Early Christmas card expected to make R82 500

By admin
09 December 2013

One of the world's first Christmas cards from 1843 is expected to make R82 500 at auction.

One of the world's first Christmas cards is expected to make £5 000 (R82 500) at auction.

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The black-and-white Henry Cole Christmas card, which was sent in 1843, is one of around 2 000 printed but it’s thought just 15 of the cards are around nowadays, only three of which are believed to be in monochrome, so it’s going under the hammer.

The card features a Christmas scene of a Victorian family eating and drinking over the festive period.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying, "These cards that Henry Cole produced are the genesis of the behemoth that is the Christmas card industry that exists today.

"There were two types of these cards produced. The most common was the colour version that sold for sixpence and the black-and-white version sold for a shilling.

"The people now selling it are direct descendants of the original recipient. It has been in the same family ownership for 170 years.”

-Bang Showbiz

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