Mother is left shocked after a watch and a pair of diamond earrings fetch ‘life-changing’ £155,000


A woman has been left gobsmacked after being given £155,000 by a pawnbroker for a pair of diamond earrings and a Patek Philippe watch, which she thought were worth just £17,000.

Fran Sawyer, 52, from Beggarwood in Basingstoke, appeared on the first episode of ITV’s Million Pound Pawn – a new three-part series that explores the lucrative industry of pawnbroking. 

The debut show, which aired at 8pm, saw the divorcee explain to Dan Hatfield, owner of Sheffield’s London Road Jewellers & Pawnbrokers, that she wished to sell her watch and earrings to help fund a ‘life-changing operation’ for her disabled son, Alexander.

Fran, who said she wanted at least £17,000 for the two items to be able to take her son to see a nerve specialist, revealed that ‘Alexander was born with cancer. He was 3lbs when he was born and the tumour was 6lbs on his back.’

But the mother was left shocked when Dan unveiled what he could give Fran for the watch and diamond earrings, offering £85,000 for the Patek Philippe and £70,000 for the jewellery. 

 

Fran (pictured), 52, from Beggarwood in Basingstoke, appeared on the first episode of ITV’s Million Pound Pawn – a new three-part series that explores the lucrative industry of pawnbroking

Fran was left gobsmacked after being given £155,000 by a pawnbroker for a pair of diamond earrings and a Patek Philippe watch (pictured), which she thought were worth just £17,000

Fran was left gobsmacked after being given £155,000 by a pawnbroker for a pair of diamond earrings and a Patek Philippe watch (pictured), which she thought were worth just £17,000 

Pawnbroker Dan Hatfield also revealed he would pay a staggering £70,000 for the diamond earrings (pictured) because 'the type of cut is actually really, really popular'

Pawnbroker Dan Hatfield also revealed he would pay a staggering £70,000 for the diamond earrings (pictured) because ‘the type of cut is actually really, really popular’

Dan visited Fran at her home at the start of the episode, with the mother explaining: ‘My uncle won this [watch] in a poker game, and then I’ve got some earrings. He left it to me and said if you ever need some money see how you go with that.

‘I got [the earrings]from my great grandmother and I’d like £2,000 for [them],’ she added, before explaining that she hoped for £15,000 for the watch to cover the numerous operations her son needs. The treatments her son needed weren’t divulged. 

Fran said: ‘I’m a full time career for my son Alexander. He was born with cancer. He was 3lbs when he was born and the tumour was 6lbs on this back. They’d only thought he’d get to seven and now he’s 16. 

‘I have to take him to a nerve specialist, that costs a lot more, to get him a decent life. It’s been so tough for him but now he’s 16, I can get help for him. And that help’s got to be done very, very soon, or I will lose him. 

‘That’s my gold pot to help my boy get a better quality of life,’ she added.

When Dan revealed he was prepared to pay £85,000 for the watch (pictured), Fran insisted he was joking and 'messing about' until he confirmed he wasn't

When Dan revealed he was prepared to pay £85,000 for the watch (pictured), Fran insisted he was joking and ‘messing about’ until he confirmed he wasn’t

The show saw the divorcee explain to Dan (pictured), owner of Sheffield's London Road Jewellers & Pawnbrokers, that she wished to sell her watch and earrings

The show saw the divorcee explain to Dan (pictured), owner of Sheffield’s London Road Jewellers & Pawnbrokers, that she wished to sell her watch and earrings

By selling the two items, Fran wanted to help fund a 'life-changing operation' for her disabled son, Alexander (pictured together)

By selling the two items, Fran wanted to help fund a ‘life-changing operation’ for her disabled son, Alexander (pictured together)

Fran explained that she’d been brought up on a council estate in a working class family before marrying a wealthy businessman and moving into a three-acre property. 

‘He had two companies, 17 horses, we had chauffeurs, we had cleaners,’ she said, before adding: ‘When I came out of my divorce, it was a very difficult time because I had a child that really depended on me with his disability. It’s not been easy.’

After their meeting, Dan took Fran’s watch to be checked by an expert to see if it was a fake because he was concerned that her uncle won it in a card game. 

Fran explained that she got the earrings (pictured) from her great grandmother and that she wanted £2,000 for them

Fran explained that she got the earrings (pictured) from her great grandmother and that she wanted £2,000 for them

Dan visited Fran at her home at the start of the episode, with the mother explaining: 'My uncle won this [watch, pictured] in a poker game'

Dan visited Fran at her home at the start of the episode, with the mother explaining: ‘My uncle won this [watch, pictured] in a poker game’

Watch expert Josh confirmed the product was genuine, adding: ‘You hardly ever see these out in the wild, they’re usually in private collections for years and years.

‘If anything can be recession proof or investment proof, it’s what I would be putting my money into, it’s an incredibly desirable watch and it’s worth a considerable sum.’ 

Later in the show, when explaining why he’s about to make his offer, Dan told Fran that the model of the watch is ‘quite special because they’ve only made a few thousand of these’.

But when he revealed he was prepared to pay £85,000 for the watch, Fran insisted he was joking and ‘messing about’ until he confirmed he wasn’t. 

Mother Fran (pictured) is now a full time career for her son Alexander, 16, who was sadly born with cancer

Mother Fran (pictured) is now a full time career for her son Alexander, 16, who was sadly born with cancer

Fran explained that she'd been brought up on a council estate in a working class family before marrying a wealthy businessman and moving into a three-acre property (pictured)

Fran explained that she’d been brought up on a council estate in a working class family before marrying a wealthy businessman and moving into a three-acre property (pictured)

The mother said: ‘You’re going to make me cry. It’s going to help so much because I’ve been so struggling for 16 years with my boy being ill. That would just be life changing for us. I just can’t believe it.’ 

Dan then revealed he would pay a staggering £70,000 for the diamond earrings because ‘the type of cut is actually really, really popular’. 

‘It just hasn’t gone in,’ said Fran. ‘Brilliant. I’m over the moon. I actually feel quite sick actually. Thanks so much. 

Fran (pictured) became visibly emotional when Dan told her how much the items were worth in total

Fran (pictured) became visibly emotional when Dan told her how much the items were worth in total

‘I know I ramble a lot but I just can’t get it into my head at the moment. I felt like I was going to pass out or cry. I just can’t believe it. It doesn’t happen to me.

‘I really can’t get over it. It’s life changing for me because it’s going to help my son,’ Fran added, as she admitted she will treat herself to a ‘kebab and four Stellas at the weekend’.

Dan said: ‘It’s a nice deal, and I’m just glad to get it over the line for Fran’s sake and actually you know I’ve made a pretty decent profit as well.’ However, the pawnbroker refused to reveal the amount of profit he’d made.

Million Pound Pawn continues at 8pm on Tuesday. To catch up on this episode, view via ITV Hub. 

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