XXL edition: Cash for Rares: Horst Lichter is stunned – “No one has dared to do that”
“Are you renovating?”: With “Bares for Rares XXL”, Horst Lichter did not want to recognize the value of a unique piece. The moderator was all the more astonished when he acknowledged the estimated price of the “concrete block”. A celebrity lady, meanwhile, was surprised at the amount of bids for her souvenir.
If “Bares for Rares” once again migrates to the ZDF prime time for the XXL edition, that means two things. On the one hand, that Horst Lichter dresses up even more than usual. This time the beard wearer did it with a dark blue jacket with white pinstripes, yellow socks, a yellow tie and a matching flowerpot. On the other hand, the sellers in the 90-minute special edition often have particularly valuable souvenirs with them.
One object in particular should keep Horst Lichter in mind. Pensioner Ursula brought a “beautiful cabin scooter” (lights) from the Messerschmitt factory to Eberbach Abbey. At the beginning of the 1990s, she fell in love with the red vehicle, bought it and then restored it herself with great enthusiasm and a lot of money. “I’m approaching the last quarter of my life and it’s not that comfortable when you’re driving so low to the ground,” she explained why she now wanted to part with the vehicle.
“Kids, what’s to come is great”
“People made fun of it,” said expert Sven Deutschmanek about the brisk mobile, whose front is reminiscent of a frog’s face. Despite two scratches, he placed the condition of the scooter in the “very good double range”. He consequently increased Ursula’s desired price of 28,000 euros to 35,000 to 40,000 euros.
“Children, what’s coming now is great,” Lichter brought the traders outside. Julian Schmitz-Avila enthusiastically took a seat in the vehicle, while colleague Wolfgang Pauritsch chimed in: “How much money did you put into it? That was definitely expensive.” There was a lot of interest, but no one dared to come out of cover for more than 26,000 euros from Schmitz-Avila. Not enough for Monika, who took the cabin scooter back with her.
Horst Lichter wants to give a medal to “Bares for Rares” sellers
Horst Lichter wanted to give another seller a medal before the expertise even started. Jörg’s dedication to his profession as an intensive care nurse earned him a special round of applause from the audience in addition to Lichter’s praise. However, the moderator was clueless about his souvenir: “It’s the first time on ‘Bares for Rares XXL’ that someone comes with a stone. Nobody has dared to do that yet.”
The moderator joked: “Are you renovating?” Of course, Jörg wasn’t, instead the sculpture “World Receiver” came from the late artist Isa Genzken, the former wife of Gerhard Richter and a good friend of Jörg’s.
“It’s not really my taste,” the guest explained his desire to sell. Meanwhile, expert Detlev Kümmel led to value determination: “Shall we create a connection?” The basic idea behind the exhibits is “that the world receivers create a connection between the individual collectors,” explained Kümmel, explaining the antennae of the concrete block. “At least 30,000 euros” he wanted for the one-off from 2011, said seller Jörg. Kümmel even corrected the asking price up to 35,000 euros. Lighter snorted, “I’m pretty floored.”
In the dealer room, however, the guesswork was wild – and Daniel Meyer greeted the salesman with a wink: “They brought us a radio in a concrete block.” Wolfgang Pauritsch was also in a joking mood and quipped: “My grandmother advised me to go in convert certain assets into concrete gold.”
His starting bid of 500 euros was quickly history. However, the dealers only threw five-digit amounts into the room after the expertise had been named. In the case of Meyer, it wasn’t enough that he went “beyond his limits”, Susanne Steiger outbid his final bid again. She secured the piece for 16,000 euros. Jörg was happy: “The main thing is that it is in good hands and is valued.”
“God, okay”: Katrin Müller-Hohenstein surprised by bids
Tradition at “Bares for Rares XXL” is also a prominent visitor. This time, Katrin Müller-Hohenstein made a guest appearance on the ZDF show, who immediately smeared honey around Horst Lichter’s mouth. She was the “best sports presenter that Germany has ever had on television,” he said. “Oh, stop it!” she waved off flattered. After all, it wasn’t about sports, but about a lamp from the Art Deco period. Müller-Hohenstein recalled that her antique-loving parents bought the lamp 40 years ago in Metz, France.
Detlev Kümmel dated the piece with three little angels holding up a globe to the late 1910s. “It’s a material that’s modeled on bronze,” he explained, pointing out the original gilding, most of which had now peeled off. Nevertheless, 250 to 350 euros are in it, he suspected.
“Now I understand! It’s a football World Cup trophy from 1911,” said Daniel Meyer, welcoming the famous guest in the dealer’s room. Then one bid followed the next. “God, okay,” Müller-Hohenstein could hardly keep up. In the end, Julian Schmitz-Avila prevailed in the six-way battle and paid 430 euros. Colleague Steiger joked: “Angels come to angels.”
“Great, great, great”: “Bares for Rares” dealer cheers about the Cartier casket
A chic jewelery box by the precious jeweler Cartier also went over the dealers’ table. The piece from 1930 with the motif of a “fabulous, exotic animal world in a Persian-Indian style” (Heide Rezepa-Zabel) led to a women’s duel in the dealer’s room, estimated at 5,000 to 6,000 euros. In the end, Lisa Nüdling prevailed and paid 5,000 euros: “Great, great, great!” On the other hand, a bronze statue by the artist Anna Maler, Gustav Maler’s daughter, went to Austria to Wolfgang Pauritsch. The piece was worth 5,000 euros to him.
Daniel Meyer jumped over his shadow with a candlestick by the French artist André Dubreuil. Despite the higher expertise of 12,000 to 15,000 euros, the dealer made a good deal with the final price of 9,500 euros. On the other hand, guest Clemens was disappointed. Expert Wendela Horz declared his silver spoon to be a fake after “a thriller”. He wasn’t allowed in the dealer’s room.
Saleswoman Konstanze fared better. Heide Rezepa-Zabel appraised the ring of her great-aunt Hilla von Rebay, the co-founder of the New York Guggenheim Museum, at up to 16,000 euros. In the end, she sold the piece of jewelery to Susanne Steiger for 13,500 euros.