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Lester Piggotts St Leger Winners.


Lester Piggotts St Leger Winners.

Item Code : PDH0023Lester Piggotts St Leger Winners. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 850 prints. Paper size 25 inches x 23 inches (64cm x 60cm)Artist : Winner140.00

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