18. Henry Nelson O’Neil’s “Eastward Ho!” – $242,000 (Canadian series, 2005)
While the U.S. and U.K. editions enjoy the lion’s share of newsworthy items, the Canadian Roadshow had a look-in in 2005 when Bill Donnelly brought in what turned out to be a Henry Nelson O’Neil original. It was valued at $242,000 – that’s U.S dollars, by the way – at the time. But when Donnelly’s daughter subsequently took it to auction in London, it sold for more than $270,000.
17. Patek Phillippe pocket watch – $250,000 (U.S. series, 2004)
When an item fetches a six-figure valuation on Roadshow, that’s usually the end of it. But now and then an item will end up being appraised again for even more. Perhaps the most notable case was a Patek Phillippe pocket watch. Originally valued at $250,000 in 2004, the watch was later revealed to be unique and thus its value shot up to a staggering $1.5 million.
16. Bronze rhinoceros statue – $260,000 (U.K. series, 2011)
A statue of a rhino might not seem so impressive now, but in 1750, long before David Attenborough existed, it was one of the only ways to get an idea of what one looked like. One such statue, modelled after a real rhino named Miss Clara, ended up being valued at around $260,000 for this very reason.