ANTIQUES Road Trip expert Steven Moore’s concerns over a crack in a rare flask he purchased melted away when it sold for a marvellous profit.
Steven bought the flask for a modest £30, but made a “tremendous” profit when it was bought at auction despite it’s flaw for £180 – a price much higher than he anticipated.
Steven and his co-star Natasha Raskin were in Scotland for the latest instalment of the BBC One show.
Steven spotted the art deco flask in an antique shop the pair visited and although Natasha had an advantage with a budget of £400 while Steven had a more restrictive budget of around £250, he was not phased.
Natasha recognised how the shop played to Steven’s strengths as she said: “Steven must be in his element, he’s always talking about his ceramic children.”
“There are ceramic children everywhere,” he confirmed and his co-star jokingly added: “This is like his family tree.”
MORE ON ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Antiques Roadshow guests get last laugh after squirreling away rare item
Fiona Bruce speechless at HUGE valuation of "gobstopper" on Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow guest left open-mouthed by whopping valuation of rare coins
Antiques Roadshow guest speechless at HUGE value of necklace
Antiques Roadshow crowd gasp as guest floored by HUGE value of rare watch
Antiques Roadshow guest's mind blown as great aunt's gift has HUGE value
Steven explained the background of the flask as he picked it up, saying: “It’s very stylish, it’s French and it’s by an interesting company, Robj.”
He continued: “They were a shop that selected the best designers and best makers and they married them together to make luxury products.”
“This is a spirit flask and her hat must come off and it dates to 1925, 1930 – this is central art deco.”
However, when Stephen spotted a crack he knew that this could mean a cheaper price for him and he said: “It’s a rather small crack, it’s £38, there’s a little wiggle room on the price, that’s a bargain.”
Most read in Reality
VIVA CASH VEGAS
Simon Cowell 'set to make £10m a year with America’s Got Talent residency'
Love Island's Iain Stirling drops BIG hint show is already filming in Majorca
Lauren Goodger says her mum has snubbed her pregnancy and hasn't heard from her
Bradley Walsh blasts The Chase contestant for trying to change quiz rules
Ferne McCann moved best pal in to 'relieve pressure' of romance before split
'DAD SENT US AN ANGEL'
Elliott Wright expecting 2nd baby with wife after dad's tragic death
As he purchased the doll for £30, Natasha was shown having some trouble figuring out where to look and what to buy.
“It doesn’t make it any easier when you just don’t know where to start,” she said.
When it came to the auction, both of the experts had suffered blows with big losses and very modest wins, with the flask last up.
Natasha and Stephen were both equally astounded when the auctioneer announced: “I’ve got a bit of interest so let me start at £80.”
Natasha’s mouth fell open before she said: “Steven that’s so cool” and he replied: “And it’s going up!”
The auctioneer concluded the bidding at £180 and declared the flask sold.
With an amazingly unexpected profit of £150 the voiceover presenter commented: “Tremendous result, definitely saved the best till last.”
When Natasha asked Steven if he had thought the profit would be so much he admitted he had not.
At the end of the show, Steven was declared the winner as his profit came out at £316.16 compared to Natasha’s final profit of £275.22.
Antiques Road Trip airs on BBC One on weekdays at 4.30pm.