ANTIQUES Road Trip expert, Natasha Raskin was left stunned after discovering the value of a tea set.
On the most recent episode Natasha Raskin Sharp and Phil Serrell travelled throughout England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
The expert fell in love with a lotus tea set which was designed by Vilmos Zsolnay, part of the Vienna World Fair in 1873.
The unique item immediately won over Natasha, as she said: “I think instantly I know I have to have it. I think, straight away, I’m in.
“I mean, Art Nouveau period I think is how I would describe it and it is just so jolly. I’m in love with it.”
Natasha had purchased a whisky noggin for £60 in addition to the 13-piece tea service, which was priced at £120.
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Natasha tried to reach a compromise with the shop owner, asking: “Would you take £80 for the tea service and £35 for the noggin?
The owner thought about it and said: “I think I would have to go £45 for the noggin. I’m quite happy with the £80 for the tea service.”
Natasha then asked if the owner would take £120 and the deal was sealed – leaving the expert with £150.
Natasha and her BBC co-star Phil went to an auction in Wrexham, Wales, where they got a good price for the tea set.
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As the tea set kept going up in price during the auction, Natasha couldn’t believe her luck, as she said: “Are you kidding! Is this happening?”
The auctioneer reached a settlement of £750 and Natasha was bursting with joy.
Natasha was floored as she penned: “Is this a joke? This is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” making a profit of £670 on one item.