Antiques Roadshow guest overjoyed as £5 boot sale painting is given huge value

An Antiques Roadshow guest was overwhelmed when he learned his £5 painting had increased in value by 300 times in the last 15 years.

On the episode filmed in Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, the man brought a small watercolour painting to the show and said he acquired it from a Sunday market near Prestwick Park.

He told fine art expert Dendy Easton: "I saw this and said to the guy 'how much do you want for it?' He said '£8' and of course, at boot sale, you never pay what they ask, so I got it for a fiver."

The expert commented: "Lucky you, well spotted!"

The painting captured the vibrant street scenes of Jerusalem with local women doing their shopping on the pebbled steps between houses.

Dendy pointed out the artist's name, Anna Rychter-May, at the bottom corner of the painting and said: "She was born in the 1860s and she went to Munich Art School and then she moved to Jerusalem and stayed there, and died in 1955.

"I think it's lovely and it's really atmospheric of a street scene in Jerusalem at the very start of the 20th century."

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He then delved into the details of the artwork, explaining: "The medium is watercolour, heightened with gouache – thick watercolour – to give a highlight on it.

"The figures here in Arab dress, it's quite impressionistic in the way it's been done, and it's quite well observed.

"I would probably put an estimate on it of £1,000 to £1,500."

The man put on a smile on his face and replied: "Good. I'm quite happy about it.

"Of course, the value's not so important really, I admire people that do nice artwork."

Another guest who brought a £10 jug was thrilled when an expert said she could fetch up to £200 at an auction for it.

She explained that she was drawn to the blacksmith-themed patterns on it, which featured a Bunsen burner and a table of coals, as well as a striking hammer.

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