Antiques Roadshow viewers 'floored' as expert values Scottish Cup trophy at huge sum

The Scottish Cup trophy was valued at an eye-watering £1million on Antiques Roadshow – and would be worth even more if it hadn’t been ‘manhandled’ by winning footballers.

The BBC show rolled into Scotland on Sunday night, which saw presenter Fiona Bruce visit Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens as guests brought along antiques and heirlooms.

The show kicked off with one woman unknowingly bringing jewels in a supermarket carrier bag which were worth a stunning £13,000.

But it was the BBC show’s final segment which had viewers floored as the Scottish Cup trophy was wheeled on – and it was valued at an eye-watering £1million.

Scottish Football Museum curator Richard McBrearty took the trophy from its home at the Scottish Museum of Football as he revealed it only leaves Hampden for 25 minutes every year.

The Scottish Cup trophy was valued on Antiques Roadshow

Expert Adam Schoon delivered the astounding news that the silverware could sell for a million pounds at auction – and would be worth even more if it hadn’t ‘manhandled’ by football players.

“Over the years, the trophy has been unfortunately manhandled by football players who have won the trophy,” Richard explained.

“The lid was originally quite loose and would fall off quite easily. And now it’s very securely fastened so it’s quite difficult to get the lid off.”

He added: “It only leaves the museum once every year and that’s cup final day for 25 minutes.

Expert Adam Schoon delivered the astounding news

St Johnstone won the Scottish Cup this year

“When it’s presented to the winning captain and myself and the colleagues of the football museum have to wait down outside the dressing room of the winning team.

“Obviously our hearts are palpitating as we’re waiting for the trophy to come back in. It’s important to keep that tradition alive, it’s still a working trophy for that period of time.”

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The expert gave his verdict and said: “Should it go to auction it would go to a figure of around £1million.”

Richard was visibly shocked as he replied: “That’s quite a sum obviously!”

He added: We’re very privileged to look after it.

The trophy was valued at £1million

“We’re very lucky in terms of the heritage that the museum has and this is our crown jewel, the Scottish Cup.

“It’s the oldest trophy worldwide for the code of association football. And we’re very grateful to have it.”

Although the Scottish Cup may be the second competition formed in the history of association football, the trophy itself is the oldest in the game and is recognised as such by Guinness World Records.

Today the original trophy is kept securely within its display case within the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park.

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