Post by yashica1943 on Jan 25, 2017 14:42:31 GMT -5
I was very interested today to see an old edition of BBC TV's 'Flog it' programme, there was a Ducati Sogno camera which went to auction at an optimistic estimate of £600 - £800. I had never heard of the camera before and this one was not on great condition, the shutter didn't work, there was coorosion around the shutter release and the lens did not look very bright from what I could see. I looked the camera up in McKeowns and the price there was quoted at $500 - $750 so I was not surprised when this one failed to sell at £520
Another one to look out for at the car boot sales.
And there was me thinking you had bought a new motorbike.
I saw the programme was on, but didn't watch it. It can't be easy for the 'experts' to give accurate estimates on all that comes through. I have always wondered if they disappear for a few minutes to look the item up so they don't look a complete prat when back on camera.
Post by yashica1943 on Jan 27, 2017 7:22:38 GMT -5
Yes, I attended a filming of BBC Antiques Roadshow abot 10 years ago when Michael Aspel was presenting it. Nice chap. You could see me wandering about in the background when it was broadcast. There was a very large BBC metal trolley there completely full of antiques reference books.
The art of TV making, do not show the actual process, with Antiques Roadshow they evaluate the items at least three times before the experts see them, some obvious specials jump the process from being signed in, but other interesting items are examined and checked over before weeding out the best, then assessed again, with reference books aiding them, and then on to the experts, who have their own books as well. The review by the expert may be a second take or more, a risk with non actors! ... who have to seem surprised at the valuation, and sometimes fluff it a bit by over acting. Cameras on the whole do not show up that often on the show, but are brought in by the public and gently turned away if common or worthless types. In general AR is well made, it has a proven record, and leaves the chance of the viewer outguessing the valuer.