(PRWEB) April 2, 2009
A British Passport from 1641 has been found in Sunderland which is expected to sell for up to £20,000.00 at Auction. The BBC's Auction team "Flog It" believes it to be one of the most valuable artefacts found on the programme.
The Passport was brought to the Stadium of Light and is widely thought to be one of the best finds on the show's 8yr history.
The document belonged to a Captain Bradshaw dates back over 400yrs to 1641 was believed to have been signed in person by Charles I. Recognised Heirloom expert Paul Martin advised a reserve of £2k - £3k however said that it could fetch between £15,000 - £20,000.
The Adult Passport, which is handwritten on vellum parchment was purchased as a gift for Mrs Milner (the current owner) for around £100 as birthday present.
The BBC has quoted Mrs Milner as saying "It has beautiful writing with the signature of Charles I, we believe, and it gives passage to a Captain Bradshaw and his wife and servants to travel the oceans on behalf of the king.
"It is fascinating - it belonged to a friend of ours who was a collector and when his estate was being sold my husband bought it for me as a birthday present.
"It may go from £2,000 to £20,000 we just don't know until the day of the auction.
"It would be nice if it went to a museum or the Passport Office if they have collections. But for the moment it is with the BBC for safe-keeping."
An incredible find that goes to show the value of a long lost passport. And that by not renewing the passport and instead passing it down generation by generation just goes to show how a simple item back in 1600's can truly appreciate in value and be worth a fortune today. What's in your attic?