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Episode 1

Anita Manning and Raj Bisram, each with £200, set off on an antique hunting adventure through the south east in a 1973 Triumph Spitfire.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts.

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That's cracking.

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With £200 each...

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Wonderful.

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..a classic car and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.

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-That's exactly what I'm talking about.

-I'm all of a shiver!

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The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.

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-No brainer.

-Going, going, gone.

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There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.

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So, will it be the high road to glory...

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-Push!

-..or the slow road to disaster?

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How awfully, awfully nice.

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This is Antiques Road Trip!

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Yeah!

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Today, we witness the blossoming of a brand-new road trip

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relationship for two antiquos.

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Anita Manning and Raj Bisram.

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Raj, the sun is shining, the sky is blue.

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-Are you ready for a new adventure?

-I certainly am.

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Good-oh.

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Anita is the road trip queen bee, with a passion for Scottish art

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and, of course, jewellery.

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Who could resist rummaging through that lot there?

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Raj is a relative Road Trip newbie,

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but as a former army fitness instructor and champion skier,

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he takes the competition very seriously.

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We're moving in for the kill now.

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Blimey. They'll be cruising the country

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in this rather snazzy 1978 Triumph Spitfire.

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Anita and Raj begin their journey with £200 each.

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Departing from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,

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they'll explore Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex,

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then head south, to Kent, Surrey and Sussex,

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before finishing at their final auction, in Bolton, Lancashire.

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Phew. But the very first calling point

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is at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,

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with their opening auction taking them to Beeston in Norfolk.

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Well, well, well, here we are.

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You've got a pocket full of money.

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-Wish me luck, Anita.

-Good luck, darling.

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-OK. Oh, lovely!

-See you later.

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Granny's Cupboard Antiques

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has been running for 30 years and is owned by Richard.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello.

-Hi, Richard, isn't it?

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-Hi, I'm Raj.

-Nice to meet you.

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It's so lovely to come into a shop full of antiques, proper antiques!

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Richard specialises in small antiques,

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sourcing them from walk-in customers,

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house clearances and from his travels.

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Have you got any bits of jewellery, Richard?

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There's a few bits I've actually just been pricing up.

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That's a nice silver bit of Art Nouveau, enamelled.

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-Quite like that.

-Yeah.

-That's a nice piece of jewellery, isn't it?

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This is a really lovely piece of Art Nouveau jewellery.

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It's a really nice little brooch,

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it's got mother of pearl in it and I really like the design.

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There's £28 on the ticket.

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What could you do that for, Richard, please?

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-24.

-24.

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Could I get you down to a nice round 20?

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-No.

-Ha!

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No? Fair enough. Can we split the difference at 22?

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-We can.

-We have a deal.

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22. I've got my first item on this trip.

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Cheeky! Playing the jewellery queen at her own game, eh?

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What will Anita think?

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1930s ladies purse.

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It's in excellent condition.

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These actually have become quite collectable these days.

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If I can get that at the right price,

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that's definitely a little buy.

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Anita would be very pleased with me.

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With no price on the label, it's back to Richard.

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-It's quite nice condition.

-It's very good condition, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Very, very cheap.

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-You can't argue with that price.

-No, I can't, no.

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-I'm not even going to ask for any discount.

-No!

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-What could it be?

-It could be a tenner.

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-You can't go wrong with that.

-It's a sale.

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Raj has found himself an Art Nouveau brooch and an early 20th century

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ladies' purse for £32.

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Back to Anita now, and she's tootled to Tottenhill near King's Lynn,

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for her first shop of the trip.

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The Antiques Emporium has a rather fine collection of goods,

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but, as usual, the cabinets are calling Anita.

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These pieces of agate, or pebbles,

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are found in the streams and beaches of Scotland.

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They were collected and taken down to the New Town in Edinburgh

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and polished and made into these lovely brooches and bracelets.

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And this, it's a little pillbox.

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Isn't that bonnie? Look at this striped agate here.

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The colours are wonderful.

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I was hoping that it might be gold, but it's not gold.

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This probably dates from the late 19th, early 20th century.

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But it's still functional in our modern days today.

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One to consider?

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And what we have here is a little miniature chamber candlestick.

