Fiona Bruce looks gutted as she delivered the news to Neil and Barbara

Fiona Bruce ‘gutted’ as Fake Or Fortune couple’s potential ‘£1million’ doorstop is proved to be a fake

So close to £1million!

Fake Or Fortune host Fiona Bruce was “gutted” when a Fake Or Fortune couple’s doorstop was proven not to be worth £1milion.

The couple’s small statue they were using as a doorstop was initially thought to be worth up to £1million.

It was thought that the sculpture could be a lost work from Henry Moore – one the most celebrated British artists of the 20th century.

Fiona Bruce looked gobsmacked on Fake Or Fortune on BBC One
Fiona looked gobsmacked when she found out the doorstop could be worth up to £1million (Credit: BBC)

What happened on Fake Or Fortune on BBC One?

In the new series, which started this week, Fiona and co-host Philip Mould went to meet couple Neil and Barbara in Norfolk.

They presented their ‘doorstop’, which sat in the middle of the garden and they called ‘Henry’.

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Sleek and smooth, and abstract in shape, it matched the style of Henry Moore, who died in 1986 aged 88.

It was then Philip dropped the bombshell.

“If we can prove that this is a one-off – not one of a series, but a unique object by a much loved, highly regarded sculptor of the 20th century – we could be talking in excess of half a million pounds,” he said.

As everyone gasped in shock, Philip dropped another.

“Who knows, could even be a million pounds.”

Neil and Barbara with their doorstop on Fake Or Fortune
Neil and Barbara nicknamed the statue ‘Henry’ (Credit: BBC)

Where did Neil and Barbara find the statue?

Fiona exclaimed: “Up to a million?”

“That’s extraordinary!” Barbara added, and explained they had been using it as a doorstop.

Fiona and Philip went away to build a dossier of evidence to present to the Henry Moore Foundation.

And, as they delved deeper into the provenance of ‘Henry’ they unearthed links to another sculptor – Betty Jewson.

‘Henry’ was found at Mergate Hall in Norfolk – the former home of Betty – when he was trimming a hedge for a neighbour.

When Neil and Babara inherited the object from the neighbour, they christened it Henry because it looked like a Henry Moore sculpture.

Fiona Bruce looks gutted as she delivered the news to Neil and Barbara
Fiona Bruce looks gutted as she delivered the news (Credit: BBC)

What was the verdict on Fake Or Fortune on BBC One?

Fiona and Philip dug deeper and even got the material analysed.

Sadly it did not match the kind of material Henry Moore used in his sculptures and the Henry Moore Foundation panel decided it was not an original.

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“I’m gutted for you, I really am,” Fiona said after delivering the news.

“[Henry] will go back to being a doorstop again. He will always be Henry,” Barbara said.

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Nancy Brown
Associate Editor

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