A married couple brought a flea market find that they had once bought for little money to the flea show – and in the end they were able to look forward to a phenomenal prize.
“Perhaps everything is possible, from dinner to a cruise.” With these words, Sven Klug-Offermann indicated the direction of the visit “Bares for Rares” in front. Together with his wife Carola Noack he brought one from Montabaur, Rhineland-Palatinate 18th century box with you Bought it at a flea market for a measly 20 euros had.
Strictly speaking, the good piece, which Colmar Schulte-Goltz likes to use as a sugar bowl, dates back to 1747. According to the expert, the “wonderful box” was able to score with its age. Stylistically, it comes from the German Rococo and consists of “very [gesuchtem] Collector’s silver, you could say that.” With a hallmark on the underside of the rarity, Schulte-Goltz was even able to locate the box in Görlitz, identify the smith and determine that it was 750 silver and that the piece was probably hand-forged for a noble household.
But then there were a few downsides: There was a hole on the side of the can, which was not really small, since the expert even looked through it demonstratively. The base ring was also warped and there were some repair attempts on the rarity. “But it’s nice that it’s still there after 270 years, but I think one should refrain from restoring it any further,” the expert concluded his assessment.
With that, moderator Horst Lichter played the ball back to the couple and asked the question about the desired price. Sven Klug-Offermann was already hoping for a lavish profit and demanded at least the material price of around 160 euros. Next damper by Schulte-Goltz: The silver value is just 100 euros. Added to this is the visible damage to the can and yet according to the expert, the value of the rarity is 500 euros. The couple looked equally euphoric and surprised. They would have had even more reason to be happy without the damage: In perfect condition, the can would have been worth 1,200 to 1,500 euros. “Old Swede,” Sven blurted out and Carola agreed with him with a “but really”. This video proves that “Bares for Rares” is always good for a surprise:
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“We’re completely floored at first,” said Klug-Offermann before we went to the dealer’s room. Susanne Steiger was already impressed by the rarity: “You bring a very old sweetheart”, which Carola countered with a smile to the general amusement: “How do you talk about my husband?” Julian Schmitz-Avila put the can because of the damaged condition gave a rather modest testimonial and thought it needed some work.
The actual round was opened by Walter Lehnertz, who offered 120 euros despite his reputation as an 80-euro Waldi. Schmitz-Avila immediately threw more than double into the room and got in with 250 euros. Despite the dents and cracks, the value of the rarity did not go unnoticed. Steiger raised to 300 euros, then Thorsden Schlößner joined the round, because he bid 350 euros. Although Schmitz-Avila went up to 400 euros, Schlößner then added 500 euros, which corresponded to the expert estimate. As if he knew Schulte-Goltz’ estimate, even Schlößner’s competitor Schmitz-Avila said: “Yes, I actually think 500 is pretty fair.”
The couple from Montabaur saw it the same way, so the bid for 500 euros went to Thorsden Schlößner, who added when he presented the money that he also likes to collect things from the 18th century. Contrary to the expert recommendation, he then announced that he would take the can to the blacksmith and have the holes repaired. “It really went perfectly”Carola Noack summed up the truly successful trip to the flea show. Fetched for 20 euros at the flea market and sold for 500 at “Bares for Rares”: That just makes one Profit of a whopping 2,500 percent.
The junk show “Bares for Rares” runs from Monday to Friday at 3:05 p.m. on ZDF, repeats can be seen on ZDF Neo at 10:40 a.m. and at 7:20 p.m. The concept of the show hasn’t changed over the years: people like Sven Klug-Offermann and Carola Noack have their goods appraised by experts and then haggle over the selling price in the dealer’s room.
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