Experts on the German version of Antiques Roadshow have been defeated to convince a mother and daughter to sell a unique papal crucifix that is said to contain splinters of Jesus' cross for only £ 37,000.
Cosima Birk, who works as a nurse, and her daughter Stephanie Huber, listened to experts from the TV program & # 39; Bares für Rares & # 39; by producing a diamond-studded cross for the program experts.
The antiques turned out to be a 300-year-old papal chest cross – a cross worn on someone's chest – studded with 40-carat diamonds.
The reliquary cross was sold on the German Antiques Roadshow by mother and daughter Stephanie Huber and Cosima
The German version of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow was blasted online after the experts from the program Stephanie (left) and her mother Cosima (right) convinced them to sell a papal crucifix with a diamond-set papal crucifix for a low price
To top it all, experts at the show – the German version of the Antiques Roadshow from the BBC – found that it contained three splinters that are said to come from the True Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, according to reports.
The family inherited the cross from Cosima's grandmother, who had left the precious jewel by an old woman who always brought her to church on Sunday.
Expert Dr. Heather Rezepa-Zabel said the discovery & # 39; amazing & # 39; was and discovered that the materials used to make the cross alone were estimated to be worth 17,000 euros (£ 15,015).
She estimated the value of the breast cross between 60,000 and 80,000 euros (£ 53,000 and £ 71,000).
Rezepa-Zabel said the perfectly intact seal on the reverse of the cross bears the symbol of the Apostle Peter and & # 39; clearly points to the Congregation of Pope Clement IX & # 39 ;.
She also said that she was sure that in the rock crystal window, which is embedded in the antique, there are real pieces of wood from the cross of Jesus Christ.
In the subsequent bidding, however, the papal cross was sold for only 42,000 euros (£ 37,095) to trader Susanne Steiger, although it was still the most expensive item in the show's history.
Bares für Rares hosts Horst Lichter (second right) and his art expert Heide Rezepa-Zabel (left) has never seen such a valuable item on the table
The owners from Rhineland-Palatinate sold the cross for a record amount of 42,000 euros (£ 37,095) to trader Susanne Steiger, who wants to exhibit it in a museum
Steiger said: & # 39; I don't know what to say, it's almost like finding a pin in a haystack. I found it here tonight. I'm so happy. & # 39;
She added that she now wants to lend it to a museum and adds: & # 39; So many people have come to see me who want to see the cross, so I would like to make it available to the public. & # 39;
Cosima and Stephanie, from Ruelzheim in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, were also satisfied with the sale.
Although the item was sold at a price below the highest estimate, it will allow Stephanie to finish her studies debt-free and still have money left over.
Although it was sold for less than value, Cosima and Stephanie were happy that the money could pay Stephanie's study costs
The 300-year-old papal paw cross – a cross on one's chest – is studded with 40-carat diamonds
According to local media there was a wave of online complaints that flared the show because she did not send the mother and daughter to a real auction house where they might have received considerably more money for the breast cross.
Christo Loco Knell wrote: & # 39; in the major auction houses in the United States, they would easily have 100,000 or more for it. & # 39;
Cuth Ana added: & # 39; The two ladies let others benefit. & # 39;
Friedemann Ungerer, a lawyer, went even further with his criticism and said that the sale may even be illegal, referring to a paragraph in the German Criminal Code defining immoral business and usury.
On Twitter, Youtube and Facebook, internet users slammed the show and said that the pair was persuaded to sell the cross a lot under real value
Experts from the show also discovered that the cross contained three splinters that were said to be from the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified
He said: & # 39; In particular, a legal transaction is invalid whereby a person, by using the predicament, inexperience, lack of sound judgment or significant weakness of the will of another, himself or a third party in exchange for an act of execution, monetary benefits, promised or granted that are clearly disproportionate to the performance. & # 39;
Ungerer said the law section could apply here given the inexperience of Cosima and Stephanie.
It is unclear whether the mother and daughter will now dispute the sale.
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