Antiques Roadshow guest is devastated after learning truth about film score picked up for five cents by ‘sheer luck’

The AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was surprised after learning the truth about film music picked up for five cents by “sheer luck.”

A recent episode of Antiques Roadshow was filmed at Wollaton Hall and saw expert Justin Croft meet a male guest who had brought along a musical score he had found at a car boot sale.

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An Antiques Roadshow guest was floored after learning the truth about film music picked up for five by ‘sheer luck’
The score was by Bernard Herrmann for the film Les Neiges du Kilimanjaro

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The score was by Bernard Herrmann for the film Les Neiges du Kilimanjaro

Justin said: “So we’re looking at a musical score here, it’s quite an extensive musical score, but there are a few clues that can help us tell what’s here.

“So I immediately see in the upper left corner the words reel nine part one.”

He pointed out that Bernard Herrmann’s name was written on every score and he asked the guest if he had heard of the famous composer.

The man replied, “I had heard of him obviously from the Psycho score which is probably his most famous.”

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The music had been found in a “rather seedy folder” among other things, and the guest admitted, “I found it at a garage sale and it was on top of a big box of theater programs.

“There was a man ahead of me and it was offered for £5 but he didn’t want it so I gladly took it.

“I had a quick look, but for what was in the box, and it certainly looked like it was worth the £5.”

As the guest added that it was “pure happenstance” that the score was at the top of the pile, Justin revealed, “It’s Bernard Herrmann’s own copy of a film score. It’s for The Snows of Kilimanjaro which came out in the early 1950s.

“What I like is that there are a lot of annotations and it brings us closer to the correspondence between the score and the film.”

Moving on to its value, Justin said: “I think it has some value. It might not be his most important film score, it’s not the one everyone knows him for.

“But it’s one of his most respected scores that perhaps will stand the test of time.

“For you to have an original version of it with its corrections and with its annotations made at the time of adapting it to the film, I think it is important.”

He then revealed it could be worth between £800 and £1,000, and the guest was delighted to say it was “not bad for £5”.

Bernard also composed the score for Psycho

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Bernard also composed the score for Psycho
Expert Justin Croft valued it at £800-1000

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Expert Justin Croft valued it at £800-1000

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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