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Would you pay almost $2000 for this phone ?

Someone did ….


This princess style, rotary wall phone dating from the 1960s recently sold for nearly $2k. Why? Well apparently, according to one kind viewer, it is a rare prototype telephone that ultimately became the Trimline telephone, made by Western Electric and looks like what is called a “Shmoo” phone, so called after the cartoon character.

This was a total surprise to the seller who started the auction off at just $10.

It just goes to show how items will find their own value if given a chance.

The day before the auction ended the bid price stood at $225. Three bidders battled it out in the last minute to jump from $225 to $1964.88 – never, never end an auction early…

“Vampire Bat” sells for over $1400


Chances are you don’t have one of these sitting in the cupboard but if you do it could be worth over $1k.

In this solid mahogany coffin with its hinged lid, brass fittings and view glass, measuring 24cm long and 12cm wide…lies a bat.


Although not particularvaluely fashionable these days antique taxidermy still has many collectors and a quick look at the tv listings will tell you how popular vampires are at the moment.

This unusual item recently sold for £895 uk pounds in an online auction. It’s not my cup of tea, but I dare say it’s made somebody very happy.