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Antiques Roadshow star left in tears after discovering value of her childhood teddy bear

Rhiannon Ingle

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Antiques Roadshow star left in tears after discovering value of her childhood teddy bear

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One Antiques Roadshow guest was left in tears after discovering what the value of her childhood teddy bear was.

The beloved BBC show returned on Sunday night (17 December) with an exciting Christmas special all about toys with members of the public bringing in their sentimental items to see if they had a fortune on their hands.

Well, luckily for one woman, she struck gold after her teddy bear - which turned out to be über rare - went on to be valued in the tens of thousands. Have a look:

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Now, the toy was far from your average plushie as the teddy bear was made by Steiff, who are now known for making teddies for designer brand Louis Vuitton.

Opening up about how she wound up in possession of the rare item, which had been kept in a carrier bag for years, the woman explained: "It belonged to my great aunt and when she passed away it went to my mum and now I'm the custodian of it at the moment."

Expert Bunny Campione was noticeable stunned when she saw the bear, telling the guest: "Well, I must admit, I hope I didn't give too much of a shock when I saw you coming to my table. I think I screamed, didn't I?"

Bunny Campione valued the teddy bear at a whopping £15,000. Credit: BBC
Bunny Campione valued the teddy bear at a whopping £15,000. Credit: BBC
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After praising the item, she then revealed the valuation.

"So, we are talking about a Steiff teddy bear, circa 1904, incredibly rare colour, a rare size because most of them were smaller than this, and a value wise, £15,000," Bunny explained .

The guest, who was absolutely shocked by the lump sum, responded tearfully: "What 15? It’s just been put in a bag in the wardrobe."

Earlier this year, Antiques Roadshow viewers were left well and truly gobsmacked after finding out how much 'ugly' metal 'coat hangers' were worth.

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The teddy bear was made by Steiff, who are now known for making teddies for Louis Vuitton. Credit: BBC
The teddy bear was made by Steiff, who are now known for making teddies for Louis Vuitton. Credit: BBC

Audiences were astonished when an expert gave a pricey valuation to the items, which were likened to 'wire hangers with metal leaves'.

The 'hangers' were analysed on the US version of the show by a woman who inherited it from her aunt.

Much to many viewers' surprise, an expert gave the items a staggering $1 million (around £780,000) valuation.

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Not actually hangers at all, the woman was shocked to find out what she had brought to the show was actually a piece of hanging art by Alexander Calder, hailed as the master of mobile art.

Who knows, you may have a fortune sitting in your attic.

Topics: TV And Film, Money, BBC, Real Life

Rhiannon Ingle
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