During a new episode of Antiques Roadshow on BBC One, presenter Fiona Bruce and her team of experts were in Wells, Somerset, Bishop’s Place. Throughout the episode, there were stories of record-breaking gymnasts, a metal artist, a forgotten soldier, and three stunning Fabergé jewels. However, Hilary Kay was particularly captivated by one of the guest stories of how she managed to secure one of the Rolling Stones’ first signings.
The old piece of paper with the five signatures was stored in a frame, showing the original pen marks.
Impressed by the item, Hilary exclaimed, “We have a very clear set of Rolling Stones signatures in front of us, lucky you! How did you get it?”
The guest explained: “A group of friends and I went to Princess Ballrooms in Urmston to see the local pop band and they were just lovely.
“They just sort of gave autographs and had a little chat.”
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Pointing to the signatures, Hilary continued: “We have Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Brian Jones.
“So you have this magical first line-up. I think we’re just talking either side of £1,000.”
Shocked by the amount Hilary ordered, the guest joked, “Oh my God, that’s joyful!”
It’s not the first time a guest on the popular BBC One show has brought their memories of the iconic rock band.
“I spent an hour chatting with them, hence the photos and autographs!”
The guest went on to explain that she was only 14 when she met them, leaving Marc to assume she was a “wild rock ‘n’ roll girl.”
Assessing what he thought they might be worth, Marc revealed: “Value, I think you’ve probably got around £300-400 worth of gear here!”
Shocked by the amount, the guest exclaimed, “Really? Gosh, I’m surprised, great!”
Marc joked: “The experience was way more valuable, wasn’t it?” To which she agreed and said, “Well, I’ve remembered that for a long time, let’s put it that way.”
Many guests are stunned when they receive value for their items, especially with things like signatures.
A guest brought a document signed by Queen Elizabeth I, to which they explained: “Well, I think it was bought or acquired by my great-grandfather and passed down through the family to my mother, who is Elizabeth.
“Her name was Elizabeth, and her married name started with an R, so she used to sign her name Elizabeth R.”
Clive then read the rest of the document and quickly priced the timeless piece at £35,000, leaving guests speechless.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays from 8pm on BBC One.