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Antiques Roadshow expert ‘heartbroken’ by problem with £10,000 Fabergé cigarette box

Antiques Roadshow fans were in for a treat this evening as BBC’s Fiona Bruce and a host of experts travelled to Forty Hall, Enfield, London. John Benjamin was lucky enough to be shown a Fabergé cigarette box by one guest and his mother who were both stunned when he revealed how much the piece was worth.

John began: “Well we’re looking at a rather plain rather severe-looking rectangle cigarette box but it has a lot of hidden features. Now give me a little bit more information about where it came from.” The guest revealed: “It was owned by my nan Alga she passed away in 1993 passed onto my mum and dad. “Soon after that, they wanted some information about it and visited a dealer in Worthing. “They said it was a cigarette case possibly Russian but had no significant value at all.”

“Mum and dad went away and 24 hours later a chap turned up at the door,” he continued. Stepping in the guest’s mum said: “He said he knew someone collected things like that and offered us £1,000.” “Which is a little surprising after being told it was of no value,” John remarked. “We weren’t going to sell it anyway,” she replied. “Right now you mention this was owned by your grandmother Alga which is interesting because it is very much a Russian name, isn’t it?” John continued. Read from source….