An aid worker recently sold his collection of African mementoes at auction, in order to raise money for Ty Hafan, a hospice which cares for young people and children who are life-limited.
The items had been collected by James Radford over the last 15 years and included Massai warrior masks and figures, a sword stick and other antiques.
The various items, around 40 in total, were sold by auctioneers Rogers Jones, which didn’t charge for the services as it was to raise money for charity. Radford, from Penarth, considered the auction to have been a success, raising around £275. Catalogues were also sold at the sale, providing details of the items available. Radford had previously been a furniture retailer and following his retirement at the age of 56, he decided to visit Africa where he became involved with a number of charitable causes. During the last few years, Radford has helped to raise funds to build an orphanage and also raised money to help a young boy walk as had been born without kneecaps.
Radford will be presenting the cheque from the auction to Ty Hafan in the very near future. Items bought at auction are typically higher in price than at dealers, as a buyer’s premium is charged on purchases, including large furniture items like antique chests. The items sold by Radford will have been higher as the starting price includes the premium. The fact he was selling items and the auction house didn’t take a fee was considered a favourable outcome.
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