The wooden table was topped with marble and had originally been sold twice through two dealers.
First sold for £600, the second buyer paid a total of £5,000 and was informed that he had been “ripped off”.
However, antiques expert Christopher Payne revealed that the table could now fetch up to £20,000 on the market.
Gasping when he saw the size of the table, Payne said: “This is what I’d call a very large table. It’s made of solid oak, but with a huge great marble slab. How on earth did you get it here?”
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Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness… oh no! Now I’m going to feel very guilty if I have a curry on it
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Explaining that it was a huge effort to bring the item to the show, the owner said: “It was actually taken down a spiral staircase, so your team done very well actually.”
His words led Payne to ask: “A spiral staircase? Well thank you for that. Where actually is it in the house? The loft bedroom or something?”
In a shock twist, the owner revealed that instead of keeping the table unused, he “eats curry” from it, saying: “No, no, it’s in my kitchen. I eat my dinner off this.”
Smirking, Payne added: “It’s a fantastic table and I’m rushing around in my mind trying to work out what I think it is. Do you have any history at all?”
Revealing how he had come to purchase it, the hopeful owner continued: “I don’t really have any history at all. I bought it maybe about 10 years ago from a dealer friend of mine. I really like gothic style furniture and it looked really gothic and I needed a table for my kitchen. I had a really small one in there so this was perfect.”
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Explaining the real use behind the table, Payne said: “It’s a lovely table. Just over six foot long. Big table. With this marble top it’s almost certainly perhaps for cold meats or something like that. Possibly for the back hall to put dead birds on after coming back from a shoot. It’s not made as an eating table.”
Pausing, Payne built up tension before valuing the item, saying: So what is it worth? I think £15,000 to £20,000.”
Speechless and open-mouthed, the owner said: “Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness… oh no! Now I’m going to feel very guilty if I have a curry on it.
“I bought it from the dealer for £5,000. I thought I was happy to pay that. I then met the dealer who had sold it to that dealer for £600 who said ‘Oh, you’ve been ripped off.’ So I guess I haven’t actually. Wow. That’s fantastic,” prompting Payne to say: “You bought what you liked and it’s paid off.”