The worth of his unique pieces of porcelain surprised an Antiques Roadshow guest.
The man acquired his prized possessions, which included a dish and a porcelain bowl, at the Palm House Sefton Park in Liverpool for just £7.99.
Expert Lars Tharp said that the gentleman ‘had a really keen sight’ and that the vase was quite valuable.
Every object was created in China during a particular historical period. The bowl, which was used as a brush washer, was acquired for £50 and originated from the Qing Dynasty.
Turning his attention to the plate, Lars asked the guest: ‘From the very plain to the very complicated. Tell me about that.’
‘I really liked the pictures and fell in love with it,’ the guest replied.
The expert was eager to point out the connection between the picture and the bowl.
After revealing he paid £400 for the bowl, the historian shared: ‘In today’s market that would certainly fetch £1,000…£1,500.’
As the guest tried to wrap his head around the valuation, Lars said: “Let’s just finish with that, which is the odd one out. What do you like about that?”
“This one is not a like, I just naturally found it from a charity shop,” he told the expert.
‘Ker-ching! I think if it goes through the tests then it would fetch somewhere before £5,000 and £10,000 pounds,’ he said.
He added: ‘You have a good eye’.
The gentleman couldn’t believe his luck as he enthused: ‘Wow! I’m having a party! That’s like a life dream, I’m so happy and excited.’
Viewers were just as astounded, with one person tweeting: ‘Straight down the casino.’
While another added: ‘Fair play to him.’
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.
Source My Celebrity Life.