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Oxfam shop albums sell for £14,000

Published 22/09/2010 | 13:43

A collection of 19th century photographs of Argentina found at an Oxfam shop has sold for 14,000 pounds
A collection of 19th century photographs of Argentina found at an Oxfam shop has sold for 14,000 pounds

A pair of rare photo albums left in a charity shop has sold for £14,000.

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The 19th century albums, containing photographs of Argentina, were discovered by Caroline Ingram who volunteers at the Oxfam shop in Jesmond, Newcastle.

The books, which were expected to sell for £5,000, were bought by an anonymous bidder with all the proceeds going to the charity.

The pictures, taken by French photographer Esteban Gonnet, were sold by London auction house Christie's.

An Oxfam spokesman said the sale could help people in some of the world's poorest countries.

He said: "This amount of money could buy safe water for 15,500 people or 560 goats to help families in developing countries.

"Many of our shops have experts who give up their time to volunteer and can spot possibly valuable items and we also have a team of experts so if something looks valuable it can be sent to them for research."

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