Horst Lichter and his “Bares for Rares” team knew immediately: This old wooden box is a real treasure. Above all, they also knew: It won’t be cheap. So the dealers threw out generous bids that far exceeded their expertise…

“What’s special is that it’s a coin-operated device,” said Sven Deutschmanek, taking a close look at the antique. “The forerunner of jukeboxes.” Lights guessed: “Oh, that probably hung in a restaurant.”

It was not possible to say exactly, because Cathleen came from Hanau on behalf of her grandmother: “My grandmother inherited that from her deceased partner. The pretty vending machine emerged from the liquidation of the apartment.”

The expert knew more: “It was a table or wall device, which was probably made around 1903 or 1905.” A perforated plate was clamped, and the sound was produced by a gear wheel.

“It’s completely original,” Deutschmanek praised the condition. “It was really in public places, probably in bars or in cafés.” Unfortunately, the coin slot no longer worked, but the device played music anyway.

“The case is made of oak,” the only damage was caused by the crank over time. 39 perforated discs with songs were also included.

Cathleen’s desired price was 2,500 euros. This coincided with the expert assessment of 2,000 to 2,500 euros. Lights (middle) expectantly pulled out the dealer card: “I want to know what the dealers say.”

They said: “Hoh!”, “Hui!” and “Yes, a symphony!” Walter Lehnertz (left) cranked it up: “Yes, that’s something clever again!” Daniel Meyer (right) listened dreamily: “The Sound is beautiful!”

“An amazing part,” Christian Vechtel (left) greeted the saleswoman. Meyer continued the enthusiasm: “Very special and in perfect condition.” “You put us in a really good mood,” agreed Lehnertz. “It won’t be cheap, but it’s a hammer piece.” His starting bid: 1,500 euros.

The four gentlemen outdid each other in hundred steps. When Meyer (fourth from left) hesitated at 2,500 euros, Lehnertz (third from left) became impatient: “Meyer, now knock them out so that we can progress.” The 3,000 euros were quickly exceeded.

At 3,300 euros, Lehnertz (middle) finally left his competitors behind. “I think we have a deal,” Cathleen agreed. Lehnertz sighed happily: “Yes, thank God!” Meyer (right) congratulated: “That’s a sensation. That’s really great!”

These two etchings by Max Ackermann from the years 1923 and 1927 also met with enthusiasm in the Monday edition of “Bares für Rares”. Friederike Werner valued the works of art at 600 to 800 euros.

“These are early objects,” recognized Daniel Meyer and paid 650 euros.

The Victorian brooch with gold leaf drop earrings from the period between 1860 and 1870 was estimated at 550 to 600 euros.

Markus Wildhagen (right) won the betting against Susanne Steiger and even invested 800 euros.

The antique Robert Jones T corkscrew

Wine lover Daniel Meyer was delighted with the bid at 690 euros.

This bronze vase sculpture by Hans Stoltenberg Lerche showed the American dancer Marie Louise Fuller with her veil dance and was created between 1895 and 1900. Estimated value: 900 to 1,100 euros.

Markus Wildhagen (third from left) remained the highest bidder with 850 euros.

The gold men’s pocket watch from Omega with chains from around 1901 had a value of 3,400 to 3,600 euros.

“Your watch makes collectors’ hearts beat faster,” said Susanne Steiger, welcoming the seller. However, more than the 2,400 euros from Christian Vechtel (second from left) were not possible.

This article was written by Bettina Friemel

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