Man who collected hole punchers for 50 years is having to sell the lot for £200


A MAN who spent 50 years and a small fortune collecting hole punches is having to sell the lot — for just £200.

Peter Duffell, 82, has 204 of the tools from all over the world, dating from the 1800s to 1960s.

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Peter Duffell is having to sell his collection for just £200 despite spending over £800 on it[/caption]

The retired teacher buys them online and on holiday before lovingly arranging them in rows in his lounge.

Dad-of-three Peter loves everything about them, from their shapes to oak bases and cutting designs.

But wife Gill has had enough, telling him: “Sell them, or I’ll bin the lot.”

Now the hoard — including a German one he accidentally paid more than £800 for — will be auctioned next month with a £200 estimate.

Peter, of Lichfield, Staffs, said: “I’d hoped for a bit more but as I seem to be the world’s only collector it might be hard to find a buyer.

“I suppose at the very least they’ll make a scrap metal dealer happy.”

Gill, 78, added: “They became an obsession. I’m pleased they’re off.”

Richard Winterton Auctioneers in Lichfield is selling the haul.

Peter added: “I’d be grateful if they make their estimate. I could start another collection with the money — maybe fountain pens this time.”

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Mr Duffell shows off his vast collection[/caption]

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