Anita Manning is best known for presenting Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, where she looks for hidden treasures to sell at a profit! But did you know that she scored one of the all-time best profits on Antiques Road Trip? Get the details...
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Back in 2016, the 72-year-old paid £50 for a Buddha statue, which was then sold for £3,800 at auction, giving her a 7,500 per cent profit. Anita was amazed by how much the item went for, but said she bought it out of a "gut instinct", saying: "You know when you get a wee feeling about something?"
Anita made a 7,500 per cent profit on her find
Speaking about the amazing win, Anita said: "Things like that can happen, so get out into your antique shops and keep searching!"
Chatting about her career in antiques, Anita previously told the BBC: "Although I have always been interested in Antiques, and loved their sense of history, their beauty, craftsmanship and design, I did not start my working life aiming to be an auctioneer or be involved in the antique trade (in fact sometimes I still wonder what I’m going to be when I grow up).
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"But fate put the opportunity in my path and being an adventurous sort of gal I changed direction and set up Great Western Auctions with my daughter Lala in Glasgow in 1989, becoming one of Scotland’s first woman auctioneers."
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Anita's expensive find comes only second to Paul Laidlaw, who sold a £60 camera for £20,000 back in 2018. At the time, he said: "I have no words, I'm over the moon. I genuinely am flabbergasted."
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