Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce has head in hands after ‘horrifying’ expert

Fiona Bruce has recalled the moment that she left one of the Antiques Roadshow experts embarrassed after she asked for her doll collection to be valued.

The 56-year-old BBC presenter spoke out on The One Show about how she had taken an item of her own to be valued only to ‘horrify’ the expert with her childhood possession.

Fiona has been at the helm of the beloved BBC show for many years, seeing thousands of hopeful guests keeping their fingers crossed that a family heirloom might bring in a financial jackpot.

Speaking to Alex Jones and Michael Ball on The One Show, Fiona was asked about how it went when she brought in her collection.

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Fiona Bruce has head in hands after leaving Antiques Roadshow expert ‘horrified’ with item

Michael said: “You took something in yourself didn’t you? You took your dolls that you grew up with.”

Fiona replied: “I did.”

She then put her head in her hands as she recalled the awkward experience,

Michael jokingly asked: “Are you retiring on the money?”

Despite trying to not answer the question, Fiona eventually gave in and revealed the details of the encounter.

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She explained: “This was the first year I had done it and in a moment of complete over excitement and the editor didn’t think this was a too bad idea either, I brought along these dolls.

“My dad who travelled a lot when I was a child, brought back from every country he visited.

“I mean, a lot of little girls had these dolls, the Spanish doll in the flamenco outfit and various other things.”

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Fiona Bruce spoke out on The One Show

Fiona continued: “Anyway, I loved these and the editor said, ‘Why don’t you bring them along?’

“So I got them out of the attic and packed them in front of Hilary Kay, our specialist.

“This was the first time I had seen them in about 20 years so was cooing over them like, ‘Ooh look!’”

It wasn’t what the expert was thinking, as Fiona revealed: “Hilary bless her was actually horrified at these totally valueless things you know.

“So I think maybe a tenner for one, it was totally horrendous.”

Fiona has decided to stick to presenting the show rather than being a punter on it ever since.

*The One Show airs weeknights on BBC One at 7pm while Antiques Roadshow airs Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.

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