I own Europe’s biggest collection of bedpans but now I’m being forced to flog the lot – here’s why

A COLLECTOR with Europe’s biggest stash of bedpans is flogging the lot — because she has run out of space.

Mary Jacobs, 77, has amassed 163 of the pots after taking a shine to one at a Salvation Army jumble sale in 1984.

Mary Jacobs with her collection of bedpans, which are going under the hammer

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Mary Jacobs with her collection of bedpans, which are going under the hammerCredit: Bav Media
Mary says she just wanted to collect something different

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Mary says she just wanted to collect something differentCredit: Bav Media
She has paid between 50p and £18 for her guzunders

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She has paid between 50p and £18 for her guzundersCredit: Bav Media

Every year since, her commode compilation has grown with her regular visits to auctions and charity shops.

She said she “just wanted to collect something different”.

Now Mary — who has paid between 50p and £18 for her guzunders — has decided enough is enough.

She said: “I  catalogue and label each bedpan so I know where I bought it from  and how much it cost.

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“Most people think they all look  the same but in fact they are all different sizes, colours and shapes. They vary a lot.”

Mary, of Newmarket, Suffolk, whose favourite has a blue and white pattern, said: “They’re clean, washed and in fantastic condition.

“I had a cupboard  built to store them in my front bedroom but I’m getting older and need to clear some space. I hope they go to a good home.”

Auctioneer Stephen Drake said: “I’ve never seen such a big  collection of bedpans.  It’s amazing that Mary has taken the time to put it together.”

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