Saturday, 9 October 2010

Long Lost Photos of the Queen found

LONG-lost photos of the Queen - used for the design of her head on stamps - have been saved from a bonfire of JUNK.

Tidy-minded Andrew Binks, 47, was giving his house a clear-out when he had one final look in a box of old papers destined for the flames.

First class ... Andy and amazing find
First class ... Andy and amazing find
He was stunned when he delved to the bottom and pulled out the historic photos along with sketches. Jubilant Andrew has since been told they are worth THOUSANDS.
He said yesterday: "It's amazing - I was going to chuck them on the fire."
He was given the box stuffed with yellowing newspaper clippings seven years ago when he went to a house clearance sale and paid a fiver for some old maps.
Andrew, who works with the disabled in Southport, Merseyside, said: "I thought I might sell the maps for a bob or two but the rest looked like a box of old rubbish."
The portraits of the Queen - plus other royalty including the late Shah of Iran and the Sultan of Brunei - were among hundreds of old black and white images he discovered.
Among them were pictures taken by top photographers Sir Cecil Beaton, Dorothy Wilding and Anthony Buckley.
Andrew plans to sell them to fund a disabled workshops charity he has set up, Project 10.
Vince Cordell, of top stamp dealers Stanley Gibbons, said: "It really is a very interesting find."

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  1. I think we have all throw old photos on the bonfire or down the council tip when moving house or getting divorced and regretted later. Its really good to see these few were rescued in time.

  2. Its sad to think of how many of our photo memories become lost, discarded and damaged during the course of our lives.