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Antiques Roadshow guest gobsmacked at HUGE value of £8 painting she found in charity shop


AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was left gobsmacked after discovering the HUGE value of an £8 painting she found in a charity shop.

On Sunday’s episode of the BBC programme, a guest brought along a rare Gorospe Sy painting that caught her eye, mainly because it was priced for under a tenner.

An Antiques Roadshow guest was stunned at a HUGE valuation of painting

The guest bought the painting for £8 from a charity shop[/caption]

Expert Rupert Maas was taken aback by the piece of artwork and explained: “So, not for the first time on the Roadshow, I find myself slightly flummoxed by a picture that’s really outside of my specialist area.

“He’s known, I believe as the Picasso of the Philippines.

“So he’s a Filipino artist, thankfully signed, Paco Gorospe Sy.

“Gorospe Sy was sort of discovered in the mid 20th century by a wealthy Filipino collector and promoted across the world in international exhibitions as the new exciting Filipino artist.



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“He died in 2002. There is something about it.”

Rupert was fascinated by the piece and admired the style of painting and how it captured the lights in the buildings and the bustling cityscape.

“And it’s probably, I don’t know, 1960s,” the TV expert went on.

He explained that the artist was best known for doing paintings of islanders in the Philippine nation – but had created something completely different with this piece.

“It’s a patchwork of partially lit skyscrapers at dusk…I think it’s rather interesting,” the BBC expert added.

The guest was surprised to learn the history and was equally impressed by the artists interpretation.

Rupert then asked the woman how she first came in possession of the painting.

“I think the more you look at it, the more interesting it gets,” she replied.

“I bought it because it was £8 in a charity shop.

“I thought there was potential when I saw it, I thought, ‘I wonder if it’s worth more than I paid for it.’”

Rupert told her she was spot on and revealed it was worth a staggering £400 to £600.

He added: “There was a time when retail would have commanded thousands of pounds, but, right now, I think maybe 400 to £600.”

The guest could not believe her luck and admitted she liked the painting more now after discovering it’s true value.

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Viewers were also stunned by the valuation, with one writing: “Wow, she bought it at £8 and now it’s around £600. #antiquesroadshow”

Another posted: “That painting is gorgeous, that’s a decent profit!! #antiquesroadshow.”

BBC expert Rupert Maas was ‘flummoxed’ by the painting
The guest made a staggering profit

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