From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Dust-covered Stash Fetches a Fortune

Some Interesting News



Holy windfall, Batman!
Pack rat's dust-covered stash fetches a fortune at auction
The Globe and Mail () by Ingrid Peritz
August 19, 2006

MONTREAL -- Tom Crippen knew he faced a daunting task after the death of his father, an inveterate pack rat who never threw anything out. It wasn't just the stockpiles of old opera programs, paper clips, Christmas cards, baseball caps, paperbacks or souvenir coffee mugs.

Mainly, it was the awesome collection of 11,000 comics that had colonized the family garage and basement.

Read more: Pack rat's dust-covered stash fetches a fortune at auction


Nothing like this is ever going to happen to me, but it's really fun to read about someone inheriting or finding something that's worth a fortune. I have saved a few things for the kids that I think might turn out to be collectible someday, like their dozens of little blue plastic Smurfs and their dozens and dozens of Little Golden Books. I doubt if they'll be worth millions, though.

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