Antiques Roadshow guest stunned as late husband’s Teletubbies art valued

Antiques Roadshow: Teletubbies sketches valued by expert

A guest on a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow was left astonished when she was given a five-figure estimated value for her late husband’s Teletubbies sketches. Expert on the BBC show, Mark Hill, took a look at the impressive drawings and gave the guest the incredible news.

“Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po – on 31st of March 1997, these four fabulous characters full of colour and light bounced into our screen,” he stated.

“And we’re looking here at a selection of drawings of what look like the Teletubbies, but there’s a sort of slight difference in some of them. It’s the original drawings. How on earth did you come to get these?”

“My husband was asked to develop some characters for a programme they were making, which was directed at children that were at home, watching TV without an adult,” the owner of the drawings replied.

She continued: “And Jonathan sadly died two years ago, and this is his legacy, this is what he’s left.”

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“And what an amazing legacy to have left!” Mark commented, adding: “I mean something that has touched childhoods across the entire planet.

“Literally, hundreds of millions of children saw his work and we’ve got an awful lot of people who, to them, coming home and watching children’s telly means the Teletubbies.

“I think as they get in their 20s, 30s, 40s, nostalgia really grips you at some point and you want to have what made you feel warm and happy and cosy as a child.”

He continued: “And I think when that age group matures, I think they’re going to want to buy things like this.

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“I think they’re going to want to own these and display them.

“When it comes to value. We have to ask what they might pay.”

Turning to the guest, he asked: “What would you pay for a Teletubbies original drawing, £500?”

Answering his own question, he went on: “I think so. £1000, highly possible.

“And for some of the very best that really capture that Teletubbies magic, I don’t really see £2000 as being out of the question.”

“Gosh,” the woman commented before Mark probed: “How many drawings do we think you own?”

“I don’t know about 80 of them,” the guest responded.

“About 80… Okay, so let’s just take a medium price and say £1000 – that’s £80,000.”

“Yeah, it’s a lot yeah,” the shocked guest remarked adding: “He’d be so thrilled, it’s great.”

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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