The valuation of a bronze rhino statue measuring 18-in left owners in shock during filming of Antiques Roadshow. The antique was originally purchased for £575, but was valued on the antiques programme at £200,000.
The hefty bronze antique which is 260 years old, has been recognised as Miss Clara, a well-known rhinoceros who existed during the 18th century, travelling the world. When she was taken on tour, crowds of people would flock to see her, as the majority of people at that time had never seen a rhino. The figure was made in 1750, with only three ever made using the cast of a sculpture.
Miss Clara was rescued and adopted by a trader from Holland, after her mother had been killed. The rhino later became the property of a sea captain, who decided to take her on a tour around the world. Antiques Roadshow expert, Clive Stewart-Lockhart said:
“It’s difficult for us to understand how weird she was- we’ve got TV, so we can watch wildlife channels.”
The statue was bought in 1945 by Thomas Bodkin for £575, which equates to around £21,000 today. Bodkin was a director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, which is where Miss Clara was displayed. Following the valuation, the antique rhino has been moved to a secure area.
Antiques usually increase significantly in value over the years, making a sound investment. Antique furniture makes a practical addition to the home, as well as being attractive. You will locate a number of experts in Lancashire, sourcing antique furniture like antique desks around the Preston area.
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