Antiques Road Trip expert speechless over whopping loss after risky purchase

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Steven Moore and Angus Ashworth travelled to Scotland earlier this year for Antiques Road Trip as the pair set their sights on finding treasured goods in antique shops. However, Steven was left red-faced when he suffered a £140 loss on a Japanese storage box which he had believed to be a good find. 

The Antiques Road Trip presenter purchased the Japanese item for £180.

At auction, Steven and Angus watched on as their items went under the hammer. 

When his storage box came up for sale, Steven admitted he was a little nervous.

Angus quipped: “I think you’ve bought with your heart,” and Stephen replied: “And my bulging wallet.”

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Despite the item’s high price tag, the bidding started at just £20.

As the bidding increased, Angus commented: “It’s going up in fives, that’s good.”

“Oh it’s worth a bit more than that,” he added when the bidding reached £40.

The auctioneer brought the hammer down at £40 leaving Stephen speechless.

“You know you said you were going to buy me a drink tonight?” Angus quipped. 

“I’ll get you one,” he said and Steven replied: “Thank you.”

“When you’ve got so much what does it matter?” Angus joked.

Once the bidding had come to an end, Steven and Angus’ final totals were added up.

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Steven started with £682.36 but concluded the episode with £404.50 while Angus increased his overall winnings from £152.78 to £173.62.

Earlier in the instalment, Steven explained why he had been drawn to the Japanese item.

He said: “This is lovely, Japanese lacquer, mid-19th century and it’s a little storage box. 

“The Japanese love beautiful things and this is a beautiful thing.”

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“This is something made for the Japanese market, not for export,” he continued.

“I’ve already bought a piece of Japanese lacquer so what I’m thinking is will another piece add to the party or will it take away?

“This is a risky purchase because I’d like to make some money but it could lose me some money.”

Steven didn’t attempt to haggle with the antique shop owner and paid the asking price for the storage box.

Antiques Road Trip airs on BBC One on weekdays at 4.30pm.

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