From a rock star’s gui­tar to Beatrix Pot­ter’s pic­tures and a rare urn used as a goal post, we cel­e­brate some of An­tiques Road­show’s most mem­o­rable dis­cov­er­ies

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We cel­e­brate some of the most mem­o­rable trea­sures un­cov­ered over 40 years on An­tiques Road­show

As An­tiques Road­show cel­e­brates its 40th birth­day, the value of the BBC’s Sun­day evening favourite is be­yond reck­on­ing. For each of its 766 shows, thou­sands of hope­fuls have queued round the block clutch­ing ob­jects, ea­ger to dis­cover whether they are price­less or worth­less. Six mil­lion of us at home love to guess ‘What’s it worth?’ as we await the sharp in­takes of breath and gen­tle whoops of delight, or a re­signed groan, when they find out the truth.

The Road­show started on 17 May 1977, when a group of an­tiques ex­perts and a BBC pro­duc­tion team came to­gether in Here­ford’s town hall to make a pi­lot pro­gramme. Now there are around 56 ex­perts on the show plus the pre­sen­ter, Fiona Bruce. Fiona, who’s been with the show since 2008, loves its un­pre­dictabil­ity. ‘It has sus­pense, drama, the un­ex­pected, the slightly bonkers and things that are some­times very mov­ing,’ she says. ‘Is this go­ing to be a piece of price­less Fabergé or a Pi­casso as we had in one se­ries, and could I have some­thing like that moul­der­ing on the man­tel­piece?’

Now a new book cel­e­brates some of the weird and won­der­ful finds, from rare items that lan­guished for­got­ten in cup­boards for decades to the poignant ta­pes­try started by a teenager who was paral­ysed in a mo­tor­bike crash. A trib­ute to his favourite rock band, Sta­tus Quo, it was ‘com­pleted’ by band mem­bers Fran­cis Rossi and Rick Parfitt when they added their sig­na­tures.

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