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Eric Knowles v Danny Sebastian - Auction

It is a mighty battle as Eric Knowles faces up to Danny Sebastian at an auction in Somerset. Old hand Eric shows no mercy to dealer Danny.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out battle for profit.

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Let's make hay while that sun shines.

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Each week, one pair of duelling dealers

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will face a different daily challenge.

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I've got a heavy profit here.

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Putting their reputations on the line...

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Who's there?

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..they'll give you the insider's view of the trade...

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HE GROWLS

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..along with their top tips and savvy secrets...

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That could present a problem for me.

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..showing you how to make the most money...

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Ready for battle.

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..from buying and selling.

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Get in there!

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Coming up - things get ugly in the auction room.

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I know who's bidding against me.

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Del Boy running me up.

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Eric shows his rival how it's done.

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He's not even letting the dust settle.

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He's started selling already.

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-And Danny meets his match.

-Style never goes out of fashion.

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Absolutely. And fashion never goes out of style.

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Hey, hold on a minute. Are you nicking my lines, or what?

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, one and all, to another ultimate war of acquisition.

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Today's battlefield is the picturesque town

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of Crewkerne in Somerset.

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It may look quaint and charming but make no mistake,

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battle lines are being drawn as two commanders

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of collectables prepare to advance on an auction house.

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Leading the charge is a decorated officer of all things porcelain.

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He's a crack shot auction assassin,

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it's Eric "The Knowledge" Knowles.

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You've got to have confidence in your goods.

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And I have.

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And ready to repel Eric's assault

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is a profit-seeking private on parade.

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AS WINSTON CHURCHILL: Never has so much been considered for so many

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by just one man.

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It's Danny "Del Boy" Sebastian.

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Let's get busy.

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Today's battlefield is Lawrence's Auction Room.

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Our boys have £1,000 of their own money

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to deploy at will,

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with all profits heading straight to their chosen charities.

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So, Eric Knowles and Danny Sebastian,

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it's time to put your money where your mouth is.

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-Well, good morning, sir. How are you?

-Good morning, Eric.

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-I'm good, thank you.

-You are?

-I am.

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-Are you a regular at the saleroom?

-Not at all.

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We've got a full, a full morning ahead of us.

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You was here last night so you've seen the catalogue

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and you know what's going on.

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Yeah, well, it was only a sneaky preview because...

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-That's all you need.

-Well...

-It's the great Eric Knowles.

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500! Thank you, we're going to get on well, me and you.

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THEY LAUGH

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That being said, 500 lots to get through today

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so I think we are going to be really businesslike, you know.

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So I'll give you a tip, Danny. Follow your nose.

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-Follow your gut also.

-OK. On that note, go for it.

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Yes, it's nose against gut. Eugh!

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So, will Eric's slow and steady, old-school approach

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get the better of his challenger's cheeky chutzpah?

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As Eric took the initiative to preview the lots last night,

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he's got a head start on Danny, but as the auction house fills up,

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Del Boy is hopeful his rival's strengths

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will prove to be his weaknesses!

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I know Eric Knowles loves good-quality porcelain and china,

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and I've not seen it here today

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so I'm going to have a good look around

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and I think I might be in with a chance of winning this one.

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Young pup Danny is hopeful that success awaits,

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but Eric is an old hand at auctions

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and has more than one trick up his sleeve.

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One thing I've learned to do is I've...

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I go through the lots

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and, the things I really want, I put a star against them,

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but I'll also mark up a few other lots.

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Now, the other lots are not star lots,

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they are what I call desperation lots.

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Yes, you'd have to get up very early in the morning

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to get one over on old Eric

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and, since he arrived at the auction last night,

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Danny has his work cut out.

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Now, Knowlesy has already eyed up the bargains and is considering

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sailing into unfamiliar waters, with a 19th-century engraving.

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Well, I'm going to have to sort of cast my bread upon the waters

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and, er, and to boldly go where I would never normally go before,

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because what's on offer in here, it's a bit limiting - I don't mind

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telling you - but up there, there's a lovely sort of coloured print.

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It's in a nice frame. Maybe, if I get it,

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I might do a little bit of research on HM steam frigate Geyser!

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That's what it's all about - "geezer", which reminds me...

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I wonder where Danny Boy has gone off to?

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Hmm! He's on the other side of the auction house,

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eyeing up a mahogany chair.

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It's real nice condition. It's got a lovely scroll back,

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it's got that patina on it where it's been worn.

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I think it's really lovely. And it seems all structurally sound,

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there's no woodworm.

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This might be a piece that I'll be going after.

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Everyone's got an office in the house, or if not,

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in their office.

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An office in their office? That's a lot of office.

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Meanwhile, Eric has spotted another print - he's gone all whispery.

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I like the one behind me, I don't want to draw attention to it, see,

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cos it's one of my favourite American artists.

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A man called Maxfield Parrish, and it's in nice condition and...

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I want to buy that.

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Oh, Eric's all excited

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and Danny is getting worked up too by an old workbench.

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This, I love.

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A nice workbench, it's an industrial piece,

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probably used in something like a woodworker's workshop.

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I would say it's about 1950s, probably 1960s.

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Very in vogue. All the sorts of marks and chips,

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it just gives it character. Generally, people love that.

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If I can get that for about £60, £70, £80,

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I'll be a happy man.

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Danny is wearing his heart on his sleeve,

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but Eric is still in whisper mode, as he homes in on another item.

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It's um...nice...

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Chinese fourfold screen inlaid with mother of pearl.

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A lovely thing. It's missing bits of mother of pearl, not too much.

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But you know, it's a costly business to get things like this restored.

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It's the last but one item in the sale, and that's when

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you hope that everybody's lost interest. They'll all gone home

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and there's just you and the auctioneer in the room.

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That might be the hope, but will it be the reality?

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Only time will tell if Eric's undercover scheming can beat

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Danny's gung ho enthusiasm!

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First, the bidders must gather,

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the auctioneer must take to his seat on high.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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Morning, everyone.

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And our experts take to their positions.

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They are up against the rest of the room,

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not to mention the reserve bids on the auctioneer's book.

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It's Eric who's first to have a punt on a deceptively youthful lady.

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Well, there is a lot coming up which is just described

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as a statue on a plinth.

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It looks ancient, it looks like it could be 18th century.

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It's not, I think it's probably precast concrete.

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It'll look good in somebody's garden,

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it looks like it's been around

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since before the Battle of Trafalgar.

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Lot 41, statue on a plinth.

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35. 38, 40, 2, now.

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At 42 on my right.

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All done, I sell at 42.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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Oh, he's got me a little bit worried here now.

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I didn't even spot this statue on a plinth.

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And so the old guard takes an early 1-0 lead

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against the young pretender,

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taking home his decorative lady for £51.83, including fees.

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She might actually be one of a set of four,

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maybe one of the four seasons, so we would be looking at summer.

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Well, what she does have to her advantage is that

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she's been around for, not a long time,

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but enough time for lichens to build up on the surface

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and this gives it a sense of antiquity.

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All in all, she comes complete with a lucky horseshoe.

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And it does seem to bring him luck,

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as he also snaps up the collection of prints

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which includes the Maxfield Parrish picture he saw earlier.

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That's my Maxfield Parrish.

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£18!

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And with fees, that's a total of £22.21 for the prints.

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Eric is showing Danny a thing or two about auctions,

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but it's The Knowledge who's taken a leaf out

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of Del Boy's book next as he spots a lot which might just help

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him reach great heights.

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83 is coming up. It's a wooden stepladder.

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But I've noticed that it's quite...

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It's got a bit of vintage going on here.

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Everybody is using ladders nowadays as props.

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It's something that I always go for, because they're so handy,

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they're shelving, you know, they make a great prop.

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I would never normally go for anything like that,

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but, again, if it's at the right price...

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Let's hope I buy 'em at the right money.

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Great minds, eh?

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With Eric 2-0 ahead,

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this is Danny's first opportunity to get in the game.

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Lot 83 is a wooden stepladder.

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Interest here, I have to start at 25. At £25 with me.

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-All done, I sell...

-Look at that, simultaneous bidding!

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30, 32.

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-Neither of them is backing down.

-38. 40.

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42.

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At 42 on my right, at 42.

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All done? Selling at 42. All done?

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I know who was bidding against me.

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Del Boy, running me up.

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He can have them. £42 just a little bit

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too much money, I feel, for them.

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Well, actually, after auction costs, Eric pays £51.83.

