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SLIDESHOW: Auction success as war items net record prices

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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AN auction marking 100 years since the start of the First World War saw items sold for record-breaking prices.

A wealth of items from the period went up for sale in a special themed event run by Hansons Auction house in Etwall.

Almost all of the pieces which went under the hammer were sold in the Monday evening auction, with several exceeding the reserve price many times over.

An autograph album belonging to a Red Cross Nurse went to a phone bidder for £4,000 – more than 13 times what auctioneers were expecting.

A love letter and pressed poppy, sent by an American soldier to his sweetheart, sold for £6,000. It was expected to fetch around £1,000.

Weaponary and other military items were also extremely popular.

Paul Naylor, military consultant for Hansons, said: “The sale was extremely buoyant. Bayonets and weapons soared, whilst ephemera witnessed some strong prices.

“It was a sale which constantly reflected a poignancy and sentiment to every lot,”

Manager Charles Hanson and colleagues Karl Marin and Isabel Balmer wore Edwardian dress, and the English tearoom served typically Edwardian fare.

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