It’s nice to see that the public is picking up on the concept that use/wear/discard evidence on an object makes it more valuable than if it were pristine. Though this seems like a rather an extreme example!
An article in the Telegraph today describes how a 1925 Bugatti car, which spent 70 years sitting at the bottom of a lake, has been sold for five times it’s expected asking price – and it’s now ‘too valuable to restore’.
I like this a lot. I hope it catches on, and we see a lot less over-polished silver and bronze and a reduced number of those horribly over-cleaned marbles. And I hope it stops people from dipping their Roman coins in coca-cola or cillit bang to clean them up!