ANTIQUES Roadshow fans were stunned tonight as a beloved heirloom shared a “fascinating” link to a hit TV show.
Viewers admitted they never realized Grey’s Anatomy was a textbook long before the ABC medical drama used the name.
Gray’s Anatomy is actually one of the most famous textbooks in the English-speaking world, and the book brought was a first edition printed in 1858.
The guest on the show said: “Well my dad got it, he started collecting all the editions of Grey’s Anatomy because he edited the 34th edition on his own, as well as the 33rd and 32nd editions, which were the centenary edition with other publishers.
“His background is of Welsh farming background, I would say, and he emigrated to London, became a medical student, worked at Cambridge University for about 10 years and then was appointed as a professor at St Thomas.”
Antique’s Roadshow expert Fuchsia Voremberg looked at the flimsy text from the BBC One show and explained why it was such a find.
She said author Henry Gray had taught anatomy at St George’s Hospital in London, and while there he realized there was a gap in the market for a ” really good and affordable textbook” which would be useful for both students and surgeons.
And one of the great things about Grey’s Anatomy was the incredible diagrams of the human body.
Fuchsia was surprised by the coin and gave it an impressive estimate.
She said: “In terms of value, usually if someone calls up a second-hand bookseller and says ‘I’ve got old textbooks’ they’ll go a mile because the problem with textbooks is that they’re expensive. in new condition and that they are immediately expired.
“It’s an exception to the rule. This copy with the association to your father to come up for auction, I can see it with an estimate of £1500-2000.”
The guest admitted he couldn’t part with the book, replying, “It’s the one that’s valuable to me.”
Viewers reacted to the incredible rating on Twitter.
One said, “I didn’t know Grey’s Anatomy was a real book!”
Another said: ‘Gray’s anatomy books, fascinating… #AntiquesRoadshow what an assessment.’
A third underestimated its value, writing: “What is the market value of a first edition of ‘Gray’s Anatomy’? Maybe a big one?