AN expert model maker is £360 better off after appearing on popular daytime TV.
Paul Bianco, 58, impressed the expert auctioneers on David Dickinson’s Real Deal with two pieces of artwork from official Dr Who annuals from 1964 and 1975.
Paul, who lives in Duke Street, in the town, was given the artwork as a present from an ex-girlfriend more than 30 years ago, at the time costing just £18.
But the dad-of-three walked away from Middlesbrough Town Hall, where the show was being filmed, with 20 times that amount after he was handed £360.
Paul was the first member of the public to appear on the ITV show yesterday afternoon where he told the auctioneer about his passion for making Dr Who and Star Wars models.
He was considering the offer of £360 when David Dickinson himself walked over and revealed the artwork’s estimation value had been priced between £180 and £300.
He then told Paul: “I belive there is a potential to make a profit here so I’m going to say get the money, get in the Tardis and run off.”
Paul appeared on the programme with his girlfriend, Sam Lythe, 32, who he thanked for encouraging him to take the artwork on to the show.