Quite a profit
Translated by Charlotte Hardy
Have you ever purchased something for a few euros at a flea market and questioned its worth? On King’s day in Franeker, Sonja Sijbesma from Schalsum in Friesland did just that and ended up auctioning her purchase at the famed London auction house Christie’s for 2,400 pounds.
Sonja discovered the cup a year and a half ago at a flea market, and due to her liking for its colour and ‘special shape’ she bought it for a great price of just one euro.
As reported by Omrop Fryslan (in Dutch), Sonja’s husband originally advised against buying the cup and said they already had too much ‘rubbish’ at home. ”He won’t say that again! I had already realised it was made out of silver, then on the internet I discovered that it was a Russian tea-glass holder – It has a long handle,” says Sonja.
Auction in London
The cup was auctioned in London among other similar pieces, and the couple were extremely excited when their item achieved a sales price of 2,400 pounds, which is equal to 2,800 euros. Acknowledging the 1 in 100 percent chance of this situation happening, the couple aren’t going on a rampage of buying more from flea markets, but have said they will be sure to pay closer attention to the items for sale around them!