The guest of Antiques Roadshow gasps “I must inform my insurer!” As he learns the breathtaking truth behind Beatles memories


A guest at the ANTIQUES Roadshow gasped “I have to tell my insurer!” after learning the mind-boggling truth behind some Beatles memorabilia.

In a classic episode of the BBC show, expert Paul Atterbury met a man who owned a plethora of articles related to the famous Liverpudlian group.


Antiques Roadshow guest shocked to learn the value of some Beatles memorabilia
The guest had brought a whole series of articles on the Liverpudlian group


The guest had brought a whole series of articles on the Liverpudlian group

He said: “Here we have, quite unexpectedly, clearly a Beatles story, but it’s something with a difference, isn’t it? Where does it start? “

The guest explained that he was the principal of the Stowe School, which owned the collection.

He said: “It starts at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and an old Stowe called David Moores, who was 17.

“He’d heard of the Beatles playing in his local town, had gone to the Cavern Club and was like, ‘This is a band that I would like some of my friends to hear.’

“He had the initiative to write to their manager Brian Epstein, 17, and invite the Beatles to come and play at Stowe.

“So, this is the start of a correspondence that we have.”

Paul replied, “So this is the documentation for this concert?” “

When the guest confirmed that was the case, he added, “It’s a very, very rare collection of materials. He has the contract, he has a photo of the concert, that’s the whole story, is not it?”

In addition to the papers, there were sculptures of the four members of the group and the guest explained that they were made by a former student of the school, the famous British sculptor David Wynne.

Paul then said, “Now we’re looking at a lot of things and a lot of very important things.

“This is an excellent archive”

“I’m only going to give you an aggregate value because I think breaking it down into chunks isn’t helpful.

“It’s a big archive, it’s a big range of material. You should be looking for at least £ 50,000.

“Probably between £ 50,000 and £ 100,000 due to the complexity, the rarity and of course the sculptural quality of the things involved.”

The guest was taken aback and said, “Oh, I’m going to have to tell our insurers.”

Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.


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