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Fabergé flower worth up to £1 MILLION makes history at Black Country Antiques Roadshow event - WATCH

By David Cosgrove | Dudley entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

A piece of jewellery worth around £1 million was valued in the Black Country as the Antiques Roadshow filmed in the region.

Geoffrey Munn with the Fabergé flower on the table, right

The Black Country Living Museum, in Dudley, was the backdrop to filming yesterday.

And the episode will prove one for the history books – as a Fabergé flower became one of the most expensive items ever valued on the show, which is approaching its 40th anniversary.

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The item was looked at by experts at the museum during a takeover of the attraction by the Roadshow which saw around 5,000 people attend.

Presenter Fiona Bruce was among the stars at the museum yesterday.

She said: "I'm excited that we've had such a good find."

The flower, right

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Builder Dan Bansal, 50, from Hagley, said expert Geoffrey Munn was stunned by the quality of the ornament.

Mr Bansal told the Express & Star: "The expert said it's probably the second time he's ever done that type of valuation.

"I think he was reluctant to say £1 million and nervous to say it was worth that much."

With its valuation of around £1 million, the piece becomes one of the most expensive items in the show's history.

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Previous items given seven-figure valuations include a model of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North and the FA Cup which was presented between 1911 and 1992.

A BBC spokesman said the Fabergé piece was 'a really important find', but the history and exact value of the item has not been revealed by show bosses.

The show's executive producer Simon Shaw said: "We've had one of the most significant jewellery finds in 40 years of Antiques Roadshow history – but we don't want to spoil the surprise."

The episode from the museum is due to air on the BBC later this year, in a series which starts in September.

Fiona Bruce at the event

Ms Bruce said: "The museum is absolutely beautiful, there are real homes and real businesses – it's a great place.

"I haven't had a chance to look at every single building but it's the kind of place that brings history alive."

Thousands of people braved scorching temperatures to attend the event, with doors opening at 9.30am.

The first person to arrive was 39-year-old Birmingham nurse Sanna Ceesay, aged 39, who turned up at 4.15am.

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
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