Barbara Cartland collection to raise funds for charity

A COLLECTION of Dame Barbara Cartland memorabilia, which featured on Antiques Roadshow at Hatfield House, is being sold for charity.

The accumulation of the deceased author’s goods now belongs to good friend Judy Almond, who appeared on the BBC One show when it aired last Sunday.

On the programme the Northaw woman was told the items, which included pink jewellery, could be valued at a high price, but when Judy went to a specialist she was told the unfortunate news that they were only worth �200.

Judy, who has been raising funds for children dying of Aids in Romania for many years, told the WHT she was very disappointed to hear they weren’t as valuable as first thought, but will still be donating any funds raised to her charity.

“I was surprised when the expert at Antiques Roadshow said they could be worth �4,000.

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“I never thought they would be worth anything like that.

“She advised that I had them looked at further and then it was very disappointing that they were not worth as much as we had hoped.”

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No matter the value, Judy is now hoping to auction the pieces, which also features letters, photographs, Christmas cards and signed books, to raise final funds for the charity, which has helped support the lives of 500 children who were infected with the disease.

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* Judy’s items were not the only ones of interest on the show.

A large map of WGC dating back more than 60 years was also dug out. The huge diagram, entitled New Town WGC Development Corporation – The Master Plan 1949, depicted the expansion plan for the town.

Picked up from a primary school for �4, it was valued at between �300 to �400.

Also on show was a 16th century panel from southern Germany, worth around �3,000 to �5,000, a large collection of pigs and an equally impressive collection of Steiff bears.

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