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Antiques Roadshow: Vase’s real value leaves guest stunned

So much more than she expected

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Antiques Roadshow featured a guest who was stunned to hear her vase was worth much more than its £1 junk shop price.

During Sunday (August 16) evening’s repeat episode on BBC One, filmed at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, a guest brought in a vase by potter William De Morgan.

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The Antiques Roadshow guest couldn’t believe how much the vase was worth (Credit: BBC)

What happened with the vase on Antiques Roadshow?

She explained how it had been in the family for some time, since her grandfather purchased it at a junk shop in Shaftsbury.

And while it was picked up for just £1, antiques expert Judith Miller revealed its true value was much, much higher.

Introducing the segment, Judith said she was “incredibly excited” by the William De Morgan piece.

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Expert Judith Miller said it was worth over £3,000 (Credit: BBC)

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When asked how it came into her possession, the guest said: “The story is, my grandfather was a ceramic potter and he was in Shaftesbury one day. He passed by a junk shop there.

“He went in and I guess he didn’t show great enthusiasm because the price was about £1, and he bought it.”

Judith replied: “I’m certainly not surprised, he obviously had an eye for it. You can see that wonderful Arts and Crafts look to it.”

She continued: “William De Morgan is one of the hot names in ceramic design. I would happily estimate this vase at quite a bit more than a pound… between £3,000 and £3,100.”

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The guest said her grandfather bought it for just £1 (Credit: BBC)

‘It stays in the family’

Reacting, the guest said: “Wow! Okay, I didn’t expect that, no. Yeah, I mean I knew it was worth something, and it’s absolutely beautiful. But gosh… it stays in the family!”

It follows a repeat last week in which viewers were gobsmacked over the value of a hat belonging to Winston Churchill.

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A man came on the BBC programme with a box he saved from the dump where he works. In it were letters, a cigar and a hat that once sat on the head of the wartime PM.

The valuer drew a gasp from the gathered audience when he revealed how much it was all worth. He told the guest: “We think that your box is worth £10,000.”

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