Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell tiny jewelled pin after huge valuation uncovered

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Antiques Roadshow travels all around the country with a team of experts ready to value a range of items from jewellery and war medals to furniture and paintings. When the BBC show went to Aerospace Bristol, expert Geoffrey Munn was thrilled when he was shown a jewelled pin with a little lightbulb attached.

The pin was presented in a small cushioned box and appeared to be made of gold.

Attached were two rubies and two small diamonds while a large clusters of diamonds was in the middle of the pin in the shape of a lightbulb.

While the jewellery was small it in size, it carried a large price tag for such a delicate item.

Inspecting the piece, Geoffrey began: “What followed with Edward VII was a new world fascinated by electricity.

“What they wanted to do was get rid of all the terrible gas metals, the stinking oil lamps and this, that and the other, and go for bright, new, lovely, colourless, scentless light with no maintenance except for the generator.

“This undoubtedly why it’s such a big deal. What does it mean to you?”

“Well it was given to me as a little girl or it was going to be left to me,” the guest replied.

“I just liked little things and it was so cute and different.”

Geoffrey continued: “Amazingly, jewellery of this calibre, historical jewellery, carries quite a premium because it has everything going for it.

“I think jewellery collectors would really want that. I certainly would.

“I think they might be persuaded to delve into their pocket books to the tune of £1500-£2000.

“But they’re not getting it are they?”

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“No, no, they’re,” the guest replied refusing to let it go.

Geoffrey laughed: “Maybe I’ll have to up my bid. I love it, I think it’s utterly bonkers.”

Meanwhile, in the Best of the Summer episode of the Antiques Roadshow, one guest “declined” the valuation of her Irish painting.

Grant Ford was lucky enough to be presented with a paining by Thomas Alfred Jones, which depicted two young Irish women by a pool of water.

The guest revealed it has been in her family for 35 years and finds it “very fresh and very hopeful”.

Grant went on to reveal what he felt was the value of the painting, explaining: ”My career’s been quite a few decades now. It’s certainly worth £10,000 to £15,000.”

The guest declined to find out how much it would sell for at auction replying: “Wow, that’s amazing, and it will stay in my family.”

Antiques Roadshow airs Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.

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