TOP TIPS FOR TREASURE HUNTERS…

We are a nation of hoarders and shows such as Cash in the Attic, Bargain Hunter and Flog It! highlight that although some people have a knack for spotting a hidden treasure, many of us can’t tell the difference between priceless treasure and worthless junk. Here at ABC Selfstore, we look after your items no matter how valuable they are (even if they only have sentimental value) but we thought we’d look at a few handy tips to keep an eye out for, just incase…

Firstly, we all dream of unearthing a plate that’s worth thousands, but do you know what to look for in the first place? Currently the most valuable pieces are items from Royal Copenhagen dinnerware and Flora Danica. To spot these precious plates, look out for the little crown or 3 blue wavey lines (you will know it when you see it). Also very valuable is the Meissner Porzellan collection; the mark of the crossed swords is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.

Many of us just use books to keep us entertained on holiday, or as something to throw at a big spider, but books can be extremely valuable. John James Audubon’s Birds of America, holds the title of most valuable printed book in the world, having sold for about $11.5 million in 2010. But who knows what treasures could be lurking in your attic or storage unit; The First Book of Urizen is one of the major pieces in William Blake’s series of prophetic works. One of only eight known surviving copies was sold at Sotheby’s New York in 1999 for $2.5 million to a private collector. So head upstairs to check your attic for any forgotten dusty tomes — you could be a millionaire and not even know it.

For many collectors, an air of mystery can raise the value, or the desire for an item. Art has been a target for thieves throughout history, with the whereabouts of many pieces still unknown. Fifteen years ago, two men dressed as police officers knocked on the door of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the middle of the night to pull off the largest art theft in U.S. history. Among the missing works of art are The Concert, one of only 35 paintings painted by Vermeer; Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee, his only known seascape; and a Napoleonic finial taken from the top of a flag in the museum. The museum is offering a $5 million reward for the return of the art works, whose value may reach $500 million.

The list of treasures goes on, from silverware and jewellery to toys and stamps, we all have a habit of hanging on to items we consider valuable. Then there are the really important things; the sentimental ones perhaps made by your child at nursery or a piece of furniture handed down by a loved relative. After all, value is in the eye of the beholder. So if you decide to hang onto them, and need somewhere safe to keep your bits and bobs, get in touch with us at any of our sites across London, and see how ABC Selfstore can help…

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