Del Boy enters the world of fine art when he falls for a "posh tart" antique dealer named Miranda Davenport. He tries to sell her a very old cabinet which is described as a "Queen Anne" original, but the word "Fyffes" can be clearly seen, and it has woodworm.
But she finds out about a painting - a valuable work by 19th century painter Joshua Blythe - that Del has on the wall in the lounge, but apparently doesn't realize the true value of. Miranda soon worms her way into his affections and gets the painting as a birthday gift.
Thinking that he's in love, Del heads to Miranda's shop, and is informed that she's gone to the local auction house.
Del arrives at the auction house, only to find out that Miranda had pretended to like him in order to get the painting to put up for auction and make a good profit. But Del Boy gets the last laugh when he tells Miranda that he knew full well that it was worth thousands of pounds, but has never been able to sell it. Miranda enquires why, and as the bidding hits £17,000, Del reveals that his grandmother stole the painting when she worked in an art gallery.
Writer: John Sullivan
Director: Ray Butt
Producer: Ray Butt
Duration: 30 minutes
Airdate: December 1, 1983
Audience: 10.6 million
- The idea for the script was based on John Sullivan's friend's mother, who was a charlady at an art gallery.
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