Antiques Roadshow expert in tears as he shares the value of a sailing boat from a blockbuster movie
Antique touring expert Rupert Maas was in tears as he shared the value of a sailboat that featured in the movie Swallows and Amazons.
The film came out in 1970 and the expert ended up meeting a man who had acquired the boat.
He became overwhelmed with emotion as he explained why this had such a huge impact on him.
Rupert said: âI’m sitting on a boat and not just any boat, but the boat from the 1974 movie Swallows and Amazons that I saw when I was 14.
“It’s fair to say that it got me into sailing just watching the romantic lives of these kids in this wonderful summer.”
âIt never seemed to rain, the sun was always there and it was filmed and shot here. One of these islands could have been the one they spent the night on, âhe continued.
The guest was asked how he fell on the sailboat, to which he said the boat was stored in a shipyard on the Thames and “35 years later they decided to downsize and move so that all the boats they stored were put up for auction. “
The author of the novel, Arthur Ransome, apparently heard the news and a few people thought it would be a great idea to buy Swallow.
He added, âSo my colleague Magnus started the wholesale crowdfunding and there were about 85 of us who contributed to buy it.
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âThe group of us paid Â£ 5,500 or a little less and our aim is to keep it in the public domain to take people out sailing.
âI like to think that it was created around 1930 when the book was published. So it would be a nice coincidence.
Rupert explained that there are many vintage boats similar to Swallow that would cost around Â£ 2-3,000.
However, the fact that this is the boat in the film is worth it for Â£ 20-30,000.
The guest couldn’t believe the high value of the boat and said: “It’s amazing!”
Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.