BBC Antiques Road Trip presenter red-faced as favourite item flops at auction

Antiques Road Trip presenter was so embarrassed after her 'favourite item' missed the mark at auction, she started hiding behind her iPad.

Izzie Balmer and Ishy Khan were back on BBC One again tonight on the hunt for bargain antiques that could set them apart at Arthur Johnson Auctioneers in Nottingham.

One of the items, which Izzie found at Donkey's Years Antique Centre, Knaresborough, was bigger up as a "favourite" for prospective buyers.

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The Art Nouveau vase caught her eye as she believed it was "Christopher Dresser" in its style.

In the shop, the item was priced at £75 but she managed to get a deal for £60 – believing it was going to be popular among buyers.

She explained: "This sort of item used to do so well – it used to be really popular, which is why I bought it.

"I sort of hoped it might be a Christopher Dresser design or similar."

Auctioneer Hettie Jago, of Arthur Johnson Auctioneers, Nottingham, even picked it out as a favourite of the lots – expecting the bids to fly in.

Hettie said: "The arts and crafts vase is one of my favourite lots I think it's absolutely beautiful.

"I love the bamboo detailed handles. I think this is going to attract a lot of interest."

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However, the sale got off to a bad start as the bid was below Izzie's expectations – leaving her cringing and hiding behind her iPad.

She said: "I'm just hiding until it gets into a profit."

But it failed to make one as she only got back what she paid for it – drawing the conclusion that the lot had nothing to do with Christopher Dresser.

At the end of the show, Izzie Balmer took the lead with £252.14, with Ishy Khan following close behind with £267.78.


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