“Bares for Rares” evening show: dealers and viewers will be completely surprised!
By Emil Panter
Koenigswinter/Cologne – The evening show of “Cash for Rares” last Wednesday evening surprised with a real novelty. For the first time, the dealers from the Drachenburg Castle near Königswinter came out to the spectators.
Horst Lichter (60) had initiated the surprise. “There have been rumors that the dealers are not in the castle at all.”
He wanted to clean up the evening show on ZDF, so he went straight to the castle and brought the dealers into the castle park to loud applause.
There the owners of a special painting were waiting. They wanted to auction the work of the painter Chen Houei-kuen (1907-2011) and had already received a high level of expertise.
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The work “Neuilly-sur-Seine” could bring in a whopping 7,000 to 10,000 euros, according to Detlev Kümmel (54).
The famous Taiwanese artist had captured an almost romantic river landscape in the French district on canvas.
The owner had saved the beautiful work from destruction around 30 years ago during a clearing out. After that, however, it ended up in his garage and remained there unnoticed for 25 years.
What would the dealers of the ZDF show say about this “garage find”?
Painting fetched high price
At first they didn’t say anything because they obviously enjoyed the applause of the visitors who were waiting in the countryside at Drachenburg Castle.
Through a trellis of fans of “Bares for Rares” we went in single file behind Horst Lichter on a specially built stage.
The two sellers from Franconia were waiting there. Julian Schmitz-Avila (35) first thanked him personally for the friendly welcome, but then it was all about the art.
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The surprise was still written all over the dealers’ faces, but the work was examined very closely.
The painter, the pastel shades, the French title – the dealers slowly put all these facts together in the fresh air to form an initial overall assessment.
“Nice, fresh colors. No cracks, no damage,” said Schmitz-Avila, for example. Even when viewed in daylight, the painting continued to be well received.
Movement changes hands for over 9000 euros
Wolfgang Pauritsch (50) even researched in front of the audience on the show to find out more about the artist. He looked at paintings sold online and then stacked deep.
He offered 4000 euros to get started, knowing full well that the painting should be worth significantly more.
Almost all dealers took part in the bids and broke through the 9000 euro barrier. Art dealer Pauritsch had probably not expected this.
And in the end, art expert Elisabeth Nüdling (42) was able to enjoy the highest bid.
She paid 9,100 euros for the painting and was thus able to prove that dealers can also make a lot of money in the fresh air. You can find the entire evening show of “Bares for Rares” from June 22, 2022 in the ZDF Mediathek.
Cover photo: ZDF/Bares for Rares