Antiques Roadshow guest amazed as ‘discarded’ cigarette box is given huge value

Antiques Roadshow guest amazed as ‘discarded’ cigarette box is given huge value

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An Antiques Roadshow guest was left astonished after finding out an fancy-looking item that had been thrown away by its previous owner was worth a fortune.

The man explained on last night’s show that his father-in-law had discovered the cigarette box completely discarded while on a plastering job “40 or 50 years ago”.

Designed to look like a safe, expert Gordon Foster revealed it was made of solid silver and created by the famous brand Dunhill London in 1931.

“I think that’s been done to look like a fire-resistant safe from that period.

“In those days, the 30s was in fashion and you needed a special container to have your cigarettes in.

“It’s obviously been much used and played with.”

The guest explained he gives it to any young members of the family that come round their house as a “puzzle” to figure out how to open it.

“It’s cost you nothing, comfortably I could see someone paying £3,000-£5,000 for it,” Gordon says.

The man’s jaw drops at the valuation, before replying: “Really? Wow.”

Explaining why the item could fetch such a high fee, Gordon added: “It’s so desirable.

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“They made one-off pieces and I’ve seen quite a lot of the pieces and I’ve never seen this model.

“If you’ve never seen it before, you know it’s a good one.”

Guests on the popular BBC program are often left amazed at the valuation of their items.

Previously, a man was told that a faked painting was worth a staggering £80,000.

And another guest couldn’t believe her luck when a wine bottle she bought for £5 received a huge valuation.

Antiques Roadshow airs every Sunday night at 8pm on BBC One.

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