By Luke Davies on Apr 3, 2020 10:38:32 AM
Are you spending a bit of time inside? I bet that attic needs seeing to! Who knows what you might dig up that is worth something.
A clear-out benefited someone from Leicestershire after they uncovered an incredible diary from the battle of Somme in their barn!
Whether it was a direct search or an incredibly lucky find, I don't know. Still, they discovered a journal, written in pencil by Pte Arthur Edward Diggins, containing entries from February to October 1916.
The diary of Pte Diggins, who survived World War One, had a guide price of £300 to £400. The diary found in a barn finally sold for £2,600.
Written on a page was the harrowing phrase, "Something awful. Never witnessed anything like it before."
Adrian Stevenson, of a Derbyshire auctioneer, said the diary was "particularly rare", adding: "I have never had a diary that covers the first day of the Battle of the Somme in my 45 years collecting."
Now that is a particularly stunning find but who knows what you might uncover!
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