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Is it hard to let go?

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Peter Dekker had, has, and will have many stunning items in his collection. This helmet, for example, is very unique. Peter has a special place in his heart for all items that relate to the Qing military (1636-1912). This helmet belongs to its elite troops.

Lately I saw that Peter was selling some items from his Qing collection, something that I could not have imagined him doing a few years ago. I decided to ask him about it. How hard is it to sell items that are so close to your heart? One line from the above sound bite stuck with me:

I comfort myself with the thought that it is better to have taken care of it for a while than not to have owned it at all.

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