Antiques Roadshow guest bought painting for £4 without knowing four-figure value
An Antiques Roadshow expert was flabbergasted when a man admitted he had bought a valuable painting for a mere £4 at a charity shop.
In an episode of the new series of the BBC One show, people were taking their trinkets to Forty Hall in Enfield, north London.
Alexandra Gill was amazed by the painting, which was by Henry Cliffe, a well-known painter, printmaker, and sculptor from Scarborough.
She said: "What a pleasure it is to see a semi piece of abstract art on the Roadshow. How did you come by this?"
The guest replied: "We’re really lucky it was from a local charity shop around seven years ago.
"I just popped in one morning and to be honest, I was just looking at the picture frames.
"I had a poster at home it would have been handy for."
The guest admitted he didn’t the painting but spotted the signature of the artist and decided to do a bit of research.
He recalled: "But, I noticed there was a signature on it and so I went home and did a bit of investigating and told the wife.
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"She told me to run back down there and get it. We couldn’t believe it."
Alexandra told the guest: "It’s by Henry Cliffe, who is a British 20th-century abstract painter.
"He was born in 1919, he studied at the Bath Academy. Here towards the end of his life, he died in 83, he became a little more figurative again."
She continued: "This is a gouache on paper, titled Red Bush on Snow on the back which is always good to have.
"There are other similar subjects he did at the same time. I think they’re absolutely fantastic."
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Alexandra explained that Henry Cliffe was part of an "illustrious" group of famous artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
"So, in the 50s and 60s he was really up there with the greats," she said.
The guest admitted he was originally planning to replace the painting with an ACDC poster.
Giving her best estimation of its value, Alexandra said: "I think probably at auction now, we’re probably looking at somewhere in the region of £800 to £1,200. Maybe £1,000."
Seeming chuffed, the guest said: "Yeah, that’s fabulous."
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