Antiques Roadshow: Reality Stick Edition

Antiques Roadshow is a very popular program with many of my clients. For my own part, I appreciate how the show traces the history of an item and contextualizes it with value.

The downside is that often I encounter people with the expectation that because their item is old, it just must have excellent monetary value.

Explaining reality – especially when disappointing – is itself an art form, and appraisers must be adept at it.

Here’s an example of expectation meeting cold, hard reality. I’m not sure the UK Antiques Roadshow appraiser was quite ready for the man’s reaction…

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