Cash Converters stores are renowned for being treasure troves for bargain hunters. At the end of August, however, the Bletchley store unearthed some treasures of a different kind.
The shop held a special valuation event in conjunction with local auction house, Holloway’s, and with the help of David Fletcher from Flog It.
An Aladdin’s cave worth of antiques and unusual items were brought into the store to be valued.
Highlights included a charcoal sketch by seminal English impressionist and war artist Dame Laura Knight, whose paintings can reach hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction.
The sketch was one of the last likenesses taken of second lieutenant Francis Jack Chown, who was killed in an aerial fight during World War Two.
Then there was a set of cards from the 18th century. Picturing a “systematical compendium of geography” the cards were similar to a selection currently on display in the Victoria and Albert museum in London.
Another high point of the day came when a pair of 24 carat gold-plated golf shoes, formerly belonging to, Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone were brought in.
A vintage silver Asprey ashtray, collection of Moorcroft pottery, and some Georg Jenson jewelry were also brought in on the day.
One of the event organizers, Michael Suter, said: “The day was full on, and a wide variety of goodies came in. We heard some great stories and met some characters throughout the day, too. We met the young and the old, we saw family heirlooms that had been handed down through the generations, and we saw treasures that people had collected over time.
“Some people just wanted to know what their treasures were worth while others wanted to send these to auction and turn their treasures into gold.
“Speaking to Jenny and David, our valuers for the day, they were impressed by the variety of items that came. We were kept busy all day.”