Tuesday, 19 February 2013


This is certainly one purchase where the buyer should beware.
A couple of flatmates are hoping there will be a few brave souls left at the end as they auction a 'haunted' mirror which they claim has brought them nothing but misery.
Student Joseph Birch, 20, and painter Sotiris Charalambous, 34, acquired the antique mirror when their landlord put it in a skip outside their in Muswell Hill, London five months ago.
But ever since then, the pair claim they have been brought nothing but bad luck, misery, financial problems and illness.
Mr Charalambous says it has caused him to wake up screaming with 'stabbing pains' in the night.

He said: 'The landlord said keep it, I don't want it.'
Joseph, an art and design student, and his flatmate began seeing 'flickering shadows' and 'glimpses of black darkness' in the mirror and orbs of light in the room.

Since the walnut mirror was painted metallic silver by Sotiris two months ago, the flatmates began to suffer intense nightmares and their problems escalated.

Claims: Student Joseph Birch reported seeing 'flickering shadows' in the mirror and orbs of light in the room
Joseph woke up covered in red scratch-marks in the middle of the night last week and both have had sleepless nights which they blame on the antique.
But if that's the bad news, the good news is the mirror only has a few scratches and is not broken.

They have placed the mirror on internet auction site eBay with a price of £100 but say it is 'only right' that a potential buyer knows about the problems it may bring.
The flatmates have had a number of bids slightly below the reserve price so far.
And one prospective buyer is even eyeing up the mirror as a gift for an ex.

Sotiris said: 'I think someone could have been murdered in front of the mirror and that's why it has been haunting our house.
'I don't think it the mirror likes it since I painted it silver. I took it to an antique dealer who said it was worth £100 once and that's why we're asking for the price, but we would ideally like it to go to someone who has experience of the paranormal.'

The item has attracted interest from all over the country, with 20,000 people having viewed the item so far.
Joseph said: 'We've had a lot of queries from people interested in the paranormal and skeptics too.
'I just know we don't want it in the house any more, but we didn't think it was fair to sell it without warning people.'
The mirror is described as a 'beautiful grand Victorian style mirror' which had enjoyed pride of place in the pair's North London studio apartment.

Joseph said: 'Since the mirror was put up, everything has gone wrong.
'A few days after we put the mirror up, both myself and my flat mate have woken in the early morning hours screaming in pain.
'We both experienced what I can only describe as intense sharp stabbing pains throughout our bodies.
'They would strike us both at the same time, then disappear as fast as they came.
'Originally we thought somebody was performing some kind of voodoo or black magic on us, but the mirror gives us the creeps and we started seeing strange shadows in it.'

The mirror was later sold for £100, with the buyer collecting.

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