Man lands 700-year-old deal at estate sale
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What’s the coolest or most valuable thing you’ve ever found at a garage sale? I love stories of people who stumble upon forgotten treasures. It could be a mint condition baseball card or comic book, a priceless piece of art, or even a collection of vintage automobiles under tarps in a barn. I’m still waiting for my big score.
According to Associated press, a Maine bargain hunter recently found something much older than a Mickey Mantle rookie card. Will Sideri went to a local estate sale hoping to find a KitchenAid mixer. Instead, he walked away with a once-in-a-lifetime treasure: a 700-year-old medieval manuscript.
Sideri says he spotted a framed document hanging on the wall and paid $75 to take it home. It turned out to be a page of The Beauvais Missal, a prayer book from Beauvais Cathedral in France dating to the year 1285 AD Experts say the document could be worth up to $10,000, but Sideri says he has no plans to sell.
A story like this makes me want to go to garage sales or thrift stores soon. I just know there’s an original copy of Magna Carta hidden behind a painting of Elvis in velvet somewhere out there.