A house clearer brought in to remove "junk" from a messy flat discovered two beautiful embroideries believed to date back to medieval times and worth "millions of pounds". Ian Spencer paid £5,000 for the right to clear a wealthy American woman's flat in Mayfair, London, after her lawyer believed everything of value had been sold.
The woman, Judy Keele, had not lived in the flat for some time and it was dirty and disorganised. But in an Edwardian bedside cupboard Spencer came across a folded pink bedspread. When he opened it, the two embroideries fell out. He put them to one side, not realising what they were, and continued to clear the room.
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