Antiques Road Trip expert stunned as brooch sells for 5 times valuation ‘Lost for words!’

Antiques Road Trip: 1940s monkey brooch makes £65 profit

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Antique experts Izzie Balmer and Philip Serrell visited Kent in a recently aired episode of BBC’s Antiques Road Trip. The pair were tasked with finding several items they could sell at auction for a profit but Izzie was left gobsmacked when a monkey brooch she had purchased for £15 sold for £80.

The experts set off in different directions to find their pieces with Izzy making the first purchase of the day. 

“Do you know what?” Izzy began. “I promised myself I was not going to look at brooches because I always buy brooches.

“It’s a monkey, I mean who doesn’t love a monkey, it’s set with marcasite at the back as well which is a nice little touch.

“If you can’t afford diamond but you want something that sparkles and catches the candlelight. This does the trick, it’s a good diamond simulant actually.”

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“It is priced at £22,” she continued. “If this was a piece of Victorian costume jewellery this would be hundreds of pounds because the monkey brooches are really collectable.

“This is not Victorian and the reason I know this is because the quality just isn’t there.

“This is a much later safety fastening, you didn’t get this safety fastening until the 20s, 30s.

“Unfortunately, I’ve just spotted there is a little marcasite missing here.”

The voiceover remarked: “Which poses the question, why are you still looking at it?”

“Because it’s a monkey, look at him and the part of me, the dare-devil thinks it’s worth the risk,” she replied. 

“If nothing else I can feed my monkey bananas,” the Antiques Road Trip expert added.

As the item prepared to go under the hammer at auction, Izzy admitted: “I’m a bit nervous now Phil.”

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However, she needn’t had worried as the bidding for the £15 piece started at £50.

Gobsmacked, Philip remarked: “Well and truly smacked, well done you.”

“I love monkeys, I love bananas, I love 1940s brooches,” Izzy said. “My Monkey is swinging.”

Philip praised his co-star: “That’s brilliant Izzie, well done you.”

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“Okay well this rarely happens, I’m lost for words,” Izzie commented. 

“I need to trust my gut instinct more,” she added and Philip remarked: “You need to buy more brooches.”

However, once the auction was complete, Izzy hadn’t done enough to beat her co-star.

Both the experts started off with £200 but Philip finished with £410 while Izzy trailed behind with £355.

Antiques Road Trip airs on weekdays on BBC One at 4.30pm.

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