Couple Earns Big Payday By Auctioning Off Diving Helmet Collection

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auctions off Pardoe dive helmet collection.
Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auctions off Pardoe dive helmet collection.

If you’re going to collect things, better make sure they’re in good condition. You never know when they might fetch a hefty bid on the auction market.

A British couple that owned a sizeable collection of old-school diving helmets and associated equipment earned a big payday when they decided to auction that collection off. The collection included helmets from the USA, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Japan.

The auction — run by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, netted Tony and Yvonne Pardoe £570,000/US$761,791/687,620 Euros.

One buyer even paid £8000/US$10,689/9,651 Euros for a 1905-model Morse Diving Equipment Company U.S. Navy MK V Helium MOD-1 helmet, the largest sum paid for any of the items.

Check out the auctioneers’ video below on the items that were up for bidding, or go to the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood website.

John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.