Hankies worth heaps!
When it comes to headlines The Economist is hard to beat. This one is particularly good <link> and interesting because I’ll admit that I always have a handkerchief on hand (sorry) and it is almost usually white. And because I carry one I’m inclined to agree with this point of view… “In Sri Lanka and Japan carrying a handkerchief is considered a sign of a well-educated person.”
What I didn’t realise is that they could be worth so much or contain jokes or were collectable!
“The auction of British mezzotints and printed handkerchiefs from the collection of the Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd will be held at Christie’s, South Kensington, on March 12th 2008.”
Turns out Lennox-Boyd is some collector.
“Christopher Lennox-Boyd, a gentleman educated at Eton and Oxford whose acquisitiveness was underwritten by his status as heir to the Guinness ale fortune. Over 40 years, the astute aristocrat had amassed the world’s largest collection of mezzotints, a type of print that had been a British specialty in the 18th century. While the National Gallery owned about 60 mezzotints, Christopher Lennox-Boyd owned 35,000.” From <link>.