An Antiques Roadshow guest was left speechless after being told that a boar statue he dug up from his back garden as a child could be worth £10,000.
In the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow, host Fiona Bruce took viewers to Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Suffolk.
In scenes which aired last night, one man sought advice from expert John Foster, who was hoping to find out if the statue was worth anything.
Speaking about how he got the tiny boar figure, the guest began: ‘Well, I think I was about four years old when I was in the garden digging with a spade.
‘I was the kind of kid to pick things up, weird shaped rocks and things and put them in my pocket and take them home.
‘I brought this one back inside and I think my parents were a bit more interested in this one, so we’ve always kept it.’
‘I always wanted to know the history behind it,’ he added.
John, who has been an expert on the show since 2007, told the guest that at a first-look he believed the item was Roman and from the first or second century AD.
‘Looking at it overall,’ John explained. ‘It’s a pig cast in bronze. The only issue I’d have is all the green colour, it’s slightly off, it should be even overall.
‘But, the detail in the face, the eyes, the tusks, it is almost too good to be true.
‘A lot of people always think it’s always religious or sacrificial objects. I think a lot of these were just decorative ornaments.’
‘So, what’s your gut feeling on it?’ he quizzed.
To which the guest replied: ‘To be honest, it’s just something which sits on the shelf really. I never thought it would be worth anything particularly.’
John continued: ‘I think it is Roman and that is gut instinct.
‘It needs to go off to a museum and be properly checked out. Always with something like this, really important that you report it to the local finds officer through the museum.
‘I think at auction, in the region of £10,000.’
‘Wow, ok, I was not expecting that,’ the guest laughed.
Speaking to the camera during a later segment on the show, he admitted that he was expecting £100 to £150 for the bronze he found all those years ago.
He added: ‘I wouldn’t really want to sell it I think, it’s always been part of the home so I think I’ll probably hold onto it.’
Antiques Roadshow returns on Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.
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