An Antiques Road Trip expert was grilled over whether she was really owner of a vintage tea set, after it earned a huge profit
Natasha Raskin Sharp was lost for words when she picked up the 1873 tea service set in a shop, vowing she ‘had to have it,’ before earning a huge income when she took it to auction.
After the Victorian set caught her eye, Natasha gushed: ‘I can’t even cope with it, it is so… I don’t think I have ever described a tea server before as heady, but that is a heady affair. The palette, first of all, the pink.
‘Who does it make me think of? Is it a bit of Barbara Cartland or something? I mean it is just so full on. It looks very Continental. Is there a maker in the saucer somewhere?’
The lotus tea set came from Vilmos Zsolnay with an elegant pink ombre effect, and the set featured a teapot, three cups and several saucers.
How much? Antiques Road Trip expert Natasha Raskin Sharp was grilled over whether she was really owner of a vintage tea set, after it earned a huge profi
Lauding the tea set, Natasha said: ‘I mean, Art Nouveau period I think is how I would describe it and it is just so jolly. I’m in love with it.’
Originally the tea service was priced at £60, but Natasha bartered it down to just £80, and she also picked up a whiskey noggin for £40.
As she headed to the auction house in Wrexham, Natasha asked Phil: ‘Is it too pink for you or is it just pink enough?’
Phil joked: ‘That is just how I look on a beach!’ with the auction quickly sending the tea set’s price to £150.
Natasha was stunned as the tea set continued to rise, reaching £400, before bidding settled at an eye-popping £750.
Having earned a huge profit of £670, Natasha quipped: ‘Is this a joke? This is the best thing that has ever happened to me.’
Offering his congratulations, Phil said: ‘Well done you! Are you, pleased? Are you pleased that is a stupid question, isn’t it? Are you sure this is your lot? That is brilliant isn’t it.’
It comes after expert Izzie Balmer bagged a huge profit during a recent episode.
Cashing in! After spending just £80 on the tea set, it sold for a huge £750 at auction, earning a massive £670 profit
The antiques valuer and auctioneer headed to the Derbyshire Dales with her co-star Ishy Khan to try and earn some cash from buying and selling antiques.
Izzie – who joined the BBC show back in 2019 – made a huge profit at auction after spending just £5 on two tiny gold pendants.
The duo headed to numerous places, including Matlock Bath Illuminations and Derby’s Pickford’s House Museum to try and bag a bargain.
At Armstrong’s Mill antiques store, Izzie found a jewellery box listed at £30, but inside spotted two gold pendants which caught her eye.
The expert admitted: ‘I only had a look in here out of habit. I didn’t actually expect to find anything in here because I often think: ”oh well the dealers will have already been through it”. But I’ve found a piece of gold!
‘It’s only a small thing, but it’s a little pendant. It’s nine-carat gold, you’ve got this precious white opal in the middle.
‘Now, the colours aren’t spectacular on it. With opals, they’re prized for their play of colour, so it’s actually got a better play of colour under the lens.’
Success! It comes after expert Izzie Balmer bagged a huge profit during a recent episode
Amazing! After spending just £5 on two gold pendants she’d spotted in the jewellery box, Izzie made a huge profit at auction, with the pair reaching a final price of £100
Explaining more about the item, Izzie said: ‘So this is what we call a bale. The bale is stamped K18, which would be for 18-carat.
‘Now it’s very sort of 1970s, but I think it’s definitely worth the risk, depending on the price,’ and proceeded to ask the dealer what deal he could do for the two pendants.
He informed her that she could have any item in the jewellery box for £2.50 each, so she took out the pendants and paid him £5.
Taking the pair to auction, bids started at £55 before steadily climbing up to reach a final price of £100.
Izzie enthused: ‘A great return on £5, isn’t it. I’m really, really pleased with that!’
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