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    Two ex senators and the Shah's former doctor are the latest victims to go before the firing squad in Iran.

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    GV AND SV: Building where property offered for sale, with heavy armed security

    GV AND SV INTERIOR: of exhibition hall and sale items including chandelier.

    CU: Portrait tapestry of Mohammed and other luxurious carpets and tapestries. (2 shots)

    Buyers examining carpets as armed guard look on. (2 shots)

    SV PAN: Anatiques of all types from chinese to French, Chinese temple lion, greek statues (5 shots)

    CU: Portraits of great masters including modern and Islamic. (6 shots)

    Scattered sale articles on floor.

    SV PAN FROM: Armed guard TO truck loaded with furniture and articles driving off. (2 shots)
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    Background: Two ex senators and the Shah's former doctor are the latest victims to go before the firing squad in Iran. The three were executed after being convicted on the Koranic charge of corruption on earth. 74 year old Jamshid A'Alam a former Deputy of the Lower House had been the Shah's personal physician. The executions came as a government run auction began in Teheran. On sale -- the possessions of people who've been executed by Iran's new rulers.

    SYNOPSIS: Teheran's Trade Fair building used to house international business exhibitions. Now, heavily guarded, it is the venue for sales of dead men's possessions. All the items here belonged to supporters of the Shah who have since been executed.

    Many of the sale goods are exotic and luxurious. They belonged to people like ex-Premier Abbas Hoveyda, former SAVAK secret police chief Nematollah Nassiri and famous Jewish millionaire Habib Elghanian, all of whom were shot.

    Carpets like these fetch high prices. On Monday, the first day of the sale, organisers said they collected ten million rials (70,000 pounds sterling); all the money is put into a fun destined, say the authorities, for distribution among the poor.

    The good on sale reflect the life style of Iran's former ruling class. Many are either western or imitations of western art and antiques. They have been taken from the houses of Iran's former elite - a group which prided itself on its European tastes and manners. It is these people, however, who have been branded "the corrupt on earth" by Iran's new rulers; now their belongings are sold off at cut-price rates to chance buyers and bargain hunters.

    Once, these paintings hung on the walls of rich men's houses; some were even on display inside the Shah's royal palaces. Now they have the status of mere souvenirs and curiosity items. Not all of their former owners, however, have been executed; many have either been jailed or else fled the country. Elsewhere in Teheran, their shoes, furniture and even their underwear, are on sale. Here, though , it is only the more dignified items that are on offer.

    Demand has been so great that the sale is expected to last several weeks. Despite one newspaper's reporting a lack of interest in "luxury items and Imperial decorations', there were still people in search of bargains.

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