At Cash for Rares Friday, even the seller didn't quite understand the bidding war for his XXL item…

Katrin from Neustadt had found an XXL plastic bottle at a flea market – and wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible on Friday's edition of ZDF's junk show “Bares für Rares”. Horst Lichter understood this. But no one expected the commotion that the strange item would cause in the dealer's room.

“If it was full,” Lichter laughed and immediately calculated the sugar content of the caffeinated lemonade. The giant Coca-Cola bottle was believed to contain “80,000 sugar cubes,” the host said. Sven Deutschmanek nodded and estimated that the volume of the bottle is “about 100 liters”. “What made you buy a bottle?” Lichter asked amused. Apparently, the saleswoman's eight-year-old daughter had demanded to take the bottle home. But it didn't last long. Because to the question, “How old is your daughter now?” answered Katrin: “Eight.”

Money for the rare: peer review is bad

According to Deutschmanek, the pompous promotional material came from Germany. But he found the story of the creation of Coca-Cola even more fascinating: in 1896, a pharmacist wanted to develop a headache syrup from coca leaves and coconut, but in the process he invented Cola. “And now, with Coca-Cola headquartered in Atlanta, this drink is a global success,” the expert continued. At the time of its invention, coca leaves were a legitimate stimulant. “They're gone today?” asked Lichter – and Deutschmanek said no.

The expert dated the design of the well-known grooved bottle to the 1950s “so that it can be felt and recognized immediately even in the dark”. The advertisement was apparently also published directly by Coca-Cola, but it dates from the 1980s. “It was probably in front of a kiosk or an ice cream parlor,” Deutschmanek estimated. The seller wanted 200 euros, but he paid 100 euros for junk. Deutschmanek knew, “Everybody knows Cola and it sells very, very well,” but estimated only 100 to 150 euros. “Not anymore?” Lichter wondered. The expert answered briefly: “GRP” – short for fiberglass, and also said: “It's hollow.”

Bid performance “Money for the rare”

Jan Cizek and Christian Vechtel immediately joined the bottle in the dealer's room. The group's “beautiful picture” inspired the title: “Three Bottles of Pulheim”. It was already clear from the group that the two dealers would have to negotiate the bottle after the fight. Initially, Walter Lehnertz and Markus Wildhagen were also in the competition. But when the bids had exceeded the 300 euro mark, Lehnertz whispered: “What's wrong with you?” After that, only Cizek and Vechtel fought for the last bid. But again and again the competitors added each “on top of the other”.

In the end, it got even crazier: the saleswoman had already agreed to Cizek's offer of 400 euros – Vechtel quickly offered 410 euros. Both did not miss the opportunity to bid and grew steadily by 10 euros. It was about “empties,” Lehnertz laughed. In the end, Cizek asked for the price of the expertise: 100-150 euros. “Whatever,” he shouted and offered 480 euros. Then the fun ended and Cizek was signed. After the bidding performance, the saleswoman admitted: “I had to stop myself from laughing.” Wildhagen didn't understand either: “Why did you do that?” – “Because he's crazy,” Cizek snarled at Vechtel. He replied, “You too!”

The original article “Crazy Bidding War on Bares für Rares: 'I Had to Stop Laughing'” comes from Teleschau.