Antiques Roadshow's seven most valuable items EVER – are you sitting on a goldmine?

ANTIQUES Roadshow has been a fixture on British TV since 1979 and has played host to some wonderful, unique and incredibly valuable items during that time.

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

But there have been some objects which have blown viewers away over the years.

Antiques and collectables on the show can range from pictures and plates to medals and miniatures.

Items featured on the programme often have an interesting story attached to them or have some connection to that episode's venue.

While some items that are brought in are worthless, others are worth a fortune.


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Here, The Sun takes a look at seven of the most valuable items to be featured on the show.

Document signed by Queen Elizabeth I

Back in 2017, a guest brought in a rare document from 1563.

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

The item was actually a licence and it had been written to allow an Elizabethan adventurer to go and discover gunpowder.

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

Fabergé flower

Two British soldiers appeared on the show to get an item that belonged to the British army regiment valued.

They brought on a Faberge flower which was crafted out of gold, jade, diamonds and silver and standing in a carved rock crystal base.

The soldiers were blown away after Fabergé jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn valued the special piece at a staggering £1million.

John Lennon's guitar

A guitar created quite the commotion when it was brought to a roadshow in 2019 – and for good reason.

That's because the musical piece was once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon and George Harrison.

Expert Jon Baddeley decided that the instrument was the real deal after seeing it on a photograph.

The expert hailed the piece "by far the most expensive thing" he'd seen in his 25 years on the show.

Signed First Editions by Beatrix Potter

The year of 2017 proved to be a valuable one for the show as yet another item was given a high price tag in that year.

A set of first editions gifted and signed by Beatrix Potter herself were featured at one Roadshow.

Although looking worse-for-wear with some missing splines, the unique books were still worth a hefty fortune.

Book expert Farahar revealed that the rare editions were worth £25,000.

Star Wars helmet

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

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

They were taken aback when the piece was valued to be worth a mammoth £50,000.

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Charlotte Brontë's ring

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

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

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

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

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

Shakespearean notebook

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

The miniature volume reviewing Shakespeare's work turned out to be from the 17th century.

According to expert Matthew Haley it had "enormous scholarly value".

The notebook featured "scientific scholarly notes" written during the Bard's lifetime and was predicted to fetch more than £30,000 at auction.

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