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An Alfa Romeo bought by Benito Mussolini for his girlfriend has been sold for £1.4million after being lovingly restored.

The Italian dictator gave the 1939 car to his mistress Clara Petacci – only for the pair to be caught when the vehicle was stopped as they tried to flee from Italy at the end of the Second World War.

The 6C Sport Berlinetta, which sat in a barn in America for 21 years from 1949, has been brought back to its former glory – and snapped up at auction.

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