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Treasures of the Antiques Roadshow

By Helen Jones 24/04/2013

Is there treasure buried in your cellar?

Helen Jones discovers the most valuable finds unearthed by BBC TV Antiques Roadshow.

It’s the moment everyone waits for on Antiques Roadshow – the ‘reveal’. The moment when an expert tells an expectant member of the public just how much their treasured item is worth. 

Here are five of the most valuable finds brought in to the show:

• Maquette of the Angel of the North – the model on which the famous sculpture is based: £1 million.

• Painting by Sir John Lavery. A sunlight scene painted in the 1880s:  £250,000.

• Painting by Sir William Orpen. The owner said: ‘I'm completely gobsmacked. It's worth more than my house - what on earth am I going to do about it?’ £250,000.

• An 18th-century apothecary desk: £200,000.

• Early 18th-century sword with a crocodile handle: £200,000.

(Information supplied by BBC Press Office – February 2013)

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