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I bought a pair of lamps for £15 at a shop – my eyes bulged out of my head when I found out they’re worth THOUSANDS

AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was floored after discovering that their ‘fantastic’ £15 investment, which they bought from a charity shop more than 15 years ago, was now worth thousands of pounds.

During the PBS version of the BBC show, expert Arlie Sulka was tasked with telling the guests how much their treasured items would be worth at auction.

BBCAn Antiques Roadshow guest was floored after discovering that their ‘fantastic’ £15 investment was worth anywhere from $2,000(£1,600) to $3,000(£2,400)[/caption]

BBCThe man brought in two vases for valuation[/caption]

In the Antiques Roadshow episode, experts welcomed owners of a string of beloved items through the doors of the Mount Washington Resort so they could get a valuation and find out more about their antiques.

One guest brought in two identical glass lamps to be valued by Arlie, but he first revealed to the expert and viewers at home how they came into his possession.

He explained: “These white lamps I saw at a thrift store over 15 years ago.”.

“I wasn’t really looking for lamps [but] I thought they were cool and they’re glass.

“It wasn’t until I moved into my recent place where somebody pointed out that ‘Hey, they actually might be legitimately old and worth something’ and it made me curious ever since.”

When the antiques expert asked the man how much he had purchased them for, the man revealed he had got them for at most $9 from a thrift store in Atlanta.

The guest added: “I’d go to thrift stores all the time just to explore and treasure hunt.

“But I don’t really collect anything particular, and these just stuck out.”

Arlie then went on to give some background information on the items, stating that they were created by Finnish artist Lisa Johansson-Pape who was born in 1907.

The antiques expert disclosed: “She actually made lamps, glass lamps, during the Second World War, and then in the 1950s, she started to collaborate with a very famous company called Littala, which is still in existence today.

“It’s a Finnish company and as best as I can figure, she probably designed these in about 1954 and then I think that they were produced as late as 1969, I’d say a circa date of 1960.

“They came in two sizes, and yours is the larger size. They’re in very good shape, it’s an opaque glass.”

She also added that the lamps were a mushroom shape, with another piece of hers resembling an onion.

Before giving the guest the true valuation of the items, Arlie continued, “She definitely liked a stylised, streamlined fruit and vegetable inspiration.”

Revealing the value of the items at auction she said: “Because they’re the larger size, in a retail venue, these would sell for between anywhere from $2,000(£1,600) to $3,000(£2,400).”

The estimated value shocked the guests, whose eyes bulged as he exclaimed: “Wow. For the pair or each?”

“For the pair”, Arlie explained before the guest responded: “Pair? Wow. Wow! That’s a great $20 investment!”

The expert replied: “Fantastic. And the design is so interesting that I think already, even in the 1980s, they were being copied, or they were inspiring other designs.”

To which the man remarked: “Wow. Great eye from a very good friend.”

Recently, on the UK version of Antiques Roadshow, a lucky shopper was left gobsmacked after discovering that a £40 “scary” statue he bought is worth thousands of pounds.

During the episode, the guest told viewers that he bought the oddity at an online auction, dropping just £40 on it at the time because he thought it looked interesting. 

But he was left in disbelief when being told that the strange little statue could be worth around £2,000 – netting a tidy profit of £1,960.

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on PBS.

BBCExpert Arlie Sulka was tasked with telling the guests how much their treasured items would be worth at auction[/caption]

BBCThe guest’s eyes bulged out after he discovered the true value of his items[/caption]

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