An Antiques Roadshow guest was left pleasantly surprised on the BBC One show when an item donated to a charity shop ended up being worth thousands.
In last Sunday's episode (March 28) at Christchurch Mansion, a man brought in a mysterious tableau where it was appraised by expert Ronnie Archer Morgan who quickly sussed out the religious item's fascinating history.
He told viewers: "This is an amazing, microscopically-wrought devotional tableau and it's finished with the names of the Saints below each relic.
"Is this fantastic thing yours?"
The guest revealed he volunteered at a Samaritans charity shop in Ipswich and the curiosity was donated.
Describing the scene depicted in the tableau, Ronnie said: "What's going on here is almost like a static diorama, I mean it feels like it should move, it's mixed medium.
"I mean, these are real natural pearls and this is the heavenly host in a heavenly orchestra.
"The faces of all these cherubs and angels and saints there in the heavenly host are all carved out of wood, microscopically."
He then gave his bombshell valuation – and it's fair to say it turned a few heads.
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Ronnie said: "I would value this in this condition at between £1,000 and £2,000."
"Wow, far more than we thought!" said the guest in shock.
This comes after another guest was staggered by the valuation of a painting originally bought for just £1.50 after bringing it onto Antiques Roadshow.
And a French duck brooch was also given a surprising appraisal when its unique history was examined.
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