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Antiques Roadshow makes biggest find in its history with treasure worth over £1m

Treasure worth over £1million discovered by Antiques Roadshow team making biggest discovery in show's history

Published 29/10/2015 | 09:52

Fiona Bruce, presenter of BBC's Antiques Road Show, which has uncovered the highest valued treasure in the show's 38 year history Photo: BBC
Fiona Bruce, presenter of BBC's Antiques Road Show, which has uncovered the highest valued treasure in the show's 38 year history Photo: BBC

The Antiques Roadshow has uncovered the highest valued treasure in the show's 38 year history worth more than £1million.

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Experts on the show discovered the item while filming in Harrogate. 

Previously the most expensive item on the show was a model of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North in 2008 valued at at least £1million.

Producers on the show are remaining tight-lipped about the item but were willing to disclose it is a famous piece worth over £1million and presently owned by a sporting institution.

The BBC One programme was filming at Harrogate’s Royal Hall yesterday.

 A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “An item seen today at the Antiques Roadshow in Harrogate is the highest valued object ever to appear on the show in its 38-year history. It is a world famous piece owned by a sporting institution. The final valuation given will be revealed when the programme airs in Spring 2016.”

 When the show valued the Angel of the North model, it took five people to carry it in for filming and was brought to the BBC One show by a representative of Gateshead Council, where it has been on display.

It was valued at £1million - more than Gateshead Council paid for the full-height statue.

The record up until then had been held by a collection of silver dating back to the reign of Charles II.

The Corporation silver was brought in by the Mayor at the Arundel Roadshow in 2006, and included several maces and a chalice made in the reign of Charles II.

Viewers will be able to watch the show next Spring.

Antiques Roadshow's most valuable discoveries

* Model of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North statue valued at £1m in 2008

* A gold-plated Leica Luxus II camera — one of just four ever made worth £800,000 in 2000

* Anthony van Dyck portrait valued at £400,000 which the owner bought for £400

* Collection of silver dating back to Charles II reign valued at £300,000

* The car used by Stirling Moss when he won the Charles Ferro Trophy in the Monte Carlo Rally of 1967 worth £50,000

 

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