This is not how Sky du Mont had imagined his visit to “Bares for Rares”. The actor hoped for a handsome sum for his secretary – and went bankrupt.
The piece of furniture has been with him all his life: actor Sky du Mont was a guest at “Bares for Rares XXL” on Wednesday evening. In the 8:15 p.m. edition of the ZDF flea show at Drachenburg Castle near Königswinter, several celebrities have already taken part with their rarities, including Felix Neureuther and Jürgen Drews. This time you pay Mont moderator Horst Lichter a visit – and brought an heirloom with you. “I’ve known that for as long as I can remember,” says the 75-year-old wistfully about the old secretary. But with the expertise you Mont learns a bitter truth.
“We have to take a look here,” says “Bares for Rares” expert Detlev Kümmel and examines the small furniture. The basic body of the secretary is made of oak. In addition, veneers made of mahogany were attached and inlays were inserted. The secretary was built in Holland around 1820 and, typical of the time, has several secret compartments. A gem that makes quite a lot.
“Bares for Rares” expert criticizes botch
But Kümmel stands out: “It was restored once.” The polish was not applied properly, and cracks appeared as a result of drying. In addition, a great deal of damage occurred during the transport of the secretary. “Someone pushed it improperly,” believes expert Kümmel. Part of the wood broke off. “You would have to improve that again.”
Sky du Mont looks incredulous. Several years ago he had the bureau extensively restored. And paid a handsome sum for it. “It cost 10,000 euros,” reveals the actor. Expert Kümmel and presenter Licht are horrified. The stakes for the small piece of furniture were far too high. “That was a very proud price,” says Kümmel. He would have expected more from a restorer who allows himself to be paid so highly. Restoration or not – his estimated price for the furniture is only 3800 to 4400 euros. A shock for Sky du Mont.
Sky du Mont faced with “economic total loss”.
Nevertheless, the “shoe of Manitou” actor wants to sell the secretary. He sold his house and moved into a smaller apartment. The piece has been in the basement ever since. The proceeds should benefit the Ukraine aid. “I’m also willing to top it up.” But what do the dealers say about the restoration botch?
Wolfgang Pauritsch makes a harsh judgment. When the Austrian dealer heard about the 10,000 euros, he spoke of an “economic total loss”. It could only be about damage limitation. “Because we will never get this price.” The bidding round starts at 1100 euros from Julian Schmitz-Avila. But already at 1800 euros from Daniel Meyer it’s over. “It’s with a heavy heart that I say yes,” says Sky du Mont. The next time he restores a piece of furniture, he will certainly choose the craftsman better.
Source: “Bares for Rares” from June 22, 2022. New episodes of the junk show with Horst Lichter can be seen from Monday to Friday at 3:05 p.m. on ZDF and in advance in the media library.