In Manchester, a soup carton thought to contain some ordinary Jewish prayer books actually held a valuable secret. Antiques expert Bill Forrest discovered the Jewish Haggadah when he was searching through the prayer books. Forrest knew that he had found something unique as soon as he spotted the 18th century scripture. A similar piece, although larger, had been auctioned for around £500,000 in 2012 in the US.
The Haggadah will be auctioned in November and has an estimated value of £100,000 to £150,000. Bill Forrest has appeared on a number of antiques TV shows, including Flog It!, Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt. According to the antiques expert, scriptures like the Haggadah aren’t generally found in the UK and to discover one by Aaron Wolf is even more unlikely, as he only produced 30 or 40 of them. Forrest said:
“The Haggadah is in relatively good condition. The original Viennese binding is still intact although there are usage stains from when ancestors ate during pass over.”
Bill also said that the owners of the historic piece were unaware of the item and its value, although they had inherited it. Bill pointed out that items like this are usually owned in private collections or museums around the world, so to discover a scripture in Manchester has caused a stir among historians.
Although rare pieces are more likely to be discovered in a museum, it is possible to find some unusual items in antique dealers, like antique furniture. A number of pieces can be discovered at dealers in Preston, including open bookcases and other items of interest.
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