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Your Ikea furniture could now be worth thousands – these are the most valuable items

Mirror logo Mirror 18/5/2017 Joshua Barrie

We Brits remain enamoured by Ikea and its affordable flat-pack furniture.

But past price and simplicity, the Swedish manufacturer is becoming something of a collector's dream. Most of us probably think of Ikea as modern – but it was founded way back in 1943.

More than 60 years on, there are a handful of Ikea products that have become iconic. Each item's worth, as a result, has rocketed.

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Unfortunately for most of us, the Billy bookcase, Poäng armchair, and Malm bed frame remain insignificant in price, however classic they may be.

But you never know – you may well have one of these other products tucked away in the shed. Or you might spot them in a charity shop?

Among the 2,500 pieces released each year, these are the ones that have garnered cult-status amongst art collectors, according to art trend tracker Barnebys.

Ikea's retro 'clam chair' now sells for anything up to £50,000.

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This is fairly rare now. It was released during the Second World War, a year after Ikea started. So it's unlikely you'll have it lurking in the spare room. But if you do...

Teak book shelf and cabinet combo

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This '70s furniture could fetch up to £3,000 today. And it's less uncommon than the clams.

Invar Panton's 'Vilbert' chair

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In 1993, Ikea founder Invar Kamprad asked Danish designer Panton to design a piece of furniture. He came up with this colourful number. It retailed at £60 – and could now see you up £700. Many other collaborations proved unsuccessful upon conception.

Apair of olive chairs by Eric Wörtz

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This would not look out of place in most homes in modern times. And their quirkiness is desired, too, as a pair is now worth £1,500.

Amiral chairs by Karin Mobring

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A set of these Amiral steel and leather chairs could now fetch about £875.

Nejlika ceramics

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Look in your kitchen. If you've got an 18-piece dinnerware set called Nejlika, originally worth £13.50, you could be cashing in to the tune of £1,180.

Why are these products worth so much now?

Barnabys told the Evening Standardthat it's mainly because the items weren't popular in their time, so weren't on sale for long.

The discontinuation makes them appealing. Flops, while unfashionable years ago, suddenly become 'cool' in an unconventional sort of way.

A spokesperson for Barnabys said: “Today keen-eyed collectors search out Ikea items as this once modest furniture is commanding some astonishing prices at auction.

“The most sought after is furniture commands prices that are ten times higher that when these items were launched.”

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