Antiques Roadshow viewers claim tennis star is ‘livid’ as she breaks down during valuation

Antiques Roadshow viewers claim tennis star is ‘livid’ as she breaks down during valuation

Antiques Roadshow fans felt that one guest was left feeling ‘livid’ during the latest episode of the BBC show.

During Sunday’s helping of the popular programme, a former tennis player decided to get her former Wimbledon attire checked out.

Welsh star Elizabeth James played at Wimbledon a total of five times, first in 1967, and brought along a few of her outfits for expert Hilary Kay to inspect.

At one point, Hilary said to Liz: “I mean, when you look at this, does it bring it all back?”

Clearly emotional and getting choked up, Liz replied: “I have to say, it has now,” before composing herself as Hilary said: “Well it should, it was a fabulous time!

Former tennis player Elizabeth James became emotional during Sunday’s Antiques Roadshow
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“It seems almost a crime to have to put a value on them,” Hilary continued before giving Liz her honest verdict.

“Look, the value of tennis dresses is not huge. I would have said the most valuable one is going to be the Prince of Wales feathers there. That we’re talking about perhaps £200 to £300.

“The rest of them, and including perhaps the ones we’re not looking at here, the three or four others that you brought, I would have thought we’re talking about perhaps £800 to £1,000… for everything. And it couldn’t be a better day,” Hilary added.

Expert Hilary Kay inspected the former player’s tennis attire and delivered her verdict
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BBC)

But despite Liz’s polite smiles, some viewers felt she was secretly unimpressed with the outcome.

“‘Tennis dresses woman’ absolutely gutted by expert’s low valuation. But in traditional #antiquesroadshow fashion, a rictus smile and pledge never to part with them, and all is well,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another viewer posted: “She’s absolutely livid with that valuation #antiquesroadshow.”

Someone else tweeted: “Thought those tennis dresses may have been worth a few more bob than that #antiquesroadshow.”

Antiques Roadshow continues Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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