Estimate, bid, fear

The new rbb documentary series “Estimate, bid, fear” takes a look behind the scenes of a Berlin auction house and accompanies auctioneers on their search for hidden treasures in Berlin and Brandenburg apartments. One learns why people want to part with loved objects and whether auctioneers always correctly assess the value of  the items. The hour of truth strikes at the auction: dreams come true when unexpectedly high prices are reached or expectations are deeply disappointed when no one in the auction room is interested in an object. Auctioneer Robert Ernst and his colleague, art historian Dalila Meenen, let us participate in their daily work in four episodes. Art expert Dr. Frithjof Hampel explains why some antiques are so sought-after, but also why the art market is often unpredictable.