Fans of the Antiques Roadshow were quite astonished during the show on Sunday night when a statue found in a compost heap was of incredibly high value.

Sunday’s Antique Roadshow episode took place at Culzean Castle, Scotland, near the village of Alloway, where the legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns came from.

The poet’s work was known for highlighting and celebrating Scottish culture with his famous song Auld Lang Syne, which is sung around the world every New Year.

On the show, viewers saw a heavy statue of Rabbie, the bard who arrived from South Africa.

Although it was found in a compost heap, the statue was highly valued

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The statue was described on the Antiques Roadshow as “the heaviest object we have ever estimated”.

Antique expert Dandy Easton also emphasized the weight of the statue, adding that it would need to “weigh a ton” to bring it safely to Scotland.

The statue’s owner, who was also a guest at the exhibition, confessed that it was a “third ton” and stated that it was made of cast iron and consisted of six parts.

As the program progressed, it emerged that the statue, designed by Royal Scottish Academy member David Watson Stevenson, had been found on a compost heap in Durban, South Africa in the 1950s.

The large statue stayed in the family of its finder until the guest bought the statue in 2015.

The statue was from a famous Scottish poet

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It is believed that the statue ended up in Durban because many Scots visited during the 1900s, during a time of gold mining and exploration, railroads and department stores.

A quote from the poet is inscribed at the foot of the statue.

Dendy suggested that the statue was kept in a large house in Durban and was later discarded as fashion and times changed.

He said, “It is fortunate that it was found, and it is extraordinary that it is in one piece.”

The owner was also very surprised at how much it was worth

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When one of the owners spoke in more detail about the statue, he found that the restoration and transportation of the item from Cape Town, South Africa would cost approximately £ 5,000.

Denny estimated the statue’s value at around £ 10,000-15,000 when he stated that cast iron statues aren’t usually valued for a lot of money, but since it’s a Scottish icon, it could be worth the price.

Surprised, one of the owners replied: “My goodness? Really!”

One viewer was also shocked by the total value of the statue and wrote on Twitter: “£ 15,000 statue #antiqueroadshow [Gem emoji]

While another viewer was surprised that it came to Scotland in one piece. One viewer wrote: “Fair play for this lady who gets the statue there.”

The Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays at 7pm on the BBC.