What is the most exciting thing about “Bares for Rares”? Is it the dealers and their bulging wallets? Is it the always charming and cheerful Horst Lichter? Or is it perhaps the vendors who make the show what it is with their exhibits? Every ZDF viewer probably has his own answer.
But perhaps it is also the interaction of all factors that has made “Bares for Rares” so successful for many years. As in the case of Christel Schmidt and Klaus Burmester from Velbert in North Rhine-Westphalia. The couple had a small statuette with them. This has been in her apartment for a long time and should now find a new owner.
Heirloom should find a new owner at “Bares for Rares”.
Not an easy walk for the couple. After all, the small bronze statue is an heirloom from Klaus’ aunt. But now the point has come, according to Burmester, to separate. Certainly not an easy decision. But what kind of statuette was it anyway?
The figure was a field worker. Unusual: The young man was only wrapped in fur, which is rather unusual, explained “Bares for Rares” expert Schulte-Goltz. The figure was created between 1880 and 1900, the expert explained.
But how much would sculptor Eugene Marioton’s character fetch? After all, the desired price of the couple from Velbert did not come from bad parents. They wanted between 1,000 and 1,300 euros. Schulte-Goltz didn’t go quite as high. He estimated the value more at 900 to 1,100 euros.
Anyway, it didn’t start off badly. “We are delighted,” enthused Wolfgang Pauritsch. And so the bids quickly rose to 470 euros. Significantly too little for the sellers. But the dealers didn’t want to give much more. The bids stopped at 700 euros. But would the couple from Velbert accept Wolfgang’s offer? Yes, with a heavy heart, as Klaus Burmester clearly saw. “It didn’t go quite as we thought it would, but at least we got 700 euros and that’s satisfying for us,” says the man from Velbert.