‘Won’t be selling,’ says Antiques Roadshow guest after a staggering valuation.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW expert Susan Rumfitt had one guest speechless when she revealed the staggering value of her prized brooch, which she refused to sell.
BBC presenter Fiona Bruce took viewers to Beverley Minster in the East Riding of Yorkshire during an episode of Antiques Roadshow.
A pair of valuable medical leech jars once used to bleed patients, a strange sideboard with hidden drawers, and a ring with a locket containing Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair were among the items caught on camera.
Susan Rumfitt, an antique expert, was drawn to a brooch.
Susan started by inquiring about the guest’s acquisition of the item.
“It was a wedding present from my grandfather in 1919,” she explained.
“The engagement ring appeared to be nothing special.
“During the First World War, he was a prisoner of war, and when he returned, he was very sick.”
“I’m not sure he had enough money to get her a really nice ring,” the guest continued.
“So he bought her that on their wedding day to make amends, and she wore it all the time.”
Susan replied, “That’s such a lovely and romantic story,” as she explained where the brooch came from and was made.
“It is set with diamonds and small rubies and dates from around 1890.”
“It’s fabulous,” the expert added.
It gleams, and the Romans equated salamanders with marital bliss.
“Hopefully, they lived happily ever after.”
Susan then proceeded to inquire if the guest knew how much her grandfather had paid for the brooch at the time.
The guest replied, “It was around £30 in 1919.”
“And in 1919, wasn’t that a lot of money?”
Susan replied, “It certainly was,” before going on to value the item.
“If this came up for auction today, it would be worth between £1,200 and £1,500.”
The guest responded, “That’s lovely,” as she explained why she wouldn’t sell it.
“However,” she added, “I will not be selling it.”
“I’m going to give it to my daughter,” says the narrator.
The expert concluded, “I hope she enjoys it as much as your grandmother did.”
Expert Ben Wright left one guest speechless about the value of his Patek Phillipe watch later in the episode.
The watch belonged to the guest’s grandfather.
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