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler, did find time to post a 44th birthday video message to Dave on Instagram while she was away – but was noticeably missing her huge sparkler of an engagement ring. 

Liv Tyler and Dave Gardner pictured above at the British Fashion Awards at London Coliseum in November 2015. Those close to the couple have grown concerned about their relationship

Liv Tyler and Dave Gardner pictured above at the British Fashion Awards at London Coliseum in November 2015. Those close to the couple have grown concerned about their relationship

Dave instead celebrated the day with a surprise dinner party thrown by pals including Beckham – whom he has known since they were in Manchester United’s youth squad together – and comedian Jack Whitehall.

However, despite the rumours about the state of their relationship, a close friend reassures me that the couple have not split.

My source says: ‘Liv wanted to go to LA to see her sister’s baby. But as they are not married, Dave was not able to enter the country because of the Covid-19 restrictions.

‘Liv and the children came back to the UK last week and they are back in their Cotswolds home.’

Liv pictured attending the FOX Winter TCA All Star Party at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, California in January this year

Liv pictured attending the FOX Winter TCA All Star Party at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, California in January this year

They must have a lot of catching up to do as eight weeks is a very long time to be apart for any family.

Dave even had to make his own holiday arrangements during the summer, spending time in Ibiza with Kate Moss, 46, her daughter Lila Grace, 18, and Kate’s photographer boyfriend Nikolai von Bismarck. It was Kate who introduced Dave and Liv to each other in 2014 and they have been engaged since July 2015.

They both have sons from previous relationships. Liv – currently starring in Harlots on BBC2 – has Milo, 14, from her marriage to musician Royston Langton, while Dave, who is godfather to Beckham’s son Brooklyn, fathered 11-year-old Gray with his ex-wife Davinia Taylor, the actress and toilet roll heiress.

Liv’s publicist did not respond to a request to comment.

Princess Charlotte’s godfather Thomas van Straubenzee and his wife Lucy have announced the birth of their first child, who they have named Mary.

Thomas, who works for high-end estate agent Knight Frank, is a close friend of Charlotte’s dad Prince William. New mother Lucy teaches mindfulness and outdoor learning at Thomas’s Battersea, a private school in South West London, which Charlotte attends with brother Prince George.

It was the Cambridges who introduced the couple to each other in 2018 and Thomas and Lucy married in the summer. They were eager to start a family and Lucy was heavily pregnant when she walked down the aisle in Chelsea in July. I wonder if William will be asked to be godfather?

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Police have carried out the highest number of stop and searches in seven years with an increase of 200,000 from last year, new figures show.  

There were 558,973 stop and searches carried out in the year to March under section one of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in England and Wales, according to Home Office figures published today.

The power allows police to search people and vehicles without a warrant.

Just 13 per cent (73,423) of this year’s stop and searches led to an arrest – down from last year’s 15 per cent. 

The increase in stop and searches was larger for white people this year (with an increase of 95,562 to 280,661) than for black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds people (who saw an increase of 55,215 searches to 185,401). 

Police have carried out the highest number of stop and searches in seven years with an increase of 200,000 from last year, new figures show. Stock picture

Police have carried out the highest number of stop and searches in seven years with an increase of 200,000 from last year, new figures show. Stock picture

But BAME people were stopped at a rate of 4.1 times higher than those who were white, a similar rate to the previous year (4.3), the report added. 

Although this year has seen the highest number of stop and searches for seven years, it’s still below the peak of 1,179,746 in 2011.

However it is a 53 per cent increase from last year, when 365,554 searches were recorded.  

The report added: ‘The Metropolitan Police service accounts for half of the increase in the number of stops and searches in latest year.’ 

The statistics cover all stop and search powers which police have under Pace, the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and the Terrorism Act 2000.

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The police's use of stop-and-search rose by a third in the last year as officers used the power 383,629 times after the Home Office relaxed its rules to combat knife crime (file photo)

The police’s use of stop-and-search rose by a third in the last year as officers used the power 383,629 times after the Home Office relaxed its rules to combat knife crime (file photo) 

According to the figures, there were a further 18,081 stops and searches carried out under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (known as an s60) in anticipation of violence – an increase of 35 per cent compared with the previous year (13,414).

Last year the Home Office rolled back restrictions on the s60 tactic as part of a bid to crack down on knife crime and violence, which some critics branded ‘controversial’.

The powers, which can be in force for up to 48 hours, give police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe serious violence will occur.

