Wedgwood Millennium Collection
The Wedgwood Millennium Collection was a limited edition trademark produced by the British ceramic manufacturer, Wedgwood, to celebrate the millennium.
History & Description
Within the Millennium Collection were four different designs of teacups and saucers. Entitled “Salute to the Millennium - the Age of Vision and Hope”, each design celebrated the achievements of a different century.
These included Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon in 1969, the completion of the Statue of Liberty in 1886 and the first hot air balloon flight in 1783. The twenty-first century was represented by zodiac signs and universal symbols.
These themes extended onto a number of products, including ceramic paper weights, large bowls, clocks, trays, mugs and dinner sets. Each product was only available until the end of the year 2000.
In addition, Wedgwood was awarded the Premium Ceramics Licence from the Millennium Experience Company which allowed the company to be the sole ceramic provider for the then recently erected Millennium Dome in London (now called the o2 Arena).
Guide for collectors
As Wedgwood Millennium Collection products are still relatively new, they rarely appear at national auction houses. Collectors are much more likely to purchase Wedgwood Millennium Collection products on eBay where items are regularly sold for less than $40.
Collectors should be aware that while there are a number of products advertised as Wedgwood Millennium products on eBay, only a small few are genuine Millennium Collections products. For example, jasperware products were not part of the Millennium Collections range.
Notable auction sales
On April 20th 2012, a Wedgwood Millennium Collection teacup and saucer set was sold on eBay for $36.99.
On April 3rd 2012, a Wedgwood Millennium Collection teacup and saucer set was sold on eBay for $22.99.
On March 22nd 2012, two pairs of Wedgwood Millennium Collection teacup and saucer sets were sold on eBay for $18.99.
On April 3rd 2012, a Wedgwood Millennium Collection The Dome paperweight was sold on eBay for £8.95.
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