A presenter on Antiques Roadshow has complained that rare objects are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
One of the reasons that people watch the BBC series Antiques Roadshow is to enjoy the surprised look on people’s faces when they find out that the object they thought was not worth much, is valued at a huge amount.
In 2008 a model of the famous Gormley sculpture Angel of the North was valued at £1m. In 1991, a Japonisme Vase was valued on the show at £10,000. This delighted its owner, but even more so when in 2014 it was sold at auction for £668,000. The latest treasure on the show was found in 2017, a Faberge flower brooch valued at around £1m.
David Battie, a ceramics expert on the Antiques Roadshow, said that finding valuable treasures on the show is increasingly rare, though. Interviewed by the Radio Times, he said:
“There are definitely fewer really stonkingly good objects on the Roadshow, which is inevitable, given we’ve been going for 40 years, sucking them in like a vacuum cleaner,”
Most antique buyers and collectors do not buy objects worth a fortune. Lancashire buyers expect to pay fair and reasonable prices for objects like antique desks and antique dining chairs . They purchase high-quality antiques for their looks and how they can enhance a home, rather than as precious objects that they take to the Antiques Roadshow in the hope that they will be valued at many thousands of pounds.
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