Graham Lay

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Graham Charles Lay
Born Graham Charles Lay
19 January 1960
Willesden, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Died 27 November 2016 (2016-11-28) (aged 56)
Cause of death Cystic fibrosis
Occupation Military antiques expert
Years active 1988 - 2016
Television Antiques Roadshow

Graham Charles Lay (Willesden, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, 19 January 1960[1] - 27 November 2016[2]) was a British antiques expert specialising in arms, armour and militaria, and military history, probably best known for his many appearances on BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow[3] television programme, where he had been one of the team of experts since 1988. He was regularly seen wearing a 'Blue Peter' badge.

He appeared as an expert on other BBC TV antiques programmes such as 20th Century Roadshow, Priceless Antiques Roadshow and Bargain Hunt. In Series 1, episode 6 of 20th Century Roadshow, recorded at Imperial War Museum Duxford, he valued a World War II Spitfire MkIX aircraft at between £1,000,000 and £1,500,000: the highest price for anything ever valued on the show.[citation needed]


He contributed to several books such as Antiques Roadshow Collectables,[4] and wrote auction reviews and articles for newspapers and periodicals, including writing for Black Powder, the magazine of the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain.[5]

Personal life[edit]


He died at the end of 2016 having suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth and he was remembered in the Antiques Roadshow highlights special on 28 December 2016, shown on BBC1.