Cash for Rares: this is how you recognize an imitation

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Everything just fake?

This question also has to be answered at "Bares for Rares" on Thursday. This time it's about an advertising image of Coca-Cola, which Jochen Winkler from Hanover proudly presents. He reveals that he bought it at a flea market and "think it dates back to the 1950s". Far from it, Sven Deutschmanek knows after just a few glances. But how could the expert recognize this so quickly?

The early bird …

A few simple questions and critical looks can reveal a lot about the value of such a piece. "When did you buy it and at what time?" Sven Deutschmanek wants to know. "I guess it was around noon," replies the seller. Aha! We already found the first mistake. "I give them a letter and seal that this is a reproduction," explains Deutschmanek with conviction. Because if you want to grab the good pieces, you have to go to the flea market around four or five o'clock. At these times, the professionals are on the go and catch the good stuff. By midday only the B goods are left. Note: The early bird catches the worm.

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Another indication is the wood grain on the edges of the shield. What is striking is the knothole, which suggests imitation. "The Coca-Cola company would not have allowed this with a real sign," reveals Deutschmanek. And something else catches the eye: the wood has been artificially aged. The expert knows that the picture could be from the 80s or 90s. Note: Wood is not the same as wood.

Deal?

In the end, he estimated the value at 150 euros. "I only paid in double digits," says the seller, pleased with the bargain he had made. Despite reproduction, he finally got rid of the picture for 220 euros. "Strongly painted. This is what a party room," says Waldi, who snatched the picture. Congratulations!

Sources used: ZDF