Antiques expert predicts pandemic memorabilia could soar in value

Is your home Covid testing kit a future money-maker? Expert predicts pandemic memorabilia will soar in value, with Sir Captain Tom Moore’s autograph worth £25,000 by 2121

  • Antique experts have predicted everyday items from this year could be viewed by future generations the way we view Word War memorabilia 
  • Items predicted to soon be valuable include a Covid home testing kit, vaccine certificate and letters from the Government about shielding 
  • Bigger ticket items include a signed Captain Tom Moore book, predicted to be worth £25K by 2121 and face masks worn by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian

Items that have become commonplace during the pandemic – including Covid testing kits, vaccine cards and letters about shielding – could soon be valuable antiques, say experts.  

Online marketplace site predicts that many items considered everyday during the pandemic could be appearing on an episode of Antiques Roadshow in a hundred years’ time. 

Big ticket items include Sir Captain Tom Moore’s autograph, which is predicted to cost around £25,000 by 2121. 

Face masks worn by celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle, could ask up to £15,000, and the wooden podium used for press updates from Downing Street at the height of the crisis would fetch £4,000, they estimate. 

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History: Literature and home tests (pictured) sent out during the pandemic could be valuable memorabilia in a hundred years’ time, antique experts predict  

The wooden podium where Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered his daily briefing at the height of the pandemic could be worth £4,000 in 2121

Pandemic icon: A book with Captain Sir Tom Moore’s autograph on it could sell for a whopping £25,000

Meanwhile, an edition of a national print newspaper from March 23rd 2020 – when lockdown officially began in England – could set you back £275. 

The experts identified items that are deemed pedestrian at the moment but will be fascinating to people 100 years from now – and estimated their potential value., who commissioned the list, said the pandemic is a significant moment in history that generations to come will learn about at school, in the same way that items in use during the First and Second World Wars – including ration books and tinned food – are now star attractions in museums.

Will Thomas, from the online antiques company said: ‘We will have a thousand things that remind us of 2020, from home haircuts, to the Thursday clap for heroes, but we will also have physical items that will signify this historical moment, quickly becoming known as ‘pan-tiques’ in our industry.

A day in history: National print newspapers from the first day of lockdown in March 2020 could fetch £275 in 100 years

Face masks worn by major celebrities of the time, including Kim Kardashian – pictured – could be priced at £15,000 in the future

‘We were not surprised that Sir Captain Thomas Moore’s autograph topped the list when we were liaising with our in-house expert, he is a national treasure and a true hero. 

‘However, we do urge people to be mindful when collecting and selling certain items, for example, Captain Tom’s latest achievement was fundraising for the NHS, so if you are lucky enough to have a collectible item, perhaps a charitable donation if you sold it would honour him in the way he deserves.’

Keeping items in pristine condition is key to ensuring future value, with dog-eared letters less likely to reap rewards.  

Thomas advised: ‘It’s important to store any products in dry, cool places without risk of water damage, or colour fading from direct sunlight. 

‘The area they are stored in should be a consistent temperature, especially not too humid. 

‘It was also stated that it is an extremely good idea to invest in waterproof cases for valuables, not only will this provide an extra layer of protection it will ward off dust and lessen the chance of mis-shapen items.’ 


Captain Sir Tom Moore autograph: up to £25,000

Face masks used by celebrities: up to £15,000

The daily press briefings podium from 10 Downing Street: £4,000

Government letters about shielding: £600 – £800

A posted produced to thank NHS workers could fetch £500 in a 100 years’ time

Original NHS rainbow posters: £500

Certified vaccine cards: £450

Newspapers from March 23rd 2020: £275

Marketing materials: £200

Covid testing kit: £150

Covid testing paperwork: £100


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