AN ANTIQUES Roadshow expert branded a guest's item a "modern dud" – but she had the last laugh in an EPIC turnaround.
A guest brought in a gold Buddha but expert John Axford said he would have originally overlooked it because of how the lady had decided to clean it when she was younger.
He said: "Well my first impression, looking at this, is that it's a dud. I mean the surface is truly horrible, have you done anything to it?"
The guest explained that as a 15-year-old, she had decided to use a brillo pad and lemon juice to polish the Buddha, not realising its value.
John added: "It looks really, really horrible and I thought well, it looks like a modern dud, but you can prove it's not."
They then removed the copper plate on the bottom and found it was stuffed with newspapers from the 1960s and more details about its origin.
The guest was then left stunned when the expert revealed that the authenticity of the Buddha certainly meant it wasn't a dud, and said it was worth £2,500.
The guest was shocked, but was taken aback further when John explained that if the Buddha turned out to be 18th Century, it was actually worth up to £15,000.
Also in a recent episode, fellow Antiques Roadshow expert Susan Rumfitt was thrilled to see a salamander-shaped brooch.
The guest explained: "My grandfather bought it for my grandmother as a wedding present in 1919," she began.
"The engagement ring was apparently not very special. He was a prisoner of war in the First World War and when he came back he was very ill.
"I don't think he had enough money to buy her a really nice ring.
"And so he bought her that on their wedding day to make up [for it], and she always wore it."
Susan loved the romantic story, before revealing the brooch dated back to 1890 and was set with diamonds and rubies.
When asked how much her grandfather had paid for the brooch, the guest said: "It was about £30 in 1919. And that was quite a lot of money, wasn't it in 1919?"
Susan confirmed it was before revealing: "Today if this came up at auction, you'd be looking at a value of between £1,200 and £1,500."
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.
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