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He may have outbid Del Boy, but was it a wise step?

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Well, this is my ladder.

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This is something I think

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probably dates to the early part of the 20th century, um...

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It could well date, you know, to actually before the First World War.

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However, I might do a little bit more finding out

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and at least I know that there was one other person

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keen to acquire it.

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And when that one person just happens to be your opponent,

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then victory is made just that little bit sweeter.

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Ah, the sweet smell of a 3-0 lead.

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But Danny is hoping to wheel himself into the game

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as he has spotted a bit of gardenalia.

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There's a lovely rustic, distressed wheelbarrow

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just coming up, so I just want to get something in the bag.

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With a bit of luck, they'll think it's rotten and going a bit,

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you know, distressed, a bit holey.

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I might get it for nowt, this one.

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-Lot 98.

-Here we go.

-Interest here, I start at 30.

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-Oh!

-30, 32, 35, 38.

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Always the way - what I want, so does everybody else.

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All done, I sell.

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45. 48.

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50.

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Five, 60.

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I sell at 60. Yes, sir.

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-928.

-Whoops-a-daisy, Danny.

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Dropping my paperwork,

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everything's going all over the place,

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I'm so excited, or am I nervous?

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Hold it together, Del Boy.

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His nerves are jangling like a wind chime as he pays just over £74

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for the wheelbarrow, and he's off to a start.

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Eric, however, has three buys already

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and is bidding on his next.

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90, 95, 100.

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At £100, all done.

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He is back on again!

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I don't know what is going on here

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but he's finding a lot of lots early.

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I've got to level with you, I'm not sure what I've bought,

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but...instinctively, I liked the picture.

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Eric's bid blind on a picture and spent a whopping £123.40.

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It's a risky strategy, so what's he got himself?

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I just love the composition.

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It obviously was painted in around about 1900,

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give or take, 1890, maybe 1910.

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It's an unusual composition.

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It's...it's not signed. I would've liked it to be signed.

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Hmm...

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I'll have to play this one very carefully.

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Um, I did spend a fair amount of money on it

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but, you know, you've got to speculate to accumulate.

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Hmm, Eric sounds a little uncertain his impulsive buy was a good one,

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but with four buys to Danny's solitary wheelbarrow,

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Del Boy is getting anxious!

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I want him to just finish,

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sit down and leave the rest of the game to me.

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Yeah, there's not much chance of that.

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So I'm having a go on a couple of brown stoneware jars.

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They are sort of barrels, really.

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£70. £70 with me. One more.

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It's against you. 75.

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My far right at 75.

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-Last time.

-He's won another!

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I tell you what, Eric's nearly there, he's nearly done and dusted.

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# Roll out the barrel... #

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Yes, his overnight preparations are apparently paying off.

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Eric takes the two flagons for £92.56, after fees.

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Technically, they are referred to as salt-glazed barrels,

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and they are barrels that would have taken spirits

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and they would have actually been in a pub

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in around about... about 1820, or thereabouts.

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I paid a reasonable amount for them, they weren't overly expensive,

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there's still a profit in them, I'm convinced,

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and that's what this business is all about.

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Are you listening, Del Boy? Are you listening?

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Hmm, could it be that our mild man of memorabilia

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is getting a tad overconfident?

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Let's just see how far ahead he is at this stage of the buying.

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Both our dealers arrived with £1,000 of their own money.

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Eric has an impressive five lots to his name, costing £341.83,

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leaving just over £658 in the bank.

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Danny has spent a smidge over £74 on his one purchase,

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leaving him almost £926 to fight with.

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Are you enjoying yourself?

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Well, I was until you started buying up everything.

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I thought, "Hold on a minute. Am I going to get a chance?"

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-I'm not buying the things you want, Danny!

-No, we do...

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Actually, we did. There was a pair of ladders came between us.

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Yes, there was a pair of ladders!

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Yes! I just thought you paid too much for that.

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Well, there was somebody bidding underneath me

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who nearly paid too much.

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-Well, it was me...

-Exactly! That's I'm trying to say.

-Ooh!

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-£42?!

-Listen, when was the last time you bought a ladder

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for that sort of money?

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Listen... Hang on for a second.

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-What, are you still bidding?

-Not yet.

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-There's something up in a sec...

-I thought you'd bought all you lots?

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I've bought a few. How many have you...?

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My stuff is coming up, it's coming up.

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-After dinner, my stuff is coming up.

-I knew it.

-Hopefully...

-I knew it!

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-You're pacing yourself?

-Of course I am, yes.

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I thought, "There's a man that doesn't peak too soon."

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-I tell you what I thought.

-Go on.

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-Half of this crowd will be gone home.

-Yes.

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-Might be cheaper.

-A lot of them will be picking up their

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-children from school.

-Exactly.

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Exactly. Well, we'll let you know.

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Hang on, what's he up to?

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Listen, I'd love to chat, but I've got to bid.

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-Nothing personal.

-See you later.

-I'll be watching you.

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Oh, the daggers are out in the auction today

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with Eric lauding his strong start over Danny.

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There will be blood, yes, before this is over,

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unless Danny can pull his socks up. So, what's the plan then, Del Boy?

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There's a few things that I've got marked down,

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and they sort of come one after the other,

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not directly, but, you know, they are going to be coming real quick.

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Now, if I can win them lots, I'll have caught up to Eric Knowles.

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I'll be back in the game.

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Yes, you can't keep a good man down.

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Although Eric is certainly trying to do just that,

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as the engraving he saw earlier comes under the hammer!

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12 to start, or I'll move on?

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Got 12!

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-12 bid. 15 I have? One more I need?

-Yes.

-18 is bid, thank you.

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-I'm glad I saw you.

-£18. Thank you.

-Selling this one at 18.

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Eric's winning bid tips the scales even further in his favour,

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as he sails away with the engraving for just over £22, with fees.

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Now, Danny was hoping that the lack of pottery

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at this auction might work to his advantage,

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but what's this?

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Eric found a job lot with a hidden treasure.

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It's a fabulous bohemian enamelled glass vase and cover

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in tiptop condition.

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£60 is bid. At 65. 70, 5, 80.

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-Oh, they've spotted the vase.

-£90, still with me

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at 90 on the book. 95.

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100, 110, 120.

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130.

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At 130 in the room now, last time.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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The job lot costs Eric £160.42 with fees.

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So was his hidden gem worth it?

0:17:120:17:14

I've just gone and bought this job lot.

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However, there's only one object there I want

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and it's this glass vase and cover.

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I know it looks like ceramic.

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I can see that all the gilding is good,

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the enamelling is exquisite.

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You've got these two storks or cranes.

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All that is hand-decorated, all hand-enamelled.

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This is as good as the day it was made

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and it was probably made in around about 1875,

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no later than 1895, I think.

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Up next, it's one of Danny's desirables, at last!

0:17:490:17:54

I've got a nice set of leather riding boots coming up.

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They're vintage, I'd say they are about 1950s,

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got a lovely pair of trees in them as well.

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And Danny's up against the bids

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on the auctioneer's book for the boots.

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-At 45, we're selling.

-Here we go.

-50. 50, 55,

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60, 65. 70, 75.

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-Are you bidding?

-Go on, then.

-£80. Selling at 80 now.

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Selling?

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I didn't really want to pay that much for it.

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Eric's got me on the back foot, he's got all his lots, nearly,

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and I'm just starting mine.

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I don't know what he's doing,

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but he's just paid £80 for a pair of leather boots.

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I mean, I can only hope they were at one stage worn by Elvis.

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AS ELVIS: Thank you very much.

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Danny pays £98.72 for the boots,

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so will they help him walk off with a profit?

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I've had a good look around them and they are in lovely condition.

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All the leather, it's not cracked or overly worn, the heels are good

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and they've got a lovely pair of antique trees inside.

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It's got a little maker's name on it.

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Faulkners and Son. Lovely condition.

0:19:030:19:07

Nice little handles, it's just a nice lot

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and can really be used anywhere.

0:19:100:19:12

A great decorative piece.

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# One of these days, these boots are gonna walk all over you... #

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Go on, then!

0:19:190:19:20

With his boots in the bag, Danny marches on

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and gets his hand in the air, bidding on a box of retro Meccano.

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It's my time now. My pieces are coming up and I'm winning 'em

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at a reasonably good price as well.

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Watch this space!

0:19:340:19:35

We are watching, Danny, and we've just seen you spend £92.56

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on a box of Meccano and we all want to know... Why?

