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BBC Antiques Roadshow fans open-mouthed at astonishing valuation of simple Barbie doll

An episode of Antiques Roadshow left viewers in awe as a guest uncovered the surprising value of her vintage Barbie doll. Expert Judith Miller delivered the jaw-dropping news, leaving the guest speechless with the doll’s potential worth of up to £1,500.

The anticipation escalated as Judith expressed her amazement at the doll’s pristine condition, declaring: “I have never, ever seen a Barbie doll in this condition.” The guest’s reaction was one of disbelief, simply responding with a bewildered: “What?”

As the valuation unfolded, Judith provided a fascinating glimpse into Barbie’s history, highlighting the doll’s iconic status since its launch at the New York Toy Fair in 1959.



Antiques Roadshow guest looks like she might faint as old Barbie winds up being worth a staggering fortune
Antiques Roadshow guest looks like she might faint as old Barbie winds up being worth a staggering fortune


Judith provided a fascinating glimpse into Barbie's history
Judith provided a fascinating glimpse into Barbie’s history

Despite the doll’s never-been-played-with condition, the guest remained uncertain about its value, expressing: “I don’t know. I’ve heard people say it could be valuable if it’s an original. I know it’s in good condition.”

However, Judith’s assessment exceeded expectations, revealing that the doll from the ’60s could fetch between £1,200 and £1,500.

The revelation left the guest visibly stunned, pausing to absorb the news before exclaiming: “Wow. Well. It’s certainly something I wasn’t thinking about. It’s absolutely lovely.”

In another episode, two Antiques Roadshow guests received a shock when expert John Benjamin revealed the real value of their ‘novelty’ ring.



Antiques Roadshow guest stunned by price of 'novelty' ring
Antiques Roadshow guest stunned by price of ‘novelty’ ring

The cousins brought three pieces to the show in Nottingham, including a Victorian ring. Examining the collection, John turned his attention to the beautiful green stone, which was surrounded by diamonds.

The guest explained: “So my mum was given it as a birthday present, from our great great aunt, she was gifted it as costume jewellery.”

Baffled, John asked: “Right, that is a costume ring. I am going to ask a question, I want you to put it on, do you think that is costume jewellery?” Examining the ring, the guest replied: “Urm, I think yeah, it doesn’t have a lot of weight in it.”

Laughing, John exclaimed: “It is an emerald!” leaving both of his guests gobsmacked. The expert continued: “It is an emerald! It is a splendid emerald from South America surrounded by old Victorian white cut diamonds mounted up in 18-carat gold, made in around about 1975 to 1980.”



John turned his attention to the beautiful green stone
John turned his attention to the beautiful green stone

While the history of the piece was fascinating, viewers couldn’t wait to find out how much the ring was worth. “Your costume ring, your inconsequential piece of glass jewellery, I don’t know £4,000,” John said as the girls’ mouths dropped open.

“That is a lot more than I was expecting for that one,” the cousin exclaimed, clearly taken aback by the valuation. John couldn’t help but chuckle as he responded: “I know! So you actually have a total value thereof £7,000 to £10,000.”

Overwhelmed with gratitude, she said: “Oh my God, thank you! I am going to tell granny now, she will be eating her words.”

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