An auction of camera gear left over when Jacobs closed its 19 stores during the summer has raised more than half a million pounds.

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More than 2,600 bidders competed for DSLRs, lenses and other gear that remained in stock when the family-run chain shut its doors after 73 years, shedding 158 staff.

A Leica M9 raised the most cash, bowing out for £3,588.

The five-day auction triggered 228,000 hits on the website of auction organiser Jones Lang LaSalle – the largest response the firm has received to an online sale in four years.

An auction spokesman said: ‘All items were purchased by UK bidders, with the quality and range of stock believed to be two of the factors behind the sale’s popularity.’