Thursday 21 November 2019

Putting a price on a family heirloom

Louise McBride

IF you have any old James Bond posters at the back of your wardrobe, or if you've held on to coins that your granny or great granddad had, don't earmark them for the skip just yet. A Dr No poster was sold for €3,800 at Whyte's collectibles auction last Sunday. The poster had only been expected to sell for between €600 and €800.

A collection of world coins, which was expected to sell for between €2,000 and €3,000, fetched €10,500 at the same auction. That collection included Irish silver halfcrowns, florins and shillings; British crowns and half-crowns, and German marks from 1913. And think twice before throwing out any novels you studied as a schoolchild – a rare first edition of Oliver Twist was sold for €5,000 at the same auction.

With the anniversary of 1916 approaching, Republican memorabilia is in demand. A letter written and signed by Padraig Pearse sold for €2,100. Minutes of Sinn Fein general and executive meetings held between 1907 and 1911 secured €3,800.

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