Antiques Roadshow guest ‘can’t breathe’ after finding true value of ‘plant pot’

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left in an utter shock when she learned the value of a basket she used it as plant pot for 35 years.

The woman brought the brown and red weaving basket to PBS and hoped to find more about the decoration.

She acquired the item from her mum's client who sadly passed away in 1988.

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Expert Natalie Linn, from Portland, told her that she could tell by the materials that the basket was made by an artist called Carrie Bethel.

"This design right here is very reminiscent of a medallion and she repeats that design," she said while observing the object.

"No stitch is out of place, this is one basket that you always want to hold with two hands and I would say that she wove it between 1955 and 1960."

Judging by the size of the basket, Natalie believed that it took Carrie more than two years to finish the product.

"This is one that one would say 'oh this is a Picasso' in artists' work," she added.

The guest laughed: "Oh, oh I now feel horrible, it's a decoration in my house and I put plants and stuff in it."

Natalie reminded that her that it's "a no-no" to put plants in the basket, adding: "There were a lot of basket weavers, but Carrie was one of the major ones.

"I would put a price on this basket at auction of a good $75,000 (£59,000) to $85,000 (£67,000).

The woman gasped: "Oh! What? Oh my gosh! Now I do feel bad."

Natalie even suggested her to splash $5,000 (£4,000) to repair the broken stitching and resell it for "way over $100,000 (£79,000)".

The guest took a pause to process and responded: "Woah, I'm freaking out now. Gosh, I mean, I just love it. I love all Native American stuff and I just feel really privileged to ever even have it."

At this point, Natalie took another look of the basket and said: "I would even insure the basket probably for $150,000 (£118,000)."

The woman yelped and put her hand on her chest, saying: "I just…I can't breathe!"

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