Football fans around the country may have been interested in a recent episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, as the FA Cup trophy was brought in to be valued by Gabby Logan and Eddie Gray.
The former manager of Leeds United and the presenter from BBC Sport brought the trophy along to the studios for a valuation. Alastair Dickenson, an expert in silver and football, valued the trophy at over £1m. However, he did say that it was difficult to place a value on the antique trophy, as it was one of the country’s most famous cups.
The trophy is now the highest valued item to appear on the show, with the previous holder being a model of the Angel of the North statue. The football trophy was the third to be used, with the original being introduced in 1872. It was created by Fattorini and Sons in 1911, a family of Italians who arrived in Britain towards the end of the 19th century. The trophy was replaced in 1992 after a reign of 81 years.
The valuation was conducted in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, at the Royal Hall. According to the presenter of the show, Fiona Bruce, English football fans have a special place in their hearts for the trophy, confirmed by Dickenson, who has been providing valuations on the show for over 20 years.
As Dickenson stated that he believed the trophy to originally have been made as a “wine or champagne cooler”, it may be better suited to being placed on an antique dining table than in a museum or collection.
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