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Nov, 2010

People all over Ireland are clearing out their attics in the hope of finding valuable items that they can turn into much-needed cash, The Sunday Business Post reports.

De Veres Art Auctions in Dublin say they have been ‘inundated’ with inquiries from sellers wondering if the ugly old framed picture lurking under the water tank might actually be worth something.

“No one is selling works of art now because they think the market is good. People are selling works of art because they need the cash, and there is no shame in saying that,” said John de Vere White. They would not be selling in the present market if they did not need the cash.”

However, he also cautioned anyone who does think they have unearthed a lost masterpiece not to get their hopes up too high.

“Normally, if someone has something good, they know. It would be highly unlikely that we are going to unearth a lost treasure. The reality nowadays is that often the value is a disappointment to people.”

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