Antiques Roadshow expert amazed by ‘phenomenal’ rare item dating back 500 years

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An Antiques Roadshow expert has been left amazed after being shown a collection of items dating back 554 years.

The latest episode of the long-running series saw the experts return to Pollock Park in Glasgow where members of the public took their prized possessions to be valued. 

One of those people was a man who bought his collection of prints, including one from 1485.

Admitting he wasn’t too interested in the figures depicted on the page, the man said it was the typeface that had captured his attention.

He explained how his wife had purchased the first print as a ‘special treat’ after his interest in printing and typefaces began as a member of the print industry.

Over the years, his collection had come to include centuries-old prints from countries including Germany, France, Italy and England.

Antiques Roadshow expert Matthew Haley has praised a ‘phenomenal’ print collection (Picture: BBC)

Host Fiona Bruce explained that rare, early books were an ‘exciting find’, especially those from the pioneers of printing who brought the Bible to the masses in western Europe in the 1400s.

Books and manuscripts expert Matthew Haley was clearly impressed, saying they were all ‘absolutely amazing’.

‘This is pretty much the oldest printed thing we will see on Antiques Roadshow,’ he said.

‘This sheet of paper was printed in 1470, 500 years ago,’ he told the waiting crowd.

Many of them dated back over 550 years (Picture: BBC)

Speaking about the publishing of the Gutenberg Bible in 1455, Matthew said it was ‘seminal in the history of the human race’.

‘Without printing we wouldn’t have had the Reformation,’ he said.

‘It’s like the explosion that happened when the internet came on the scene.

‘This was happening in the 1450s, 1460s and 1470s.’

The owner was thrilled finding out their impressive value (Picture: BBC)

Looking through the items, Matthew described what he was looking at as ‘absolute gold dust’ and ‘phenomenal’.

One of the stand-out items was a sheet printed by William Caxton, the first person to print in England, in 1482.

That single sheet was estimated to be worth £600 to £1,000.

Giving his final valuation, Matthew said the entire collection could fetch an impressive £5,000 to £10,000.

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 7pm on BBC One.

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