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Antiques Roadshow expert struggles to value unique Arnold Schwarzenegger photos

Clive Farahar wasn't sure how to value the one of a kind signed photos brought to the Antiques Roadshow, from early in the Terminator star's career.

The Antiques Roadshow expert was impressed to see a collection of completely unique Arnold Schwarzenegger photos. (BBC)
The Antiques Roadshow expert was impressed to see a collection of completely unique Arnold Schwarzenegger photos. (BBC)

What did you miss?

Even the super-smart roster of experts on the Antiques Roadshow sometimes come across the sort of item they can't seem to value, and that certainly happened on Sunday's episode when some unique photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived.

Clive Farahar, books and manuscripts expert on the show, listened closely to the owner's story before asking "how do I value this?" and struggling to come up with a figure for the collection.

What, how and why?

Clive Farahar was unsure how to value the Arnold Schwarzenegger collection on Antiques Roadshow. (BBC)
Clive Farahar was unsure how to value the Arnold Schwarzenegger collection on Antiques Roadshow. (BBC)

This week's Antique Roadshow emanated from Roundhay Park in Leeds and one punter brought along more than 300 classic body-building magazines as part of her father's collection. But the story behind them was even more interesting.

The owner explained that her father moved from India to the UK with the dream of opening a gym to channel his passion for weightlifting. It was through this gym that he first met the 19-year-old Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had been inspired by British actor and muscle-man Reg Park.

Schwarzenegger was apparently a huge admirer of his new gym owner friend, who asked him back to the UK to take part in seminars. He even ate at his home and several of the photos show Schwarzenegger smiling with the family.

Farahar said he was "not going to go there" in terms of trying to value the magazines, but thought the signed photos — most of which were one of a kind — would be worth around £2,000 to collectors.

What else happened on Antiques Roadshow?

Antiques Roadshow valued a Muhammad Ali boxing collection at around £3,000. (BBC)
Antiques Roadshow valued a Muhammad Ali boxing collection at around £3,000. (BBC)

Elsewhere, a scrapbook of football-related newspaper cuttings got a four-figure valuation. Another sporting piece found its way to the roadshow in the shape of a poster for a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and a golden boxing glove signed by Ali himself. That collection was valued at around £3,000.

There was also a piece of very unique London memorabilia, taken from a bus that famously jumped Tower Bridge in December 1952.

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