AN antiques roadshow guest was left stunned after discovering the HUGE value of an £8 painting she found in a charity shop.
On Sunday’s episode of the BBC show, a guest brought in a rare Gorospe Sy painting that caught her eye, mostly because it cost less than a tenner.
Expert Rupert Maas was stunned by the artwork and said: “Well, it’s not the first time I’ve been a bit taken aback by an image that’s really outside my area of expertise on the roadshow.
“I think he’s known as the Picasso of the Philippines.
“So he’s a Filipino artist, luckily signed, Paco Gorospe Sy.
“Gorospe Sy was discovered by a wealthy Filipino collector in the mid-20th century and promoted at international exhibitions worldwide as the new exciting Filipino artist.
“He died in 2002. There’s something to that.”
Rupert was fascinated by the piece and admired the style of painting and how it captured the lights in the buildings and the busy cityscape.
“And it’s probably, I don’t know, 1960s,” the TV pundit continued.
He explained that the artist is best known for paintings of islanders from the Filipino nation – but created something completely different with this piece.
“It’s a patchwork of partially lit skyscrapers at dusk… I find it quite interesting,” added the BBC pundit.
The guest was surprised to learn the story and equally impressed by the artist’s interpretation.
Rupert then asked the woman how she first came into possession of the painting.
“I think the more you look at this, the more interesting it gets,” she replied.
“I bought it because it was £8 in a charity shop.
“I thought there was potential when I saw it, I was like, ‘I’m wondering if it’s worth more than I paid for it.'”
Rupert told her she was spot on and revealed it was worth a staggering £400 to £600.
He added: “There was a time when retail would have asked thousands of pounds but at the moment I’m thinking maybe £400-600.”
The guest couldn’t believe her luck and admitted that she liked the painting more now that she had discovered its true value.
Viewers were also stunned by the rating, with one writing: “Wow she bought it for £8 and now it’s around £600. #Antiquesroadshow”
Another wrote: “This painting is beautiful, that’s a worthy win!! #Antiquesroadshow.”
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