From a document signed by Queen Elizabeth I to a guitar once used by John Lennon and a Star Wars movie prop, learn all about the most valuable treasures unearthed on the BBC show
We like to settle in on Sunday evenings to watch new episodes of the beloved BBC show Antiques tour, who sees Fiona Bruce travel across the UK to discover priceless treasures and missing masterpieces.
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But what were the most valuable treasures discovered on the show? Keep reading to find out…
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A document signed by Queen Elizabeth I
One of the most notable discoveries uncovered on the show took place in 2017 when a guest brought in a rare document from 1563 that bore the signature of Queen Elizabeth I.
Book expert Clive Farahar was blown away by the license, which was written to allow an Elizabethan adventurer to go discover gunpowder and valued the find at £35,000 which left the guest speechless.
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In 2017, two British soldiers appeared on the show to have an object belonging to the British Army Regiment appraised and were blown away when the the record valuation of jewelery was revealed by Fabergé jewelry expert Geoffrey Munn.
Crafted from gold, jade, diamonds and silver and set on a carved rock crystal base, the piece certainly looked special, but the soldiers had no idea of its value – £1 million!
John Lennon’s guitar
A guitar once owned by Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison was brought to a roadshow in 2019 and created quite a stir. The prototype fretless guitar from the 1960s belonged to a musician who received it after impressing the two rockers with his talents.
Expert Jon Baddeley was able to rate the unique instrument as the real deal after seeing a photograph that showed it among George’s collection and hailed it “by far the most expensive thing” he had seen in 25 years on the show.
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First editions signed by Beatrix Potter
A set of first editions gifted and signed by Beatrix Potter herself were scavenged for thousands when they were brought to a Roadshow in 2017. rare editions were worth £25,000 and wasted no time acquiring them.
star wars helmet
Back in 2014, host Fiona Bruce was at a loss for words when she discovered an original prop’s appraisal of the 1977 original. star wars film.
The helmet, brought by a collector whose mission was to find star wars memories from around the worldturned out to be worth a staggering five-figure sum.
Charlotte Bronte’s ring
Found in a hidden box in an attic for many years, this unremarkable-looking ring shocked everyone when it was revealed that it once belonged to none other than Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte. Instead of the £25 the guest who brought it thought it was worth, it was actually valued at £20,000.
Additionally, it was also found that the the ring held a lock of the famous author’s hair, making the find even more valuable.
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A small notebook that a guest took a chance on and brought to the roadshow in 2017 turned out to be an incredibly valuable find.
The miniature volume reviewing Shakespeare’s work was found to date from the 17th century and, according to expert Matthew Haley, has “enormous scholarly value”. It features “scientific scholarly notes” written during the Bard’s lifetime and was is expected to fetch over £30,000 at auction.
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