Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip expert Charles Hanson is offering free valuations for any hidden treasures you may have tucked away at home.

As well as assessing general antiques and collectables, he’s keen to cast an eye over any Chinese or Oriental objects.

Mr Hanson said: “Chinese porcelain and Oriental works of art can achieve life-changing prices at auction but sometimes people have no idea they own a valuable piece.

“Last year Hansons sold a damaged Chinese vase for £40,000 and its owner, who inherited it, had no idea it was worth tens of thousands of pounds. I spotted it by chance on her glass cabinet during a routine home visit to assess other antiques.

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“She was taken aback as someone claiming to be a specialist had told her it was worthless due to repairs. A section of the rim had been broken and re-glued and it had a long crack.”

The Chinese blue and white nine-dragon bottle vase bore a Jiaqing mark (1796-1820), making it around 200 years old.

It was consigned to auction with a guide price of between £10,000 and £15,000 but soared to £40,000.

The total paid, with buyer’s premium, by a Chinese bidder was £55,595.

“Time and again I come across items like this,” said Mr Hanson. “If you’ve always wondered what that antique or collectable might be worth and are considering selling, do pop to see me. I just might make your day.”

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Mr Hanson will be at Hanson Holloway’s and Ross in Parsons Street, Banbury, on Thursday February 10, 10am-2pm.

Regular Thursday valuer Melissa Lee-Patrick will also be on hand to value jewellery, silver and watches.

To book a free valuation with Charles or Melissa call 01295 817777 or email