A woman named Wendy appeared on the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow, where she decided to let expert Justin Croft see her two signed Harry Potter books.
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A woman appearing on the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow was stunned to learn how much her Harry Potter books were worth.
The most recent season of BBC One saw presenter Fiona Bruce arrive at Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens as guests brought their antiques and heirlooms.
One particular woman named Helen decided to have an expert go through her two Harry Potter books – The Sorcerer’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.
The first book was in extremely bad shape, with expert Justin Croft telling her, “So a typical roadshow conversation might start with me saying, ‘oh, thank you very much. much for bringing them in’, and say something about the condition and say how wonderful you have kept them, but I can’t really say it here!
“I mean, this might be the worst I’ve ever seen on a roadshow,” he added as Helen laughed.
She went on to reveal that she was given one of the books in her inventory for Christmas and has also passed on to her siblings.
Both books were signed by author JK Rowling as she attended the Edinburgh Book Festival, and Justin was keen to look at the inscriptions.
When Justin reads them and mentions the fact that one of the books is a first edition, it’s clear Helen still doesn’t expect his worth.
The first book he guessed could be worth around £1,000 or £1,500 and the second, which he claims could fetch between £3,000 and £3,500.
“Wow! That’s great, thank you very much,” Wendy replied looking rather attractive.
However, some viewers watching at home were not so impressed and took to Twitter to comment.
“I love Harry Potter but this is #antiquesroadhow, the clue is in the ‘antiques’,” said one viewer.
Another tweeted: “Harry Potter books are not antiques”, and a third described the books as “tattered”.
Another stunned viewer posted: “Can’t believe how valuable autographed Harry Potter books are. Amazing.”
Antiques Roadshow airs at 8pm on Sunday on BBC One.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/antiques-roadshow-guest-gobsmacked-value-27035846 Visitors to the Antiques Roadshow program admired the value of 'tattered' Harry Potter books