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Grandad Scrounges Rare WWII Ship Plans for 25 Pounds–and They Could Be Worth 4,000 Pounds

A grandad’s 25-pound (approx. US$35) car-trunk bargain could see him rake in thousands at auction—after his find turned out to be rare WWII plans to convert the RMS Queen Mary into a wartime ship that transported Churchill. Francis Phillips, 73, unearthed the original wartime conversion plans for the RMS Queen Mary from a car trunk sale 25 years ago while rummaging through a tatty old cardboard box. The savvy sale hunter offered 25 pounds to take the papers off the seller’s hands after learning that they were destined for the bonfire, as they were “taking up too much room” in his house. After undertaking extensive research with the help of uni specialists, fishmonger Francis was stunned to learn the provenance of the plans he snapped up for a song in 1996. Before it was retired, the RMS Queen Mary hosted a glittering roster of celebrities and famous figures on the …

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