Antiques Roadshow Guest Refuses To Sell D-Day Artifact After Staggering Appraisal | Television and radio | Show biz & TV


Fiona Bruce and the team organized Antiques Roadshow in Farnborough, where visitors flocked to discover the value of their most precious possessions. In a recent episode of the BBC show, fine art auctioneer Jon Baddeley was visibly impressed by a wartime ad that had been submitted for review. The object contained four pages of handwriting and the collector said it was an “amazing archival find”. The guest revealed to viewers at home how he came into possession of such “confidential” documents.

Taking a closer look at the letter, Jon told viewers who the signed author was behind the D-Day memories.

He explained: “Here we have a letter from the BBC’s chief announcer, the famous John Snagge on the radio daily, just before the war. “

The auctioneer was intrigued by who the letter was addressed to, he questioned the guest: “It’s written to a ‘Dear Frank’, who is he?”

The owner replied: “Frank Phillips was my father, he was a BBC presenter during the war. “

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Jon underlined: “We have four pages here in script, not typed. It’s quite strange, isn’t it?

“I would have thought they would have been typed before being read,” he added.

The presenter’s son gave an explanation behind the written letter after saying, “It was considered too confidential as it was basically about announcing D-Day to be given to any typist.”

The guest added jokingly: “And real men weren’t typing back then,” which the expert laughed at.

Referring to the history of the war, Jon said, “It was such a secret, wasn’t it? I mean, if the enemy had any tilt we were heading towards Normandy. “

In hindsight, the expert admitted, “It could have been a completely different outcome,” concluding that Nazi Germany may not have been successfully defeated.

In addition to BBC newsreader John Snagg, the documents also bore the signatures of two other famous personalities listed at the bottom.

He said, “There is a copy of a very important document that was signed by Winston Churchill and Eisenhower.

The US military officer, General Eisenhower and the former British Prime Minister had signed the communiqué which was written by John Snagge in a letter to BBC news reader Frank Phillips.

After inspecting the letter, specialist Jon remarked, “My God, what’s that worth?

The TV auctioneer added: “This is unique, one has never been sold before. I’m kind of thinking of maybe, certainly, a few thousand pounds.

The guest was not keen to leave with the memories after saying, “Alright. Well, I won’t be selling it anytime soon,” with a chuckle.

Apparently not surprised, Jon replied, “Glad to hear that.”

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on BBC Two.

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