Are These Really Collectibles? 6 Surprising Finds That Hold Unexpected Value

In September 2023, a thousand strands of antique barbed wire, amassed over 75 years by a dedicated Californian collector, sold for $999 on eBay. As the Antique Barbed Wire Society says, 'Barbed wire has been an integral and important part of the history of the Wes…

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