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Antiques Roadshow guest stunned at value of Live Aid memorabilia found in dirty laundry in 1985

A guest on Antiques Roadshow was left stunned after being told the value of Live Aid memorabilia he found in his dirty laundry in 1985.

In the latest episode of the BBC programme, viewers were taken to Newby Hall in Yorkshire.

In scenes which aired last night, one man sought advice from expert Jon Baddeley, who was hoping to find out how much the Live Aid items were worth.

The guest explained to the expert that he worked as a crew member backstage at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

‘This is without a doubt one of the most famous logos in the history of Rock and Roll music. The Live Aid guitar in the shape of the continent of Africa,’ Jon began.

‘Such an image, such a strong image. You were there on the day back in July 1985. Why were you there?’

The guest found the items in 1985 (Picture: BBC)

‘The crew had been there all week,’ the guest explained. ‘They need feeding. Important guys and they needed looking after.’

‘What were your memories of the actual day?’ Jon quizzed.

Speaking about his memories, the guest replied: ‘What I remember of the day was actually looking for certain items that had been thrown out in my personal laundry.

‘Someone threw them out thinking they were rubbish.’

The guest was working backstage at Live Aid in 1985 (Picture: BBC)

‘So you’d sent your laundry off to be cleaned and it had come back and someone thought it was junk?’ a baffled Jon asked.

Pointing to the Live Aid memorabilia, he said: ‘Yes and then at the refuse area, that’s where I found this.

‘I didn’t find my laundry but I found this and that made up for it, slightly.’

‘So, you weren’t looking for this at all?’ the expert added.

‘You were trying to find your clean underpants.’

Jon went on to talk about how Live Aid was founded by Bob Geldof before he told the guest how much the memorabilia was worth.

‘Very rare,’ Jon said. ‘If you ever did decide to sell it, I would have thought at auction today we’re talking a figure between £8,000 and £12,000.’

The guest simply replied: ‘Wow, incredible.’

Live Aid was a benefit concert held in 1985 and was organised by Bob and Midge Ure to raise much-needed funds for the relief of Ethiopian famine.

The lineup featured more than 75 acts, including Elton John, Queen, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Eric Clapton.

More than 72,000 people attended the event at Wembley Stadium and in total they raised $127million (£92million).

Antiques Roadshow airs on Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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