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Officers can look for weapons before they can be used, or those used in a recent attack and do not need ‘serious grounds for suspicion if serious violence is anticipated’, only a reasonable belief that a disturbance ‘may’ occur.

The majority of stop and searches under both Pace and s60 powers (76 per cent or 437,139 out of 577,054) resulted in no further action being taken, a similar proportion to the previous year (73 per cent). 

Data from Greater Manchester Police is not included because the force is still unable to provide figures due to ongoing technology problems.

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Boris Johnson was facing a growing north and south revolt over lockdown today as some of his newest MPs demanded he produce an exit strategy for some of the areas worst hit by the second wave of the pandemic.

In the biggest Tory challenge to his leadership since the general election a group of 54 of his newest MPs from former Red Wall seats warned they were up for ‘a bit of tussle’ with Downing Street, and suggesting they could vote as a block against legislation.

The newly-formed Northern Research Group (NRG) of Conservative backbenchers wrote to Mr Johnson to warn the coronavirus crisis is threatening his pledge to ‘level-up’ the country and could ‘send the North into reverse’.

The group, led by former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry, wants the Prime Minister to publish a ‘clear road map’ for Tier Three areas to leave lockdown as well as an economic recovery plan for the North of England. 

At the same time Mr Johnson is also facing discontent from MPs in other parts of the country, as more and more areas are put into the toughest Tier 3 lockdown.

Dan Poulter, the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, who is an NHS doctor and former health minister, backed a report calling for the UK to copy New Zealand by suppressing and eliminating the virus rather than trying to ‘live with it’.

NRG member Simon Fell, who has only been Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness in Cumbria since December’s election, told Times Radio the group is ‘trying to essentially keep the government honest on its promises to the north’.

He insisted they ‘want to be a friendly and helpful voice’, but added: ‘It’s going to be a bit of tussle for a while getting Number 10 into the position where they understand what our voters are hoping for and what they expect to get out of us, but that’s a good conversation to be having I think.’

He added: ‘When we start to look at issues like Covid and the restrictions that have been brought in. You know, we need to understand that some of these things hit the north disproportionately badly.’ 

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NRG member Simon Fell (right) , who has only been Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness in Cumbria since December’s election, told Times Radio the group is ‘trying to essentially keep the government honest on its promises to the north’. Dan Poulter (left) , the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, who is an NHS doctor and former health minister, backed a report calling for the UK to copy New Zealand by suppressing and eliminating the virus rather than trying to ‘live with it’.

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The newly-formed Northern Research Group (NRG) of Conservative backbenchers wrote to Mr Johnson to warn the coronavirus crisis is threatening his pledge to 'level-up' the country and could 'send the North into reverse'

The newly-formed Northern Research Group (NRG) of Conservative backbenchers wrote to Mr Johnson to warn the coronavirus crisis is threatening his pledge to ‘level-up’ the country and could ‘send the North into reverse’

Tory backbench leader Sir Graham Brady demands ministers start accounting for the wider impact of lockdowns 

Ministers must start providing data on the ‘the real costs of Covid-19‘ on people’s lives, including throttling of NHS care and the economic impact of lockdown, a top Tory warned today.

Sir Graham Brady said the Government had ‘a duty to take into account the best interests of the nation as a whole’ but could not do that without vast improvements in the data available to it. 

Sir Graham, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives, is the MP for Altringham and Sale West in Greater Manchester, which was last week placed in the highest Tier 3 lockdown. 

He said that the Department of Health and Social Care should compile and publish data on deaths caused by reduced access to care, and for the Treasury to do the same about ‘shuttered businesses and lost jobs’.

He warned that amid Labour demands for a ‘circuit break’ lockdown and increasing numbers of cities being placed into the Very High lockdown, there needed to be recognition of ‘the extraordinary toll that these measures are taking on the country’.

‘The cost of lockdown extends far beyond the public accounts. Suicide rates are up. People are missing out on life-saving operations and essential care,’ he wrote in an op-ed for the Conservative Home website.

‘Millions are struggling with their mental health as restrictions cut them off from friends, family, and other support networks. 

‘Domestic violence is on the rise as women are trapped at home with violent partners.

‘All the while young people, who are amongst those least at risk from Covid-19, are paying a huge price. 

‘School has been disrupted, formative moments and milestones missed, and now many are confined to their dormitories at university.

‘Does anyone honestly think that this is sustainable for a year, or more? The ”lockdown raves” we saw this summer will be just the start.’

