I just came across an interesting news on Yahoo! News, regarding an umbrella that prices around £500,000 . (link).
The couple that owned the vase was very lucky. If I have a chance like that, the first thing I'd do is to go to an antiques auction and sell the umbrella stand.
With half a million Pounds I do think that I can retire early. Put the whole lot of money inside an Islamic Bank and sit back waiting for each month to end, and still got £1,000 each month!
So, for those who feels like the economy downturn has really take effects on them, just go inside your closet and store room, find something old, and just try your luck for an evaluation.