The Antiques Roadshow has exhibited some of the UK’s most precious gemstones since 1979. There are winners and losers, with some hopefuls being told their possessions are worth next to nothing – but sometimes an unsuspecting collector will bring back an item. ‘worth several million. .
A retired silver cup was brought in by former Leeds United player Eddie Gray in 2016.
Donated to the National Football Museum after being bought at auction in 2005, the trophy was valued at around £ 1million when it was valued on air by Alastair Dickenson.
The play rioted among some Roadshow fans, who said it didn’t matter because it wasn’t from someone’s attic.
The most expensive item ever on Antiques Roadshow is a rare Faberge flower, estimated to be worth £ 1million in 2017.
The remarkable antique has a diamond center and is made of gold, silver, rock crystal and enamel – the timeless item even came with the original presentation box.
The six-inch-high flower is one of 80 surviving “botanical studies” created by Fabergé in the early 1900s and handed down by a regiment of soldiers for many years.
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Model of the Angel of the North
One of the most expensive items to appear on Antiques Roadshow was a prototype model of Anthony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North sculpture.
Experts valued the coin at £ 1million – more than Gateshead’s council paid for the 66-foot-tall sculpture itself.
The valuation was the first seven-figure sum in the history of Antiques Roadshow.
Barbara Hepworth sculpture
A school librarian had the shock of her life in 2012 when she brought in a bronze sculpture of Barbara Hepworth that had found new life as a paperweight.
The piece was donated by the deceased artist to a school in St Ives, Cornwall, before her death in 1975.
It turns out the coin was worth over £ 700,000 and now resides in a museum – not a teacher’s desk.
Mobile lover by Banksy
World famous artist Banksy is known for his street art and anonymity – and a painting was seen on a doorway opposite the Broad Plain Boys’ Club in Bristol.
The photo showed a man and a woman kissing while checking their phones.
There was a dispute over who owned the art, however, Banksy wrote to the club and said it was theirs.
The Boys’ Club sold the painting in 2014 for £ 403,000 and the money was used to keep the club going.
In 1994, a young man came to Crawley to have an amazing collection of silverware estimated.
Appraiser Ian Pickford was stunned by his collection, with rare items like stirrup cups and an early wine taster.
The astounding collection was then sold for £ 350,000.
Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.