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BOOKMARK addict Patricia Hyde has a collection worth pounds 1MILLION.

But she thought their value was a fraction of that until experts from TV's Antiques Roadshow saw them.

Last night she said: "My husband grumbles about them, but I'm sure he's changed his mind now he knows what they're worth."

Ex-teacher Patricia started the collection in 1963 when she bought her first bookmark for pounds 1.

Since then she has collected many thousands of the page reminders.

Patricia, 57, said: "I'm still a bit stunned. I never really knew what they were worth, although I thought some could be valuable.

"When I went to the Antiques Roadshow I didn't know if they would be able to tell me anything about them and I didn't think they would be interested."

But the experts were captivated by the 400 bookmarks she showed them at Oldham.

Some are 140 years old and worth hundreds of pounds.

Patricia said: "I've never stopped buying them and now a lot of places give them away free."

She's passing on the bookmark bug to her 10-year-old grandaughter Chloe, who is building up her own collection.

Patricia's TV appearance will be screened in the autumn.
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Author:Roberts, Brian
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 8, 1999
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