Sender ZDF is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an anniversary weekend in addition to the return of the famous program announcements. The starting signal for this was given on Friday afternoon (March 31, 3:05 p.m.) with a special episode of the junk show “Bares for Rares” with Horst Lichter (61). Special guests presented extraordinary objects from the history of ZDF.
The presenter Babette von Kienlin (60), for example, started with unique bright yellow and so-called Beuchet chairs, which could be seen in 1997 to demonstrate an optical illusion in the legendary "Knoff-Hoff-Show". Von Kienlin hoped for a proceeds of 500 euros, the expert even put up to 1,000 euros. The truth finally lay in between, there were 600 euros for the "Knoff-Hoff" chairs.
It continued with a collection of various Mainzelmännchen products, including a board game, a clock and children's cutlery. The expert Wendela Horz (53) came up with a total value of only 80 euros, but ultimately changed hands at 260 euros, more than three times the amount.
The next candidate, a former lighting technician from the broadcaster, appeared with a rarity: a fully functional and well-preserved studio spotlight from the 70s, including a tripod, which Frank Elstner (80) had seen many years ago in a certain entertainment show called "Wetten, dass..? " should have illuminated. However, the junk dealers did not want to spend as much as estimated, ultimately there was 350 euros for the piece.
In the next section, not only the object of desire was prominent: the two ZDF moderators Florian Weiss (46, "Volle Kanne") and Sabine Heinrich (46, "The Great Germany Quiz") made representations to the lights. They had a rare and oversized plush figure by Mainzelmännchen Det in their luggage. The "button in ear" proved that it was an original Steiff figure, the special edition had never officially appeared on the market and was only "in the low double-digit range " produced. Expressed in numbers: The expert estimated that it was a whopping 800 euros, and she was absolutely right.
However, Lichter saved the biggest gem for last. An employee of the station, who appeared on behalf of moderator Nina Ruge (66), proudly presented an original drawing of panic rocker Udo Lindenberg (76). This "Udogram", also called "Likörelle" because of the use of alcohol as a colour, was created on September 24th, 1997 as part of the program "Leute heute". It shows the singer in profile, alongside a dedication to Ruge.
Ruge's deputy would have been happy with 500 to 1,000 euros, the expert increased it to 1,200 to 1,500 euros. But even this estimate was far from the final sum of 3,200 euros paid – dealer Walter Lehnertz (56) revealed himself as a huge fan of the musician and generously opened his wallet.
A total of 5,210 euros was raised in this way, with the entire sum going to charity.