Having researched and written the article earlier this week on Home Insurance: Is Your Collection Junk or Worth a Fortune‘, I seem to be coming across all sorts of valuable collections!
Firstly, I went to the gym yesterday (continuing my New Year resolution of getting fit – and assessing whether I keep my gym membership or use the Wii Fit) and in order to help pass the time whilst on the treadmill I watched the TV.
I caught the end of the ‘Best of Homes Under the Hammer’ – have to say these ‘Best of’ programs generally annoy me but seeing as I hadn’t seen any of this series, I was for once happy to watch.
Next program up was ‘Cash in the Attic‘. If I’m honest I nearly switched over to This Morning but decided to wait and see. I was quite absorbed, surprisingly so – seeing whether the Musselwhite family raised enough for their Spanish lessons before moving to the Costa del Luz!
A Goss and Crested China collection was picked up on. The expectation was that this could be worth around £120. In the end it went for less than this but the point was raised that many homes have such Crested China…. with my mind still fresh on home insurance I immediately thought and is it all insured? Probably not!
I did check our cupboards when I got home but we aren’t one of the many who have unknowingly got any of this china.
Other items of note were a Silver mounted manicure and pedicure set which sold for £50 and some Victorian silver saucers with wire frames and handmade glasses which went for £100. All these were things that had been inherited, weren’t now particularly liked by the owner but which had a nice, often surprisingly high, value tag.
The amount raised by this family with the few items they took to auction was over a £1,000. It really does make you realise how easy it is to have many items at home that are value and you don’t even realise it!
And then today, scanning the Daily Mail, I found an article that the First ever postal order sells for almost £5,000 129 years after being bought for one shilling.’ Apparently the original owner queued up to buy the postal order but never had any intention of cashing it in. Instead, predicting it would one be worth a lot he locked it away in a leather safe.
It was his grandson who sold it this week for almost £4,500, way above the £2,500 guide price – bought by an anonymous collector.
I know I do have some stamps somehwere …. perhaps it’s time to check if I’ve a penny black, check again that is!