'Astonishing' £30k treasure unearthed by Flog It! BBC television show at Normanby Hall near Scunthorpe
TV millions are about to see how items hidden away in a wardrobe and taken to an antiques event at Normanby Hall near Scunthorpe went on to sell for £30,000.
Last July a woman took along what was believed to be a collection of African tribal art to the Flog It! valuation day.
The items were valued on the day at £200-£400 and sent to auction in Lincoln with a reserve price of £150. However, they sold for an astonishing £30,000!
It turned out the collection stored in the wardrobe was Aboriginal and contained a rare Broad Shield, bought by the Sydney Museum of Primitive Art and since returned to Australia.
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The episode of Flog It! featuring the fantastic find is being transmitted on Monday, March 11 at 4.30pm on BBC One.
The woman with the wardrobe wonders was Ann Bromley, from Cleethorpes.
Ann was given the group of items by a friend who disliked them and they had been stored in her wardrobe for several years.
The pieces were selected for filming by long-serving Flog It! expert Michael Baggott, who initially also believed them to be of African origin.
Ann said: “I was happy with the initial estimate of between £200 and £400.
"I went to the auction expecting to possibly get the lower end of that amount. When the bids were going up so high during the auction I felt like I wasn’t there, it was the strangest feeling ever, and I couldn’t see anyone where I was so shocked by what was happening.
"I’m really pleased the shield has been returned to its homeland where it belongs. I’d definitely recommend anyone taking their items to Flog It! you never know, you might have a hidden treasure like I did.”
Michael Baggott said: “During the auction it quickly became clear that I’d missed something, but I wasn’t sure what it was at that point. I just liked the items and thought they were unusual, that’s why I selected them for filming at the valuation day.
"This is what antiques are all about though, you can’t be an expert on everything and you never stop learning, from this experience I certainly learnt a lot.”
Ann isn’t planning to use the money to head to Australia to visit the shield that made her a small fortune.
Instead, she has used the funds to renovate her dining room.
Sadly she has no more tribal art hidden away in her cupboards at home.
The BBC has produced more than 850 editions of Flog It! but the show is continuing to increase in popularity with audiences.
Each year thousands of people attend valuation days to have their possessions valued for free by a skilled team of experts.