Spa date for antiques show

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SOME of Scarborough’s local treasures will come under the microscope when the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is filmed in the town next year.

Presenter Fiona Bruce and her team of programme makers will visit the Spa Grand Hall on Thursday May 3.

It will be the first time the programme has been filmed in the town since 2003.

On that occasion more than 1.500 people took their antiques along to have them valued by a team of 20 experts including Hilary Kay, Eric Knowles and Hugo Morley-Fletcher.

Among the finds highlighted on the show were a rare surviving roll of Beatles wallpaper, the passport once belonging to the world’s smallest man and examples of some of the finest carved whale teeth valued at £10,000 to £15,000.

Other items examined by the team were a wide selection of paintings, a Disney camera with a Mickey Mouse logo, an antique two seater chair and a doll dating back to the 1770s.

The show began in 1977 when a local television crew filmed a valuation day held by one of the London auction houses in the West Country.

Previous hosts include Michael Aspel, Hugh Scully and Angela Rippon.

The most valuable item to ever appear on the show - an original 1990s maquette of the Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley - featured on November 16 2008. Owned by Gateshead Council, it was valued at £1 million.

Another astonishing find was a long-lost painting by the Victorian artist Richard Dadd owned by a couple from Barnstaple which was valued on the show and later sold to the British Museum for £100,000

Ozzy the Owl hit the headlines in 1989 when it was found in Northampton by Henry Sandon, while two old Dandy and Beano comics were valued at £7,000.

The incredibly rare Staffordshire drinking pot had been used as a flower vase over the years until it was revealed that it was about one of 10 known to exist and worth in the region of £30,000 to £40,000.