David Harper, who is recognised for his appearances on Antiques Road Trip and the BBC’s Bargain Hunt, has put an unusual item forward to be auctioned. The antiques dealer, who is based in Barnard Castle, received Chinese rocket parts and a strut from a Japanese client. The Chinese rocket had been used in 2007 for the destruction of a rogue satellite.
According to Harper, the parts resemble a roof rack from a Volvo but he still has high hopes for a huge sale at the auction. The Chinese HN3 was the rocket launched at a weather satellite in China, although it had been stripped of the armaments. It is estimated that the speed of impact was around 100,000km per hour. During May 2011, the parts of the rocket had been salvaged from the coast on the north east of Hokkaido’s Sea of Okhotsk. The length of the strut is 1.3 metres and the weight is a little over 3.5kg. The parts, along with the strut, will be sold at an auction at the London Auction Rooms in June this year. Also included will be antique silver, jewellery, modern silver, works of art from Europe and Asia and watches.
People find items of interest all the time outdoors, and there’s no better place to store interesting trinkets than in an antique chest. For anyone who has more interest in antique furniture than Chinese rockets, a fine selection of antique chests can be found in Preston and the surrounding areas.
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