 

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Mr Berry insisted this morning the letter does not represent a ‘revolt’ against the PM but it will have spooked Number 10 because many of the disillusioned MPs are from Red Wall seats which propelled Mr Johnson to victory last December.

Mr Berry said the Government needed to do a better job of providing the public with ‘easily digestible’ data to show how the fight against Covid-19 is progressing in order to better incentivise people to stick to the rules. 

The letter prompted an immediate charm offensive from Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi as he praised the group’s MPs for acting as ‘champions for their area’. 

It came as approximately eight million people in England face living under the toughest Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the week after officials confirmed four separate parts of Nottinghamshire will be thrust into a Tier Three lockdown from midnight on Wednesday, following three days of crunch talks with the Government.   

Officials have agreed to adopt the draconian measures in Nottingham City, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe in an attempt to drive down transmission. 

It will mean all pubs and bars have to close unless they serve meals, while people are banned from mixing with anyone they don’t live with indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens. 

Ministers finally confirmed yesterday that Warrington will also be subject to the strictest measures as of today.  

A North-South divide has emerged as a result of the Government’s coronavirus tier system, as all areas under the strictest restrictions are in the North and Midlands. 

As well as demanding a ‘road map’ out of lockdown, the Northern Research Group has also urged the Government to prioritise key infrastructure projects and to accelerate job creation in the region. 

Mr Berry this morning dismissed claims of a Tory rebellion, telling the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme: ‘It’s not a revolt, I don’t know how it can be a revolt for northern MPs to write to the Prime Minister to ask to work with him on delivering him on his exciting manifesto that he has a mandate for from December 2019.

‘We are asking for the Government to reaffirm its commitment to stimulate the north by bringing forward a northern growth strategy.

‘The reason we really want to focus on that is, like at my own constituency in East Lancashire, we’re a manufacturing powerhouse in Rossendale and Darwen and probably against all expectations if you look at the purchase managers index PMI for last month the barometer of strength in manufacturing, all parts of the north, including East Lancashire, we’re growing faster than London, I think that really demonstrates to Government that by building this bespoke northern growth plan, the north can be the leaders in building back better and that’s what we’re seeking.’

Mr Berry said the Government needed to do a better job of spelling out to members of the public the data underpinning its coronavirus response. 

‘First of all it’s good that the Government has identified the metrics that are going to enable areas to leave Tier Three or Tier Two respectively,’ he said.

‘What I would like to see on a personal basis is that information provided in an easily digestible, consumer facing public friendly way that can show people a route out of these restrictions.

Former minister Jake Berry is leading a Northern Research Group of Tory MPs in demanding the Government set out a road map for exiting local lockdowns

Former minister Jake Berry is leading a Northern Research Group of Tory MPs in demanding the Government set out a road map for exiting local lockdowns

A letter sent by the group to Number 10 has prompted an immediate charm offensive from ministers as Nadhim Zahawi said the MPs were 'champions for their area'

A letter sent by the group to Number 10 has prompted an immediate charm offensive from ministers as Nadhim Zahawi said the MPs were ‘champions for their area’

WHAT ARE THE TIER THREE RULES? AND WHEN DO THEY COME INTO FORCE?

Warrington was made subject to Tier Three lockdown rules as of midnight last night.

Nottingham City, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe will be part of Tier Three from 00.01am Thursday.

NEW RULES

  • People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting, in any private garden, or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events;
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue;
  • All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals, any alcohol must only be served alongside such a meal.

OTHER GUIDANCE 

  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey; 
  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area.
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‘The reason we’ve written to the PM asking to work with him on his levelling up agenda as northern MPs is for many areas of the north we have been in restrictions similar to Tier Three, almost identical to Tier Two, since August and that’s why we want to revitalise the PM’s levelling up agenda by working with the Government to deliver for the community we as Northern MPs represent.’ 

Mr Berry, who represents the constituency of Rossendale and Darwen, said better public awareness could lead to higher levels of adherence to Covid-19 rules.   

‘Well I think we need consistent and clear data to be published that not just shows council leaders but the public and businesses how they are doing in tackling this pandemic,’ he said. 

‘If you visit any church hall or scout hut around the country you’ll see the thermometer on the wall telling them how they’re getting toward they’re new roof fund.

‘Incentivising people, providing them data, bringing them with you, letting them understand that they’re part of this great battle we’re fighting against Covid will, I think, increase compliance and also a route out of these restrictions is obviously part of a route to recovery which is what we have written to the Prime Minister seeking as a group of northern MPs.’

