I suspect many of us dream of finding something amazing, historic, of value or of sentimental value in our attics following a house clearance. The attic itself is the typical mystical location we all picture in our minds, where something incredible could have been stored for years, or hidden in a corner under the eaves of a centuries old house.
At Manor House Clearance, we have certainly found many valuable items, especially while clearing a house in some of London’s historic boroughs. However, we have discovered many interesting items in garages, sheds, cupboards, sideboards. You name it, the opening of any door can bring upon some interesting discoveries.
Throughout history, many items that were once thought lost to the world have been discovered. Some great examples are…
Not technically found in an attic, but a new homeowner in the USA intent on fixing up his home, after tearing down a wall he discovered the Holy Grail of comic books. The Action Comics No.1 issue was being used as insulation. Although not in perfect condition, it sold for a staggering $175,000 rendering it more valuable than the home it was discovered in. A perfect condition copy of the very same comic sold in auction for $2.16M.
The house clearance attic masterpiece
In 2013 a Norwegian man discovered a painting that resembled the style of Van Gogh. For years he thought the attic discovery was a fake. It was unsigned and had spent over 100 years from public view. Eventually, the curious owners contacted the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to get their expert take on the discovery. Initially it was deemed fake because it was unsigned. However, after years of technical analysis and research, the painting was deemed to be an authentic masterpiece.
This next find was music to the discoverer’s ears. This was an attic find in Milwaukee following a robbery. The Stradivarius violin was originally stolen from Frank Almond, a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musician. The police were able to track the robbers which led them to find the violin in a suitcase, predicted to be worth more than $5 million.
Undoubtedly, in the UK today, and across the world, there are some amazing discoveries to be had when clearing houses. At Manor House Clearance can only hope we find something as amazing as these three discoveries. It would certainly render our house clearance clients very happy too!