Oldest surviving poppy from First World War battlefields sells for more than £6,000 in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: Oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War sells for more than £6,000 Oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War sells for more than £6,000

THE oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War sold for more than £6,000 at a sale in Dorchester.

The red flower was picked from the frontline trenches of Arras in northern France by 17-year-old British soldier Private Cecil Roughton in 1916.

He stowed it away pressed flat between the pages of his notebook before bringing it back to Britain with him, later giving it to his 13-year-old next door neighbour Joan Banton.

He had written on a page where the flower was kept: “Souvenir from a frontline trench near Arras. May 1916. C. Roughton 1923.”

The poignant memento remained in Mrs Banton’s family and was sold by her daughter Sue Best, of Corfe Castle.

It went under the hammer at Duke’s auctioneers for £5,200. With premiums added on, the overall price paid was £6,200.

In another sale, a diamond necklace which had been locked away in a safe for 40 years sold for almost £250,000. The 64-carat necklace featuring 53 cut diamonds broke the record for the most expensive item of jewellery sold at Duke’s.

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7:47am Mon 9 Dec 13

Portlandgary says...

Personally think this Poppy is worth far more serving as a memory/reminder than financial gain.
Personally think this Poppy is worth far more serving as a memory/reminder than financial gain. Portlandgary

9:41am Mon 9 Dec 13

taffyinexile says...

It is to be hoped that, although it has gone unreported, the seller has donated the proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
It is to be hoped that, although it has gone unreported, the seller has donated the proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. taffyinexile

3:04pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Genghis says...

taffyinexile wrote:
It is to be hoped that, although it has gone unreported, the seller has donated the proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Why is it to be hoped that the proceeds have been donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal? It is the sale of private property. With the 100th anniversary of the 1st World War coming up I expect there will be quite a few sales of objects, equipment and mementoes from that period coming up. What is done with the proceeds from those sales is entirely up to the owners or sellers.
[quote][p][bold]taffyinexile[/bold] wrote: It is to be hoped that, although it has gone unreported, the seller has donated the proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.[/p][/quote]Why is it to be hoped that the proceeds have been donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal? It is the sale of private property. With the 100th anniversary of the 1st World War coming up I expect there will be quite a few sales of objects, equipment and mementoes from that period coming up. What is done with the proceeds from those sales is entirely up to the owners or sellers. Genghis

6:49pm Mon 9 Dec 13

CoogarUK.com says...

Too poignant for words. The poppy, not the necklace.
Too poignant for words. The poppy, not the necklace. CoogarUK.com

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