A final clearance sale of British colonial bric-a-brac is to be staged next month, but do not expect to walk away in Lavender Patten's slippers - museums have first claim to Government House jumble. Ordinary memento hunters might have to make do with buttons - the former insignia of the disciplined services will probably make up the bulk of auction items. Portraits of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, which hung in public buildings and officers' messes until a fortnight ago, will go under the hammer along with colonial cups and saucers. All vestiges of British rule are now being gathered up and sent to the Government Supplies Department for the big sale, to be held in a large warehouse rather than an auction room because of anticipated interest. Director Nigel Shipman said the pick of the relics would go to museums. 'The disposal policy is that first priority is to give to local museums,' Mr Shipman said. 'The Hong Kong Museum of History, for example, has been given the emblem which was above the Central Government Offices' main wing. 'Items the museums don't want will be disposed of . . . things like departmental chops and stamps with the crown and flags. The most valuable, of course, will be the Hong Kong flags because they have ceased to be used anywhere in the world now.' The sale was expected to be a huge draw. 'At the British farewell ceremony we were handed umbrellas, then when people went on to the Convention Centre there was a great box where people just dumped their umbrellas because they didn't want to carry them around for the rest of the event,' he said. 'Those who were smart and hung on to them apparently can now sell these for $2,000 apiece.' A Hong Kong Museum of History spokesman said the Urban Services Department, Regional Services Department and the Government Records Service had worked through a list of colonial artefacts and divided them up. The museum will get items including the Speaker's chair from Legco and a picture of the QE2 luxury liner, formerly the property of the Customs and Excise Department. Mr Shipman said the Government would advertise details of the sale shortly.