A woman is gifted a coloring book from the 1800s but she is shocked when she finds it is as expensive as fine jewelry

Anita Durairaj

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An article in The Sun describes a woman's reaction after she found out how much her antique book was worth.

A woman brought her old art book to an Antiques Roadshow set up in Morayshire, Scotland.

The book was called Drawings by the De Alwis Family and it dated back to the 1800s and originated from Ceylon.

Ceylon, currently known as Sri Lanka, is a tropical island nation in South Asia.

The huge book was filled with floral watercolor drawings dating from the 1880s and connected to a prominent family in Ceylon, the De Alwis family.

The De Alwis family were a Ceylonese family who were skilled in drawing. Different family members worked as artists and illustrators.

The family drew botanical drawings as well as butterflies and moths of Ceylon. They worked with the Governor of Ceylon who was a representative of the British Crown.

When the antique expert from the Roadshow saw the book, he was immediately overjoyed claiming that it was the "biggest and most spectacular he had seen on the Antiques Roadshow."

As for the woman who was the current owner of the book, she had received it from her aunt who was born in the 1930s. The aunt was given the book as a gift so she could draw in it.

According to the antique expert, the quality of the watercolors used in the book was excellent.

He claimed that the antique coloring book would be worth at least 10,000 British pounds ( more than $12,000).

The woman was speechless as she learned the eyewatering value of her coloring book.

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