Antiques Roadshow guest left stunned after rare gun is valued at £150,000

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left lost for words when his historic 1970s Colt revolver was valued at an eye-watering amount, 1000 times more than he purchased it for.

The guest was left stunned when he discovered that the revolver that he had originally paid £150 for what was now worth a staggering £150,000.

Expert Bill Harriman was in his element when the firearm was placed in front of him leaving those looking on shocked when he dropped an almighty bombshell.

Speaking about the gun, he proclaimed that it was in fact one of the most "important firearms ever made" in the development of firearms.

When presented with the gun, he asked the owner: "This is a revolver that's suited more to the Wild West rather than the West Midlands – so what is it doing here?"

The owner replied: "I've had it over 40 years and I've always collected antique arms. My primary interest in the early days was for size and Forsyth Percussion Ignition."

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Entranced by the item, Bill added: "This was the first firearm that used tiny percussion caps to produce a repeated effect and this pistol was made by Sam Colt in Paterson, New Jersey, and his patent was 1836.

"Production started probably around 1837 and looking at this, I think this is early in the series, I would say this was made in the first months of 1837.

"I've always found this one of the most iconic firearms ever made."

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He went on to ask: "So how much did you buy it for?"

"Originally, as I say, I had it for 40 odds years, and I paid £150 for it," the eager guest responded.

While deciding on a figure for the valuation of the gun, Bill added: "I've thought long and hard about what this is worth and I have to say that I haven't seen very many of these.

"I think in my career, I've actually sold one, and obviously, I've seen them in museums.

"To get it properly valued, first of all, you've got to establish that it's the right one and if as I think it is, I have no reason to doubt that it isn’t the right one, if it is, I think it’s got to be £150,000."

He later exclaimed: "I think it's the most important firearm I've ever seen on the Roadshow 31 years, thank you very much."

After being quizzed on what his next step was, the guest laughed as he said: "I am open to offers."

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