NI woman amazed by appraisal of paintings at Co Down Antiques Fair
A woman from Northern Ireland was stunned after learning that two paintings in her house were worth a total of £ 30,000-40,000 on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow.
Iled in Strangford’s Castle Ward in County Down, the Sunday Antiques Roadshow saw many people come forward in hopes that their antiques would prove to be a winner.
A woman was amazed after the show’s Rupert Mass said her two paintings of Helen Bradley were worth over £ 30,000.
Bradley was an English artist from Lancashire who painted primarily in oils – typically depicting life in Lancashire during Edwardian times.
She died in 1979, at the age of 78.
Bradley’s oil painting on Antiques Roadshow depicts an Edwardian tea party, while the watercolor depicts a number of people walking through a park.
The woman who brought the paintings to Castle Ward for appraisal said she bought them around 45 years ago and believed she paid £ 4,500 for each.
Rupert Mass estimated that the oil painting was worth between £ 20,000 and £ 30,000 and the watercolor between £ 8,000 and 12,000, but admitted he thought he was ‘modest’.
“Fair enough,” said the woman, who was visibly shocked when told the lowest estimate. “Ah good oh.”
But it was the £ 20,000-30,000 that really surprised her.
“No,” she told Rupert Mass. ” Truly ? Like I said, we’ve been hanging them on the wall all this time and we knew you were here and we thought, let’s go, let’s take them off the wall and bring them back.
“Yeah. Yeah. Repeat that!
“Thank you very much. It’s great. I never would have thought that in a million years. Thank you very much.”
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