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Antiques Roadshow guest left shaking and crying as he learns staggering truth behind bowl picked up for £10

Sep 13, 2021

AN Antiques Roadshow guest was left shaking and crying after he learned the staggering truth behind a bowl picked up for £10.

Sunday's edition of the BBC show saw expert Ronnie Archer Morgan meet a man who had brought in a large bowl and two other objects, which looked like tribal art.


The guest explained how one item had been given to him by a friend when he was 16, and was told one of his friends ancestors had sailed with Captain Cook on a trip to Fiji in 1774 and brought it back.

The other item was bought for £4 at auction, while the bowl was purchased for under £10 in the 1970s.

Ronnie revealed one of the items was a gun stock and could have dated from Captain Cook's time, while the other was a totokia, known as a pineapple club.

However, it was the bowl Ronnie was most interested in, saying: "You'll find few of these around the world. This bowl is amazing. Amazing patina, amazing carving.

"It's obviously utilitarian because it's a bowl, but its zoomorphic form obviously suggests that it's ritualistic or for ceremony.

"This is certainly 19th century, if not earlier."

Turning his attention to the value, Ronnie said: "To value the clubs, I'll do them together. I would value these to £3,500 to £4,000."

He then turned his attention to the bowl and said: "This I would value at auction at £20,000 to £30,000."

The guest was absolutely floored and said: "Oh my God! You are joking! That's incredible. I'm shaking."

He then wiped the tears from his eyes as he processed what the expert had told him, before adding: "You really have taken my breath away.

"I'm totally, totally lost for words. I really am. I thought it might be worth between I don't know, £700 and £1,000 or something. But that is beyond my wildest dreams."


Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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