Antiques Roadshow expert says ‘fake’ Beatles memorabilia worth eye-watering sum

A pair of sisters were stunned when their collection of Beatles memorabilia was valued at a four-figure sum on Antiques Roadshow – despite one of the items being "fake".

In Sunday's episode of the BBC One show (May 23) the women brought in signed papers and photographs by the band members, left to them by their stuntman dad who mingled with the stars.

Expert John Foster explained that one of the items, a signed photograph of the group, appeared to be fake and was probably written by a member of their support team.

Looking at the collection, he said: "The Beatles thing is one that just endures, and it seems to go on and on and on."

He continued: "There is a problem, and that's why I asked you about provenance with these because if you compare these three [signatures], the three ways you've got, they're all different.

"Now there was a huge problem because Beatles signatures were in massive demand, so they would get secretaries to sign, they would have managers, anyone sign."

Explaining that the autograph "doesn't look right", he said: "That's why you'll see a stiffness in the signatures."

Comparing them to the others, he added: "These are much more flowing, that you look at the way they tail off, Ringo style is always classic. This one, Ringo Starr – stiff."

Despite this disappointing blow, John reckoned the collection was worth a staggering £5,000, with one item, in particular, catching his attention.

A scrap of paper, the back of a call sheet from their film Help, contained legitimate signatures from all four band members.

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This comes after an Antiques Roadshow guest admitted they had bought a valuable painting for just £4 – and had only wanted the frame it was contained in.

The abstract artwork by Henry Cliffe was originally going to be replaced by an ACDC poster until the owner realised its true worth.

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