He's called "Erni," and that's exactly who Ernst Meissner brought with him to "Cash for Rares": The huge figure of the famous "Sesame Street" resident was in his possession for a long time, but now Ernst and his wife Hiltraut want it Separate from old belongings.
Moderator Horst Lichter initially reveals gaps in his education: When he sees the figure, he is not sure whether it is Ernie or Bert. Or as Lichter says: "Is that Örnie?" As Meissner reveals, he received it as a gift from his son for his 45th birthday in 1998.
The Ernie was also made that year, reveals Sven Deutschmanek. When it comes to the desired price, the sellers are modest: they only want 80 euros for it. That should work: The expert puts the value at 80 to 120 euros.
When the Meissners have left, Lichter and Deutschmanek take Ernie into their midst. “Do you know what I think is good?” asks the expert. "That we have a respectable person at the desk for once." And Lichter adds: “Finally someone who has an idea.”
When the dealers see the character from “Sesame Street,” a murmur goes through the room. “The hero of my youth,” says Leo Leo happily. He himself owned a small finger puppet - he still has it today.
Jan Čížek starts the auction with 100 euros - which directly exceeds the desired price. But it gets even better: Leo Leo and David Suppes also throw their hat into the ring, and so the price goes higher and higher. The bidding war only ends at 380 euros - for this sum Suppes buys the Ernie.
Very happy with the amount raised, Ernst “Erni” Meissner then donated 20 rounds to the dealers - “for the coffee fund”.