Antiques Road Trip expert screams as he makes huge profit on cheap oil painting

Antiques Road Trip expert Paul Martin was overjoyed when he made a huge profit at auction for a painting he bought for just below £15.

The presenter visited an antiques shop in Axbridge, Somerset and found a lovely seascape oil painting.

"It's got movement, it's got vitality," he said on the programme, which aired on Wednesday, May 26.

"It reminds me of Charles Napier Hemy, that's exactly how he would paint the sea and the colour."

The painting captures the moment a lifeboat leaves a harbour to rescue people trapped in a steam ship in the rough sea.

But Paul realised the painting was terrible damaged and filled with holes near the edges.

"It's not been over-varnished," Paul explained. "Which is a good sign.

"It's just been relined and re-backed, and reframed. I think this has got potential."

With a limited budget, the expert threw in all he got and even suggested to do the washing up for the shop owner.

Eventually he got himself a bargain and bought it for £14.86 – a massive 70% off discount on the original price of £45.

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In the bidding room, Paul's painting started at £30 but didn't attract any bids.

Watching the live auction on an iPad, Paul said: "Oh come on, that's not doing it."

The auctioneer lowered it to £22 and it slowly picked up more and more interest.

It then quickly escalated and went over the £100 mark as keen buyers put in an offer.

Co-presenter Raj Bisram commented: "It's damaged! Tell them it's damaged."

The bids kept going and Paul couldn't contain his excitement, screaming in joy and singing: "Yes! Come on… row the boat."

The painting was sold at £150, Raj congratulated Paul's win, saying: "Wow, £14.86? That's fantastic, what a great result."

Paul grinned from ear to ear and said: "Yes! Brilliant!"

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