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Builder discovers "priceless" Tolkien postcard
Yahoo News ^ | Tue Jul 8, 10:29 AM ET | Mike Collett-White

Posted on 07/09/2008 7:27:11 AM PDT by martin_fierro

Builder discovers "priceless" Tolkien postcard

By Mike Collett-White Tue Jul 8, 10:29 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - A demolition man stripping a fireplace from the former home of "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien stumbled across a postcard to the writer dated 1968, and hopes to sell it for a small fortune.

Stephen Malton, who runs Prodem Demolition in Bournemouth on the south English coast, was working in the house in the nearby town of Poole before it was bulldozed to make way for a new construction project.

"Before we demolish a house we do an internal strip out," Malton said Tuesday.

"One of the main features was a fireplace, and upon removing that we came across three postcards. The third one was a postcard dated 1968 and addressed to J.R.R. Tolkien."

Malton said research on the Internet suggested that the carved wooden fireplace with marble inlay, a feature of the house when Tolkien lived there from 1968 to 1972, was already worth up to $250,000.

"To tie in both the fireplace and the postcard, we are talking about a price of around $500,000 for the combined pair," the 42-year-old told Reuters by telephone.

He contacted the Tolkien Estate, which manages the author's copyrights, and said that they had given him the all clear to sell the fireplace and postcard. The estate could not immediately be reached for comment.

Malton said he would probably sell the items at auction, although according to local newspaper the Dorset Echo, he has already had an offer from a Tolkien enthusiast in Belgium.

The postcard was addressed to Tolkien at the Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth, where he and his wife Edith often stayed.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; The Hobbit Hole; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: stolenproperty; tolkien

1 posted on 07/09/2008 7:27:11 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: ecurbh

ringping


2 posted on 07/09/2008 7:28:28 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: xsmommy; Buckhead
Anyone remember Armory v. Delamirie?
3 posted on 07/09/2008 7:29:45 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
If he thinks he can get $250k for the postcard, why are they tearing the house down? Seems like the house would be worth tons more.
4 posted on 07/09/2008 7:31:48 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: martin_fierro

i am busily maintaing trover here....


5 posted on 07/09/2008 7:33:12 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: martin_fierro

Addressed to Tolkien? Sounds like he wanted to burn it and missed. Anyone could write to him. I know he kept my correspondence in a book. :^)


6 posted on 07/09/2008 7:33:39 AM PDT by Samwise ("Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.")
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To: Peanut Gallery

Perhaps we need a second fireplace?


7 posted on 07/09/2008 7:34:03 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: mysterio
why are they tearing the house down?

Maybe a Muslim expressed interest in the housing site. In the UK these days, Muslims get whatever they ask for.

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8 posted on 07/09/2008 7:34:10 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: BibChr

did some one get a post card form bilbo bagins.


9 posted on 07/09/2008 7:36:18 AM PDT by qman (All Islamo-fachist must die")
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To: Samwise
"Sounds like he wanted to burn it and missed."

Whereas it is said that his companion, CS Lewis, personally responded to every piece of fan mail he'd ever received :-)

10 posted on 07/09/2008 7:38:14 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Samwise

Now if they found a RING near the fireplace. . . .


11 posted on 07/09/2008 7:44:20 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: martin_fierro
hopes to sell it for a small fortune.

My Preciousssssssssss. . . .

12 posted on 07/09/2008 7:45:29 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: martin_fierro
Stephen Malton, who runs Prodem Demolition in Bournemouth on the south English coast, was working in the house in the nearby town of Poole before it was bulldozed to make way for a new construction project.

"Before we demolish a house we do an internal strip out," Malton said Tuesday.

Vulture.

13 posted on 07/09/2008 8:13:07 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (We are all humans, and humans poo.)
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To: 2Jedismom; 300winmag; Alkhin; Alouette; ambrose; Anitius Severinus Boethius; artios; AUsome Joy; ...

Ring Ping!!

Anyone wishing to be added to or removed from the Ring-Ping list, please don't hesitate to let me know.