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This is a lovely lot. This is 1950s boy toys.

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I mean, this stuff withstands the test of time,

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purely because it's made of metal, you know, so it's robust!

0:19:530:19:58

It's a great lot. I'm going to have some fun with this.

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Danny now has three items to his name and he makes it four

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when he buys the 1920s mahogany chair that he saw earlier

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by bidding Yorkshire-stylee!

0:20:100:20:12

-Hey-up!

-All done at 140.

0:20:120:20:15

I'm happy with that lot.

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Costing a total of £172.76 with fees,

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so it's 4-7, and Danny's catching up with Eric.

0:20:220:20:25

The workbench is up next

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and it's another must-have item for Del Boy.

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-I've gotta win this.

-55 anywhere? All done at 55.

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-Hey-up!

-60. 65?

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70. 75?

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-80.

-Go on, then.

-Is that a bid?

-Yes.

-85.

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-90?

-Yes.

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95? No?

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On the right there at 90, and selling.

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It seems like they like industrial down here.

0:20:500:20:52

£95.

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Plus the fees, just over 100 quid, but it's a nice piece.

0:20:540:20:57

I'm going to wax it up, I'm going to pretty it up,

0:20:570:20:59

I'm going to make it look good,

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and I know it's going to sell for good money.

0:21:010:21:03

I'm happy with that last lot.

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The workbench puts him back £111.06, including fees.

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So, hopefully, there's still a workable profit in it

0:21:110:21:14

and, with his fifth item, Danny hangs up his bidding paddle.

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That's me done, bought my last lot, happy with it.

0:21:180:21:21

It's been a good day all round.

0:21:210:21:23

Go and pay my bill now and pick up my items.

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Yes! Danny's come back from nowhere and decisively bought

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what he hopes will be a winning assortment of sellables,

0:21:310:21:33

but old Eric's not done yet.

0:21:330:21:36

He's still hanging in there and he's not the only one!

0:21:360:21:39

All these people are standing around.

0:21:410:21:43

I'm pretty certain they're all going to bid on this fourfold screen.

0:21:440:21:48

That's why they're here.

0:21:480:21:49

Or should I say that's why they're STILL here.

0:21:510:21:53

48. Do you want to go 50? With the lady at 50.

0:21:530:21:56

Eric bides his time and comes in at £65.

0:21:560:21:59

70? 75, 80. 85, 90?

0:21:590:22:03

It's with the gentleman at 85.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

0:22:050:22:07

Well, I didn't think I was going to get that for £85, so, I mean,

0:22:070:22:11

with the premium, I'll probably pay just over £100 for it and, um...

0:22:110:22:16

I'm very pleased with that buy.

0:22:160:22:18

Having bought it, of course, I've now got to sell it,

0:22:180:22:21

so you've got to have confidence in your goods.

0:22:210:22:24

And I have.

0:22:260:22:27

Eric seals his final deal for £104.90 for the folding screen

0:22:270:22:32

and, with that, the auction comes to an end.

0:22:320:22:35

Our experts must head home with their antiques under their...

0:22:350:22:39

Hold on, what's Knowlesy up to now?

0:22:390:22:41

Make me an offer I can't refuse.

0:22:410:22:42

Yes, I'm quite happy to give you £50 for the few pieces that...

0:22:420:22:46

-£50?

-Yes.

-Put it there.

-OK.

0:22:460:22:49

Eric is already doing deals on the unwanted items

0:22:490:22:53

from his job lot of china.

0:22:530:22:54

The lot cost Eric £160.42 and he's already made £50 of that back.

0:22:540:22:59

Thank you very much. The deal is done.

0:22:590:23:01

Eric's not even letting the dust settle.

0:23:010:23:04

He's started selling already.

0:23:040:23:06

I've got to pull my socks up, I tell you. Gotta pull my socks up.

0:23:060:23:09

Yes, our young pretender still has a thing or two to learn

0:23:090:23:12

from the grand master.

0:23:120:23:13

From a £1,000 budget, Eric ended up walking away with eight purchases,

0:23:130:23:18

shelling out £629.36.

0:23:180:23:22

Our late bloomer, Danny, managed to squirrel away five items,

0:23:220:23:26

costing £549.14.

0:23:260:23:30

Time to glance over each other's hauls.

0:23:300:23:33

-Are you happy with your purchases?

-Oh, I'm over the moon.

0:23:330:23:37

Tell me... I mean, I do know for a fact that your wheelbarrow, for me,

0:23:370:23:42

somehow had your name written on it.

0:23:420:23:44

"Shabby chic", without going on, is the order of the day at the moment.

0:23:440:23:49

-It's what people want.

-It is, yes. Yeah, yeah.

0:23:490:23:51

And I quite like... I did like that wheelbarrow.

0:23:510:23:53

Nice French rustic... But to be honest with you,

0:23:530:23:56

I can't find a favourite lot at the minute,

0:23:560:23:59

because I love my workbench,

0:23:590:24:02

I love the 1920s chair.

0:24:020:24:04

-It's all good lots here today.

-Yeah. And you almost loved...my ladder.

0:24:040:24:09

I just felt that, at that money,

0:24:090:24:13

40, going on, bits on top, £50,

0:24:130:24:16

I thought, "I'll let you keep that one, Eric."

0:24:160:24:18

OK, well, that's very generous of you on our first meeting.

0:24:180:24:21

You're welcome. Your favourite piece?

0:24:210:24:23

Favourite piece, I think, has to be the glass vase.

0:24:230:24:27

The glass vase. And what's going to bring in the most profit,

0:24:270:24:30

now you've made half your profit on this lot already,

0:24:300:24:33

-the glass vase?

-Well, it's a very good question.

0:24:330:24:36

I'm hoping that it might be the screen.

0:24:360:24:38

-I need to have a good look at that.

-Mm-hm.

0:24:380:24:41

Danny, this is a game of look and learn.

0:24:410:24:45

Our pair of intrepid experts have finished the buying,

0:24:480:24:51

so now it's time to sell.

0:24:510:24:53

But before we dive into those turbulent waters,

0:24:530:24:56

our heroes are back home with their hauls.

0:24:560:24:59

Danny is in Wellingborough, ironing out his plan of attack.

0:24:590:25:02

Well, all said and done, um, the auction was a good day, really.

0:25:020:25:06

It was a bit difficult initially, but it came to a head

0:25:060:25:09

where I've bought this lovely workbench.

0:25:090:25:11

It may look like a bit of tat at the minute.

0:25:110:25:13

As soon as I get it waxed and sanded,

0:25:130:25:15

it's going to look absolutely fabulous.

0:25:150:25:18

I've got a chap, a friend of mine who restores and refurbishes,

0:25:180:25:22

so he's going to sand it, he's going to wax it,

0:25:220:25:26

I think he's even going to put a shelf underneath,

0:25:260:25:28

just to make it look a bit more gutsy and strengthen it up.

0:25:280:25:31

Then, of course, it's going to be worth strong money.

0:25:310:25:34

I've got this Meccano box, didn't cost me too much money.

0:25:340:25:37

There's a lot of gear in it, so it'll make a good profit on that.

0:25:370:25:41

Now, my Edwardian chair, this desk chair.

0:25:410:25:45

Fantastic, lovely scroll back on it.

0:25:450:25:48

I'm going to have to find a new home for that.

0:25:480:25:50

My barrow, my old French barrow, very nice.

0:25:500:25:54

I know a fair few gardeners, florists,

0:25:540:25:57

so I don't think I'm going to struggle with that.

0:25:570:26:00

My boots and my trees, these are great.

0:26:000:26:03

They're going to need a polish,

0:26:030:26:04

just to freshen them up a little bit,

0:26:040:26:06

they're about 1920s, 1930s, I would have said.

0:26:060:26:09

They're going to get a healthy profit and I'm going to try

0:26:090:26:12

and sell them at a sort of equestrian centre.

0:26:120:26:15

All said and done, I think it was a good day.

0:26:150:26:18

I know Eric bought a lot of stuff that day,

0:26:180:26:21

but I think, with what I've got,

0:26:210:26:23

they all warrant fairly strong money,

0:26:230:26:25

so therefore I'm not worried that Eric's going to run away

0:26:250:26:29

and leave me in profit.

0:26:290:26:31

I'll be right on his shirt.

0:26:310:26:33

So it's fair to say Danny's confident,

0:26:330:26:35

but over in Wycombe,

0:26:350:26:36

how is Eric feeling about his considerably large haul?

