‘I had to tell Uri his spoon wasn’t genuine’

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The term ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’ comes from a time when only the very wealthy would own a spoon.

Owning a silver spoon was a mark of your social class and it was carried around like a passport.

For this reason they were often given as Christening gifts and I come across many such spoons in the course of my auction and valuation work.

Nothing, however, could have prepared me for the shock I received whilst filming Cash In The Celebrity Attic with Gloria Hunniford at the home of world-famous psychic Uri Geller.

Uri’s prized Cadillac was parked on the drive, adorned with thousands of spoons which he had bent during his career (one of which was believed to have been found in the car wreckage of legendary actor James Dean).

Uri’s chosen charity for the show was the British Red Cross and it wouldn’t have been Uri’s show had he not had a spoon to sell at auction.

Sadly I had to be the bearer of bad news as the spoon Uri was selling had been purchased as ‘belonging to George III’.

I had to use all of my diplomacy to point out that the spoon was EPNS (electroplated nickel silver), which hadn’t been patented and produced on a commercial scale until 1840 by Elkington & Co – 20 years after the king’s death!

In the event Uri was the perfect host and, learning a friend of mine who was a Poole Pottery collector had died that very day after a battle with cancer, he personally signed and dedicated a Uri Geller-designed limited edition Poole Pottery plate to my friend’s wife.