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Blanche d'Alpuget is preparing to auction off hundreds of items from the home she shared with her husband and former prime minister Bob Hawke.

The widow opened up the doors to her North Sydney property on Saturday to invite members of the public to peruse through the pieces of furniture and art.

'Bob … was my favourite item but he’s gone so everything else can go,' she told Daily Telegraph. 

Ms d'Alpuget is downsizing to a $3.63million apartment and has chosen to auction the treasured collection since her husband passed away on May 16 - aged 89. 

Blanche d'Alpuget (right) is preparing to auction off hundreds of items from the home she shared with her husband and former prime minister Bob Hawke (left)

Blanche d'Alpuget (right) is preparing to auction off hundreds of items from the home she shared with her husband and former prime minister Bob Hawke (left)

Ms d'Alpuget had been present at the home as members of the public perused through the 235 items to be auctioned - including Australian cricket helmets and an Afghan wall hanging (pictured, a collection of cricket helmets and balls which Hawke acquired in 2000 have been listed for $300-$500)

Ms d'Alpuget had been present at the home as members of the public perused through the 235 items to be auctioned - including Australian cricket helmets and an Afghan wall hanging (pictured, a collection of cricket helmets and balls which Hawke acquired in 2000 have been listed for $300-$500)

A Hawke's Larger esky owned by former prime minister Bob Hawke is expected to raise $200 - $300

A Hawke's Larger esky owned by former prime minister Bob Hawke is expected to raise $200 - $300

Mr Hawke was Labor's longest-serving prime minsiter, winning elections in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990. 

Ms d'Alpuget had been present at the home as members of the public perused through the 235 items to be auctioned - including Australian cricket helmets and an Afghan wall hanging.

Though she is reported to have been overcome with emotion and moved to the kitchen as the viewing unfolded.

Visitors expressed their awe at the sight of the interior of the home.

'I’m just amazed the home was open, how elegant, the design is very modern and the paintings are absolutely lovely, I especially like the horse racing ones,' one person said. 

Another visitor said they were pleased to have an inside look into the life of Mr Hawke.

'Seeing all his cigars and cigar-related items has been fascinating,' he said.

Andrew Shapiro, from Shapiro Auctioneers and Gallery, said the items present important moments in Australia's history.

'The home that Bob Hawke and Blanche d'Alpuget shared had an

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