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It's pretty.

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The handle, the base, the tub here,

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all have a very nice detail.

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Any more?

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Now, this chain here is really what we will call, perhaps,

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a fancy link chain.

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But it's the type of thing that...

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a Victorian gentleman would wear.

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This would go through his buttonhole here

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and this very nice fob, with the citrine glass stone,

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would sit outside.

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I really like this one because it's quite unusual.

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And I would like to have a go at it.

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This chain is known as an Albert, named after Prince Albert,

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who wore this style of watch chain in the early 19th century.

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So Anita has a few options. Jane's in charge.

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Let's have a chat, shall we?

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Jane, I've found three things which I liked.

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-OK.

-But there's one thing that has intrigued me.

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-Right.

-And it's this thing here.

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-Right.

-I believe that it is something

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that they used to use for spooning out and stirring pig swill.

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Pig swill? Right. Not porridge?

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Or porridge!

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-I'm going to call it a porridge stirrer.

-OK.

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-How much is that?

-I think we could do £20 on that.

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Could you do those...

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The three, the porridge stirrer and the two wee...

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yellow metal things for 40 quid?

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Both the pillbox and the Albert chain are marked up at £30 each.

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Oh, you're pushing me there, Anita!

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Well, just say "no" and throw me out of the door.

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Could we say...50?

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£50 for the three things?

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-Yeah.

-Put it there.

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Thank you.

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And Anita's bagged herself a Victorian Albert,

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or watch chain, for £20,

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an agate pillbox for 25

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and a four-foot rustic wooden spoon for £5.

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-I'll place them in there really carefully.

-Hi-ho, hi-ho...

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..it's off to auction I go.

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Good luck, Anita!

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Raj, meanwhile, has made his way south of Wisbech, to Littleport,

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just outside Ely, which lies on the River Great Ouse.

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Raj is here to check out a relatively-new antiques haven,

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run by Andrew. Hi, Andrew.

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-Hello, Andrew.

-Hello, Raj.

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The Salvage And Trading Post

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has a plethora of antique collectable and vintage treats

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for Raj to check out.

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Andrew. I wonder, could I have a look at some of the things

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in your cabinet, please?

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Is there anything in particular, Raj?

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I'd like to see the butter knife.

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Cheese scoop, as you call it.

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That's an unusual thing.

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It is. Unfortunately, the box is damaged on that,

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but, as you rightly say, the scoop is an unusual one.

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This is like a butter knife, but with a little horn handle.

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Yes. Yes, I think the collar is actually silver hallmarked,

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-and it's "Sheffield, 1906."

-Hmm.

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Are the rest of them hallmarked, as well?

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-No, I believe the others are plate.

-Yeah.

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What could you do this for?

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Well, the ticket price is 38.

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I'm prepared to say £30?

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It's a bit too tight for me.

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-I'll take 25.

-OK.

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Well, let me put it there for the moment, OK, if I can?

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And just think about that.

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Andrew thinks he's got something else to Raj's taste.

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This is the 101st edition of the Streeter & Co.

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As I understand it, it's actually a gold leaf illustration,

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which is...

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-quite a rare...

-It's a lovely little book.

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This was originally a shop in London, in Bond Street.

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And they sold really good quality jewellery

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and small artefacts and this is basically their catalogue.

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The illustrations are gorgeous. Absolutely love it.

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How much have you got on this?

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165.

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Hmm.

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Yeah, if I were to buy these two items...

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If I were to say £60 for the two.

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£60 for two?

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I'm not going to argue with you at all, Andrew.

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-I'm going to shake your hand.

-Thank you, Raj.

-60? Fantastic.

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Very well done.

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So, that's two cracking gems for Raj. A 1940s butter knife,

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cheese slice and pickle fork set

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and a rather unusual jewellers' gems' book,

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both for £30 each.

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It's home to bed, you two. Nighty-night.

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It's a new day and our experts are back, tearing around

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in the Triumph Spitfire.

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Do you like the wind in your hair, Raj?

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I...

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I love the wind in my hair.

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Hey, a bit below the belt, Anita!

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With the auction in Beeston in sight,

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this perky pair must first head to their next destination,

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Fakenham in Norfolk.

