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Antiques star Jonty back to his roots

By This is Essex  |  Posted: October 14, 2008

  • HOOKED ON BOOK: Jonty looking at a book of Old Shakespeare plays with Keith and Eileen Kan during his visit to Shenfield.

  • CONGRATULATIONS: Jonty with prize winner Ron Cole.

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A WELL-KNOWN face of a popular antiques show has been back to his birthplace disappointing some and pleasantly surprising others in a charity valuation.

Jonty Hearnden – famous for his regular appearance on the BBC show Cash in the Attic – came back to Shenfield, where his parents still live, to talk to 75 people "All about antiques".

The event at Shenfield Parish Hall raised almost £500 for the St Mary's Church charities fund.

Jonty, 48, was born in London Road, Brentwood.

His parents ran both a toy shop and a gentlemen's outfitters in Shenfield until 1962.

Organiser Norman Randall said: "Everyone really enjoyed themselves. Jonty is very personable. He has no airs and graces. He talks to everyone.

"One of the most valuable items was a plain Russian box.

"But one of the most interesting was a printing plate for a flat printing press. The woman thought it was a painting but looking at it could see it had been etched.

"It was very unusual to find because as soon as the printing was completed they were destroyed. But it wasn't valued at much. There's no market for them."

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