BBC Antiques Roadshow sees eye-watering valuation over ‘amazing’ family book found in rubbish dump

BBC Antiques Roadshow sees eye-watering valuation over ‘amazing’ family book found in rubbish dump

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Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 01/04/2024

- 14:07

Updated: 01/04/2024

- 14:11

The guest was astonished by the valuation given to the item in the latest episode

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left shocked to discover the valuation of a family heritage book which had been found in a rubbish dump.

Antiques expert Clive Farahar was tasked with sharing his wisdom about an item brought in by a guest, which was a leather-bound genealogical book.

The owner of the book explained they’d found it in a rubbish dump and it featured his wife’s hand-painted family tree.

Dating back to the 1800s, Farahar branded the item “amazing” as he observed it.

Detailing the background of the book, the guest stated: “I first saw this on the internet less than a year ago, and it's all about the Hughes family and their ancestry, which my wife belongs to.”

“So this valuable manuscript with your family in, was found on a tip? They had just thrown it out?” the expert quizzed.

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Clive Farahar was left stunned by the item


He continued: "I think [it is] extraordinary, I mean you've got sort of 200 pages here, crammed full of every relation you could possibly have.

“And here it is, beautifully bound, there is hardly a mark on it, found in a tip.”

Getting round to the all-important valuation, Farahar valued the item at an impressive £1,500.

The owner was in disbelief as he asked: “Really?”

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The family book had been discovered in a rubbish dump


Elsewhere, an earlier episode saw expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan left amazed by a unique sculpture.

The antiques guru gave the item an impressive valuation, but the owner made her feelings clear as she insisted on not selling the portrait bust.

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Antiques Roadshow's Clive Farahar gave the book a huge valuaiton


Stating he “absolutely loves” the sculpture brought in for him to give his view on, Archer-Morgan continued: “I think it's an amazing, skillful piece of work."

The stalwart later told the owner people would “go crazy” over the item. He went on to predict it could make between £5,000 and £10,000 at auction if it were put up for sale.

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