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BBC Bargain Hunt couple make serious cash with ‘quirky’ £10 item

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April 17, 2024
Giulio, a nurse, and his partner Danielle, a teacher, were successful on Bargain Hunt

Giulio, a nurse, and his partner Danielle, a teacher, were successful on Bargain Hunt -Credit:BBC

Nobody had high hopes for the little teapot with a “quirky” feature on Bargain Hunt.

The aim of the BBC programme is quite simple – to find profitable items to flog at auction. Teams are set a budget and sent off to scour for the best finds that also fit some challenge requirements.

Giulio, a nurse, and his partner Danielle, a teacher, were let loose with £300 to spend at an antiques hall in Herefordshire. They took a major gamble with a big chunk of their budget after spotting a silver inkwell that set them back £204.

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The animal theme to their purchases continued with a £44 ceramic cat sculpture that looked “just like” their own cat Gino. They opted to give their last slot to a £10 teapot that had sprouted legs.

Danielle was certain that a teapot or mug was going to be something worth picking up as they walked into the side room where a shelf was full of choices. Their eyes were drawn to a fun-looking 1950s teapot that had been tucked away.

Expert Jonathan Pratt branded it “quirky but not [his] cup of tea” and warned them not to expect much profit, guessing it’d make between £2 and £5. The same was said by auctioneer Tim Weeks who branded it a “solid buy” but didn’t expect it to sell for more than £30.

The quirky teapot that had pinstripe legs and yellow shoes

The quirky teapot that had pinstripe legs and yellow shoes -Credit:BBC

The couple had both banked on the inkwell making them the most money but it actually flopped with someone in the auction room snapping it up for £160. But, when they thought all was lost, the lookalike of their pet cat generated “loads of interest” and sold for £70.

The biggest shock for everyone came when the unique little teapot when under the hammer. Show host Christina Trevanion said “this is craziness” as offers began flying in.

A wide-eyed Danielle couldn’t believe it when someone paid £70 for the pot. Giulio joked: “My legs are turning to jelly!”

The couple secured even more profit when taking a gamble with expert Jonathan Pratt’s bonus item – a small Victorian mahogany chair he said would have been pride of place in hallways at the time. Jonathan used every penny of his £44 budget and an interested buyer took it home for £75.

Bargain Hunt airs on BBC One every weekday at 12.15pm. Catch up is available on BBC iPlayer.

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