Antiques Roadshow makes most valuable find in its history

Host of the Antiques Roadshow, Fiona Bruce
Host of the Antiques Roadshow, Fiona Bruce

The Antiques Roadshow has uncovered the highest valued treasure in the show's 38 year history worth more than £1million (€1.4m)

Experts on the show discovered the item while filming in Harrogate. 

Previously the most expensive item on the show was a model of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North in 2008 valued at at least £1million.

Producers on the show are remaining tight-lipped about the item but were willing to disclose it is a famous piece worth over £1million and presently owned by a sporting institution.

The BBC One programme was filming at Harrogate’s Royal Hall yesterday.

 A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “An item seen today at the Antiques Roadshow in Harrogate is the highest valued object ever to appear on the show in its 38-year history. It is a world famous piece owned by a sporting institution. The final valuation given will be revealed when the programme airs in Spring 2016.”

 When the show valued the Angel of the North model, it took five people to carry it in for filming and was brought to the BBC One show by a representative of Gateshead Council, where it has been on display.

It was valued at £1million - more than Gateshead Council paid for the full-height statue.

The record up until then had been held by a collection of silver dating back to the reign of Charles II.

The Corporation silver was brought in by the Mayor at the Arundel Roadshow in 2006, and included several maces and a chalice made in the reign of Charles II.

Viewers will be able to watch the show next Spring.