The managers of the Government Medical College in Patiala, India sold what they considered “wooden waste” to scrap dealers. Many chairs and tables were included in the sale, but some senior doctors objected because they believed that the furniture could be antique and worth a lot of money.
The principle of the college, Dr DB Sidhi claimed that the only items sold were junk. To allay the doctors’ concerns he ordered the scrap merchants to return all items.
A committee was formed to investigate the incident and find out whether the furniture was valuable or not. So far, they have not reported their findings.
This is not the first-time controversy over antiques has happened in the region. In 2014, Punjabi University sold antique tables, chairs, desks and cupboards for 57,000 rupees (£634). A single chair was smuggled out of India and was allegedly sold for about 300,000 rupees (£3,337) in Europe. Critics accused the university of selling the furniture for too little.
Every antique buyer dreams of finding a quality antique for very little money. The BBC Antique Roadshow regularly values antiques that someone bought for a few pounds a few years ago that turns out to be worth thousands. In a recent edition, a vintage gun bought for £150 over 40 years ago was valued at £150,000.
Antique dealers selling antique dining tables and chairs to people in the Preston area are skilled at valuing antique furniture. They won’t sell items at scrap prices but expect to pay a fair price for fine antiques.
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