The letter from the Northern Research Group prompted an immediate charm offensive from ministers as Mr Zahawi told Sky News this morning: ‘I think they are rightly champions for their area. 

‘They want to make sure that their northern powerhouse strategy that Jake Berry and others have worked so hard on, with myself, I am the local growth minister as well as being the business and industry minister, is delivered and that is absolutely our focus.

‘You will see that coming through as I said in our refresh of the industrial strategy.

‘The industrial strategy was a great piece of work, delivered in 2017, in a world of near full employment.

‘We are entering a very different world today post-pandemic and that is the point they are trying to make I think. As I said to you, judge us by what we do.’ 

Mr Zahawi told LBC Radio that the Tier Three rules are subject to review every 28 days and that the way out of the top tier was to bring the spread of the virus under control. 

The full letter from the Northern Research Group, which was orchestrated by MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry

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The full letter from the Northern Research Group, which was orchestrated by MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry 

The letter from the Northern Research Group represents a major headache for Boris Johnson, pictured on a visit to a hospital in Reading yesterday

The letter from the Northern Research Group represents a major headache for Boris Johnson, pictured on a visit to a hospital in Reading yesterday 

He said: ‘There is some good news. I have to be very cautious about this… but what I would say if you look at the the data, where we are working really well together, the rate of increase has slowed down.

‘It’s still too high, and we’ve got to continue to protect our hospitals, make sure that we save lives, protect the NHS and of course protect livelihoods and businesses, which is why this is a balancing act.’

He added: ‘It’s a choice between two harms – the harm of the virus and the harm to the economy and to livelihoods, which ultimately also leads to health harms as well.’

Mr Berry told Number 10 overnight that ‘our party’s return to Government in December was won on the back of hard-working people in constituencies like ours who backed the Conservatives for the first time in a generation, and who did so on the promise that they would not be forgotten’.

‘We cannot forget that we must deliver on our commitments made during that election, to level-up northern communities and create opportunity across our region,’ he added.  

Some 40 Conservative MPs have publicly signed Mr Berry’s letter, while a further 14 have had their names redacted.

Mr Johnson won a majority of 80 seats at last year’s general election, turning many traditional Labour constituencies – which formed the so-called Red Wall – blue.

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Some MPs have expressed concern that these newly won seats could be returned to Labour at the next election if the Government fails to deliver on its promise to ‘level up’ the country.

A Number 10 spokesman said: ‘We are absolutely committed to levelling up across the country and building back better after coronavirus.

‘We stood at the last election on a solemn promise that we would improve people’s lives, and although the pandemic has meant 2020 is not the year we all hoped it would be, our ambitions for the country are unchanged.’

Labour’s shadow Treasury minister Bridget Phillipson said: ‘Even Boris Johnson’s own MPs know that he cannot be trusted to deliver on his promises.

‘The Government has been treating local communities with contempt.

‘The decision not to extend free school meals is the clearest sign yet that the Conservatives have the wrong priorities and are not on the side of British families.’

The pressure on the PM from northern Tory MPs came as northern council leaders in areas moving into Tier Three expressed concerns about the amount of Government funding they have been given to keep local businesses afloat. 

Warrington’s Labour council leader Russ Bowden defended the deal done with the Government but suggested he would have liked more money as the authority entered the top tier. 

He admitted that ‘we went in with a larger ask than what we got from Government’ but denied it had been a ‘case of rolling over’.

Warrington council will receive a financial support package of £1.68 million to help contact-tracing and enforcement, as well as £4.2 million in business support from the Government.

Mr Bowden told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘Ultimately we had to make a call whether or not to accept that, that’s what a negotiation is about.’

Meanwhile, councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said it is ‘difficult to tell’ whether the city has secured enough support because all areas have been given a ‘flat rate’.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I think we have additional responsibilities of running a big city, and the city centre in particular has additional needs.

‘I’m not sure that all of that will be covered in what we’ve been promised from the Government.’

He said costs and lost income from the first wave of Covid-19 ‘were not fully met as was promised’, meaning that budgets are ‘strained and stretched’. 

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A ‘kiss of death’ lipstick gun and a purse with a hidden camera are among the haul of James Bond-style gadgets going up for sale in a New York auction.

Most of the devices were deployed by the Soviet Union and her comrades in the Cold War against the US and look as if they came from the imagination of ‘From Russia, with Love’ author Ian Fleming.

