Antiques Road Trip’s Izzie Balmer embarrassed as ‘favourite item’ makes loss



Antiques Road Trip presenter Izzie Balmer hid her disappointment behind an iPad as she looked on while a vase she was selling failed to do as well as predicted by auctioneers. The daytime show sees experts given £200 to find unique items to auction in order to try to turn a profit. Izzie teamed up with Ishy Khan to hunt for bargain antiques in Nottingham.

As she perused Donkey’s Years Antique Centre in Knaresborough, she was drawn to an Art Nouveau vase, which she believed was “Christopher Dresser” in its style.

Christopher Dresser was a British designer and design theorist, who is widely lauded as one of the first and most important independent designers.

Although the item was priced at £75, she used her bartering skills to get it for £60.

Explaining why she purchased it she said: “This sort of item used to do so well – it used to be really popular, which is why I bought it.

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The experts don’t get to keep any profits they make on the show as they are donated to Children in Need and occasionally they make quite significant amounts.

In episode five of series 15 a rare antique camera, bought for just £60 by Paul Laidlaw, sold for an extraordinary £20,000. 

Paul stumbled upon it while shopping for curios and collectables in Margate, Kent.  

He inspected a boxed optical instrument closely, which led him to believe it was a primitive subminiature camera. – ChatGPT autoblogging and content curation plugin for WordPress