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Anita's here to call at Fakenham Antiques And Collectables,

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run by Sandy. Look out.

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-Good morning, Anita.

-Hi.

-How are you?

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Anita is armed and ready and dangerous with £150 to spend.

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Straight to the glass cabinets this time.

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There's a surprise.

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And this time, it's colour that's pulling my eye.

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These are 1930s napkin rings.

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They're made of Bakelite.

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They do have that vintage look

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that young people are looking for today.

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Now, this is a set of six here and I quite like them.

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Lovely! Ticket price is £28. Stand by, Sandy.

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I like these, I think they're quite stylish.

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-They're pretty, aren't they?

-Yes.

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-I think that this is perhaps been part of a bigger set...

-Set, yeah.

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..because I would have liked more variety in the colours,

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because we've got three green ones there.

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I could do them for 18.

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-Could we do them for 18?

-Yeah.

-Let's go for it.

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So, that's £18 for the 1930s Bakelite napkin rings.

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Straight in her pocket.

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-It's been lovely being here.

-Lovely having you, Anita.

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-Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye now.

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Meanwhile, Raj is travelling ten miles north,

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towards the attractive town of Wells-next-the-Sea,

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so called due to its historic proximity to fresh springs.

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Get it?

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Landscape's very, very flat.

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It's a little bit like Kent, where I'm from,

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but this is obviously much flatter.

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Raj is heading to a magnificent stately home, to learn about

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an agricultural pioneer

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whose ground-breaking techniques helped form the future

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of Britain's farming industry.

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Raj is here to meet Holkham Hall's manager, Sharon Cheshire.

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-Hello, Raj.

-Hi, Sharon.

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What a fantastic place!

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It's quite impressive, isn't it?

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Soon after Holkham was built,

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the population soared and demand for food was growing,

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calling for what some say was an agricultural revolution.

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This neo-classical mansion

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was at the heart of this innovative agricultural transformation.

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Wow. What an amazing portrait of the man.

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Done by Gainsborough, as well.

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Yeah. Thomas William Cook, Cook of Norfolk.

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The man who took over Holkham Hall.

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He inherited it at the end of the 17th century.

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It was about 30,000 acres at that time

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and it was already a well-running and well-developed estate,

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but because the things were being planted year after year,

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the crops were starting to deteriorate.

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So he knew that, to take the estate forward,

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he would have to look at new methods of developing the land.

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A century earlier, British statesman Charles Townshend

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developed a crop rotation system, whereby wheat, turnips,

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barley and clover were cultivated in succession,

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preventing soil exhaustion

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and earning him the moniker, "Turnip Townsend".

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Cook built on that idea and other revolutionary techniques,

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such as cross-breeding animals, to improve quality and seed drilling,

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introducing them to Holkham.

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There was lots of tenant farmers on the estate

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and each ran their own areas,

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but he encouraged them to sign documents to say they would stick

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with his plan, so that they would all work together.

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And obviously, having a house like this, where you can have

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amazing parties, bringing all those people in, does help.

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Despite also working as an MP for Norfolk,

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charismatic Cook invested time,

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energy and money in expanding Holkham's farming and reputation.

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This is a very elaborate trophy.

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Beautiful engraving on it.

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-Holkham Sheep Show.

-Yeah.

-Yeah. It would have been one of the trophies

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given for the breeding of cattle.

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Each year, Cook hosted three-day shearing events,

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a forerunner of county shows.

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Well, this is another first for me.

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These events attracted people from across the nation to share their

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expertise, learn from others

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and win prizes for the best animals on the show.

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There was even a trophy for the fastest shearer.

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Can I let you finish it off?

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Probably for the best. Has it still got any legs?

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I hope I wasn't too baa-d!

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Oh, dear.

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The care and passion Cook showed for agricultural development meant that,

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after his death in 1842, his tenants funded a memorial in his honour.

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Sharon, tell me about this amazing monument.

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The monument is 120 feet high with various symbols and plaques going

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around it, that basically tell a story of what he was involved in

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throughout his life. Part of it represents his political career,

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but it's mostly about what he achieved in agriculture.

