Colne woman's £2 pot fetches £4k

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Helen with Paul Martin and James Lewis at the auction Helen with Paul Martin and James Lewis at the auction

A WOMAN got the shock of her life when a figurine her husband bought at a car boot sale for £2 sold at auction for £4,250.

Helen Lambert, 48, from Colne, said she took the Royal Doulton ‘Spook’ ornament to antiques experts in Blackpool because she didn’t like it.

But she left the BBC’s Flog It event in buoyant mood after valuer James Lewis said it could be worth up to £300.

And one month later, when the item went under the hammer in Lytham St Annes, it exceeded all expectations when a collector paid £4,250 after a frantic bidding war.

It emerged that the lot — bought at Burscough car boot sale 18 months ago — was a very rare blue-glazed Royal Doulton prototype made in 1922, which made it highly-sought after.

Mrs Lambert, who works at Burnley General Hospital, said her husband David didn’t believe her when she called him at work to say how much the figurine had sold for. She said: “David knew it had it been valued at between £200 and £300 so I told him it had gone for £250. Then I said: ‘Then put a 4 in front of that number’.

“I don’t think he could believe me. When David bought the figure home from the car boot sale I didn't like it at all.

“I was totally shocked when it sold for so much at auction. I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing to happen to people and we don’t expect it to happen again.”

Mr Lewis and Flog It presenter Paul Martin, selected the item for filming in November 2012 and it was screened on BBC1 for the first time yesterday.

Louise Hibbins, series producer of Flog It, said: “The whole team were delighted for Helen and David when the Spook sold for such a high price.”

Mrs Lambert said she used the unexpected windfall to buy new wardrobes for her family home in Elm Street, Colne, and to take her daughter to Disneyland in Paris.

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6:15pm Tue 8 Apr 14

apple10 says...

A lovely news article for a change.
A lovely news article for a change. apple10
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6:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mmickk says...

Quote- I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing to happen to people. If so I wish mine would hurry up and come along!!!
Quote- I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing to happen to people. If so I wish mine would hurry up and come along!!! mmickk
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7:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Pat Howarth says...

I don't like the look of the SPOOK...., I'm sure the wardrobes are much nicer....and Disneyland has to be better..... Lovely surprise ...
I don't like the look of the SPOOK...., I'm sure the wardrobes are much nicer....and Disneyland has to be better..... Lovely surprise ... Pat Howarth
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8:17am Wed 9 Apr 14

A Darener says...

Hope the person who sold it wasn't watching.
Hope the person who sold it wasn't watching. A Darener
  • Score: 2

11:24pm Thu 10 Apr 14

yusefditta says...

i think this was a set up at gerrards to try get more business, the sory i heard was telephone bidders were fake and just used to push up the price, i was also told the tv company fell out with gerrards because of 2 similar set ups that gerrards created, so when the vendors went for the money gerrards tell them, sorry we not been paid you must take your item back. if you check in gerrards sales archives which show all sold items from over the years this figure and many more high price items dont show up because gerrards bought them under false details to try drum up business to show they get top prices which is a lie, if you go to gerrards on a sale day you will see how empty this saleroom is because they are so well known locally that hardly anyone goes. trust me, i used to buy from them a couple of years ago and i know members of staff who tell me these things. check for yourself under gerrards auction archives and contact citizen advice to see the large amount of complaints they have received under the freedom of information act. i also had to complain because they sold fakes as genuine, solid gold which was just plated and many more bad items. this is one auction i would avoid.
i think this was a set up at gerrards to try get more business, the sory i heard was telephone bidders were fake and just used to push up the price, i was also told the tv company fell out with gerrards because of 2 similar set ups that gerrards created, so when the vendors went for the money gerrards tell them, sorry we not been paid you must take your item back. if you check in gerrards sales archives which show all sold items from over the years this figure and many more high price items dont show up because gerrards bought them under false details to try drum up business to show they get top prices which is a lie, if you go to gerrards on a sale day you will see how empty this saleroom is because they are so well known locally that hardly anyone goes. trust me, i used to buy from them a couple of years ago and i know members of staff who tell me these things. check for yourself under gerrards auction archives and contact citizen advice to see the large amount of complaints they have received under the freedom of information act. i also had to complain because they sold fakes as genuine, solid gold which was just plated and many more bad items. this is one auction i would avoid. yusefditta
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