Buying a home is an important step that requires careful evaluation. The neighborhood, price, size, and general condition of the house should be taken into account. Many people prefer to buy a new, modern house that does not require special work, but just as many people prefer to buy older houses at a lower price and invest in their renovation. We don’t know what David Whitcom’s wishes and expectations were, but what we do know is that he didn’t expect to find any treasure in the attic of the house he had just bought.
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David bought a property in Geneva, New York, for around $ 100,000, unaware that there were around 1,000 antiques hiding there, of which the total value of the treasures is believed to exceed even that of the House. The discovery of the treasures happened by chance: a few weeks after purchasing the property, David noticed an old ceiling. He investigated, expecting to find only beams, and said he ended up on another floor: an attic. This housed the works of photographer James Ellery Hale – who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – and other antiques, including furniture, tools, and decorations. David called in the experts at One Source Auctions and worked with them to restore the photographer’s collection. The latter, along with other works and valuables, will soon be auctioned off.
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Experts estimate that the treasure hidden in the attic could sell for between $ 150,000 and $ 200,000 , exceeding – and at best doubling – the sum with which the man bought the house. According to some reconstructions, photographer Hale moved to New York City in 1880, where he began his career as a portrait photographer. Everyone hopes to find hidden treasures, and David was so lucky. Could it be that the person who sold the house didn’t notice this attic?
source used: CBC