Antiques Road Trip star thrilled with £170 from auctioning dead flowers

Antiques Road Trip rivals Philip Serrell and Izzie Balmer were facing off against each other in the final when a surprising item brought in a whopping profit.

In Friday's episode (June 11) of the BBC One show, Izzie found herself looking at a posy of dead flowers in the display cabinet of Pilgrims Antiques Centre in Gainsborough.

Holding up the flowers, which are contained in an elaborate clasp, she explained: "Now you might be thinking, 'what is that hideous thing?'

"What it is, it's a Victorian posy holder. What is really love about this is you still have got the original posy."

Although the dried flowers were more than 100 years old, they were preserved well and retained their shape and colour.

Izzie added: "You have got this little finger chain so you can attach this to your finger and hold onto it and not worry about dropping it as you are walking down the aisle."

The quirky bridal item is so rare Izzie confessed she had never seen one before, but she decided to take a risk and purchased it for £60, haggling with the shop owner down from £75.

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When it came down to the auction, a competitive Philip dismissed the posy holder as "dead flowers".

"Original flowers!" Izzie snapped back as the auction went underway.

She was soon jumping up with excitement and down as a bidding war erupted, with people apparently desperately to own the unique bridal item.

"For dead flowers," said Philip in disgust as the bids soared past £90.

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The hammer went down on £175, netting a triumphant Izzie £105 and leaving a disgruntled Philip complaining she had just sold "hedge trimmings".

Izzie said: "I'm getting excited now, I didn't think I stood a chance."

This comes after Philip Serrell screamed when his attempt to auction a "rare" item backfired dramatically – although his rival Izzie found it amusing.

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