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From selective breeding in animals,

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to improving crop rotation techniques,

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over 170 years after Thomas William Cook's death,

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his principles are still being used and the impact of his

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ground-breaking achievements live on.

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Back with Anita again, who's ventured inland to Holt,

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Anita is here to visit an old haunt, owned by Mandy.

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-Ah, Mandy!

-Hello!

-It's lovely to be back again...

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-Nice to see you again.

-..to your antiques centre.

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Mandy's been at Shire Hall Lane Antiques Centre

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for five years now, and as Anita's trod on these boards before,

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she knows her way around.

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Raj, how's your blood pressure?

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Cheeky!

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I love figure groups. I love sculpture.

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And I'm sort of drawn to this figure group here.

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It's of, I would imagine, two sisters here

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from maybe the '20s or the '30s,

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and they've got that characteristic short bobbed hair.

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It's made of plaster.

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So it's not a fine thing, but it has this lovely,

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lovely terracotta colour here,

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which I find very appealing.

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If we look at it, we've got a wee bit of damage there,

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a little foot has been off.

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And there's a bit of damage on the toe there.

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It's only £28.

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Oh, Mandy!

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Yes?

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Mandy, I've been drawn to this little figure group here.

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OK.

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It reminds me of me and my sister,

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and we had both these bob haircuts when we were young.

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Are you able to do anything about the price?

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-How does 22 sound?

-22?

-Yes.

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Mm-hm. Could it be bought for 20?

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-Go on, you've twisted my arm.

-OK, that's great.

-Is that all right?

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-Thank you very, very much.

-No problem.

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So that's an even 20 for a terracotta figure group

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of two sisters, without a toe.

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-Thank you again.

-Thanks, bye-bye.

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Now, it's back to Raj again,

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who's joined Anita in Holt

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to check out Mews Antiques Emporium, run by Andrew.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello, Raj.

-Andrew, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-Nice to meet you.

-And you.

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There's lots of rooms here, I think.

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Yes, you're very welcome. There's eight rooms upstairs.

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Spread over two floors,

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this antiques collectables and vintage store has

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lots of nooks and crannies for Raj to explore. Going down?

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Well, I've got about £100 left.

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And I really want to make a good profit.

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I'm happy to spend it all, but I've got to find the right thing.

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Go on, then, do it!

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-Andrew.

-Yes? I wonder, is it possible I could have a look

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-at that silver picture frame there?

-Yes, of course.

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-A nice frame.

-It is a lovely, lovely frame, but

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-the silver...

-It's such a shame...

-..is missing, because that is a beautiful frame.

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In perfect condition, a frame like this could make upwards of £100.

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This damaged frame, though, has a ticket price of £49.

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But Raj wants Andrew to see if the dealer can do any better.

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Nice tulips.

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Your silver frame, which has got a small amount of damage on

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the right bottom there,

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the cost is £49.

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What's the best we can do on that one?

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OK. Yeah, I understand. Thank you very much.

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Time to break the news to Raj.

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-What did he manage to say?

-Well, 35.

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Is that the very best?

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Well, the very, very best would be 30.

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30? I'm going to shake your hand.

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30, we have a deal.

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So that's £30 for the 1920s silver photo frame.

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-Thank you very much again, Andrew.

-Thank you.

-A pleasure.

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Where's the tulips gone? Oh, there they are. Good. And shopping's complete!

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So let's have a little peek at the purchases.

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Including his frame, Raj shelled out £122 on an Art Nouveau brooch,

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a ladies' cloth purse, a butter knife, cheese slice and pickle fork set,

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as you do, and a rare gems book.

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Anita spent £88 on an Albert guard chain,

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an agate pillbox,

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a giant wooden spoon,

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a set of Bakelite napkin rings and a terracotta figure of two sisters,

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one missing a toe.

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I'm wondering if Raj has been influenced by me

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in the things that he's bought,

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because there is definitely a feminine influence there.

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I think the wooden spoon's going to do really well.

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I think this would cause quite a stir.

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Oh, lordy.

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And whizzing away from Wisbech,

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our experts are now cruising their way through the Norfolk countryside,

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headed for their first auction in Beeston.

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-Well...

-Here we are.

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Here we are, Anita.

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The first auction.

