Cashing in on the Iron Lady

In honour of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral today, we thought we’d share one of Studio Binocular’s favourite figurines: our Margaret Thatcher nut cracker.

All you have to do is pop a walnut up the Iron Lady’s skirt and – hey presto – the nut is cracked. This excellent gift (thanks Ben) also came in a fantastic box, with Maggie popping her eyes out of number 10 Downing Street.

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Anyway, all of this sentimental nut cracking got us thinking about what other Thatcher memorabilia might be fetching a pretty penny on ebay. We did a quick search and found that $1,000 can score you an autographed, leather bound copy of “Path to Power”, whilst an autographed copy of her memoir “The Downing Street Years” will set you back $9,000…luckily for us we scored a copy of this in an op-shop last year whilst she was still alive. As you can see from the price on her head, we picked it up for the now bargain basement price of $4.99.

 

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Not to worry if memoirs aren’t your thing – you could always pick up a Margaret Thatcher Thimble, or – better yet – a set of these enviable slippers:

 

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In our searching we also stumbled across Jason Cullen – an avid collector from Leeds whose haul of memorabilia is now worth over £100,000. Jason claims to have the world’s largest collection of Margaret Thatcher autographs, and – looking at this image – it’s hard to dispute that this man is a world leader in his own right.
 
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Word on the street is that novelty dolls and toys go up around 20-30% when someone dies. The Daily Mail interviewed an internet entrepreneur from Warwick – Gavin Hodge – who noted that the same thing happens when any artist dies, and that “as a champion of the free market, Maggie probably would have approved’. 

Needless to say though – while it is no Mona Lisa – our novelty nut cracker is not for sale.
 


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Date: April 18th, 2013
Categories: News item of the week, The bigger wider world
Other enjoyable Iron Lady items:
 
Here is an image of Vivienne Westwood doing a Margaret Thatcher impersonation:
 
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And here is a link to a very interesting New Yorker article dispelling the myth that Margaret Thatcher invented soft serve »
 
“The frozen-dessert origin myth goes like this: shortly after graduating from Oxford in 1947 with a degree in chemistry, Margaret Roberts, the future Mrs. Thatcher, worked briefly at the food conglomerate J. Lyons & Company, where she helped devise a method for whipping extra air into ice cream that laid the foundation for modern soft-serve.”
 
Unfortunately it turns out that the anecdote has very little basis in reality, and was in fact told in left-leaning British circles as a metaphor for the Iron Lady’s policies – where, like soft serve, she “added air, lowered quality and raised profits”.
 
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