Bargain Hunt expert secures show’s most ‘extraordinary profit’ with chicken tea cosy

Bargain Hunt expert secures show’s most ‘extraordinary profit’ with chicken tea cosy

06/09/2021

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While reflecting on some of his favourite episodes of Bargain Hunt Jonathan Pratt’s revealed his best-ever find on the show. In an interview from a 2013 clip, Jonathan confessed his favourite discovery was a chicken tea cosy. Looking back on the old BBC episode, he admitted the item gained him his greatest profit on the show after it sold for £250 at auction.

In old clip, Tim Wonnacott explained Jonathan had been given £85 by his team to spend on a mystery item.

“JP what did you spend it on?” Bargain Hunt presenter Tim asked.

“Well £85 could have bought me quite a few things, but I just had to go for it,” Jonathan said, as he unveiled a tea cosy in the shape of a cockerel’s head.

He explained: “It’s a tea cosy. The nice thing about it is this has actually got the age, this is from the early part of the twentieth century.

“It has this sort of very soft, have a stroke, it’s very soft and a great look on it, you know.”

When asked by a contestant how old he thought the item was, Jonathan replied: “Probably 30s I suppose.

“I wouldn’t have thought it was older than that Tim, would you?”

“No,” Tim said in agreement, adding: “It’s a lovely thing to hold, isn’t it? And there’s a lot of work in that isn’t there?”

Jonathan remarked: “Tea doesn’t taste the same unless it’s in a pot.”

“It’s got to stew in a pot!” Tim agreed enthusiastically.

“Exactly, I think they are a necessity in life,” Jonathan added.

Tim couldn’t help but make a cockerel themed joke, saying: “I think you’re a cocky fellow you are.”

“Thank you very much. I’ve got to say I thought it was a little cheap as well,” Jonathan replied, causing the contestants to burst out laughing.

“Not a joke but actually that, because I only paid for it, £25,” he admitted.

Jonathan went on to give his predictions of how it might do at auction, saying: “I think we might see forty or fifty pounds out of it.”

Tim agreed: “You could double your money absolutely right.”

Later on, Tim took the tea cosy to the auctioneer to get his thoughts on the item.

“Will it find favour in your saleroom?” Tim asked.

“I doubt it,” the auctioneer replied, adding: “But I’d like to think that it’s going to make twenty to forty pounds.”

However, the auctioneer was soon proved wrong as the tea cosy gained a lot of interest.

The bidding started at just £10 but the bids quickly grew higher and higher, with the tea cosy eventually selling for £250.

“That is unbelievable!” Tim exclaimed, as the contestants cheered and gave Jonathan a hug.

He congratulated Jonathan, saying: “£225 profit! Put it there boy. That’s why he’s a genius. £225 that is amazing.

“I have to say I think that is the most extraordinary profit we have ever made on any object on the show,” Tim admitted.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like that,” the Bargain Hunt presenter confessed.

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