"I'm not the brooch type," says Ruth Engel at the beginning of her appearance on "Bares for Rares". The jewel lay in her drawer for over 50 years. Now the 72-year-old pensioner has come all the way from Switzerland to sell it on the ZDF junk show.
At least Wendela Horz is interested: "It's a special brooch," enthuses the expert, and explains in pathetic words what she means by that: "Ladies and gentlemen: I present the most delicious secret of nature," Horz begins the following expertise . "A very rare and expensive berry: the arctic bramble." A very rare fruit. This was immortalized in red gold. Based on the hallmarks, the expert comes to the conclusion that the jewelry was made in Sweden. The material consists of 585 gold, the berries are made of small rubies. Overall a magnificent piece.
However, the seller is unmoved by the enthusiastic expertise and states her modest desired price: "Around 50 euros" Engel would like for the brooch. Wendela Horz sees things differently: the material value alone amounts to 600 euros. Overall, the expert comes to an estimated value of 800 euros.
The traders initially mistake the fruit depicted on the brooch for an acorn, but Ruth Engel proves them wrong. That makes you curious: Wolfgang Pauritsch starts the auction with 350 euros. Together with Susanne Steiger, the two drive the price up to 800 euros - with the better end for Steiger. Ruth Engel thus realizes the estimated value. And gets 16 times the price you want. A great deal!
"Susanne grabs the sweetest fruit," Pauritsch comments on his defeat. On the other hand, the saleswoman who will cross the border into Switzerland with 800 euros is happy.
Source: "Bares for Rares" in the ZDF media library