Antiques Roadshow shocked as a Chinese table was handed a £120K valuation in tonight’s episode.
Fiona Bruce and the team head to Culzean Castle in South Ayrshire, where the piece of furniture was named one of the most expensive to be seen on the programme.
The owner of the table revealed to expert Marc Allum that he found the ornate piece in an American online auction and it cost him £7K at the time.
After marveling at the beautiful treasure, Marc proceeded to put an estimated price tag on the wooden piece.
‘It’s really, really difficult,’ he said. ‘What I do know is that a smaller version of this, a console table came up for auction a few years ago. It had no platform base on it, it was missing its top and it wasn’t in brilliant condition and it made £55K.
‘What we have here is something we can’t totally pin down but it’s an awful lot better than the £55K one.’
Marc continued: ‘It’s bigger, it’s more complete. To me, it’s better quality. I might suggest to you if we put it in a really good auction, somewhere like Hong Kong, for instance, in a very specialised oriental sale, that a table like this could make £80K to £120K.’
Impressed by the mammoth figure, the collector responded: ‘That’s nice.’
Antiques Roadshow has seen a whole host of expensive treasures since its inception in 1979.
One of the most expensive items on the programme was a prototype model of the world-famous Angel of the North, which was valued at £1million by fine art expert Philip Mould.
More recently, an expert refused to value a gold medal from the Holocaust because of its distressing history.
Antiques Roadshow continues next Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.