The value of things inherited?

  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 00:13:17
    Just a thought, but before my dad died he passingly asked for me to look up the price of the two giant turtle shells we own from when we lived in Papua New Guinea. We also have drums made of snake skin and reed skirts, carved spears, etc, with customs certs and all that jazz.

    Are these worth anything? Not just to me but places like the natural history museum? Not really sure where to look.

    Edited by CrispyXUK at 00:14:01 06-01-2013
  • boo 6 Jan 2013 00:17:18 13,426 posts
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    Do you look anything like Harrison Ford?
    And did your Dad look anything like Sean Connery?

    Just wondering...
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 00:25:00
    He was half scottish, but far cooler :D

    I'm just a shit abortion.
  • Khanivor 6 Jan 2013 00:27:14 43,671 posts
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    You did better than me. I got a watch and some cashmere sweaters.

    Well, actually, the sweaters are really nice.
  • kickerconspiracy 6 Jan 2013 00:28:51 494 posts
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    My Dad owns two Penny Farthings.

    I can't wait for the fucker to die.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 00:30:38
    These aren't inherited, they're in my mums loft still. I even remember them having to get these things past customs 25 years ago. They'll be of waste with my absent minded mother, so I'll sell 'em for my mum - or if they're of significance, they'll go to a museum.

    Not realy sure where to start looking.
  • Khanivor 6 Jan 2013 00:45:17 43,671 posts
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    Sounds like you need to get on Antiques Roadshow.
  • FWB 6 Jan 2013 00:45:22 54,407 posts
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    Ask someone at the Natural History museum. Send them an email.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 00:48:42
    Yeah, was gonna, but thought I'd try the vastness of EG first. All given to us by the locals as we'd let them watch our TV, a few that worked under my dad had to ask his blessing for them to marry, mental place :)

    Might take a few photos if there's any interest?
  • FWB 6 Jan 2013 00:50:36 54,407 posts
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    They sound interesting.
  • TheSaint 6 Jan 2013 00:52:18 17,645 posts
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    Yeah post some photos, it would be interesting to see them.
  • ZuluHero 6 Jan 2013 00:53:51 6,319 posts
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    Yeah i'd like to see them! Do you think you'd give them to a museum for display if it came to that?

    Edited by ZuluHero at 00:54:06 06-01-2013
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 00:54:29
    I'll get some in the morning, the large shell is about a metre tall, the locals eat them so had no problems selling to us of course :D
  • oldschoolsoviet 6 Jan 2013 00:56:13 6,461 posts
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    Start with a local auction house, then work from there. They're in the trade and they'll know rough values, and should be happy to have a gander if it's in their interest/worth owt.

    Quick Google says 8"x6" for a few hundred, up to a grand at 30"x15/20" for the shells alone. Just don't let Huniford or Dickinson near 'em !
  • FWB 6 Jan 2013 01:00:00 54,407 posts
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    The problem with auction houses is that the value of the items is only what some individual is willing to pay on the day - obvious comment I know. They can be hit or miss and depend a lot on which house, time of year and who happens to frequent it. If you want a more official valuation, experts at a number of museums would be your best bet. They'll know exactly what it is and are often trading in such items.
  • Khanivor 6 Jan 2013 01:11:12 43,671 posts
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    /insert ring joke
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 01:30:18
    LeoliansBro wrote:
    I'd say the value things like that have isn't to be found in seeing how much money you can get for them.
    It's only out of interest, I'd never get them away from my crazy mum, but it was a request of my dads before he died, hence the interest. As I said though, if they're of importance maybe the museum should have them.

    I know we have a 500 year old pot thats pasted through the years, I'd love to get that valued/dated/etc.

    EDIT: To be clear, woulnd't sell it, but if it's worth something to the archives I'd convince me mam.

    Edited by CrispyXUK at 01:31:33 06-01-2013
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 01:43:48
    @FWB I've said this wrong, there's no intention of selling, it's more valure, insurance or if it's better off at a museum.

    Selling was my dads intent, which I wouldn't do now.
  • neilka 6 Jan 2013 02:56:00 21,199 posts
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    Or the bin, it's unclear at this stage.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 03:57:41
    neilka wins again!! genuine lol

    Will post some tomorrow though, hahahahahaha
  • PhoenixFlames 6 Jan 2013 07:50:46 9,263 posts
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    Cash in the attic.
  • ram 6 Jan 2013 09:15:12 3,599 posts
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    I watched The Impossible last night. The odds of them all surviving is far lower than there being a Papa New Guinea tribal dress expert on here.
  • nickthegun 6 Jan 2013 11:19:36 73,305 posts
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    The problem is that, with this kind of thing, its easy to get some fucker to say 'its worth 500' but significantly harder to get someone to buy it.

    I had a pair of books worth a fortune and antique book dealers would happily value them at a couple of hundred pounds each and then plead poverty when I asked if they wanted to buy them.

    Even in auction they didnt fetch their reserve.

    In summary: stick them back in the loft.
  • Ziz0u 6 Jan 2013 11:24:55 11,006 posts
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    Some pics would be great. What did your dad do for a living if you don't mind me asking?
  • Trafford 6 Jan 2013 11:36:22 8,012 posts
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    Set yourself up with a nice little Home/Museum exhibit. Charge people a quid to get in.
  • jonsaan 6 Jan 2013 12:26:15 26,774 posts
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    Somewhere in Papua New Guinea there's a village that has had nothing but bad luck and pestilence. Ever since that Gringo stole the village treasures.

    Edited by jonsaan at 12:26:45 06-01-2013
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