A guest of AN Antiques Roadshow was left mortified after an expert called his precious work of art “worthless”.
In a resurfaced clip from the BBC One show, the male guest showed expert Rupert Maas a Banksy coin he had torn from a wall in Brighton.
He said: “I was living in Brighton in the late 90s, early 2000s, and I was walking along Brighton seafront when I saw him on the Lido.
“It looked cowardly, I went, I basically pulled it off.”
Banksy’s coins can sell for millions of pounds, and the man believed he had an authentic item in his possession.
Rupert asked what proof he had of his authenticity, and the guest replied, “I know what it is, I know what year it was, it was around 2004. I’m just trying to get some. an evaluation.
“Brighton was quite touched by Banksy when he was there at the time.”
However, Rupert subtly berated the guest for removing the artwork, whether or not it was a Banksy.
After explaining how Banksy and his team have tight control over his work and embrace what he describes as “pest control,” he said: Public.
“I’m not lecturing you, I’m just saying, but without that certificate it’s just really hard to sell.”
He also added that the man’s decision to remove the wall may have been in vain, as he put it: “With that it could be worth £ 20,000. Without it you are nowhere. I am sorry.”
Viewers had little sympathy for the guest, with one writing on Twitter at the time: “Loving the guy on the antiques tour who handed him his a ** e by the expert, after asking for an appraisal for a Banksy, he cut a wall! “
Another added: “I really enjoyed the expert from Antiques Roadshow telling the idiot who snatched a Banksy from a lido that he should have left it there and so it’s not worth anything now.”
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.
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