BBC Antiques Roadshow guest lost for words as they learn real price of wedding present

One Antiques Roadshow guest was left completely stunned on Sunday night after learning the true price of their wedding gift
One Antiques Roadshow guest was left completely stunned on Sunday night after learning the true price of their wedding gift -Credit:BBC

On a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow, which was originally broadcast in 2019 and featured Buckfast Abbey, viewers were treated to a surprising valuation. A guest brought in a lion painting by David Shepherd, a wedding gift from their mother-in-law, who had received it in the '60s from her sister.

The sister had purchased it from an art gallery in London.

Art expert Rupert Maas, known for his knowledge of animal paintings, assessed the piece. After hearing its backstory, he estimated the painting's value at £4,000 to £6,000.

The owner could barely contain their shock, exclaiming, "Good grief! " while Rupert quipped, "Nice wedding present!"

In another segment of the show, a family heirloom doll caught the attention of expert Bunny Campione. The doll, bought by the guest's great-grandfather for her grandmother, was hailed by Bunny as one of the most exquisite dolls she'd ever encountered on the programme, reports the Mirror.

The guest shared: "My great-grandfather presented all these bells, all 14 bells, to Buckfast Abbey in memory of my grandmother who was a Catholic. They bought this doll in France for my grandmother when she was about three or four," and added that the precious doll had been in their family ever since. The doll, which is a Bebe Jumeau, still had its original box, dress and tapes to play from 1890.

Bunny, giving a valuation, revealed it was worth around £6,000, causing the guest to gasp: "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, thank you very much!".

After explaining the history, Rupert Maas revealed that the painting was valued at between £4,000 to £6,000

Meanwhile, Fiona Bruce recently disclosed an incident on the Antiques Roadshow that producers thought was too harsh to air, but she believes would have made compelling TV. Earlier this year, the 60-year-old remembered a scene from the iconic show that never made it to broadcast as it was deemed "too cruel", but she insists it would have made "great television".

Fiona watched as a man received a harsh reality check about an item he wanted valued.

Speaking to The Guardian, she recounted how a smartly-dressed, enthusiastic man came to the set with a glass bottle he'd bought for £1,000 at an antiques shop. However, things became uncomfortable when the show's glass expert examined the supposed "antique", leading to an awkward situation.

They informed the crestfallen owner: "I'm afraid it's an empty olive oil bottle. Tesco, circa 2008. It's worth nothing at all."

Fiona reflected on the decision not to air the segment, acknowledging that while it might have been amusing for viewers, it would have been too harsh on the man. She said: "I suppose we could have broadcast it but it was just too cruel.

"The guy was devastated. There's a tiny bit of my brain that realises it would have made great television. But it's just not what the show's about. Poor chap, poor chap. The thing is, if you come on the Roadshow we are not about to humiliate you. The thing about Antiques Roadshow is not to humiliate people."

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