Uta Schell introduces a very nice word in this show: The gardener from Jülich brought a “little flower” with her. An object that had been standing around uselessly until now and was at best a dust collector.

But what exactly it is is not so easy to see at first glance. “Nice binoculars,” says Horst Lichter when he sees the object. But he’s way off the mark: Sven Deutschmanek helps the presenter to recognize the true purpose of the staff. When the penny has dropped for him, Lichter says: “Then that’s a very early flashlight.”

In fact, this is the torch of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. A random flea market find from the rummage box, for which the 57-year-old only paid ten euros. And which is now supposed to bring her a lot of money: Schell would like 800 to 1000 euros for it. A juicy profit margin, which Deutschmanek corrects only slightly downwards: he considers a range of 600 to 800 euros to be realistic.

The expert should be right about that. Because in the dealer room things start out cautiously. Wolfgang Pauritsch starts with 100 euros. As the bids poured in, Schell vehemently shook his head. When the seller still looks dissatisfied at 600 euros, Markus Wildhagen asks about her idea: “I didn’t want to sell for less than 800 euros,” she freely admits. This leads Wildhagen to raise it to at least 700 euros.

But Uta Schell remains firm: “Then I would take her with me again,” she says. Wildhagen raised it to 750 euros, and the saleswoman was unyielding there too. It pays off: Markus Wildhagen finally puts the required 800 euros on the table. A great success!

There’s even extra praise from Sarah Schreiber: “Negotiated great,” commented the trader on the tactic. The buyer also has reason to be happy: the Olympic flame could burn in Düsseldorf in the future.

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

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