14 posted on 07/09/2008 8:27:08 AM PDT by ecurbh (Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.)
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To: ecurbh; HairOfTheDog
I dunno, maybe it's me. Wouldn't it mean more to have a post card from Tolkien?
15 posted on 07/09/2008 9:01:56 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands
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To: Corin Stormhands
I know....

..my first reaction was ..So what?

16 posted on 07/09/2008 9:07:11 AM PDT by Guenevere (America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease)
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To: martin_fierro

Is it in Elvish?


17 posted on 07/09/2008 9:23:13 AM PDT by TBP
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To: martin_fierro

Let me check, and see if it was worth reading this thread..............Nope. Never get those 3 minutes back!


18 posted on 07/09/2008 9:44:07 AM PDT by weeder
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To: martin_fierro
A demolition man stripping a fireplace from the former home of "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien stumbled across a postcard to the writer dated 1968, and hopes to sell it for a small fortune. Stephen Malton, who runs Prodem Demolition in Bournemouth on the south English coast, was working in the house in the nearby town of Poole before it was bulldozed to make way for a new construction project. "Before we demolish a house we do an internal strip out," Malton said Tuesday.
Gee, why not just spray the whole works with petrol and set fire to it?
19 posted on 07/09/2008 10:01:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: LongElegantLegs

I wouldn’t call them vultures. If the house had to be torn down anyway, why NOT save parts of it that are of some architectural value? Folks love being able to re-use mantels, moldings, doors, floors, that came from old homes. It would be silly to trash them.


20 posted on 07/09/2008 1:53:46 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: martin_fierro
Builder discovers "priceless" Tolkien postcard

"To tie in both the fireplace and the postcard, we are talking about a price of around $500,000 for the combined pair..."

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

21 posted on 07/09/2008 2:06:21 PM PDT by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: SuziQ

Particularly if parts of a house come from a famous author. Some people take pride in owning something that belonged to a famous personage.


22 posted on 07/09/2008 2:13:48 PM PDT by Oyarsa
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To: SuziQ

$250,000 for a postcard, not even written by the famous man in question? Puh-lease. The man is (hopefully) deluding himself.


23 posted on 07/09/2008 2:17:37 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (We are all humans, and humans poo.)
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To: martin_fierro

Thanks for the ping! I love these threads.


24 posted on 07/09/2008 3:03:46 PM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: ecurbh

Thank you.


25 posted on 07/09/2008 3:04:06 PM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: martin_fierro

Hmm...for something he thinks is “priceless” the feller sure seems to have had no hesitation in putting a hefty price on it. But I can go him one better - I have in my possession a postcard written to William Shakespeare by an adoring fan named Drill or somebody that I’d be happy to let go for a mere quarter-million buckadingdongs...just as soon as the ink dries...


26 posted on 07/09/2008 3:08:52 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: LongElegantLegs

Oh, I wasn’t talking about the postcard bringing much in the way of money. I was talking about preserving some of those architectural features in the house!


27 posted on 07/09/2008 6:06:16 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Charles Henrickson

For a second, I thought that was the “P” word in the headline.


28 posted on 07/09/2008 6:08:41 PM PDT by RichInOC (Gollum is alive and well and married to Mary Matalin.)
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To: martin_fierro
During this time period Tolkien was beginning to cash in on his celebrity - as well he should.
I remember seeing many posters and artworks with his image and images from his book - The Hobbit - popping up in the 'Head shops' of the era.

I had a rather large poster of him sitting on some very gnarly tree roots. Quite stunning actually. Wish I still had it...but that was long ago and far away...in a land that time has passed by....(cur Hobbit music)...
29 posted on 07/09/2008 6:46:57 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Tainan

Must have been the same era when I was seeing “Frodo lives!” scrawled in subways and buses. My college had a whole “Middle Earth” complex of dorms.


30 posted on 10/08/2008 5:08:53 PM PDT by Melian
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To: Melian
I...am Frodo!
31 posted on 10/08/2008 6:05:04 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Tainan

No, you are FRodo. :)


32 posted on 10/08/2008 6:16:06 PM PDT by Melian
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