My mistake

In 1980, at an Antique Fair where I was well known as a buyer.

A friend who was also into antiques and I were offered a bronze cat, with an earring in its’ ear, on a marble base for £13, which was a lot of money then.

My friend asked the dealer what it was and he said he had no idea. My friend then asked me if I thought it was a reproduction as it looked brand new. I said ”Reproduction of what though” as I had never seen one before.

We left the stall…. had a good hunt and bought some nice antiques. As we were leaving the same dealer offered us the cat for £11 but we looked doubtfully at each other and declined his offer. The top dealer in the local area passed us coming in as we left. He bought the cat… probably for £10…….. It was put into Sotheby’s Auction where it realised £23,000.

It was an artifact from an Egyptian tomb that had somehow found its’ way onto the open market. Always maintained that if I saw another one I would buy it… but of course in the 40 years since….. I haven’t seen another other than in pictures. £23,000 in those days would have bought a shop with living accommodation and enough antiques to furnish and stock it.

Yes, that was my biggest mistake but not my only one!!!

Mike Hill

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Mike Hill
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Grammar School/ Police Cadet/ Police Constable/Degrees in ~psychology and Sociology/ Child Care worker/Child Care Manager. Into Antiques/good food. Born again Christian since 1991. Run Alpha Courses.

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Kes
18th May 2021
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The one that got away. Great story. Sorry you did t make your fortune.
Mike Hill
19th May 2021
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Yeah.. thanks Kes. Never did see another.
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What a great story! 🙂
Mike Hill
14th May 2021
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Thank you yet again Sally. Have had some great bargains over the years but none as good as the one I missed. x
Mike Hill
18th May 2021
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Thanks again Sally x

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