A former professional rugby player has come to terms with the fact he is not interested to buy an antique watch.
John Weller was a member of the South African rugby team from 1997 to 2008 and played for the Cape Town and Pretoria franchises.
He retired in 2010 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
He has not revealed any plans to sell his collection but he told The Times newspaper that he would not want to pay more than the asking price for a piece of history.
“I am an antiques person,” he said.
“What am I getting for it?
A piece of paper and a piece in a drawer.
That’s all I am getting.”
Mr Weller, who lives in Pretoria, said that he had always been aware of the value of the antiques and wanted to buy them.
“But I never thought I would sell it,” he explained.
“The antiques are still my passion.
I never wanted to be in a position where I was selling them to someone else.”
It would be a loss for me.
The time that I have spent with it is the time I have given to it.
“Mr Umbele, who plays for South Africa’s women’s side, said the auction process would be difficult for the team and would be “difficult” for Mr Weller.”
He will be a bit of a problem for us, and the auction is going to be difficult, but I am sure that we will be able to find a solution for him,” he added.”
For sure, the auction will be difficult and it will be tough for him to find someone who is willing to bid.
“Antique watches and clocks worth more than $100,000 are now being offered by auction houses around the world.