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Exciting, darling, exciting!

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The family-run Townsend Auction Galleries

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have been open for 20 years.

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Their antiques, fine art and jewellery sale today

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will be led by veteran auctioneer David Palmer.

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My favourite item is the wooden spoon, it's brilliant.

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It has a presence.

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This is a spoon that appeals to this county.

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The 1920s French purse,

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this was created before the French became fashionable and chic.

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It looks to me as though someone has chopped a bit out of an old sofa and used that.

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Time to see whether the auction-goers of Norfolk agree.

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There's internet bidding here, too. So it could get exciting.

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Here we are, darling.

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The moment of the moments of truth!

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First auction.

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First up is Anita's Albert guard chain.

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A rather nice piece, this.

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Appreciated much in Scotland, I believe these items are.

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Ten, 12, 15, 18, 20.

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22, 25, 28, 30 over here. 30.

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At £30 now. 35, 38, 40.

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40 in the room.

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The room at 40. In the room at 40 now...

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Are you back in? I'll take your two, sir. He'll give you a kiss!

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-42.

-£2 for a kiss!

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That is that at 42.

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An incredible profit, straight off the blocks.

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-Doubled my money.

-You doubled your money and more.

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No pressure on Raj, then, for his Art Nouveau brooch up next.

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Oh, wonderful lot!

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Wonderful, wonderful lot, this is!

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Tenner for it? Ten for it. Ten, 12, 15.

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At 15... 18, 20 22,

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at 22. 25, 28, 30, 30, 32 over here.

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32, 35.

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Keep it going! 40. 45, 50, 55.

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60, stick with it, go 60.

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60. And five again, 65.

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At 65, here in front at 65.

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70, 75.

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It's in the room at 75, are you back in at 80?

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-80, over there at 80.

-Could be, could be, could be.

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I sell the far end at 80.

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All done at 80.

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-Hooray!

-Thank you!

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Crikey Moses, Raj has almost quadrupled his money

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on his first item!

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£80, that is brilliant.

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Can Raj's butter knife set do just as well?

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A tenner for it? Straight in at 10. Tenner bid, at ten, take two.

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12, 15, 18, 20, 22,

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22, 25,

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28, over there at 28 now.

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30, back at 30.

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32, 32.

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All done at £32.

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It's not a profit after auction costs, sadly.

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-Still a profit.

-You have to be grateful it's a profit.

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Next up is Anita's agate pillbox.

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Ten, 12, 15, 18, over there at 18.

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20, 22, 25, 28, 30.

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They're going, they're going!

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35 here.

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38. 40, 45? 40.

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It's 45, new money at 45.

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50, and again 55?

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-55.

-Wow!

-60. 65?

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At 60, I sell against you at 60.

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-65!

-Yes!

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I sell then at £65.

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-Wow, that is a...

-I'm happy with that!

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I mean, who wouldn't be? Anita's more than doubled her money again.

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Fantastic, fantastic!

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Now we're back for Raj and his silver frame.

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30, and £30 now, take a two.

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32, 35, 38.

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38, and 40.

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40. 45, at 45, stick with it, madam.

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At 45, 50!

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Stick with it, 55? At 55, make him pay, madam!

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At 55, are you in at 60?

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-Don't give in now!

-60!

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65? At 65 now?

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At £65, all gone at 65.

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Raj has more than doubled his money, too.

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What an auction, eh?

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And that was the one that we were worried about.

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Next up, it's Anita's terracotta figure group.

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Tenner for it? Tenner bid, ten, 12. 15, I've got. 18 off you.

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18, over there at 18 now.

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And I sell it at 18, 20.

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At 20. 22 now, at the back at 22.

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Back of the room at 22.

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All done at £22.

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After auction costs, that's a small loss for Anita.

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I'm disappointed.

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I shouldn't be, but I am disappointed.

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-I am, that was worth more!

-Well.

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Let's see if Raj's ladies' purse can do any better.

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Auctioneer David didn't hold out much hope.

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Ten. I've got ten in the room.

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Further bid off the net. At ten, take two, 12.

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15? Are you all together?

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15 with her, then, 18 off you.

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15 the lady. 18, 20.

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22 down here.

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25, 30, lady at 30.

