Last week a rare signed copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for £80,000, four times its estimate at auction.
One of only 500 originals, it was expected to sell between £20,000 and £30,000, but went for so much more because experts believe just 200 copies are left in existence.
But if you have something stored away at home, how can you tell how much it’s worth and should you keep it or consider selling it?
The most expensive toy sold on eBay, for example, was a leather Christian Louboutin window-display bear, which fetched almost £140,000, according to the investment app Freetrade.
Some rare Ty Beanie Babies toys are fetching significantly higher than their listing prices.
Some rare Ty Beanie Babies toys are fetching significantly higher than their listing prices. A Princess Diana Ty Beanie Baby is on sale for £100,000, a rare original “Curly” TY Beanie Baby is up for £29,782, and a rare Ty Beanie Babies Libearty sold this year for £654.50 plus £55 postage.
It isn’t just toys either. A copy of the Arizona Highways magazine from September 1925 sold for £7,716; videogame The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Adventure Set, for £20,000, and an iPhone 1st Generation for £10,995.
If you think something is worth a lot of money, you could get it valued by a professional auctioneer.
James Stratton, a clock valuer from Bonhams auction house, was once shown an antique clock the owner wanted to sell, expecting to raise £10,000.
“The clock had an odd brass top with a distinctive figure of Cupid above it. I’d only seen a top like that before on one other English clock, which dated to the 1660s and was made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, the very man who introduced the pendulum to England in 1658,” he said.
There was also a signature on the clock, although this later turned out to be a red herring.
He said: “The signature plaque was probably stuck on by a French dealer in the early 20th century.
“Comparing it to the previous example and other early clocks by Fromanteel, we were able to positively attribute it to the hand of the master himself, Ahasue
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