Elaine Binning recently attended a charity lunch for the West Berkshire branch of the NSPCC Lunch Club as a guest speaker.
More than £1,700 was raised by the lunch, during which the audience guessed the value of a range of items.
Around 82 members of the NSPCC Lunch Club were entertained by Binning, who works as an auctioneer for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in Newbury, as well as as an expert on the popular BBC TV programme Antiques Roadshow.
In addition to being the guest speaker, Elaine also had a number of items that she placed on each table. The guests had to guess the value of each objest as accurately as possible. A Bulgari sapphire and diamond ring was the most valuable item to appear, worth around £8,000.
One of the tables was presented with a figurine of a cat that they guessed was worth two pence and had been purchased at a car boot sale. The cat’s actual value could be as high as £6,000, if sold at auction.
One member of the branch thought that letting the audience guess the value of some items was a fresh approach, which got everyone involved. Lyn Ashworth said:
“It was a very successful lunch and Elaine was a fantastic speaker. Many members said she was the best we have had.”
Antiques bought at auction have a buyer’s premium added, which inflates the final price. Objects, such as antique chaise lounges, can be bought at reputable dealers in Blackburn for a reasonable price, which doesn’t have any extras added on.
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