Two very good experts locked heads on the 4th August edition of Bargain Hunt held in Glasgow. Both Paul Laidlaw and James Lewis are renowned for being very canny when it comes to buying antiques with their teams so this programme was all set to be a good one and it did not disappoint. Where making any profit on Bargain Hunt is a feat indeed, these two both managed profits of over £200 for their teams.
The Blue Team with James Lewis began by buying a Lalique style glass opalescent bowl, bought for £35 which eventually sold for £70. Then two canteen boxes bought for £45 which sold for £60, and two mandolins, bought for £35 and sold for £100. James Lewis’ bonus buy was a 14 carat gold whistle by Tiffany & Co. which he bought for £40 and sold for a whopping £160. Their overall profit was £235.
The Red Team with Paul Laidlaw started very modestly with an Art Deco clock which was bought for £28 and sold for £30. Then a striking Victorian rocking chair bought for £35 which sold for a very strong £130, and an interesting Cubist nude made of bronze which was bought for £70 and sold for a very respectable £110. Paul Laidlaw’s bonus buy was a Scottish silver plated tea spoon designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the Willow Tea Rooms which he bought for £65 and sold for a massive £180. The Red Team had the winning profits of £252.
Although there were strong profits all the way through, the bonus buys bought by the experts both made impressive profits. Both items had very famous names attached to them, so perhaps a good ploy for future profits on Bargain Hunt.
When investing in antique furniture, both attribution and provenance can make a great deal of difference to the resale price of a piece. When looking to buy an antique cabinet, Preston dealers will be able to advise.