“You’re right there,” says Horst Lichter when entering the studio to Detlev Kümmel. The “Cash for Rares” expert used to be a martial arts teacher and in the current show he is dealing with two Japanese samurai figures.

They belong to Hans “Rudi” Rubio. The 61-year-old privateer from Gernsbach was once also a martial artist and worked as a trainer and professional. First, he wants to learn more about the background to his characters. As Kümmel explains, the warriors were made from rice-straw paper. Both fighters are armed. One carries a yari, a spear. The other has a long bow, a yumi. The expert dates the production time to the 60s or 70s.

Rubio would like 400 euros for the two figures. That could work: Kümmel thinks 100 to 200 per piece is possible, which gives a range of 200 to 400 euros. The seller wants to try his luck. He has a lot of negotiating experience, he says before entering the dealer room.

Steve Mandel starts with 200 euros. Several people present take part in the auction, but the price only rises slowly to 280 euros. But Hans Rubio is not satisfied with that. Wolfgang Pauritsch then increases the price to 300 euros, but even that doesn’t satisfy the seller.

Then Rubio has an idea. “For every push-up I can do on three fingers, I get a tenner more?” This aroused the traders’ curiosity: “I think we would all like to see the push-ups,” says Fabian Kahl. “If you do four, you get 40 euros,” suggests Mandel.

Rubio did the four push-ups quickly, but he doesn’t want to stop. The dealers have to slow him down: “We don’t have that much money,” pleads Kahl. Pauritsch willingly pays the extra 70 euros and gives the sporty guest 370 euros.

Rubio’s conclusion: “The push-ups were worth it. I think I could do them every morning – for this money.”

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