Yesterday there was an extraordinary collection of diving equipment is being auctioned in Exeter. It took 45 years to put together by a couple who literally wrote the book on the history of diving. These diving helmets were expected to fetch half a million pounds at auction.
It’s thought to be the fourth biggest diving collection in the world and it was amassed by former diver Tony Pardoe and his wife Yvonne at their home in Exmouth. Age and poor health means they now want to pass it on. The auction in Exeter has now attracted world-wide interest. These images were taken by a friend of ours, Justin Hanning, at the auction:
Sadly the collection was broken up, but many other collectors have been able to add new items to their collections. Check out the article on the ITV n