Antiques Roadshow expert leaves a contestant SPEECHLESS as they reveal a £25 painting is


It’s known for its shock moments, and Antiques Roadshow expert Grant Ford rendered a contestant speechless after he revealed her painting was worth more than she could have ever imagined.

On the show’s recent trip to Powis Castle and Garden in Wales, they uncovered an incredibly valuable painting, despite the fact the it was bought for just £25. 

Purchased from a charity shop, the guest couldn’t believe she was in possession of such a valuable painting. 

The colourful painting depicted an interesting Scottish scene and it blew the expert away as he revealed the artwork was worth between £4000 and £6000. 

The valuation rendered the guest stunned as she exclaimed: ‘Oh, wow! That’s quite astonishing. For £25, I’m glad I bought it.’

Wow: An Antiques Roadshow contestant was rendered speechless when she learned that a cheap painting was worth a fortune

Wow: An Antiques Roadshow contestant was rendered speechless when she learned that a cheap painting was worth a fortune

Work of art: On the show's recent trip to Powis Castle and Garden in Wales, they uncovered an incredibly valuable painting, despite the fact the it was bought for just £25

Work of art: On the show’s recent trip to Powis Castle and Garden in Wales, they uncovered an incredibly valuable painting, despite the fact the it was bought for just £25

The guest came across the painting by complete chance while she was travelling back from a holiday in the Scottish Highlands with her children. 

Her and her family were driving back to their home in Shropshire and had stopped for a quick walk to break up the journey. 

It began to pour down with torrential rain, and seeking shelter she ran to the nearest charity shop with her children. 

It was there she found the painting, as she told Grant: ‘I didn’t get a raincoat, I got a painting.’

Joking, Grant replied: ‘Gosh, I wish I was there before you.’

After analysing the piece, the expert concluded that the oil-on-canvas was a ‘Confident colourist’ style. 

Signed ‘Cunningham’ in the lower right corner, it was revealed that the artist was John Cunningham. 

He was a Glasgow artist born in 1926 who was born and bred in Lanarkshire but then went on to study at Glasgow School of Art. 

Taken aback! The guest was blown away when expert Grant Ford revealed the artwork was worth between £4000 and £6000

Taken aback! The guest was blown away when expert Grant Ford revealed the artwork was worth between £4000 and £6000

Delighted: The valuation rendered the guest stunned as she exclaimed: 'Oh, wow! That’s quite astonishing. For £25, I’m glad I bought it'

Delighted: The valuation rendered the guest stunned as she exclaimed: ‘Oh, wow! That’s quite astonishing. For £25, I’m glad I bought it’

Blown away: 'You could have found a raincoat that day; luckily you found a brilliant painting,' joked Grant

Blown away: ‘You could have found a raincoat that day; luckily you found a brilliant painting,’ joked Grant 

Grant explained: ‘He taught a great deal, and then when he retired from the Glasgow School of Art as a teacher and a senior lecturer, he became a sort of professional artist in 1985.’ 

The guest paid £25 for the painting ten years ago, but Grant could confidently reveal that it is now worth £4000 to £6000.  

‘I just think that’s an amazing piece of luck because this is a very sought-after painting. And actually, it holds quite a lot of value,’ he said. 

‘You could have found a raincoat that day; luckily you found a brilliant painting.’



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