The Seven Most Valuable Items From Antiques Roadshow

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ANTIQUES Roadshow has been a staple of British television since 1979 and has hosted some wonderful, unique and incredibly valuable items during this time.

There are gems to be discovered in each episode, with guests bringing their heirlooms for the experts to inspect.

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Antiques Roadshow sees experts examine and appraise antiques and collectablesCredit: BBC
A range of expensive collectibles have appeared on the show since 1979

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A range of expensive collectibles have appeared on the show since 1979Credit: BBC

But there have been some items that have blown viewers away over the years.

Antiques and collectibles on display can range from pictures and plates to medals and miniatures.

Items featured in the program often have an interesting story attached to them or have a connection to the location of that episode.

While some brought items are worth nothing, others are worth a fortune.

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Here, The Sun takes a look at seven of the most treasured items to feature on the show.

Document signed by Queen Elizabeth I

A guest was left speechless after a letter signed by Elizabeth I was valued at £35,000

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A guest was left speechless after a letter signed by Elizabeth I was valued at £35,000Credit: BBC

In 2017, a guest brought a rare document from 1563.

Although the item may have looked like an old piece of paper, it was actually special as it bore the signature of Queen Elizabeth I.

The object was in fact a license and it had been written to allow an Elizabethan adventurer to discover gunpowder.

Book expert Clive Farahar was blown away by the valuable item and valued it at £35,000.

Faberge Flower

The Fabergé flower is made of gold, diamonds and jade

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The Fabergé flower is made of gold, diamonds and jadeCredit: BBC

Two British soldiers appeared on the show to appraise an item that belonged to the British Army regiment.

They brought a Fabergé flower which was crafted in gold, jade, diamonds and silver and held in a carved rock crystal base.

Soldiers were blown away after Fabergé jewelery expert Geoffrey Munn valued the special piece at £1million.

JOhn Lennon’s guitar

Ray Russell on Antiques Roadshow playing the guitar George Harrison gave him

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Ray Russell on Antiques Roadshow playing the guitar George Harrison gave himCredit: BBC

A guitar caused a stir when it was showcased at a roadshow in 2019 – and for good reason.

That’s because the musical piece once belonged to Beatles legend John Lennon and George Harrison.

Expert Jon Baddeley decided the instrument was the real deal after seeing it in a photo.

The expert hailed the piece “by far the most expensive thing” he had seen in 25 years on the show.

First editions signed by Beatrix Potter

The guest had brought The Tale of Mr Todd, Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes and The Pie in the Patty Pad

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The guest had brought The Tale of Mr Todd, Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes and The Pie in the Patty PadCredit: BBC

2017 proved to be a valuable year for the show as another item received a high award that year.

A set of first editions donated and signed by Beatrix Potter herself was presented at a Roadshow.

Although they looked worse in wear with a few splines missing, the unique books were still worth a big fortune.

Book expert Farahar has revealed the rare editions are worth £25,000.

star wars helmet

Antiques Roadshow discovered a TIE fighter pilot helmet from the 1977 Star Wars movie

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Antiques Roadshow discovered a TIE fighter pilot helmet from the 1977 Star Wars movieCredit: BBC

In 2014, a collector brought an item from the Star Wars movies to the Roadshow.

It was a helmet – an original prop from the original 1977 film.

They were surprised when the coin was valued at £50,000.

Charlotte Bronte’s ring

The open ring, containing what is believed to be a braid of Charlotte Bronte's hair, featured on the show

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The open ring, containing what is believed to be a braid of Charlotte Bronte’s hair, featured on the showCredit: BBC

A guest brought a piece of jewelry, expecting it to be worth only around £25.

They had found a ring in a box hidden in an attic for many years.

It was revealed that it once belonged to none other than Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë and, to make it even more special, the ring was also discovered to contain a lock of the famous author’s hair.

The piece was valued at an impressive £20,000 – much more than the owner had expected.

Shakespearean notebook

The small notepad has

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The small notebook features “scientific scholarly notes” written during Shakespeare’s lifetimeCredit: BBC

A notebook a guest brought to the show in 2017 turned out to be an incredibly valuable find.

The miniature volume reviewing Shakespeare’s work was found to date from the 17th century.

According to expert Matthew Haley, it had “enormous scientific value”.

The notebook featured “scientific scholarly notes” written during the bard’s lifetime and was expected to fetch over £30,000 at auction.

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