An Antiques Roadshow expert was shocked to discover that a precious Chinese statue had been found in a car boot sale for £30, by one lucky owner.

Expert Lee Young asked the owner if he was a collector and he confirmed he was and told Lee how he found the item.

The owner said: "Yes I've collected things for many years now and it was a recent buy about six months ago.

"It was a nice little find at a local car boot sale, I was just walking along the field and there it was on a stall, £30.

"I picked it up and carried on my journey.

Lee said: "That thing from a car boot sale, what did you think when you got it?"

The guest said: "At first I thought it was from the late Ming dynasty, but a friend corrected me and he believed it was from the 18th century."

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Lee explained that the statue was indeed from the 18th century and that it was gilt bronze and Chinese.

He said that there had been around 10,000 of the statues made and that they did pop up at auctions regularly.

Lee said that there had been lots of fakes coming onto the market in recent years, but he said: "This has enough honest wear and patternation and the quality is good enough to satisfy me that this is one that was made in the 18th century.

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"I have no hesitation in saying that if that came up at auction today it would carry a presale estimate of between £4,000 to £6,000."

The owner looked pleased and said: "Yeah, that's really interesting, I think I'll find it hard to surpass that, for some time."

And Lee congratulated him and said: "Well done you."

Afterwards the owner gave his tips to people thinking of heading to a car boot.

He said: "You never know what treasures you're going to find.

"Knowledge is key, getting up early and getting out there, and have a good breakfast before you get out, because there's nothing worse than walking round on an empty stomach."

*Antiques Roadshow continues at 7pm on BBC1 next Sunday