California auction house Julien’s will sell the roughly 400 lots – online and then in-person from mid-January to February 13, 2021. 

Highlights include the gun designed to look like lipstick estimated at up to $1,200; a hotel-room eavesdropping bug from 1964 valued at $500 and the purse from the 1950s with a hidden Leica camera valued at $3,500.   

The 'kiss of death' gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick is valued at $1,200 and made to fire a single shot of a 0.177 calibre bullet - most likely in the bedroom. It was issued to female agents of the KGB and this example was obtained during random border check between East and West Germany in 1965

The ‘kiss of death’ gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick is valued at $1,200 and made to fire a single shot of a 0.177 calibre bullet – most likely in the bedroom. It was issued to female agents of the KGB and this example was obtained during random border check between East and West Germany in 1965

An original Soviet KGB Fialka (M-125-3M) or 'Violet' cipher machine used during the Cold War to code and decode secret messages, with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. The device uses 10 rotors, each with 30 contacts along them with mechanical pins to control the stepping. The Fialka contains a tape reader on its right side and a paper punch and printing mechanism on the left. This model, the M-125-3MN, had distinct typewheels for Latin and Cyrilic text

An original Soviet KGB Fialka (M-125-3M) or ‘Violet’ cipher machine used during the Cold War to code and decode secret messages, with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. The device uses 10 rotors, each with 30 contacts along them with mechanical pins to control the stepping. The Fialka contains a tape reader on its right side and a paper punch and printing mechanism on the left. This model, the M-125-3MN, had distinct typewheels for Latin and Cyrilic text

One of the first transistorized stationary microphone listening devices or 'bugs' with an adjustable frequency, circa 1964, valued at $500. The antenna is seen on the left, the microphone filter also on the left, frequency locking screws are in the center and an external power source was connected to the two pins on the right. Measuring just three inches, the circuitry is very basic with a single transistor, a coil and a couple of passive components

One of the first transistorized stationary microphone listening devices or ‘bugs’ with an adjustable frequency, circa 1964, valued at $500. The antenna is seen on the left, the microphone filter also on the left, frequency locking screws are in the center and an external power source was connected to the two pins on the right. Measuring just three inches, the circuitry is very basic with a single transistor, a coil and a couple of passive components

A replica of the type of umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the infamous assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov, valued at around $3,000. The dissident writer was assassinated in September, 1978 in London, with a micro-engineered pellet containing ricin, fired into his leg from an umbrella wielded by someone associated with the Bulgarian Secret Service

A replica of the type of umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the infamous assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov, valued at around $3,000. The dissident writer was assassinated in September, 1978 in London, with a micro-engineered pellet containing ricin, fired into his leg from an umbrella wielded by someone associated with the Bulgarian Secret Service

A Soviet KGB spy purse known as 'The Fly' used by female operatives, designed to hold a concealed FED camera - its value is estimated at $3,500. The camera - absolutely tiny for its period - was capable of capturing very high resolution images so that intelligence could be carried out and targets identified

A Soviet KGB spy purse known as ‘The Fly’ used by female operatives, designed to hold a concealed FED camera – its value is estimated at $3,500. The camera – absolutely tiny for its period – was capable of capturing very high resolution images so that intelligence could be carried out and targets identified

An emblem on the side of the purse, shaped like a fly, opens up to allow the camera to capture an image - hence the item's name 'The Fly'

An emblem on the side of the purse, shaped like a fly, opens up to allow the camera to capture an image – hence the item’s name ‘The Fly’

A rare steel wire recorder believed to have been produced and used by the Soviet GRU spy agency

A rare steel wire recorder believed to have been produced and used by the Soviet GRU spy agency

Jabbed in the leg with a an umbrella, the death of Georgie Markov

On the afternoon of September 7, 1978, Bulgarian dissident writer Georgie Markov was apprehended as he crossed the south side of Waterloo Bridge, London.

As he pushed through crowds of people close to a bus stop he felt a sharp pang in his left thigh.

Turning around he catches sight of a man reaching down for a fumbled umbrella. 

‘I’m sorry,’ the man tells him in a thick accent.

A moment later a taxi pulled up and he got inside and vanished.

He died three days later – injected with the poison ricin from the umbrella. 

At the time Markov was working for the BBC. 

The prime suspect Francesco Gullino – known by his code name ‘Piccadilly’ – was questioned by British police in 1993 but later released.

A Channel Five documentary ‘The Umbrella Assassin,’ from 2006 revealed that Piccadilly was alive and well.
  

