ZDF junk show: “Bares for Rares” seller loses thousands of euros: “I fear bad things”
Sometimes too much cleanliness is quite counterproductive. A couple of sellers at “Bares for Rares” had to realize that with horror. Your antique suitcase from a well-known company will experience an enormous loss in value in this way.
Stunned by the “Bares for Rares” seller couple. Veronika and Ralf were able to look forward to an expertise that exceeded their expectations. Alone: A fatal mistake when cleaning her antique prevented a much, much higher sales value.
“If it really is a first piece by him, then that would of course be interesting to know.” Veronika and Ralf hoped to bring a real luxury rarity to the Pulheim rolling mill. Which well-known company did the suitcase come from? And what was its value?
“There will probably not be as many of them to this extent,” replied Veronika, the current owner, in an interview with “Bares for Rares” moderator Horst Lichter. she was right. The suitcase was truly special. And with it the condition. Veronika had found the wooden box in the basement. Yellowed and old. So she started cleaning it – and the logo came out and the realization, “This isn’t just any box!”
Horst Lichter: “They cleaned up the history of the box”
The show kept the viewer in suspense, because there was no answer yet. First, expert Colmar Schulte-Goltz asked: “Wasn’t there linen and decorative ribbons on it?” Veronika then had to admit, caught off guard: “I cleaned it all up. It was all destroyed and stained.”
Horst Lichter opened his eyes after this confession: “It doesn’t matter, I’m afraid of something bad!” He should be right. “They cleaned up the history of the box,” the expert had to state. But that can happen to anyone.
“It’s a special invention by Louis Vuitton called ‘Steamer Trunk’,” Schulte-Goltz finally solved the riddle. The designer introduced them to the national market in 1858. The authenticity of the suitcase from 1878 is proven, among other things, by the fittings on which the LV logo was embossed.
Bewilderment after “Bares for Rares” estimate
The couple named 500 to 700 euros as the desired price for the Vuitton suitcase. Even in this incomplete condition, Colmar Schulte-Goltz came to a significantly higher 2,900 to 3,100 euros. Can’t imagine what it would have been worth with the original fabric and in good condition… “I’m thinking 15,500 euros upwards.” Veronika and Ralf were stunned.
Nevertheless, the two accepted the dealer card and moved one room further with their depreciated darling. There was positive feedback. “I’ve seen a lot of trunks, but never one that old,” Roman Runkel had to admit.
And so it was not surprising that the antique suitcase from the world-famous company elicited four-digit bids from the dealers. They quickly upped each other’s heights. The seller couple saw it with joy. In the end, Julian Schmitz-Avila was able to secure the noble box for 2,500 euros. The desired price was far exceeded. Then the shock of the too good cleaning at the seller couple was wiped away.
Silver cutlery probably ended up in the dishwasher
Simultaneity of events: Another object in the Monday issue of “Bares for Rares” was cleaned incorrectly and lost value as a result. Jens and Sabine wanted to get rid of the cake and fruit cutlery that Sabine’s mother had gotten as a wedding present in 1959. However, Wendela Horz had to realize that the condition was bad. She assumed that the cutlery had once ended up in the dishwasher. The expert values the silver cutlery at 150 to 200 euros.
It was clear to Wolfgang Pauritsch at first sight that the cutlery was twisted and had to be repaired. Nonetheless, he wanted it. The dealer and auctioneer from Austria paid 170 euros.
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