A Leeds-based barber recently brought some chairs to be valued on the Antiques Roadshow at Piece Hall in Halifax that were originally located at Elland Road stadium.
When Sean Birch purchased the chairs, he wanted them for the waiting area at his new barber shop in Yeadon, West Yorkshire. When he stripped off the old paint ready to varnish them, he discovered that the chairs had names on them including Don Revie, the England and Leeds United legend.
Lennox Cato, the Antiques Roadshow expert who valued the chairs at the Piece Hall, said that if Leeds United were still in the Premier League, the chairs would be worth more. He said:
“It is a shame that Leeds have dropped down a bit. If they were as big as the other big names, then the value would be quite high.
He valued the Don Revie chair at between £500 to £1,200 because of its association with the manager, who was instrumental in Leeds United winning the FA Cup. Lennox said that the chairs with the other lesser known names were worth considerably less at between £60 to £80 each. The total value he placed on the collection of chairs was around £3,000.
Most people buy antique dining chairs in Lancashire antique shops and others across the country, they are bought for their looks and the quality of the craftsmanship that went into making them. However, some collectors seek furniture associated with famous people or events even if, like the Leeds United chairs, the furniture itself is nothing special.
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