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Hand-written letter by Princess Diana and golden pacifier among 'strangest' items pawned in UK

Abigail Fenton
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A H&T Pawnbrokers in Derby. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images)
A H&T Pawnbrokers in Derby. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images)

A letter from Princess Diana and a golden pacifier are among the most unusual things that have been pawned in the UK.

Pawnbrokers give people the opportunity to sell on unwanted, valuable items for their worth.

But what are the most surprising things people have sold on? H&T Pawnbrokers revealed the weirdest and most extravagant items it has ever been sold.

A letter hand-written by Princess Diana just a few months before her death, which was sold on to H&T Pawnbrokers. (H&T Pawnbrokers)
A letter hand-written by Princess Diana just a few months before her death, which was sold on to H&T Pawnbrokers. (H&T Pawnbrokers)

A hand-signed letter dated 11 August, 1997 — just three weeks before her passing — is probably “the most treasured item” that has been sold on, according to the pawnbrokers.

“The letter shows the princess's kind nature, as she talks about charity work and refugee camps passionately,” H&T said.

(H&T Pawnbrokers)
The animals continue to live out in the fields with their farmers. Photo: H&T Pawnbrokers

One of the strangest things ever pawned – yet surprisingly common – is herds of animals. H&T said it has been given plenty of animals as collateral, including cows, sheep and goats.

The animals continue to live out in the fields with their farmers, while the company holds onto their passports and tag numbers.

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Being made of solid metal, this gold pacifier was worth quite a lot. (H&T Pawnbrokers)
Being made of solid metal, this gold pacifier was worth quite a lot. Photo: H&T Pawnbrokers

Forget being born with a silver spoon in your mouth – while not practical for any reason, someone in the UK has owned and sold on a golden pacifier.

Being made of heavy metal, this would have been worth “a good chunk of money” when sold, the expert said.

Just 21 is these Fabrege eggs were ever made. (H&T Pawnbrokers)
A Fabergé egg is worth about £29,000. Photo: H&T Pawnbrokers

A film favourite, Fabergé eggs have long been featured on the big screen as rare objects. Just 21 Fabergé eggs were specially crafted to commemorate the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Anniversary and were sold in 2007 for a cool £29,000 ($38,000) each.

The legendary Victor Meyer designed them to have a St Edward’s Crown at the top, and they were made using bright red enamel, with 18-carat gold and diamonds.

Peter Howsen was famous for his depictions of suffering and redemption. (H&T Pawnbrokers)
Peter Howseon is known for his depictions of suffering and redemption. Photo: H&T Pawnbrokers

Another extravagant piece to be sold is art from famous Scottish painter Peter Howson, renowned for his depictions of suffering and redemption, with a focus on Christ. Howson was also the official British War Artist during the 1993 Bosnian war.

The Tate Britain in London has four artworks by him in their Prints and Drawings room, while someone sold on his Crucifixion painting — a stark 7 foot portrayal of Jesus on the cross surrounded by vivid flames.

"We've had some extraordinary items over the years, ranging from royal memorabilia to incredibly rare antiques, said Sarah Buck at H&T.

“It goes to show the many different items that are valuable and have the ability to be sold on – whether people are aware of it or not.”

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