Antiques Roadshow guest floored by value of Hollywood item bought for a fiver
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 07, 2023 - 12:18AM

An guest revealed he ‘got lucky’ after discovering the value of a Hollywood film score he got on a bargain deal.

Taking place at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, Sunday’s instalment saw someone bring in an old school musical score – which was hand-written notes by film composer Bernard Herrmann – for expert valuation.

The late composer is credited in famous flicks including Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.

Explaining how the antique came into his possession, the guest explained: ‘There was a man in front of me and it was offered off for £5 but he didn’t want it so I gladly took it.’

Expert Justin Croft revealed the score was ‘Bernard’s own copy’ for the 1952 drama The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Justin added: ‘What I like about it is there is a lot of annotation and that takes us closer to matching the score with the film. I think it does have some value.

The musical score belonged to Bernard Herrmann (Picture: BBC)

‘It may not be his most important film score, it’s not the one which everyone knows him for. For you to have an original version of it with his corrections and with his annotation done at the time of fitting it with the film together, I think that is important.’

He then shocked the guest as he revealed the Hollywood antique was worth £800 to £1000 at auction. To which, the guest quipped: ‘Not bad for £5.’

Composer Herrmann, who died in 1975, was awarded an Oscar in 1941 for his score for The Devil and Daniel Webster and 1976’s Taxi Driver, which he was awarded posthumously after passing away a year earlier.

‘Not bad for £5.’ (Picture: BBC)

This isn’t the first time a piece of Hollywood has made its way on the show.

During a previous episode, viewers couldn’t believe their eyes nor their ears when they discovered the

Displaying three items from the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film, the memorabilia collector began with a Batman mask, worn by Michael Keaton.

‘What’s really important about this is that everybody knows and recognises the Bat cowl, it’s so distinctive, it has really an iconic shape and finish to it. It was designed by Academy award nominated costume designer Rob Ringwood,’ collector Steve explained.

The Batman mask came in at ‘Basic’ with a value of £4-6k which, for basic, is still rather high!

Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.