Thousands see antiques valued

Experts discovered fakes and fortunes when the BBC’s hit show Antiques Roadshow was filmed at Broughton Castle on Sunday.

The most exciting ‘find’ of the day was a Bernard Buffet painting worth a cool £500,000 - if the 1960s still life depicting a dining table scene - brought by two brothers from Nuneaton - can be authenticated.

Among hundreds of other fascinating valuations were a silk waistcoat, possibly made for George III, a pair of gloves worn by Queen Victoria and a solid gold watch with its own two tiny keys.

An Oxfordshire farm labourer of 1825 would have been dumbfounded were he to know his carved and engraved wooden walking stick - discovered in the attic of a Blackpool guest house - was now worth £1,200 - £1,800.

Several who lugged bags containing their personal treasures were gently told that their values were not going to be life-changing.

Crowds including Lord and Lady Saye and Sele enjoyed watching presenter Fiona Bruce and a host of antiques experts in action. The programme will be screened later this year or early in 2016.