What is that supposed to be? Horst Lichter looked blankly at the glow stick in the hand of “Bares for Rares” expert Sven Deutschmanek. He didn’t know exactly either – which left a lot of room for funny speculation.
“A glow stick,” the moderator read the caption. “I’m very excited about that. Because it’s not for the engine compartment either.”
Deutschmanek laughed: “Yes, what can you use something like that for?” Lights considered: “It could also be a lightsaber.”
Dennis from Lamspringe got the glowstick from his stepfather Eckhard in the 1970s. Neither of them knew what it was going to be used for, so expectations of the expertise were correspondingly high. “We have a beautiful Temde glowstick here. You can see it too: a rod with a lamp on top,” explained Deutschmanek. But what the thing was intended for, he couldn’t make sense of either.
After all, he knew the Temde company from Detmold: “They produced advertising lights and something like that.” Hence his assumption: “I think that this was a promotional gift.” Maybe for a trade fair.
“Maybe there was also a crazy stand for it?” Horst Lichter had an idea. The expert agreed: “You would never put it down like that.” One thing was certain: “It’s extremely rare.” Dennis hoped for 100 euros, but Deutschmanek estimated a little less: “50 to 80 euros, I think that’s realistic. Everything else about that, that would be luck.” Dennis still wanted to sell: “What are you supposed to do with a lightsaber like that?”
“I’ve never seen that before,” laughed dealer Markus Wildhagen. “It might be a very early lightsaber. One of the first models,” speculated Fabian Kahl. Wildhagen demonstrated his Jedi qualities: “That’s really bizarre!”
Meanwhile, Wolfgang Pauritsch was researching comparable properties: “I can’t find anything. Unbelievable.” He wanted the curiosity for 30 euros. “I’ll buy this as a light bulb tester,” Wildhagen offered 40 euros. “Match advertising,” Roman Runkel thought.
Pauritsch really wanted the thing and let the sellers trade it up to 70 euros: “I’ve already bought a lot on this show, but that’s going to go down in history.”
In retrospect, he himself could hardly believe what he had bought. “The best deals I’ve had on this show so far have been things I’ve never seen and had no idea about,” he said. “I’m sure someone will offer me 50 euros.”
The other “Bares for Rares” objects on Monday: The porcelain polar bear from Fraureuth from the period between 1917 and 1926 was worth 300 to 350 euros. Roman Runkel bought the polar bear for 310 euros: “Because I like it.”
The verge pocket watch made of 22 carat gold from the period between 1780 and 1853 was estimated by the expert at 2,700 to 3,300 euros. Fabian Kahl was happy about the bid for 2,600 euros: “I’m impressed.”
These two silver candlesticks from Bruckmann
The Italian brooch with diamonds from the 1960s was valued at between 1,300 and 1,400 euros. “I’m so enchanted, I’ll give you 1,300 euros,” said Wolfgang Pauritsch on the desired price.
Unfortunately, nothing for the “Bares for Rares” dealer room: Unfortunately, this first-aid kit was not as old as it pretended to be. To the seller’s disappointment, Sven Deutschmanek exposed them only as decorative goods. “I would certainly have fallen for it as well,” Horst Lichter comforted.
This article was written by Bettina Friemel
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