Antiquities Road Trip Expert Loses His Words As Damaged Item Makes Huge Profits | Television and radio | Show biz & TV
Raj Bisram and Paul Martin last faced off in a recent episode of BBC Two’s Antiques Road Trip. The experts were on their final leg of the journey and after an epic tour of the south and southwest, their shopping and selling extravaganza ended in the Cotswolds. One of the items Raj had spotted and hoped to make a nice profit for was the 18th century Welsh chest. After haggling with the seller to lower the price, he ended up making a huge profit when it was put up for auction.
“Now it’s a beautiful piece, it’s a real antique,” he told viewers. “It’s from the 18th century, probably dated around 1770 and it’s Welsh.
“It’s a chest and it’s been used for all kinds of things. Sometimes, if it was in a hallway, you would put laundry in it.
“And it has its original locking location, but the hinge is missing,” Raj explained, looking more closely.
“But there are some lovely original carvings, and there are some lovely details around the edge.
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“They even went to sculpt it in these little semicircles, and it’s oak,” he continued, revealing the details.
As for the condition of the interior: “The backplate has been replaced, and I see it right away because the backplate has hinge marks. So it’s from another room.
“There is £ 220 on the ticket. If I can get it for £ 120-150, I have a chance to make a small profit, ”the expert remarked.
“What I’m going to do is I’m going to keep looking around, but I’m going to keep that in mind.”
After a little more time in the antique shop, Raj spoke with the salesman: “I also saw upstairs that you have a very nice Welsh chest.
“I know there were some issues with that,” Raj referred to his trunk.
Paul added, “I think as a decor and storage piece you should double your money. It should be worth £ 300.
The auctioneer began with: “The commission is bidding £ 100. I give him £ 110. On the book for 100.
“100, let’s see any advance. 110, 120 on commission. 130 with you. 140, 150, 160, 170… ”
“Oh, profit,” Raj commented and the auctioneer continued: “£ 220. At £ 200 commission against the internet. If you’re done. £ 220 auction, last chance there. At £ 240, £ 260, £ 280, £ 300.