Antiques Roadshow guest stunned by dark truth behind Everest mountaineer kit worth life-changing sum
A GUEST on Antiques Roadshow was left stunned to find out the dark truth behind his mountaineer kit from Mount Everest.
The man and his family were speechless as they appeared on Sunday night's instalment of the popular BBC One programme to try and find out the value of their ancestor's tools.
Antiques expert Fuschia Voremberg was given the task of valuing the rare mountaineering kit, used by climber Theodore Howard Somervell.
The mountaineer was a member of two expeditions that scaled Everest in the 1920s alongside a band of other notable climbers.
The kit, which included pickaxes, goggles, hammers and snow grips for shoes, had been preserved by Thomas' grandson and great-grandson.
After examining the collection, Fuschia shared her shock at how well it had been preserved, and dished out a HUGE valuation.
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"So I took the train up to Birmingham this morning and I was completely surrounded by hikers on their way to the Peak District," she began.
“They never had any kit that looked like this, though, can you tell me a little bit about these incredible objects that you have brought along?”
The climber's grandson went on to explain: "They belonged to my grandfather – I'm his grandson and these boys are great-grandsons."
"And your grandfather is Theodore Howard Somervell? It's unreal and a really famous name in the world of mountaineering," Fuschia replied.
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They went on to discuss how Somervell had taken part in the 1922 and 1924 British Everest expeditions – which the guest had a photo of.
"This photo was taken at 27,000 feet in 1924, it was the highest photograph ever taken by mankind at the time," the guest said.
Fuschia went on to describe the kit, including forged steel climbing irons and goggles, which were to stop "getting snow blinded".
"They were pretty hard hit by tragedy on the 1922 expedition, I know that seven hikers very sadly lost their lives in an avalanche," she added.
"And then on the 1924 expedition, Mallory and Irving disappeared near the summit – it's still unknown if they reached the top before they died."
Fuschia then went on to give her verdict for what the kit could fetch at auction, shocking the family with the figure.
"When you take into account the paintings, the climbing aids, the sketchbooks, it would be in the region of £70,000," she said.
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Sommervell's grandson was left in shock, as he said: "You're joking!"
It comes days after a guest was left gobsmacked after discovering the HUGE value of an £8 painting she found in a charity shop.
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