‘It’s like a lottery win’: Diving fans sell collection of vintage helmets – including one fashioned from a steel drum for £570,000
- Anthony and Yvonne Pardoe sold their collection of more than 150 vintage diving helmets for £570,000
- Devon auctioneer Christopher Hampton of Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood said it was ‘like a lottery win’
- One of the helmets was made from scraps of metal by a Swedish farmer to rescue his tractor from a lake
- The collection of helmets had vintage items dating from the early 1950s up to modern equipment from the 1970s
A couple have sold their collection of vintage diving helmets for a staggering £570,000.
Anthony and Yvonne Pardoe’s hobby saw them amass more than 150 helmets worn by divers from the 1850s to the 1970s.
Their collection included one fashioned from a steel drum, and another helmet welded together from scraps of metal by a Swedish farmer when he decided to recover his tractor from an icy lake.
Christopher Hampton, of Devon auction house Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, said: ‘It’s like a lottery win.’