Antiques expert Paul Hayes was photographed in tabloid newspaper The Sun last week holding photographs of antiques that have been sent in to the newspaper for valuation following their Suntiques Roadshow appeal for hidden and forgotten treasures that people have in their homes.
‘It was a pleasure to look through the Sun readers’ photos. It’s amazing what treasures people have just lying around. The response was fantastic, which just shows how much we enjoy having a little piece of history on the mantelpiece.’
Paul also came up with some top tips to unearth treasures. Car boot sales were at the very top of his list, looking for good quality retro items, hand made ceramics with the artist’s signature, and quality jewellery by Dior and Cartier. He also suggested taking loads of change to boot sales in order to barter with stall holders.
As far as homes items were concerned, he said:
‘Find out as much about an item as you can. Inherited things tend to be worth more, so quiz grandparents and family…about where the item came from.’
He also suggested that the public should acquaint themselves with different styles in order to recognise the period of an item. He gave examples of valuable pieces found at car boot sales which included a piece of Lalique, an antique bear, and yet another vase valued at £6,000. The umbrella stand unearthed through the Suntiques original feature was sold for £765,000 – which was three times the value of the Dorset’s couples’ house, so the message here is clear.
Local antiques dealers in Preston, Lancashire, Cumbria and other parts of Britain will happily appraise any items of antique furniture, ceramics, silver and glass.
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