Joao Vilaca Pereira has blisters on his hands. However, the 59-year-old vending machine operator from Iserlohn does not get that from his job. Rather, he contracted it while polishing his father's old silver bowl, which he now wants to sell at "Bares for Rares". The hard work has paid off: not only does the bowl shine brilliantly in the studio light. He also gets praise from Heide Rezepa-Zabel: "Wonderfully hand-polished," says the expert.
Rezepa-Zabel has even more to tell about the plate, which is decorated with exotic fruits such as peach, pomegranate and pineapple. The model is the brandy bowls that were widespread in the Netherlands and Germany in the 17th century. At that time people drank on special occasions such as baptism. Later these plates were misused. At the end of the 19th century they came back as neo-baroque styles and were in demand until the 1950s. The present bowl dates from 1905 and was made by the Bruckmann company
But what is the part worth? The seller would be satisfied with 30 to 50 euros, he wants to donate the money to an animal shelter in Portugal. Rezepa-Zabel corrects this price upwards. The silver value alone is 210 euros. Overall, the expert estimates the value at 300 to 400 euros. "The dogs will be happy," says Pereira.
And it gets even better: the silver bowl arouses great interest in the dealer room. Wolfgang Pauritsch starts with 250 euros, and those present quickly outbid each other, so that the estimated value is soon exceeded. The bidding frenzy only ends at 450 euros. "They look so scared," says Lisa Nüdling. "That's too much what we offer, isn't it?". The seller sees it differently: "No, it's never too much," replies the Iserlohner. The deal goes through anyway. To the great satisfaction of both parties.
Afterwards, Pereira is particularly pleased that the bowl is in good hands.
Source: "Bares for Rares" in the ZDF media library