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The items were recently on display at the KGB Espionage Museum in Manhattan, New York – a private museum opened in January 2019 by Lithuanian historian Julius Urbaitis that has closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The lipstick gun was designed for single shot of a 0.177 calibre bullet.

Its existence was discovered during random border check between East and West Germany in 1965 and was used by female agents, most likely in the bedroom.

Other items are a rare Soviet version of the Enigma code cipher machine known as the Fialka with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.

The replica of syringe umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the assassination of Markov is valued at around $3,000.

He was assassinated in September, 1978, with a micro-engineered pellet containing ricin, fired into his leg from an umbrella wielded by someone associated with the Bulgarian Secret Service.

It has been speculated the KGB gave assistance.

A vintage 453 kilo carved stone sculpture of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin that stood in the headquarters of the KGB in Kaliningrad is valued at $7,000.

A machine used by border guards to detect people hiding in vehicles could fetch $1,200.

A Nazi WWII phone tap device is estimated at $2,500, while an original steel door from a former KGB prison hospital could go for $700.

A vintage railroad ‘Infected Area’ warning sign is valued at $150.

The Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 was a seismic moment in Cold War history as the threat of war loomed during the tense 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the installation of nuclear armed Soviet missiles on Cuba.  

A 1,000 pound bust of Vladimir Lenin hand-carved out of white stone. The bust stood on the premises of the KGB headquarters in Kaliningrad but was eventually secreted across the border into Latvia. It is valued at $7,000

A 1,000 pound bust of Vladimir Lenin hand-carved out of white stone. The bust stood on the premises of the KGB headquarters in Kaliningrad but was eventually secreted across the border into Latvia. It is valued at $7,000

A device called 'Lavanda-M', built in 1986, it was designed to identify if people were hiding in vehicles. Used by the KGB at checkpoints and border crossings, the device could detect the types of vibrations and micro movements produced by heartbeat, breathing and muscle contractions. It is accompanied by the original logbook documenting when the device was used

A device called ‘Lavanda-M’, built in 1986, it was designed to identify if people were hiding in vehicles. Used by the KGB at checkpoints and border crossings, the device could detect the types of vibrations and micro movements produced by heartbeat, breathing and muscle contractions. It is accompanied by the original logbook documenting when the device was used

A Soviet 'infected' enameled skull and crossbones sign from the 1950s or 60s. These signs were used along railway lines to indicate to crew and passengers that they were passing through a radioactive sector, chemical attack zone, or diseased area

A Soviet ‘infected’ enameled skull and crossbones sign from the 1950s or 60s. These signs were used along railway lines to indicate to crew and passengers that they were passing through a radioactive sector, chemical attack zone, or diseased area

An original Soviet KGB Fialka (M-125-3M) or "Violet" cipher machine used during the Cold War to code and decode secret messages

An original Soviet KGB Fialka (M-125-3M) or ‘Violet’ cipher machine used during the Cold War to code and decode secret messages

A Soviet KGB spy pistol used by female operatives and designed to look like a tube of lipstick

A Soviet KGB spy pistol used by female operatives and designed to look like a tube of lipstick

The interior of the camera-purse known as 'The Fly'

The interior of the camera-purse known as ‘The Fly’

One of the first transistorized stationary microphone listening devices or "bugs" with an adjustable frequency, circa 1964

One of the first transistorized stationary microphone listening devices or ‘bugs’ with an adjustable frequency, circa 1964

Hundreds of pieces, some never before seen at auction, that tell the history of the island nation located 90 miles from the U.S., its struggles and uprising against their government in 1959, led by the Cuban Revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

Highlights include Che Guevara’s high school report card $1,000-$1,500 and a signed 1958 letter from Fidel Castro discussing plans to infiltrate the capital city of Havana, estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

Auctioneer Darren Julien said: ‘These extraordinary items taken out of the secret archives and vaults from the U.S., Russia and Cuba will add tremendous value to any collection from world class museums to any history buff’s private trove.

‘These stunning objects offer a fascinating look at the geopolitical, economic and cultural upheaval of that time, whose impact resonates more than ever in this election year.’  

A replica of the type of umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the infamous assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov

An original steel door for room number 13 from a former KGB prison hospital

A replica of the type of umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the infamous assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov (left) and an original steel door for room number 13 from a former KGB prison hospital

A replica of the type of umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the infamous assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov

A replica of the type of umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the infamous assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov

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