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On the sofa at 30, selling at 30.

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Crikey! Raj is on fire today with his fourth consecutive profit.

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You've trebled your blooming money!

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Let's see if Anita can do the same

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with her rather jazzy Bakelite napkin rings.

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20, 22, 25.

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25? 28, 30,

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30. 32, 35. 35.

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38, 40, 45.

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At 45, one more will get it.

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-Just one more and you'll get it.

-Come on!

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50, there at 50.

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At 50, you sure?

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Standing at the back at 50, no-one else?

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Done and finished at 50.

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-Yes!

-That's it, 50. Brilliant, well done.

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Crikey, it could be a close call, this one.

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I've still got my star lot to come!

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It's all down to the two last items,

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the first of which is Anita's giant spoon.

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I can't wait for this!

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Start me at a tenner. Ten, I'm bid.

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At ten, take two, ten, 12.

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At 12 now, 15, 18, 20, 22, 20 over there.

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22? 25.

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28, 30, 32?

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35, 35 here. 38? 38.

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40, 45,

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at 40, the bids are at 40.

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-It's worth more than that!

-This is cheap! At 40.

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Come on, it's worth more than that, look at the size of it!

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45. 42, 45,

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over at 45. Make it 48?

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Go 48, she'll go 50, you know she will.

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46, now 50.

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With the lady at 50.

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I'm selling at 50, I'll take the two again.

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At 50, done at 50.

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That's good, well done.

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Last but not least is Raj's beautiful gems book.

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Now, can he make it five profits in a row?

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20, 25, 30, 35, 40...

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There's more bidders at the back.

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60, 65, 70, 75, 80...

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75, I sell...

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80, 85.

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At 85... 90 over here.

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95?

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At 90. It's in the room at 90.

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Net, where are you now?

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95. 100, room at 100.

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In the room at 100.

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Look at that smile!

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110, 120 room.

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The internet's in as well.

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140. Net?

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Come on, net, 150.

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Sir, don't let the net get it!

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Goes then at 150, all done at £150 on the net.

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-Wow!

-A good buy, well done!

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My goodness, an unbelievable £120 profit.

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Amazing job, Raj. You are a gem.

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-Happy, happy, happy?

-Yeah.

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-I like to see you happy!

-Happy, I'm a happy Raj, I'm a happy Raj.

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Anita began with £200, and after auction costs she's made £99.78,

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leaving her with a lovely £299.78 to spend next time.

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Raj started with the same amount and after taking auction costs into

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account, he made £170.74.

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A staggering £370.74.

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Plenty of cash for our top auctioneering twosome

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to spend as we head into another day and another leg.

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Well, Raj, we've got plenty of dosh in our pockets.

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We did so well yesterday.

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Is it the big spend today?

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Well, I think so.

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Today's leg begins in Sheringham in Norfolk, with their second auction

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taking them south to Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex.

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So, Raj, you're full of beans today,

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but there's a special reason for that.

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-I believe it's your birthday, darling?

-It is indeed, it is indeed.

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# Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you

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# Happy birthday, Mr Bisram...

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-# Happy birthday to you!

-Happy birthday to you. #

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-Whoa!

-Oh, lovely.

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Who needs Marilyn Monroe, eh?

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Here we go.

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Oh, this is lovely.

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-Raj, they've put out the bunting for us.

-What more could you want?

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Anita's first shop today is

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Sheringham Collectables, run by Barry. Hello!

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-Hi, I'm Anita.

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-Hello, Anita.

-This is just looking absolutely wonderful.

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I think I'm going to have to take my bonnet off and my gloves off.

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She definitely means business, this woman.

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From glassware to china, jewellery and militaria,

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the shop sells all things collectable.

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This is quite an interesting wee item.

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It's a top-hat brush.

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It is hallmarked silver and it is embossed with the family

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at the table eating, drinking.

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So, it's a nice domestic scene.

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I think I might have a go at that.

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But first, Anita's got her eye on those cabinets again.

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Could I have a look at the enamelled dressing table set

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and also the Masonic locket?

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Well, there's the Masonic locket.

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Thank you.

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I rather like the look of this.

