Donated Russian figurine sells for almost £1,600 on Ebay
When the 15cm porcelain figurine of a young man and woman was handed into the Saint Francis Hospice shop in Upminster Manager Yvonne Waite had an inkling it was valuable.
But even she had no idea the glazed Rock n Roll figurine would sell for an incredible £1,567 when she passed it to the charity's online team to sell on Ebay.
"The figurine was among boxes and bags that had been donated and when I picked it up I saw that it was made in the USSR and thought it would be worth putting on Ebay," said Yvonne, who used to work as a professional window dresser.
"I thought it would get around £200 but right up until the last hour the bidding was at £67. "I couldn't believe it when it finally sold for almost £1,600.
"In all the years I have been at the shop I have never found anything worth that much."
Yvonne, who has worked at the shop for five years, said she has previously discovered other valuable items including two Scalextric cars, which sold for £389 each, a William Morris wooden bowl with his signature mouse, which sold for £349 and a signed book, which went for £100.
The figurine has now been sent to its new home in Cleveland where it will become part of a collection.
"The man who bought the figurine has been collecting them since 1996 and he was delighted with it," said Tracey Henwood, the hospice's Retail Trading Manager.
"He said it will take pride of place in his collection and he was really pleased that the money had gone to such a good cause.
"Hopefully this lucky find will inspire more people to visit our shops and see all the wonderful goods we sell and even if they don't pick up a valuable treasure they are sure to spot something that will catch their eye."