Antiques Road Trip expert screams when attempt to auction ‘rare’ item backfires

Philip Serrell had a rough time on Antiques Road Trip when a pair of candlesticks he had high hopes for proved to be a complete flop at auction.

In Wednesday's episode of the BBC One show (June 9) the antique expert was in Worcester and spotted two Victorian candlesticks with a whimsical design straight out of a children's storybook.

The candlesticks were designed to look like the branches of a tree and had little figurines of children clinging onto the branches, apparently playing.

He explained: "We have two candlesticks here, they look like they are a pair but they are not."

He points out that while they are both have "blushed ivory" figurines, the colouring is different on one of the candlesticks.

"It would date to about mid-1880 something like that, it's called a Kate Greenway figure because it's in the style of Kate Greenway," he added.

The popular children's book illustrator rose to popularity in the Victorian era and became famous, inspiring home decor like these figurines, although Philip worries her style might not be so fashionable in modern times.

He said: "These types of figures, children sitting on rustic branches and the like, they used to be hugely popular.

"It might be an option but it's kind of yesterday's taste really."

He ignored his gut instinct and paid £60 for both candlesticks, a decision he came to bitterly regret at the auction house.

"Ouch!" he screamed as the auctioneer struggled to inspire any enthusiasm for the twee design.

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Most of the bidders seemed totally uninterested and the auctioneer slammed the hammer down at a humiliating sum of £32.50.

This was a loss of £27.50 and a major setback for the expert who ended the day with a net loss.

Co-host Izzie Balmer joked: "I feel like crying for you!"

He hit back: "You feel like crying for me? I feel like crying for me! I really don't know what to say."

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