0:26:360:26:40

I was very happy with what I did buy,

0:26:400:26:42

even if it is a lot.

0:26:420:26:43

In fact, I've got eight items here.

0:26:430:26:46

Certainly, my two stoneware spirit barrels,

0:26:460:26:51

and also my Chinese hardwood screen,

0:26:510:26:55

not forgetting the girl on the plinth.

0:26:550:26:59

As for my painting, which I've shown to a friend of mine,

0:26:590:27:04

and he's got quite a good knowledge of this area, he liked it.

0:27:040:27:08

He thinks it might be by a gifted amateur,

0:27:080:27:12

but what I really need to do is take the back off,

0:27:120:27:15

just to see if there's any signature.

0:27:150:27:17

It would make a world of difference, cos I love that painting.

0:27:170:27:20

I don't want to sell it, but I've got to.

0:27:200:27:23

But that being said, if I was to say which of all the things

0:27:230:27:27

I bought is going to offer me the biggest profit,

0:27:270:27:30

well, fingers crossed,

0:27:300:27:32

it's going to be my continental enamelled blue glass vase and cover.

0:27:320:27:38

So all I've got to do now is actually do the selling.

0:27:380:27:43

Both our dealers must get down to business,

0:27:430:27:47

as they scour the land for the right buyers,

0:27:470:27:49

utilising every resource available to find a match

0:27:490:27:52

and maximise their profits.

0:27:520:27:55

And remember, no deal is sealed without the shake of a hand.

0:27:550:27:59

Danny is the first to get moving, but he's playing the long game.

0:27:590:28:03

Rather than sell his workbench as it is, he has bigger plans,

0:28:030:28:07

but it's going to cost, so he takes it to upcycler Phil

0:28:070:28:11

to find out just how much.

0:28:110:28:13

What I really want is I want it structurally sound,

0:28:130:28:17

this filled back in -

0:28:170:28:18

whether you just use, you know,

0:28:180:28:19

-whether you put some bits low...

-All right.

-..and then just

0:28:190:28:22

a nice piece that sits on it, just to bring it flush with this.

0:28:220:28:26

I also want a shelf on the bottom. Obviously, treated as well.

0:28:260:28:30

I think, for a basic sort of restoration job,

0:28:300:28:32

where you just strip it down, brace it up, shelf it out, um,

0:28:320:28:35

you're probably talking...

0:28:350:28:37

60 to 80 quid?

0:28:370:28:38

I do appreciate that we've all gotta eat, I do appreciate that,

0:28:380:28:42

-But I know you'll sand that, wax that...

-Wax it, treat it.

0:28:420:28:45

-..in a couple of hours.

-Job done, yeah.

-Yeah!

0:28:450:28:47

-It's not...

-All right, let's have a deal, let's shake on it.

0:28:470:28:49

-What's that? 70 quid?

-75 for it. 75 quid.

-Give me your hand! Nice one!

0:28:490:28:53

So, Phil gets sanding while Danny sets up his selling.

0:28:530:28:56

Now, Eric is heading to London and going underground in search

0:28:560:29:00

of his opening profit from the flagons that cost him £92.56.

0:29:000:29:05

Well, here I am in the cellars

0:29:060:29:08

of one of London's oldest wine merchants.

0:29:080:29:11

They've been here since the 17th century.

0:29:110:29:14

They're Berry Brothers & Rudd, and I'm here to meet Simon Berry,

0:29:140:29:19

um, because he's expressed an interest in my spirit barrels.

0:29:190:29:24

-Hello, Simon, I've found you.

-Eric, you have, yes.

0:29:240:29:27

-It's a warren, I'm sorry about that.

-No, fascinating, fascinating.

0:29:270:29:30

Yeah, this is a place you can lock me in overnight, not a problem.

0:29:300:29:34

-Not an issue.

-As long as you've got a corkscrew.

-Oh, of course, yes.

0:29:340:29:37

Of course. Well, anyway, these are the barrels.

0:29:370:29:40

I think quite fascinating.

0:29:400:29:42

We are looking somewhere between 1820, maybe 1835.

0:29:420:29:47

They're 200 years old, almost.

0:29:470:29:49

Well, yeah, they're getting on that way.

0:29:490:29:51

-Certainly getting on that way.

-What would they have been used for?

0:29:510:29:54

I mean, would they have been in a pub or a private house?

0:29:540:29:58

Yeah, I think they would have been in a pub.

0:29:580:30:00

I don't think it's the sort of thing you would get in a private house

0:30:000:30:03

unless, of course, it was down in the butler's pantry, or whatever.

0:30:030:30:07

Do you think that they are going to find home in this establishment?

0:30:070:30:11

Because you have a bit of a collection

0:30:110:30:13

of wine memorabilia and suchlike.

0:30:130:30:15

We've got a collection of wine memorabilia

0:30:150:30:17

and indeed stoneware, but nothing like this.

0:30:170:30:20

So, personally, I'm always looking for things

0:30:200:30:23

that have a little bit of interest there.

0:30:230:30:27

And because they've got the royal warrant,

0:30:270:30:29

and because they've got the Prince of Wales's warrant as well,

0:30:290:30:32

and we hold the warrant for both the current Prince of Wales

0:30:320:30:35

and for Her Majesty the Queen,

0:30:350:30:37

I think I know exactly where I'm going to put them.

0:30:370:30:40

I was looking for in the region of a couple of hundred pounds

0:30:400:30:43

-for the pair, but...

-For the pair?

0:30:430:30:45

Yeah, but, you know, I am open to negotiation.

0:30:450:30:50

How about if we went for...

0:30:500:30:55

£80 each, therefore 160 for the pair?

0:30:550:30:57

160 for the pair?

0:30:570:31:00

I think, if we could just nudge it, just nudge it that £10 note,

0:31:000:31:04

do you think we could do something at 170?

0:31:040:31:06

-OK.

-Do you think so?

-Yeah, I think we could.

0:31:060:31:09

I am for hire if you need anybody here for sampling.

0:31:090:31:14

Now, now, it's a bit early for a celebratory tipple,

0:31:140:31:17

but with an opening profit of £77.44,

0:31:170:31:20

Eric is delighted to have popped his cork.

0:31:200:31:23

Well, that was a fascinating place to do business.

0:31:240:31:27

It's like stepping into the age of Charles Dickens,

0:31:270:31:29

but it was a very gratifying sale because my spirit barrels

0:31:290:31:33

are now where they would have been back in

0:31:330:31:35

the early 19th century.

0:31:350:31:37

While Eric's returning his items to their original setting,

0:31:370:31:40

Danny is returning his items to their original state.

0:31:400:31:44

These boots - they're just leather. I paid almost £100 for them

0:31:450:31:51

and they just need a polish up, they need the clean, they need to

0:31:510:31:55

look £100 worth at least, so I'm going to polish and clean them up,

0:31:550:31:59

just to make them look a little bit more presentable.

0:31:590:32:02

You know, all the imperfections, really, are sort of hidden.

0:32:020:32:07

Polishing boots is all very well,

0:32:070:32:09

but Eric is already onto his second item.

0:32:090:32:11

He's had his statue delivered

0:32:110:32:13

to Kings Langley-based landscaper Jason, hoping he'll be hauling off

0:32:130:32:17

a heavy profit on top of the £51.83 it owes him.

0:32:170:32:22

-I see my girl's arrived?

-She has!

0:32:220:32:24

-I realise that it's not of any great age.

-No, no.

-But we're...

0:32:240:32:28

We're looking for decorative effect? The thing is that, obviously,

0:32:280:32:33

she's been made in recent years, but what I like about it

0:32:330:32:36

are these sort of lichens that have grown over the years.

0:32:360:32:41

Can I ask you a question? Because you deal with this sort of thing

0:32:410:32:44

-on a regular basis?

-Yes.

-I was told that, if you put...

0:32:440:32:47

If you put natural yoghurt on a figure like this,

0:32:470:32:51

-then you get more of a growth?

-It speeds up the ageing.

0:32:510:32:55

Yes, the idea is it's supposed to, with the natural yoghurt, it's

0:32:550:32:57

supposed to increase the bacteria on the surface and make it older,

0:32:570:33:00

but I wouldn't recommend it - you can get streaks with that.

0:33:000:33:03

-I'd be a bit cautious of that.

-OK.

0:33:030:33:04

So, I'm looking for a good home for this girl, you know.

0:33:040:33:07

I really am, you know. She's not just any old girl.

0:33:070:33:11

-Have you got any, er...?

