Beautiful old treasures for the depot

Albert Maier is an expert on the junk show “Bares for Rares”. He knows a thing or two about antiques. Would he recommend the old pieces as an investment?

At the expert table: Albert Maier (right) evaluating an antique - next to presenter Horst Lichter

Er does a very special form of advertising for his passion – art and antiques: Albert Maier, born in 1949, antiques dealer from Ellwangen in Baden-Württemberg, is one of the experts in the ZDF junk show “Bares for Rares”. They evaluate all the old objects in as much detail as possible before a group of dealers from Walter “Waldi” Lehnertz (“I’ll start with 80 euros”) to Ludwig “Lucki” Hofmaier are allowed to fight a bidding battle. In view of the at least quite decent audience ratings for the show, Maier at least expressed the hope in an interview with the FAZ that the interest and appreciation for antiques could rise again at some point – and with it their price.

In the past five to ten years there has been an extreme drop in prices for antiques, reports Maier. Antiques that people would have bought in the seventies and eighties can often only be resold today for a fraction of the price. Beautiful furniture from the 18th century, for example, is now only 20 percent of what it would have cost ten or 15 years ago. “That is often tragic for those affected,” reports Maier. “In our show, too, people are often very disappointed when they bring me something to appreciate and still have an old price in mind that they or their parents paid for an antique many years ago – and I tell them what the object is is still worth today. “