Antiques Road Trip: Phil Serrell suffers loss on letter rack
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Izzie Balmer and Phil Serrell were on the road in Essex for a recently aired episode of Antiques Road Trip. The BBC experts were tasked with finding a collection of items they could sell at auction for a profit. However, Izzie was left disappointed when a Victorian book slide she was impressed with made a £10 loss.
Spotting the object at an antique shop, Izzie remarked: “That is rather lovely
“You see Victorian book slides all the time and they’re usually unexciting and fairly plain and simple.
“But this one is just so lovely and unusual because there’s carved eagled to each end.
“But, and it really is a big but, you’ve got a fair bit of extensive damage.”
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“There’s a big crack here but far worse,” she said. “This eagle has come away from her base
“Now she’s secured with this rivet but I’m just so disappointed it’s just such a real shame.”
The item was priced at £140 but Izzie had just £70 left in her budget.
Izzie had already scored a massive discount with shop manager Richard on another item.
“I’ve fallen in love with it and I do think it’s really unusual I think I need Richard,” she quipped.
Izzie said to Richard: “I know how much you enjoyed giving me a discount earlier.
“I’m still suffering,” the antique shop owner joked.
“I love this Victorian book slide I just think it’s such a shame about the damage,” Izzie said.
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“I know it’s got a repair on it it is an old repair,” Richard confirmed.
“How would you feel if I made another cheeky half price offer?” Izzie asked and luckily Richard accepted.
At the auction, Izzie was disappointed when the bidding for the £70 item started at £30.
“I can’t watch,” she commented before urging the auctioneer: “Keep going.”
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“It’s getting close Izzy,” Phil commented before the hammer went down at £60.
A crestfallen Izzie commented: “I feel like the broken eagle.”
At the end of the auction, Izzie won the day with a £34.50 profit compared to Phil’s £32.80.
However, Phil was still in the overall lead with £442.80 compared to Izzie’s £389.50.
Antiques Road Trip airs on BBC One on weekdays at 4.30pm.
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