Contract Law On Monday, A posted a Letter to B asking if she would sell her large and well known collection of 1,000 pieces of crest ware china. A, who was an enthusiastic collector, suggested that £5 per item would be an acceptable price to him. Due to a delay in the postal system the letter was not delivered until Wednesday. Also on Monday, B advertised in the local paper that her collection of crest ware china was for sale for £5 per item. The advertisement stated, “One thousand items of crest ware for sale. They are all in good condition. First come, first served.” On Tuesday, A saw the advertisement and telephoned B and left a message on B’s answering machine saying, “The deal is on at £5 per item.” He confirmed this sending the same message by email. On Wednesday, C saw B in the street and said he had seen the advertisement and he would buy the items at £5 per item provided they were all in good condition. B, who had been away overnight on business, agreed to the sale. When B returned home she played back the message and read her emails. She contacted A and said that the items were sold to C. Subsequently, it was discovered that the items were valued at £15 each. A and C each claimed that they have purchased the items and claim damages from B. In addition, A claims damages for disappointment. Advise B who is still in possession of the collection.
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