-I have, I have.

0:33:110:33:13

-I've got a customer that might be interested in her.

-OK.

0:33:130:33:16

Um, and what I'm thinking is that she could be elevated up

0:33:160:33:19

with a nice shrubbery behind and a light in the garden at night-time,

0:33:190:33:24

which would really bring the figure almost like a sort of

0:33:240:33:27

ghostly feel in the garden.

0:33:270:33:29

-Well, you're talking this up, Jason, lad! You're talking it up!

-I am!

0:33:290:33:31

-I don't want to talk it up, do I?

-ERIC LAUGHS

0:33:310:33:33

Well, let's face it. I mean, if you've got a client for her,

0:33:330:33:36

I mean, this client doesn't want some just cheap figure, does she?

0:33:360:33:39

-JASON LAUGHS

-She wants something with a bit of...

0:33:390:33:42

-But she may not want something expensive either, Eric.

-Oh, right.

0:33:420:33:46

-OK, well, we've got to find a happy medium.

-We have, we have.

0:33:460:33:48

I would be hoping for around about £160?

0:33:480:33:53

Hmm!

0:33:530:33:55

That's a little bit more than I wanted to spend, really, 160, um...

0:33:550:33:59

I was thinking more maybe... maybe about £100?

0:33:590:34:03

I'll tell you what, I'll tell you what, um... If we could do...

0:34:050:34:08

Could we do around the 120 mark?

0:34:080:34:11

How about 115, we've got a deal?

0:34:140:34:16

-115? We've got a deal.

-We've got a deal.

0:34:160:34:18

Eric makes a statuesque profit of £63.17 for the statue,

0:34:180:34:23

and makes it two sales to Danny's nil.

0:34:230:34:26

But Del Boy is hoping he'll soon be off the mark, as he heads to Olney,

0:34:260:34:30

a village just north of Milton Keynes.

0:34:300:34:32

He's taking his now-polished-to-perfection boots

0:34:320:34:35

to show Kathryn, a co-director of an equestrian shop.

0:34:350:34:38

I'm just wondering, have I come to the wrong place?

0:34:380:34:40

Because I've got a nice vintage pair of riding boots, but these,

0:34:400:34:43

all these boots here, to me, look like fashion boots.

0:34:430:34:46

Oh, we've got a bit modernised, yes.

0:34:460:34:48

You have got a bit modernised, haven't you? Yeah.

0:34:480:34:50

Tell me, do these sell? What's going on here?

0:34:500:34:53

Yeah, well, these are dressage boots here.

0:34:530:34:54

These are probably for training.

0:34:540:34:56

So, I mean, which one looks the best, then?

0:34:560:34:59

I've got my beautiful vintage...

0:34:590:35:01

I'd date them around about the 1920s.

0:35:010:35:03

-Yeah.

-Very well-made. I mean, this is a classic design.

0:35:030:35:06

-Style never goes out of fashion.

-Absolutely.

0:35:060:35:09

And fashion never goes out of style.

0:35:090:35:10

Hey, hold on a minute, are you nicking my lines or what?

0:35:100:35:13

-What's going on?

-They look like they've been really well-kept,

0:35:130:35:15

really well looked after.

0:35:150:35:17

That was the hard work I put into it.

0:35:170:35:18

-You should have seen them.

-You polished them yourself?

0:35:180:35:21

You'd think I was in the forces, wouldn't you,

0:35:210:35:23

-with a polish like that? It's like a mirror!

-Exactly.

0:35:230:35:25

You must have heard of this name, Faulkner & Sons.

0:35:250:35:27

Yes, beautiful boot trees, aren't they?

0:35:270:35:30

-This is going to fit right into this shop, you know.

-Absolutely.

0:35:300:35:33

What do you think they'd be used for?

0:35:330:35:34

I think originally these boots would have been for hunting,

0:35:340:35:37

going out in the field. A good general boot.

0:35:370:35:39

What would you use them for?

0:35:390:35:41

We'd use them as a nice prop.

0:35:410:35:42

We could make them look beautiful in the shop.

0:35:420:35:44

Would they be something that you're interested in?

0:35:440:35:46

Yeah, absolutely. I think they'd really fit in with our shop.

0:35:460:35:50

It's all down to price, isn't it?

0:35:500:35:51

-Mm-hm.

-I was thinking roundabout the 240 mark.

0:35:510:35:55

OK, we were thinking more about the 120 mark.

0:35:550:35:59

Excuse me?

0:35:590:36:00

-120?

-Yeah.

0:36:000:36:02

-You've chopped me right in half.

-I know.

0:36:020:36:04

Well, it needs to be a bit more than that, Kathryn.

0:36:040:36:06

What about 160?

0:36:060:36:08

Oh, Kathryn.

0:36:080:36:10

That beautiful smile's going to succumb me, I know, but...

0:36:100:36:12

-I hope so.

-It needs to be a little bit richer than that.

0:36:120:36:17

Oh, Kathryn, how about 195?

0:36:170:36:19

180.

0:36:210:36:22

185 and we've got a deal.

0:36:220:36:24

-Great, OK. Deal.

-Oh, thank you very much. Thank you, Kathryn.

0:36:240:36:28

There's only one word I use when I have a great deal like that

0:36:300:36:34

and make plenty of profit.

0:36:340:36:35

Boot-iful.

0:36:350:36:37

Yes, a boot-iful profit of £86.28

0:36:370:36:40

means that Danny has entered the race.

0:36:400:36:42

But it's Eric next with his Chinese screen.

0:36:420:36:46

Well, I'm in rural South Oxfordshire.

0:36:460:36:48

I'm here to meet Teesha.

0:36:480:36:50

Teesha has a gallery in Oxford, but she is also

0:36:500:36:54

something of a multi-tasker because she's got

0:36:540:36:57

a bed and breakfast out here.

0:36:570:36:59

I'm here actually to do a deal on my Chinese screen.

0:36:590:37:04

Teesha's family hails from the same part of China as the screen,

0:37:040:37:08

so will she want to buy it?

0:37:080:37:10

How can I best describe it?

0:37:100:37:12

Well, as you can see, fourfold, inlay.

0:37:120:37:16

I think date-wise about 1880.

0:37:160:37:20

It has got this wonderful inlay

0:37:200:37:24

and, if you look at the tree here, you can see it's very, very ornate.

0:37:240:37:28

Do you ever see this type of screen in China?

0:37:280:37:32

Older days, yes, they used, but now people do not often use this.

0:37:320:37:38

Would that look the part in your gallery in Oxford, do you think?

0:37:380:37:42

It could be. What's the price?

0:37:420:37:44

I was looking for around the £300 mark.

0:37:440:37:47

I was thinking around the 200 mark.

0:37:470:37:50

What if we went 250, would that go?

0:37:500:37:53

250 is not a good figure.

0:37:530:37:55

Chinese like eight.

0:37:550:37:57

Oh, do you? All right, then, 280!

0:37:570:38:01

-OK.

-I was thinking 218.

0:38:010:38:04

Oh, 218! If we said 238,

0:38:040:38:09

would that be just as good?

0:38:090:38:11

-OK.

-Are you sure?

-Yeah.

0:38:110:38:12

-You are sure?

-Yeah, you sure?

-Yes, I'm sure.

0:38:120:38:15

-Shake hands.

-It's a deal.

0:38:150:38:16

Eric makes an impressive profit of a smidge over

0:38:160:38:19

£133 for the screen.

0:38:190:38:22

He then goes on to sell the gilt-framed pictures,

0:38:220:38:24

including the Maxfield Parrish, to gallery owner Chrissy

0:38:240:38:27

for a further profit of £97.79.

0:38:270:38:30

Danny needs to catch up.

0:38:310:38:33

Having paid £75 for the restoration of his workbench,

0:38:330:38:37

it now owes him over £186, so he's had it delivered

0:38:370:38:41

to Stockport Antiques Emporium owner Gabby,

0:38:410:38:45

hoping he can still carve out a profit.

0:38:450:38:47

Oh, yes!

0:38:470:38:49

This has come up 100%. Absolutely fabulous!

0:38:490:38:54

Cor, considering that this was a total mess, it looked very

0:38:540:38:59

dark and dismal, now it's been treated, all the woodworm's

0:38:590:39:03

been treated, we've waxed it and we've sanded it.

0:39:030:39:07

This now is worth a lorra lorra money!

0:39:070:39:10

Del Boy thinks he's spent his money right,

0:39:100:39:13

but what will Gaby make of his upcycled workbench?

