13 Apr 2021
November 5, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques News,Antiques on TV — Harriet

To a greater and lesser extent, selling off the family silver to fund donations to charities has become quite popular amongst celebrities. The most high profile donation has come from the house of Barbra Streisand who recently managed to raise $600,000 for her non profit foundation from her own collections of memorabilia, antiques and home furnishings.

The celebrity version of Cash in the Attic has also managed a ready supply of home grown celebrities who have rifled through their attics with the likes of presenters like Angela Rippon and antiques experts such as Jonty Hearnden to come up with items of antique furniture, ceramics and anything saleable that can be sent to auction to realise cash for their favourite charities. Perhaps one of the most famous celebrities to kick off the idea for a celebrity version of Cash in the Attic was Virginia McKenna of Born Free fame who had not been seen on television for years. She gamely came along to realise funds for two special projects for the Born Free foundation.

Others who have come on board include Maggie Philbin of Swap Shop fame, Roy Hudd (Coronation Street’s Archie Shuttleworth), snooker legend Willie Thorne, former rock chic Toyah Wilcox, Cheryl Baker from Bucks Fizz, George Baker of Inspector Wexford fame, and many others. Of course monies raised were nowhere near the $600,000 managed by Ms Streisand, but all seem happy to raise funds for their favourite charities, reminisce about their hey days and bring some interesting bits and pieces to liven up the saleroom.

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