Antiques Roadshow guest gobsmacked at value of 'creepy' tribal mask picked up in junk shop

AN Antiques Roadshow guest has been left gobsmacked at the value of a 'creepy' tribal mask picked up in a junk shop.

Sunday's episode of the BBC show saw expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan examine a tribal mask to establish its value.

He said: "This is a great looking thing, I mean, it’s real sculpture, it’s very decorative.

“To some people, it would be spooky. Do you know where it’s from?”

The guest had a feeling it was from Nigeria and Ronnie confirmed it was.

He said: "Yes it is. It’s from the ‘Ebo’ or Igbo in southeastern Nigeria. How does it come to be with you?” 


The guest revealed he had grown up in Kenya but actually ended up buying this particular mask from a shop in Swansea, Wales in 1996.

He said: "I was in my 20s and I walked past a junk shop in Swansea and I saw it in the front and it was apparently from a house clearance form somebody who used to live in Africa. 

“I went in and it was quite a lot of money for me. I paid £100."

After discussing what the mask would have been used for, Ronnie finally got down to the value, revealing: "They have sales especially for this quality, this type of thing.”

“A mask like this would have a pre-auction estimate, I think, of £3,000 to £5,000.”

The guest was stunned, replying: “Wow, I didn’t think it was anything like that. That’s a lot of money."

Ronnie told him: “It’s a great looking thing. And I’d have this on my shelf any day of the week."

Antiques Roadshow continues on Sunday, February 28 on BBC One.

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