0:39:130:39:17

-Hey, I tell you what, it looks well, here.

-It does indeed.

0:39:170:39:20

-What do you think, Gabby?

-It's come home.

0:39:200:39:21

Love it. This is very now. Everyone's after one of these.

0:39:210:39:25

In actual fact, I've probably got a buyer straight away

0:39:250:39:28

-for a shop fitting, as a front counter.

-Oh, wow!

0:39:280:39:32

-I mean...

-And I've also seen them with a bit of slate set in here,

0:39:320:39:35

as well, which is really nice, especially in the kitchen,

0:39:350:39:38

and you can oil them down.

0:39:380:39:40

-A bit of slate?

-Mm, dropped in, just into the tool well, here.

0:39:400:39:44

-Let's talk about price.

-Come on, then. Spit it out.

0:39:440:39:49

550.

0:39:490:39:50

Ouch! OK.

0:39:500:39:53

Got to be a bit more in it for me.

0:39:540:39:57

Listen, Gabby, there's plenty in it for you.

0:39:570:40:00

I mean, I've priced it up, I've reckoned it up.

0:40:000:40:04

I've seen about what these are going for and it's a great thing.

0:40:040:40:08

There's a little quirky bit here with this little door.

0:40:080:40:10

There's two vices. It cost me a lot of money, you know.

0:40:100:40:14

Two vices, yeah, OK, I'll take that.

0:40:140:40:16

It cost me a lot of money as well to get it restored. I've put...

0:40:160:40:19

-You know, time, getting it delivered up here!

-Hmm...

0:40:190:40:23

500?

0:40:230:40:24

Will you go 520?

0:40:260:40:28

No. I've got to screw these hinges off.

0:40:280:40:32

-Yes, I know.

-They're horrible.

-I know, they are horrible, yes.

0:40:320:40:34

They wouldn't have been so bad had they been inside,

0:40:340:40:37

-but they are quite...

-Cheap.

-510.

0:40:370:40:39

500, come on, we like round numbers.

0:40:390:40:40

-We do like round numbers. I'll have a deal at that.

-Right.

0:40:400:40:43

-Thank you very much, Gabby.

-Thank you.

0:40:430:40:45

Incredible! Danny's strategy pays off,

0:40:450:40:48

and he makes the best profit so far, almost £314 on the bench.

0:40:480:40:54

He's back in the game and understandably as pleased as punch!

0:40:540:40:58

Brimming with confidence now,

0:40:580:40:59

Danny decides it's a good time to call Eric for a quick catch up.

0:40:590:41:04

Mr Danny Sebastian, how are you doing?

0:41:040:41:07

-Not so bad.

-'Good!'

-Not so bad.

0:41:070:41:09

'I've gotta drop this one on you, you know.

0:41:090:41:11

'Do you remember my riding boots?

0:41:110:41:13

'Yes, I can remember them, yes.'

0:41:130:41:15

If I remember rightly, at some point, you were saying to me,

0:41:150:41:18

"You won't get no money for them"!

0:41:180:41:20

-I tell you what, Eric...

-'Yeah?'

0:41:200:41:23

-I more than doubled my money on them.

-Did you really?

0:41:230:41:25

I thought I'd just drop that one, because, um, you know...

0:41:250:41:28

You didn't want to put your foot in it, did you?

0:41:280:41:30

-That's the thing.

-THEY BOTH LAUGH

0:41:300:41:32

-Sorry!

-Hey, don't you get clever! Anyway...

-'OK. Anyway, come on.'

0:41:320:41:36

-I see you getting onto your jokes, so I'll move off that subject.

-'OK.'

0:41:360:41:39

-How are you finding it?

-You know I found that the girl on a plinth?

0:41:390:41:43

-Oh, yeah?

-She managed to find a landscape gardener

0:41:430:41:47

who took a shine to her, so, you know,

0:41:470:41:50

-we more than doubled up on that.

-Oh, nice one! You made a bit?

0:41:500:41:53

Yeah, and the same true with the spirit barrels.

0:41:530:41:57

Listen! I don't believe you! I think you're just trying to give it all

0:41:570:42:01

that old flannel, cos I told you I'd done very well with my boots.

0:42:010:42:04

So, on that note, I've had enough now, I've heard enough!

0:42:040:42:07

-I'm busy.

-OK.

-You take care. Ta-ra!

0:42:070:42:11

I've said it before. I'll say it again.

0:42:110:42:13

Bonkers!

0:42:130:42:14

He may just be, but how is he doing in the scores? Let's find out!

0:42:140:42:18

Eric has so far done five deals, giving him at total profit

0:42:190:42:23

of £384.48.

0:42:230:42:26

Danny has only sold two of his five,

0:42:260:42:29

but after his success with the bench,

0:42:290:42:31

he's just in the lead with a little over £400 of pure profit.

0:42:310:42:35

With figures like that, only a fool would speculate

0:42:390:42:42

on who's going to win today's clash

0:42:420:42:44

and we're seeing two very different approaches.

0:42:440:42:47

So, will Eric's old school style

0:42:480:42:50

win over the young upstart's upcycling tendencies?

0:42:500:42:53

Danny's risky approach was never more evident than when he picked up

0:42:550:42:59

a box of construction toys, so he's decided to seek

0:42:590:43:02

some expect advice to find out what he got for his money.

0:43:020:43:06

I've dragged this box of Meccano all the way down to Brighton!

0:43:060:43:10

I'm at the Toy Museum and I'm here to see two enthusiasts.

0:43:100:43:14

Now, they know everything you need to know about Meccano.

0:43:140:43:18

I'm just hoping that they're going to be able to enlighten me

0:43:180:43:20

and educate me on my box of Meccano, so that, when I come to sell it,

0:43:200:43:25

I'll get a good price for it.

0:43:250:43:27

Since its humble Liverpool beginnings in 1901,

0:43:270:43:31

interest in this classic construction toy has built

0:43:310:43:33

and built. Now, it's seen as a highly desirable

0:43:330:43:37

and collectable item for enthusiasts all over the world.

0:43:370:43:40

It was created by a Liverpudlian clerk by the name of Frank Hornby,

0:43:400:43:45

who also created, you've guessed it, the Hornby train set!

0:43:450:43:49

Meccano was first made to amuse Hornby's sons

0:43:490:43:51

and has been embraced by children and adults ever since

0:43:510:43:55

and some original kits can now sell for as much as £15,000!

0:43:550:44:01

Danny is meeting enthusiasts Jim and Geoff, but the big question is

0:44:010:44:05

will anything in his mixed up box be worth enough to get him

0:44:050:44:08

the £93 investment back and hopefully a profit on top?

0:44:080:44:13

-Oh!

-What do we think?

0:44:130:44:15

-It is just a general collection.

-Common?

0:44:150:44:18

Oh, dear! Not exactly what Danny wanted to hear.

0:44:180:44:20

But as they continue to search through,

0:44:200:44:22

they uncover a possible piece of gold amongst the rusty iron.

0:44:220:44:26

-Jim...

-Oh, heavens!

0:44:280:44:29

That's the headlights from the No 1 Car constructor,

0:44:290:44:33

and it's nice, because it's usually missing from the cars.

0:44:330:44:37

So that's a really nice find.

0:44:370:44:39

So, if you found that, chances are we might find some other bits.

0:44:390:44:42

An early spanner.

0:44:420:44:44

Um, of moderate interest.

0:44:440:44:46

It's in good condition.

0:44:460:44:48

-Another gem, Geoff?

-Absolutely, Jim.

0:44:480:44:51

That's a nice little piece. It's a steering wheel...

0:44:510:44:54

-Yes.

-..from the motor car outfit that we found the headlights for.

0:44:540:44:58

I think, you've sifted through it,

0:44:580:45:00

there's nowt here really of any consequence,

0:45:000:45:03

apart from a steering wheel and pair of headlights!

0:45:030:45:06

To summarise, yes, they're the best parts.

0:45:060:45:09

Without those part, this is... I wouldn't even bid on it.

0:45:090:45:12

-It's just...

-Rubbish?

-I'm afraid so, yes.

0:45:120:45:15

Oh, don't sugar-coat it, then, Jim and Geoff!

0:45:150:45:18

Still, Danny establishes his most sellable items are the headlights

0:45:180:45:22

and the steering wheel from the No 1 Car constructor kit.

0:45:220:45:25

There you go, I've heard from the experts

0:45:270:45:29

that I've pretty much brought a load of scrap!

