I was told my tables were 'out of fashion' but had the last laugh when I found out they were worth more than a car | The SunOctober 24, 2023
AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest had the last laugh when he discovered his items were worth more than a car.
The latest episode of the hit Beeb series aired on Sunday night with Fiona Bruce at the helm.
It came from Northern Ireland as the antiques team got to work at Ebrington Square.
During the show viewers watched as a man brought a ancient table for a valuation.
Lennox Cato was left stunned when he set eyes on the piece, which was a gift bestowed by a Chinese emperor.
The expert told its owner it was a Regency table that was made between 1810 and 1820.
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He said: "It's very, very elegant. Regency furniture is not as fashionable as it used to be, but when you get something which is small and pretty like this, then with your provenance, it makes a lot of difference…OK, value."
But the guest interrupted Lennox and revealed he had a second table at home and it was from a pair.
It stopped Lennox in his tracks as he replied: "One is worth £1,500.
"A pair is going to be £5,000-plus. I wish I had both of them standing side by side."
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Laughing, the guest told him: "Yeah, I know. I've only got a small car."
For viewers at home, they were left grabbing the TV remote following the exchange.
Posting with sleeping emojis, one fan said: "Story about a table…"
A second wrote: "The emperor was expecting Paul McCartney…"
"I feel as old as Lord McCartney listening to this storyteller drone on…. And on," said a third.
Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One and iPlayer.
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