Antiques Road Trip: Donkey ornament sells for £80
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During an episode of BBC programme, Antiques Road Trip, expert Tim Medhurst was joined by first-time road tripper, Irita Marriott as they made their way through Lincolnshire. The duo set off on their road trip in a bright yellow 1970s sports car as they got to know each other. However, it was clear to see that both experts wanted to win the competition as they went head-to-head in the antiques bidding war. However, it was one item in particular that completely stunned Irita when it sold at auction for double the price she bought it for.
The pair began their journey in Newark before travelling down to the south coast and ending up in Stamford.
After buying five antique items each, it was time for the experts to go head-to-head to see who made the most profit at auction.
First up was Tim, who got off to a flying start after selling a telescope he bought for £21, for £35 – making him a £14 profit.
A nervous Irita was up next with a French jewellery box that she bought for £35.
Much to her surprise, the jewellery box sold for £85 at auction, giving her a profit of £50.
“I’m very happy for you,” Tim told her as he added: “But, also disappointed for me.”
Hoping to make a staggering profit on his horse-shoe paper-knife bookmark, Tim said: “This was my lucky buy for the day.”
The expert bought the bookmark for £32, but in the end, it sold for £42.
Irita’s second item was a desk stand with a mouse, which she picked up for £38.
However, her luck soon ran out after the relic only sold for £20 at auction.
Tim didn’t seem to have much luck either after an RAF cap, which he bought for £25, sold for £20 at auction – putting him at a £5 loss.
Things soon took an unexpected turn for Irita when a tiny donkey ornament she bought for £45 sold for double the price.
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Ahead of the auction, Tim commented: “I think this might be laden with profit. Those little baskets full of cash.”
The look on Tim’s face said it all when the starting bid began at £70 as he commented “No way!”
An excited Irita simply screamed: “What?”
Despite the auctioneer claiming he thought the item would “sell for a lot more”, it eventually fetched £80 at auction.
“Well done,” Tim congratulated, as Irita added: “£80.”
Tim’s last item to go to auction was a teacup he had bought for £14.
However, despite ambitiously starting the auction price at £100, the teacup only sold for £18.
Irita’s final item was a small bulldog ornament, which she bought for £45 and ended up selling at auction for £125.
Antiques Road Trip is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
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