Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell Titanic survivor’s letter despite huge valuation

ANTIQUES Roadshow fans were stunned after two guests brought an incredible moment of history to the BBC show.

Fiona Bruce hosted the episode, which was held at Porchester Castle in Hampshire, and we were introduced to two siblings with a very treasured letter.


Children of Titanic survivor Sidney Daniels appeared on the show

Antiquities expert Hilary Kay spoke with the son and daughter of Titanic survivor Sidney Daniels.

Sidney worked as a plate washer on the famous ship, aged just 18, and managed to survive the disaster.

The guests’ late father managed to keep a letter with him, which had been damaged by water but was still legible.

Sidney’s daughter read the letter, explaining her father’s whereabouts when the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912.

The letter stunned Hilary, who called it an “extraordinary moment”.

She added that “everything about the Titanic had an extraordinary effect on people.

“I mean, it’s an emotional moment to hold something so connected to such an extraordinary moment in history.”

The expert then got down to business, explaining what they could fetch at auction.

“We’re talking about £10,000, that’s the realistic amount,” she said.

The Daniels siblings agreed the potential £10,000 was a “very nice” sum, but added they would never sell it.

“It doesn’t come out of the family,” the son continued, explaining how he hopes the letter will go to a museum for display.

Hilary replied, “Very good. Glad more people can share this.”

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

Hilary Kay valued the letter at around £10,000


Hilary Kay valued the letter at around £10,000

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