26 May 2019
March 13, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

Antique cabinets were emptied in earnest when Dickinson’s Real Deal visited Colne in Lancashire. The episode, which was screened on 5th March, had a number of highlights, including a small cinnabar lacquered antique chest for which the owner accepted the dealer’s offer of £160. It had cost just 20p in a car boot sale.

Dickinson’s Real Deal offers valuable information for anyone contemplating selling their antiques and collectibles, whether it’s valuable jewellery or an antique balloon backed dining chair . Lancashire was last visited by David and the team on Saturday 11th February, when residents from Ormskirk could bring along their “bobby dazzlers” for appraisal by the experts.

Real Deal is filmed in a working auction house, which values items beforehand. Owners then have to decide whether to accept a dealer’s offer, or risk putting them into auction. At Colne, however, an unusual event occurred. Having offered £500 for a case of war medals, dealer Tim Hogarth announced he would be putting them straight into the auction himself, splitting any profits from the sale. When the owner said he would be giving the profits to charity, Tim promptly said he would do the same. The Prostate Cancer charity eventually got £350, as although the medals realised £1,000, £150 had to be paid to the auctioneer in commission.

In April, Real Deal will be visiting Preston on the 14th and Lancaster on the 21st, so get ready to empty those antique cabinets. Preston and Lancaster antique dealers will always offer a fair price for your valuables, whereas at auction they can be left unsold – or the profits gobbled up in commission.

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