0:45:290:45:32

I'm going to need a good bit of magic to get me out of this one!

0:45:320:45:36

Perhaps not the answer Danny was hoping for,

0:45:360:45:38

but never one to be beaten, he has a plan to use the knowledge

0:45:380:45:42

he's acquired and put the Meccano into an online auction.

0:45:420:45:46

My Meccano lot, I'm going to split it into three different lots.

0:45:460:45:51

There's two dainty little pieces that I know are probably

0:45:510:45:55

the best bits in the box, to be honest,

0:45:550:45:57

so I'm going to put them on one listing.

0:45:570:45:59

Now, all the rest of the Meccano, I'm going to put on another listing

0:45:590:46:03

and the box that the Meccano came in,

0:46:030:46:06

I'm going to put that also on a separate listing, because,

0:46:060:46:09

whoever wants the Meccano, I'm sure they're not going to want the box.

0:46:090:46:13

Meanwhile, Eric is continuing on his selling quest

0:46:140:46:17

with his prize buy, the blue glass vase.

0:46:170:46:21

The vase still owes him over £123,

0:46:210:46:23

so will London-based antiques dealer Mousa

0:46:230:46:27

like it enough to find some profit in it?

0:46:270:46:30

I was intrigued to know your opinion.

0:46:300:46:33

Would you say Bohemia, rather than France?

0:46:330:46:37

I think it might be any, Bohemian or French,

0:46:370:46:40

but in my opinion, it is French.

0:46:400:46:42

But the date, I think about 1870, 1880.

0:46:420:46:45

-Beautiful.

-It's beautiful, yeah.

0:46:450:46:47

Well, I'm expecting around the 400 mark,

0:46:470:46:50

so where do you come in on that one?

0:46:500:46:53

I would be coming to £300.

0:46:530:46:56

Can I just push my luck and go to 370 or...?

0:46:560:47:01

Then why don't we shake hands on 350?

0:47:010:47:03

350, we've got ourselves a deal.

0:47:030:47:06

Eric walks out with his biggest profit so far.

0:47:060:47:09

Remember, the vase was bought as part of a job lot and,

0:47:090:47:12

with the rest either sold at the auction house

0:47:120:47:14

or given to a charity shop,

0:47:140:47:15

it means Mr Knowles has made almost £240 on the lot.

0:47:150:47:20

That is what, in the business, you call a sleeper,

0:47:220:47:24

when you get a price like that.

0:47:240:47:26

Having said that, I'm only too pleased

0:47:260:47:28

that I had an early night before the auction.

0:47:280:47:32

But Eric's up late for his next sale - the stepladder.

0:47:320:47:36

Well, there are three types of people you might find walking

0:47:360:47:39

through the streets with a ladder.

0:47:390:47:41

One might be a fireman and the other one may be a window cleaner

0:47:410:47:44

and the third? Well, it could be a cat burglar. But in this case,

0:47:440:47:48

you got an antiquey person, not that this ladder is antique,

0:47:480:47:52

it dates probably to around about 1925, so it qualifies as vintage

0:47:520:47:57

and, let me tell you, vintage these days is the buzzword!

0:47:570:48:01

Danny pushed the price up to just over £50 at the auction,

0:48:010:48:04

so will the sale price climb even higher as Eric takes it

0:48:040:48:08

to Buckinghamshire antiques dealer Chloe?

0:48:080:48:11

There it is. And it's got one, two, three, four...

0:48:110:48:15

-What do you call them? ..platforms or...

-Treads.

0:48:150:48:19

-Treads! OK!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:48:190:48:20

All right! Well, you're obviously well ahead of me.

0:48:200:48:23

-I mean, have you sold ladders like this before?

-I have sold

0:48:230:48:25

-a few ladders before.

-Have you?

-Um, interior decorators do like them,

0:48:250:48:29

particularly the ones just with the rungs, cos they like

0:48:290:48:31

to hang their towels on them in the bathrooms.

0:48:310:48:34

Florists kind of like these ones, actually, because they like to use

0:48:340:48:37

-them for decorating with their pots and things.

-Oh, plant pots?

-Yeah.

0:48:370:48:41

-That would look good.

-It'd work in a good conservatory as well.

-Yeah.

0:48:410:48:43

That would be another good use for it.

0:48:430:48:45

I think it needs a nice coat of wax and, yeah, that would be good

0:48:450:48:49

for using indoors, I think, perhaps not for its usual use.

0:48:490:48:52

If I was to tell you that I was hoping for

0:48:520:48:56

somewhere in the region of around about £80, I mean...?

0:48:560:49:01

-OK.

-I'm open to persuasion, Chloe.

0:49:010:49:03

-I think my opening offer to you would probably be £50.

-OK.

0:49:030:49:08

Um, well, then, I might come back at 70, but do you think

0:49:080:49:13

-we might nudge it a bit?

-Um, shall meet halfway at 60?

0:49:130:49:19

-Is that halfway?

-Between 50 and 70.

0:49:190:49:21

Yeah, it probably is, isn't it? Put your hand there.

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Eric makes a profit of £8.17,

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for the ladder, so Danny needs to catch up,

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and he's hoping to do just that with his chair! He's back at

0:49:300:49:34

the same Stockport emporium where he sold his workbench,

0:49:340:49:37

but this time, meeting dealer Laura, who has another stand.

0:49:370:49:40

Remember, the chair set Danny back over £172.

0:49:400:49:44

This is a nice early 20th-century scroll top,

0:49:460:49:50

with a rail back and a solid seat.

0:49:500:49:52

I'd say it's got a 360-swivel and it's also got the rocking action.

0:49:520:49:57

-Oh, yeah.

-What do you think of it?

0:49:570:49:59

Well, it's a wonderful piece. I mean, it's got such great curves

0:49:590:50:02

and it's certainly not the type of desk chair

0:50:020:50:05

-you see every day.

-You like it?

0:50:050:50:06

I do like it, I do like it, but I think what I need to find out

0:50:060:50:09

is if I'm going to like the price.

0:50:090:50:11

Say 300.

0:50:110:50:13

300, OK. That is a little high,

0:50:130:50:17

I think, for this chair.

0:50:170:50:19

Would you do 225?

0:50:190:50:21

-HE SIGHS

-260.

0:50:230:50:25

-I can do 250.

-255. We'll go in the middle.

0:50:250:50:28

-I'll do that. I'll do that, 255.

-Oh, Laura, it's been a pleasure.

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Danny makes a profit of £82.24 for the chair!

0:50:320:50:36

He then sells his wheelbarrow to a tearoom in Ribchester,

0:50:360:50:39

as a shop display, and wheels out a profit of £65.96,

0:50:390:50:44

which means all he has left to do is

0:50:440:50:46

wait to see how his Meccano does online.

0:50:460:50:49

Eric bought his watercolour with his heart,

0:50:490:50:51

so the question is - can he use his head to get a good price?

0:50:510:50:55

A little bit of investigation fails to reveal a signature,

0:50:550:50:58

but it does lead him to the door of picture dealer John,

0:50:580:51:01

hoping he has a good reason for him to buy it.

0:51:010:51:04

Well, I've got to admit that, when I saw this,

0:51:040:51:07

I was just captivated by it.

0:51:070:51:08

I've had it out of the frame, there is no signature.

0:51:080:51:11

However, initially, I did know there was a name on the back

0:51:110:51:15

that said Cortez, C-O-R-T-E-Z,

0:51:150:51:18

so I start looking online

0:51:180:51:21

and I can't find anybody with the name Cortez.

0:51:210:51:25

However, I then thought, "Well, maybe it's Cortes,"

0:51:250:51:30

and, when I did that, I came up with Edouard Cortes,

0:51:300:51:34

and then I started seeing that this man was prolific.

0:51:340:51:37

He was born in, I think, 1882, or something like that,

0:51:370:51:41

died in 1969, and I start looking at his oil paintings.

0:51:410:51:47

And several of his oil paintings I find that he features a mother

0:51:470:51:51

and a child side by side.

0:51:510:51:53

-There are several problems with that attribution.

-Go on.

0:51:530:51:57

Born in 1882, and we reckon this is about 1900, 1905,

0:51:570:52:03

it would be a very juvenile picture at that stage of his career.

0:52:030:52:08

I can't see anything stylistically in the handling of the medium

0:52:080:52:12

which would make me think it was by Cortes, I have to say.

0:52:120:52:15

Frustrating that there's absolutely nothing on the back whatsoever.

