Alexander Adam has literally had his fill of his seating furniture: the 55-year-old textile dealer from Cologne therefore wants to sell it at “Bares für Rares”. But before the expertise starts, there is a small incident: When Horst Lichter enters the expert room, he sees that Sven Deutschmanek has made himself comfortable in one of the two armchairs.

“I don’t think so,” says the moderator and kisses the expert on the forehead. “My friend, you were asleep,” says Lichter. Deutschmanek denies this and immediately starts with the expertise. But Lichter sticks to it: “You slept. You were gone.” Luckily, the seller now enters the room and explains how he got the chairs. His father bought them more than 50 years ago, and Adam has known them since he was born.

Sven Deutschmanek confirms that the furniture was designed by Luigi Colani. Colani designed the armchairs from the “Orbis” series in the 1960s for the Cor company, which still exists today. The original receipt from 1969 is still available, according to which a chair cost 590 DM.

The seller would like 1000 euros for the two armchairs and the accompanying coffee table. But the expert doesn’t want to go along with that: Colani simply produced too much, he estimates the value at only 500 to 600 euros. Adam would still sell it for that.

In the dealer room, too, the first thing to do is try it out. Julian Schmitz-Avila and Markus Wildhagen take a seat in the low armchairs. “I can’t even get up there anymore,” says Walter “Waldi” Lehnertz, preferring to sit behind his desk again. The impractical format means that four out of five dealers decline, only Wildhagen expresses interest and offers the seller 400 euros. He agrees, and so the comfortable beds change hands.

Source: “Bares for Rares” in the ZDF media library

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