Monday, December 20, 2010

124 year old tree set world record

One hundred and twenty-four years after it marked its first yuletide, the 14-inch tree originally bought in 1886 which now belongs to Paul Parker, 45, of Bath, England, valued at $1,585, sets the world record for the Oldest Artificial Christmas Tree. The mini-tree is made of a green fibrous material and sits on a base decorated with cherubs, Jesus and Mary.

The World's Oldest Christmas Tree was passed down to him by his mother Janet, who received it from her great-great-aunt Lou in the 1940s, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

"She treasured it when she was alive, and my father Grahame is comforted that I will be carrying on the family tradition," Parker told the newspaper.

The ornament was originally purchased for sixpence, but was valued at 1,000 pounds, or $1,585, in 2005 by the television show "Antiques Roadshow."

"But putting a price to this kind of object is ridiculous," Parker told the Daily News. "As the oldest Christmas tree in history, it has no peers."


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