If this plate was what Horst Lichter thought it was, then it was going to be expensive. Was the expert Albert Maier able to confirm the suspicion?
“And it starts with pi and ends with casso?” Lights hardly dared to pronounce the world-famous name. “Dear Horst, you’re right as always,” the art expert confirmed the suspicion. The answer made my heart race: “Yes!”
Real estate agent Achim from Nideggen discovered the plate while clearing out a house with the heirs: “We had an antiques dealer there. He then jumped onto the plate like Schmidt’s cat.”
The expert Maier could understand that only too well: “Picasso is of course a much sought-after, well-known, actually the best-known artist in Europe.” The wall plate is adorned with a popular motif: “The bull.”
“Picasso actually wanted to produce something for the little man.” According to Maier, during his time in Vallauris the artist made many ceramics with Madoura. The Spanish painter’s ulterior motive: “Then people can buy my artworks.”
According to Maier, this plan never worked out: “Even back then, people snatched these objects from his hands. He has won great prizes for his ceramic work.”
The plate from 1956 was limited to 450 pieces. “Something like that is sought after internationally and traded internationally. There’s just one small flaw: it’s light, slightly damaged.”
“Our wish is 2,000 euros,” revealed Gast Achim about the antiques dealer’s price. However, Albert Maier estimated the value to be much higher: 3,000 to 5,000 euros. Horst Lichter swallowed: “No!” But Maier nodded: “They are traded so highly. There are plates by Picasso that cost over 10,000 euros.”
“Now we both understand why the antiques dealer was so keen on the plate,” Lichter handed the salesman Achim the dealer’s card. He himself could not understand the hype surrounding the motif: “To be completely honest, my granddaughter paints the bull more beautifully.”
Dealer Christian Vechtel checked the authenticity of the work by Pablo Picasso: “Very nice! We are all excited! Picasso, Teller, Madoura, everything is right. Dated, relief signed. Great. As it should be.” He was interested: “Where did you get this piece from?”
Achim told the story of what was found in the estate of the house to be vacated and the reaction of the antiques dealer. “After consultation with the heirs, it was said: Let’s apply to ‘Bares for Rares’ in order to possibly achieve an even higher price.”
Walter Lehnertz (left) started with his obligatory 80 euros, but banged out a thousand before that. Bids quickly tripled. Christian Vechtel got out at 3,500 euros. Julian Schmitz-Avila used this opportunity again.
“I’ll give you 4,000 euros,” the dealer closed the bag directly. “Absolute taste of the times. Perfect!” Seller Achim was also more than satisfied: “2,000 euros more than what we were offered when clearing out the house. Coming here was worth it.”
The other objects: The gold snake bracelet from the 1960s came from Italy and was worth 4,000 euros.
Julian Schmitz-Avila was the only interested party and bought the snake for 3,600 euros: “It’s a very pretty piece of jewelry – it has a beautiful, unusual shape.”
Albert Maier estimated the bundle of etchings and drawings by Josef Hegenbarth at 500 euros.
The seller agreed with Elke Velten on 280 euros.
The bag beating machine from around 1900 made a lot of noise. Expert Sven Deutschmanek estimated the value at 150 to 250 euros.
Apart from Christian Vechtel, nobody wanted to buy the device. At 120 euros, he was awarded the contract to donate it to a museum: “I think we’ll get it back to a region where it belongs.”
The gold brooch with pearls from the 1970s represented a meteor shower and was valued at 350 to 400 euros.
Elke Velten paid 370 euros “for the beautiful shower of shooting stars”.
This article was written by Bettina Friemel
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