CASH IN THE ATTIC: Comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy collectables are set to rise in value
Every week TOBY WALNE gives the low-down on the value of forgotten treasures that may be gathering dust in your attic.
Collectables related to comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are set to rise in value following the recent release of film Stan & Ollie.
Autographs are relatively commonplace as the actors personally replied to fan mail, but a signed photo of them still sells for more than £500.
Collectables related to comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are set to rise in value following the recent release of film Stan & Ollie
Movie posters of the legendary comedians are also highly sought after. An original poster promoting their 1933 hit film Sons Of The Desert, featuring the couple wearing fezes rather than usual bowler hats, now sells for more than £5,000.
Memorabilia toys are also popular as few have survived.
A pair of wind-up, eight-inch figures produced by Hertwig and Co from the late-1920s sold for £3,600 in 2008 – but today would fetch a much higher price.
Props are rare so they are even more valuable. A bowler hat worn by Cumbria-born Stan in their 1930s films sold for £26,250 at auction eight years ago.
A 1918 Ford Model T driven in their early short comedy sketch films sold for $43,000 (£33,000) in 2011.