Chair from Oliver Twist appears on Antiques Roadshow

Chair from Oliver Twist appears on Antiques Roadshow
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The 1968 film Oliver! has been watched by audiences across the globe so it’s no surprise that when THESE items were brought to the table on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, it caused a stir.

The items in question were brought in by Jack Wild’s widow, Claire Harding. Jack, who played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 musical, had kept his high chair from filming, his original script and album of cast photos and according to dealer John Foster, the items could be worth a lot.

"In all the years I've been going to the Roadshow, if they said there was only one thing I was allowed to record, this would be it," John said.

Claire and John with the famous chair, script and photo album. Credit: USCelebrity (YouTube)

Claire and John with the famous chair, script and photo album. Credit: USCelebrity (YouTube)

He went on to value the items at £4,000 to £6,000 because there will never be anything else like it.

Ms Harding also revealed the funny story behind the chair. It was made especially for Jack to sit on between scenes. It had been made to be a ‘high chair’ as a bit of a joke because Jack was so short. At the time of filming Oliver! when he was 14-years-old, he was shorter than Mark Lester who played Oliver, even needing to use platforms to stand on and make him appear taller.

"There were so many jokes about his height that the chippies [carpenters] made this instead of a normal-sized chair," she said.

"It's not about the value of the chair. That's the value - the fact Jack is still remembered with warmth." Claire said.

Jack sadly passed away aged 53 of cancer in 2006.