BBC Antiques Roadshow guest sends clear message in refusing to sell statues found in skip

These were the statues that the guest would not part with on Antiques Roadshow - two busts of two men
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The financial value of a couple of statues that she found in a Birmingham scrapyard was not enough to induce a guest on BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme to sell them.

During the classic episode, expert John Foster was presented with the unique statues and when he asked the guest about their origins, he said: "Well, we found them in a skip in a Birmingham scrap dealer's yard. I presume they were scrap metal." She clarified that she had permission to retrieve the statues from the skip, insisting: "I did not steal them," reports the Express

The expert recognised one of the figures as the President of Angola but was stumped by the identity of the other. The guest revealed: "Well, we took him out first, partly because he looks like my dad. So I like him because of that. But he is Captain Romeros and he was on the Portuguese side. He was administering the area when Angola was under the oppression of the Portuguese."

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One statue bore the date 1930, while the other, depicting the President, was more recent and would have originally featured glasses. Upon examining where the glasses had been, the guest mused: "Well yes, we wondered if that was the reason he had been scrapped because the glasses had broken off.

"We used to have them in the garden and we used to have them looking at each other because they were traditional enemies." The woman observed a curious phenomenon with her garden ornaments, noting how rays of sunshine or shadow play could alter their moods.

"Sometimes they [look like] they are glowering at each other, sometimes it looks like they are smiling," she shared. Expert John was intrigued by the statues' dual nature, remarking on their attributes he said: "They are kind of historical and decorative so they have that mixture of... I would buy them more on a decorative value."

He valued the statue of the respected ex-president up to £1,500 at auction, while its companion piece ranged between £800 and £1,200. "You've probably got a couple of thousand pounds there overall," he informed the owner.

However, the owner declared her affection for her statues transcended monetary gain: "But they are not for sale!"

"Good, good," John affirmed, supporting her decision. "I wouldn't sell them either."

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