Debacle at “Bares for Rares”: 500-euro lamp is just a worthless fake

Unfortunately, looking old is not a good prerequisite for flushing a lot of money into the cash register with “Bares for Rares”. In this case, the seller even got nothing at all.

Matthias Reinecke from Ludwigshafen was traveling on behalf of a friend and was supposed to sell his kerosene lamp. 500 euros were desired for the supposed antique, but “Bares for Rares” expert Detlev Kümmel could not confirm it.

The number 1891 was engraved on the lamp stand, which turned out to be a deception. Horst Lichter became suspicious at first glance, the lamp was in much too good condition for its alleged age. The moderator was right with his skepticism. Detlev Kümmel had to tell Matthias Reinecke that the lamp was a replica from the 1970s, which was also not particularly valuable. Ultimately, it is about “cheap goods” that are only trimmed to look old in order to make money with them. The expert did not even consider the 200 euros that Matthias Reinecke considered realistic to be feasible.

Abandonment instead of a windfall: there is no dealer card for replicas

After it was clear that it was not an antique, Horst Lichter put the dealer card in. You can sell a replica privately provided you name it accordingly, but not professionally. As a result, Matthias Reinecke had to take the lamp home and give the owner the sad news about his supposed sweetheart instead of a pile of money. It went much better in the following cases. In the video you will find the most expensive pieces from “Bares for Rares”.

“Bares for Rares” runs on weekdays at 3:05 p.m. on ZDF, the offshoot ZDF Neo broadcasts repeats at 10:55 a.m. and at 7:20 p.m. The concept has not changed to this day. People like Matthias Reinecke have their goods appraised by experts and then haggle over the selling price in the dealer’s room. The prerequisite is, of course, that they are not replicas or copies.

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