Antiques Road Trip star makes huge profit at auction after spending just £5 on two tiny gold pendants
Antiques Road Trip’s Izzie Balmer bagged a huge profit during Thursday night’s episode.
The antiques valuer and auctioneer headed to the Derbyshire Dales with her co-star Ishy Khan to try and earn some cash from buying and selling antiques.
Izzie – who joined the BBC show back in 2019 – made a huge profit at auction after spending just £5 on two tiny gold pendants.
The duo headed to numerous places, including Matlock Bath Illuminations and Derby’s Pickford’s House Museum to try and bag a bargain.
At Armstrong’s Mill antiques store, Izzie found a jewellery box listed at £30, but inside spotted two gold pendants which caught her eye.
Sucess! Antiques Road Trip’s Izzie Balmer bagged a huge profit during Thursday night’s episode when she headed to the Derbyshire Dales with her co-star Ishy Khan
Special find: At Armstrong’s Mill antiques store, Izzie found a jewellery box listed at £30, but inside spotted two gold pendants which caught her eye
Amazing! After spending just £5 on two gold pendants she’d spotted in the jewelley box, Izzie made a huge profit at auction, with the pair reaching a final price of £100.
The expert admitted: ‘I only had a look in here out of habit. I didn’t actually expect to find anything in here because I often think: ”oh well the dealers will have already been through it”. But I’ve found a piece of gold!
‘It’s only a small thing, but it’s a little pendant. It’s nine-carat gold, you’ve got this precious white opal in the middle.
‘Now, the colours aren’t spectacular on it. With opals, they’re prized for their play of colour, so it’s actually got a better play of colour under the lens.’
Explaining more about the item, Izzie said: ‘So this is what we call a bale. The bale is stamped K18, which would be for 18-carat.
‘Now it’s very sort of 1970s, but I think it’s definitely worth the risk, depending on the price,’ and proceeded to ask the dealer what deal he could do for the two pendants.
He informed her that she could have any item in the jewellery box for £2.50 each, so she took out the pendants and paid him £5.
Taking the pair to auction, bids started at £55 before steadily climbing up to reach a final price of £100.
Izzie enthused: ‘A great return on £5, isn’t it. I’m really, really pleased with that!’
All profits from the shows go to Children in Need.
Yay! ‘A great return on £5, isn’t it. I’m really, really pleased with that!’ enthused Izzie
Shock: It comes after Antiques Road Trip presenters were left gobsmacked when an item sold for 11 times its purchase price at auction during a recent episode
It comes after two Antiques Road Trip presenters were left gobsmacked when an item sold for 11 times its purchase price, at auction during a recent episode.
Show hosts Irita Marriott and Mark Hill jumped up and down with joy as the £20 vintage London Bus sign sold for an ‘amazing’ profit.
Happy with his find he took them to the W&H Peacock Auction Centre to see how they would fare.
Auctioneer Lindsay Taylor said: ‘We have got tons of bids on commission. I’m going to have to start at £140.’
When the auction came to an end at £240, a delighted Mark said: ‘Thank you. A good buy, I think.’
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