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If you’re on the look-out for a unique collectible that will provide you with immense pleasure to own as well as sell-on potential, take a look at some extraordinary and sometimes downright weird items we’ve sold or reported on recently to give you a taste of the possibilities

Marilyn Monroe’s Bra For Sale Priced at £9,500, here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we expected it to

sell quickly. We were proved right. Explaining why someone might want to own a Marilyn Monroe-

worn black lace 34d bra (with detachable poppers) might seem like a lesson in the obvious, but there is an answer that goes beyond the most primal human urges… T e most personal and unusual items connected with famous people habitually attract huge prices at auction and through dealers. T at’s because the items tend to be extremely rare (or unique) and

are incredibly desirable to collectors. T is desirability stems from the fact that these pieces off er owners a tantalising connection to famous names, and an intimate glimpse into that person’s life that few ever see. Yes, a top quality Marilyn Monroe autograph might command a signifi cant sum of around £5,000 – and such signatures provide a nice link between you and the star – yet they’re not on the same level of sheer desirability or rarity as a bra worn by Hollywood’s number one sex symbol. T ese top items transcend the realm of the collector and attract the

interest of the public at large because they’re so special. And that’s important for those buyers with one eye on future

profi ts down the line. It’s these rarest pieces, desirable to a large proportion of the population, that have historically shown the greatest price appreciation over the years.

Lord Nelson’s Snuff Box

We recently sold Lord Nelson’s personal snuff box for £45,000. Yet isn’t that a little steep for a snuff box, even if it did once belong to the

great admiral? Ah, but much of that value is attached to its connection to the great love

aff air between Nelson and Lady Hamilton. Nelson donated the box to his secretary George Unwin. A note from

Unwin’s son, which accompanied the box, explains more: “My Father had either lost his own snuff box on going ashore or in some shop in Palermo, Sicily, and upon mentioning the circumstances at Lady Hamilton’s table where Lord Nelson was one of the party his Lordship handed over to him this identical box.” T e incident is thought to have occurred in late 1798 or early 1799. It was

during this period in Sicily that Nelson and Lady Hamilton began their aff air, which became the talk of England. Was this a show of generosity designed to impress his would-be mistress? Or was it nothing more than an act typical of the man?


Fun, cute and economical, or ridiculous, impractical and downright dangerous? Microcars come in a variety of shapes but all have one thing in

common, they make the Mini look massive. T ere’s usually only enough room for the driver, and you’ll have

to strap your golf clubs to the roof. Most also lack reverse gear, but that’s not a problem when parking, you can simply get out, lift up one end and drag your vehicle into position. T ere is a growing market for classic makes, especially those

produced in the heyday of the ‘50s and ‘60s, such as the Peel P50. Indeed, February’s auction of the famed collection of enthusiast

Bruce Weiner saw the microcar world record smashed, when a 1958 FMR Tg500 “Tiger” sold for $322,500.


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