An Antiques Roadshow guest was left shaking when expert Ronnie Archer Morgan valued the tribal bowl he’d bought for a tenner for a mind-blowing £30,000.
Sunday night’s episode didn’t disappoint, with Fiona Bruce and the team visiting Ham House in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.
The collector brought his items from Melanesia and Polynesia in for examining and Ronnie was immediately drawn to the piece of tablewear and explained it would have been used ritualistically or for ceremony.
‘This is the pièce de résistance to me, absolutely,’ he marvelled. ‘This is a collector’s dream. You will find few of these around the world.’
Ronnie continued: ‘This bowl is amazing. Amazing patina, amazing carving. It’s from Melanesia, as you know, from the Amphlett Islands.’
‘This, I’d value at auction for £20,000 to £30,000,’ Ronnie declared.
The guest, visibly shocked, replied: ‘Oh my God, you’re joking. That’s incredible, I’m shaking.’
‘This is out there,’ Ronnie enthused. ‘I was blown away when you got this out.’
‘You really have taken my breath away,’ the man replied, still stunned. ‘I’m totally, totally lost for words.’
Antiques Roadshow has had a number of wild valuations in recent months, with one guest having her glassware priced at £15,000.
Another was left gobsmacked when she learned that an old Barbie doll of hers is worth an impressive £1,500.
The woman revealed she had purchased the doll in the 60s, and expert Judith Miller was left impressed by its condition.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.
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