25 May 2020
July 23, 2018 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

A collector bought what he thought was a fake 17th century wine bottle for £30 at an antique fair 10 years ago. In 2018, he was astonished to find it was worth considerably more.

The bulbous brown bottle looked to Steve Williams like an imitation 17th-century wine bottle and he bought it because he did not want other people to think it was genuine. He boasted about his find of the “fake” wine bottle and posted a picture of it on Facebook.

A leading expert on antique glass bottles happened to see the Facebook page with the picture of the bottle and asked to have a look at it. The expert pronounced it was genuine. The natural wear on the base and the rust lines of on the lip were evidence of the age of the bottle.

Steve Williams put the bottle up for sale at an auction. There was interest in it from collectors all over the world, and it sold for £18,000. With fees added, the price the bidder paid was £21,000.

The bottle is an example of the high sums people are prepared to pay for some antiques. Thanks to this, many fakes have been sold on the market at high prices.

When purchasing items such as antique desks or antique coffee table at Lancashire antique dealers, you will be told if a piece is a modern reproduction. It is not wise to buy thinking an item simply ‘could’ be genuine and worth tens of thousands of pounds.

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