0:52:150:52:19

-Nothing.

-I might die before I discover who it's by,

0:52:190:52:22

but it's very, very charming.

0:52:220:52:24

I'm prepared to make an offer on it, something just over £200.

0:52:240:52:28

Are we near the 220?

0:52:280:52:29

-About 220, yes.

-About 220.

-Yeah.

0:52:290:52:31

-Have we got a deal?

-We've got a deal.

0:52:310:52:33

He may not have got a definitive answer on the artist's name,

0:52:330:52:36

but Eric's instincts pay off

0:52:360:52:38

and he makes a profit of £96.60 on the painting,

0:52:380:52:42

which means he's down to his final item -

0:52:420:52:44

the engraving of HM frigate Geyser. Eric heads up to London hoping

0:52:440:52:48

to sell it to a maritime art specialist by the name of David.

0:52:480:52:52

I have been doing a little bit of research.

0:52:540:52:56

I'm told that this vessel was laid down in about 1840.

0:52:560:53:00

-It's a technical term, isn't it, being laid down?

-Yes.

-Being built.

0:53:000:53:04

I believe that it was sort of broken up, um, in the 1860s, so it didn't

0:53:040:53:10

-have a very long life.

-No, no.

-No.

-It seems like a lot of effort's

0:53:100:53:13

gone into it for such a short period of time to operate,

0:53:130:53:16

but I guess it probably did a lot of work in its time that it was built.

0:53:160:53:19

-Well, let me have a look at it.

-Good.

0:53:190:53:22

Looking at this particular piece, and looking at the paper that

0:53:220:53:25

it's printed on, and generally the fact

0:53:250:53:27

that it's sort of survived in such good condition,

0:53:270:53:30

I believe it's what's known as a restrike, I'm afraid.

0:53:300:53:32

The term restrike basically means when a print is republished

0:53:320:53:37

using the original printing plates.

0:53:370:53:40

So, the company Ackerman, although they no longer exist,

0:53:400:53:44

at some point sold their plates to another company, who have reprinted

0:53:440:53:48

it in the exact same fashion as the original would've been produced - on

0:53:480:53:52

good quality paper, hand coloured, the same look and the same feel.

0:53:520:53:57

I would say that probably the print is contemporary with that frame,

0:53:570:54:00

which would be 20 to 30 years. I would think,

0:54:000:54:03

if it were a period piece in a period frame, it would make

0:54:030:54:09

somewhere in the region of 4... £300-£400, something like that.

0:54:090:54:13

Would I be asking too much if I was, say, asking for £50?

0:54:130:54:18

-My instinct would be more around the £40 mark.

-OK.

0:54:180:54:22

But maybe we could meet in the middle, say 45?

0:54:220:54:25

45? Listen, 45 is perfectly good by me.

0:54:250:54:29

Not quite the result he was looking for, but Eric sells the picture

0:54:290:54:32

for a profit of £22.79, meaning he's all sold up.

0:54:320:54:37

He may be done, but Danny is still

0:54:370:54:40

nervously awaiting the results of his online sale,

0:54:400:54:42

so let's remind ourselves of how much our experts spent today.

0:54:420:54:47

From a £1,000 budget, Eric bought eight lots and spent £629.36.

0:54:470:54:54

Danny bought only five items, but adding restoration costs

0:54:540:54:57

and online auction charges, spent more in the end, £654.11.

0:54:570:55:02

But who brought home the biggest profits?

0:55:020:55:05

Now, it's time to find out who is today's

0:55:050:55:08

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion?

0:55:080:55:12

-Hey, how are we doing?

-Not so bad.

0:55:120:55:14

-How are you?

-I'm fine.

-Always a pleasure to see you.

0:55:140:55:17

Oh, thank you, Danny. Well, it's nice to get back into

0:55:170:55:20

the auction scene, for me.

0:55:200:55:21

I spent most of my life working for an auction house.

0:55:210:55:23

What was your best buy?

0:55:230:55:25

It's got to be that job lot with all the miscellaneous china,

0:55:250:55:29

most of which was worth very little.

0:55:290:55:31

There was a glass vase and cover.

0:55:310:55:33

-Right.

-It was fabulous.

0:55:330:55:35

And it was about 1880, probably Bohemian,

0:55:350:55:39

beautifully enamelled,

0:55:390:55:41

and, um, I found a man who really was keen to have it.

0:55:410:55:45

So what was your best buy, Danny?

0:55:450:55:47

Well, my best buy, funnily enough, would have been my workbench.

0:55:470:55:50

-Do you remember that workbench full of...?

-Yes, I do.

0:55:500:55:53

-..woodworm and all sorts going on.

-Yeah, yeah!

0:55:530:55:55

Yeah, well, I got it treated, I got it sanded, I got it re-waxed,

0:55:550:55:58

I got a little shelf put on the bottom.

0:55:580:56:01

Then I sold it to this lady, she's got a big antiques centre.

0:56:010:56:04

-Oh, right.

-Went down very well. But it looked the business.

0:56:040:56:08

-Come up trumps.

-Good lad.

0:56:080:56:10

-OK, well, let's see if you're going to come up trumps here.

-Yes.

-OK.

0:56:100:56:13

-Let's have a peep.

-Are you ready?

-I am.

0:56:130:56:16

-We'll do a one...

-A one...

0:56:160:56:18

A two, and a three!

0:56:180:56:21

-Ooh!

-Ooh!

0:56:210:56:23

Well, hey, that's a very healthy profit.

0:56:230:56:26

-Yours is even healthier!

-And that's what matters!

0:56:260:56:29

-In your box, it does, yeah, but not in mine.

-Come on.

-Come on, then.

0:56:290:56:33

Yes, Eric wins today's contest by a country mile, after Danny's online

0:56:330:56:37

auction plans didn't quite bring in the result he was hoping for.

0:56:370:56:41

He had some initial success with the two rarer pieces.

0:56:410:56:44

Oh, yes! We've got a bid! In fact, we've got four!

0:56:460:56:50

And it's made £50.

0:56:500:56:52

But even though he did sell every item, after postage, packaging and

0:56:520:56:57

auction costs, he only made a total profit of just over £7 for the lot.

0:56:570:57:01

Well, I realise I came up with a tidy profit there,

0:57:030:57:06

but in all fairness, Danny really did give me a run for my money.

0:57:060:57:11

So, at the end of the day, I have to be eternally grateful

0:57:110:57:14

to one Bohemian glass vase and cover.

0:57:140:57:16

I'm absolutely gutted.

0:57:160:57:18

I actually thought I was going to win that one.

0:57:180:57:21

It just goes to show,

0:57:210:57:22

don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

0:57:220:57:24

And also, check your chickens before you sell them,

0:57:240:57:27

as Danny discovers when he receives a surprising phone call

0:57:270:57:30

from one of the winners of his online auction.

0:57:300:57:32

-'I found something I thought you may be interested in.'

-What's that?

0:57:340:57:38

-'There were two coins in the bottom.'

-Was there?

0:57:380:57:42

-LAUGHTER ON THE LINE

-'One of them is an Irish ha'penny.

0:57:420:57:44

'It's worth a couple of quid. I looked at the other one

0:57:440:57:47

'and it's an old penny and it's, er, 1918.

0:57:470:57:51

'I must admit, this one isn't in particularly good condition.

0:57:510:57:54

'It's still worth about 40 quid.'

0:57:540:57:55

Oh, dear! But even if he had realised, the coins wouldn't have

0:57:550:57:59

brought in enough to beat his opponent this time.

0:57:590:58:02

However, our experts have together brought home a total

0:58:020:58:05

of almost £1,300 for good causes.

0:58:050:58:10

My chosen charity is Prostate Cancer UK.

0:58:120:58:15

It helps more men survive prostate cancer.

0:58:150:58:19

My chosen charity is Beagle Welfare.

0:58:190:58:22

Now, they take in orphans and beagles in need of a home

0:58:220:58:26

and look after them till the end of their days.

0:58:260:58:29

Both our experts have worked hard and shown they've got what it takes

0:58:290:58:32

to buy and sell antiques in order to make profits

0:58:320:58:35

when their own money is on the line! And you can't say fairer than that!

0:58:350:58:39

It is a mighty battle as Eric Knowles faces up to Danny Sebastian at an auction in Somerset. Old hand Eric shows no mercy to dealer Danny, and there is a surprise twist when 'The Knowledge' Knowles spots a sleeper in a job lot of china - but how much will it make?