Antiques Roadshow guest loses out on £10k as expert criticises Peter Rabbit's condition

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Antiques Roadshow guest loses out on £10k as expert criticises Peter Rabbit's condition

Antiques Roadshow series 41 went to Buckfast Abbey in Devon, where expert Bunny Campione picked out her favourite gem; two Peter Rabbit Steiff bunnies. But, when she took a closer look at the stuffed animal, she noticed it’s condition and this affect its price tag. 

“So we’ve got two well-loved rabbits here. Do tell me how you got them and why,” Bunny asked. 

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“I’ve been collecting Beatrix Potter for the last 30 years and it’s really become a bit of an obsession,” the lady said. 

“So what did you pay for these?” Bunny continued. 

“I paid £300 for the Peter Rabbit with the velvet on. And I paid £200 for the Peter Rabbit with the fur on,” the guest added. 

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“Well, that’s very interesting for me because being called Bunny, I actually collect rabbits!” Bunny remarked. 

“I have actually got two of these [the white Peter Rabbits] and one of these [the brown Peter Rabbit]. 

“So, start with this one [brown Peter Rabbit], he’s about 1905, with a Steiff button and lovely boot button eyes and his original slippers.

“This [the coat] would’ve been much bluer, a darker blue, his waistcoat,” she added. 

“He’s got the remains of a little slipper – so well done you or spotting it, not everybody would spot a Peter Rabbit online, because he could just be an ordinary old rabbit. 

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“You paid £200 for him, I don’t think he’s worth a lot more than £200, but if he had all his lambswool and he was in good condition, have you any idea what he’d be worth? “ Bunny asked. 

“No, not at all,” the lady said. 

“Between £9,000 and £10,000,” the expert revealed.

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