Antiques expert and ‘cheap as chips’ television presenter, David Dickinson, was accidentally sold at an antiques auction yesterday after the auction house staff mistook him for an ornately carved teak bookend.
The buyers, Carole and Bobby Dazzler, were quite surprised to have won the lot admitting that they hadn’t planned to bid but had suffered a bout of auction fever and just couldn’t resist.
‘I said I’d go up to £35,’ Carole told our reporter. ‘But something came over me and I just had to have it. I was quite nervous and there were other interested bidders in the room. I couldn’t believe when we won him. He’s worth every penny of the £49 we paid for him.’
It is understood that Mr Dickinson will take pride of place in the Dazzler’s front room, among the china dogs, Great War thimbles and Lady Diana plates. A spokesman for the auctioneers told us, ‘This is quite a rare find and for it to go so cheap is quite unheard of.’
The last time something similar happened was in 1978 when a Barnsley couple paid £87 for Arthur Negus, which later turned out to be a fake.