Viewers were left gobsmacked after watching an episode of Antiques Roadshow in which a hat which supposedly belonged to Winston Churchill was valued at a staggering amount nobody had been expecting.
In a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow, a guest appeared on the show with a number of items that he claimed belonged to the former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
The most notable items included a hat, a cigar and a signed photograph.
Explaining how he had come across the items, the guest told expert Mark Smith that he works at a dump and is allowed to take home whatever he likes.
He said: “I work there and I’ve worked there for 15 years.”
In response, Mark asked: “Got much?”
The guests replied: “Three sheds full.”
Alongside the artefacts, the guest had brought along 200 letters written by Churchill’s cook to her son – in these she would talk about what the Prime Minister would do on a day to day basis and also what he would have to eat.
Expert Mark then commented: “You’ve caused a problem really.
“Because if you said to me you’ve been collecting this stuff for years, I would have sat there and thought it’s very likely it’s not real.
“I’ve seen all those letters from that woman to her son and it so corroborates all the things you’ve got here.”
He added: “I think that your box of stuff, from the dump, is worth £10,000.”
The guest was left shocked by the estimation and gasped: “Oh my god, £10 grand. That’s crazy.”
However, he wasn’t the only one who had been left gobsmacked by the valuation.
One person tweeted: “Well done to the guy from the dump. £10,000.”
Another commented: “Booking a slot at the dump tomorrow.”
Whilst a third simply said: “£10k OMG.”
— Ken Brown (@kenbrwn1) August 9, 2020
— Samantha Walker (@Samanth22356123) August 9, 2020
Bet the guy who works at the dump has got a hoard of amazing stuff at home. #antiquesroadshow
— TLS (@traceylsurtees) August 9, 2020
In another episode of Antiques Roadshow, a woman was wowed at the price of her ‘worthless’ sapphire, as previously the authenticity of her item had been questioned.