Blown away by a spook

Paul Martin with Helen Lambert and her auctioned piece. Below - Auctioneer Jonathan Cook and (bottom) in Gerrards Auction Room in St Annes for the filming of Flog It.

Paul Martin with Helen Lambert and her auctioned piece. Below - Auctioneer Jonathan Cook and (bottom) in Gerrards Auction Room in St Annes for the filming of Flog It.

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HEARD about the £2 car boot bargain which was actually worth thousands?

That’s what Helen Lambert found out about a tiny Royal Dalton figure after taking it to a televised antiques show in St Annes where she was stunned to find it fetch a fortune.

Auctioneer Jonathan Cook

Auctioneer Jonathan Cook

Mrs Lambert’s lucky moment was caught by the BBC’s Flog It cameras at Gerrards Auction Rooms.

Mrs Lambert, from Colne, who visited St Annes especially for the auction, said: “I’m a bit speechless. I bought this blue spook-style figure for a couple of quid. I knew it was in good condition but I had no idea how much we’d get for it. I almost fell over.”

Presenter Paul Martin was also bowled over. He said: “I have never seen anyone with a bargain like this before. It’s very unusual.”

Mr Martin and his camera crew spent the day at Gerrards, with hundreds of people from all over the North West travelling to take part and have their valuables auctioned off.

Gerrards Auction Room in St Annes for the filming of Flog It.

Gerrards Auction Room in St Annes for the filming of Flog It.

Irene Farmer, from Preesall, made a healthy profit when she sold a glass bowl she bought for £5 at a car boot sale for £300.

She said: “I watch the programme every day and love it so when I heard it was going to be on in St Annes I wanted to come.

“To get the money I did for the bowl was a bonus, but the best part was meeting Paul – he’s lovely!”

Elizabeth Cole, manager at Gerrards, said it had been a hectic but enjoyable day.

She said: “We have been packed out all day, and we’ve had loads more people trying to buy and sell online. It was great having Flog It here. I think everyone’s had a good day.”