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At the front, we have the dividers,

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which are a Masonic symbol, and this rather attractive cornucopia.

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It belonged to Brother William Jones in 1944.

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It's fully hallmarked at the bottom

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and, though it might have a limited appeal, I like it.

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One to consider. Now, what about that dressing table set?

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So, the important thing about, er...enamelled ware

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-is that it shouldn't have any damage, really, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-A bit of damage on the mirror.

-That's a shame,

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because the mirror's probably one of the most important pieces.

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-Yes.

-And we've got some damage there.

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-Damage there.

-But it's a rather pretty pattern, with

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-the garlands of flowers...

-Yeah.

-..and the brush has got a kind of

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wee scuff on it as well. So I've got...

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..three pieces with damage.

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Anita's rather keen on this dressing table set, marked up at £45,

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the Masonic pendant at 30

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and the top-hat brush at 38, totalling £113.

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So, can she get a deal for the three?

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Could we be anywhere near £50 on these?

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Um, how about 55?

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-55. I think that's smashing.

-Yeah?

-I'm happy with that.

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So that's £55 for the three.

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A marvellous £58 off for Anita.

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Meanwhile, Raj is in the former weaving town

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of North Walsham to visit...

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Wait a minute, where's he going? The garden centre?

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I've just stopped at a garden centre.

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It's not really the place you look for antiques, but you never know.

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Blimey, what's he up to now?

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A sack of peat? A phone box?

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That's exactly what I'm talking about.

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Something that's a bit unusual

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that you wouldn't find in a place like this - an old telephone box.

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Ring-ring! How's that, eh?

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Ben's the man to call today. Hello, Ben.

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-Hi.

-Hello!

-Are you the owner?

-Yes, I am.

-This is fantastic.

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-This is just the thing I'm looking for.

-OK.

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Give me an idea what kind of money you would be expecting for it?

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Um...1,000-1,500?

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-I've got about 300... Just over £330.

-Right, OK.

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Is there any way we're going to be able to do a deal?

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I don't think I could do it for that.

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But Ben thinks he might have something else

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that might tickle Raj's fancy.

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Right, I managed to dig out an old apple picker.

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Um, we tend to get items like this to put out on display.

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You know, it's a nice piece of...

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old agricultural collector's item, really. How much can you do it for?

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-£10?

-£5 and we've got a deal.

-Yeah, OK, we can do that.

-Yeah?

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-Yeah, sounds good.

-We have a deal.

-A lovely job.

-Thank you, Ben.

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And that is Raj's first buy of the trip.

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An apple picker bag for a fiver.

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Back with Anita now, who's made her way to Stalham,

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the northern gateway to 125 miles of navigable waterways

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known as the Norfolk broads.

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But Anita's here to navigate her way around more familiar territory

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and local antique delights

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at Stalham Antique Gallery, run by Mike.

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-Hello!

-Oh, hello.

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-Welcome to Stalham.

-Oh, it's lovely, lovely, lovely to be here.

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How lovely! With over 35 years in the trade,

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Mike has a passion for pieces from the 17th to the 19th century.

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Well, this just looks like the teddy bears' picnic!

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Isn't this absolutely delightful?

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This little chair, I like particularly.

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It's a little child deckchair, or steamer chair.

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It's probably from the late 19th, early 20th century.

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A wee bit of damage there, which is a wee bit worrying.

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But I also like this lovely pokerwork table

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that all the teddy bears are sitting around.

0:35:250:35:29

Now, this is early 20th century,

0:35:290:35:32

and here we have an image of a pretty girl.

0:35:320:35:36

The little table has bobbin turned legs,

0:35:370:35:41

and further pokerwork decoration on the understage.

0:35:410:35:46

People like miniature things.

0:35:480:35:51

With no price on it, Anita calls Mike over.

0:35:510:35:55

Is this something that I could buy for not a lot of money?

0:35:550:36:02

I think it's worth about £100, but, to you, maybe a bit less.

0:36:020:36:09

I'd like you to beat your competitor.

0:36:090:36:11

-Oh, thank you, darling!

-So I think, today, we'll say £40.

0:36:110:36:15

-Will we say 40?

-SHE GASPS

0:36:150:36:17

That is a wonderful deal.

0:36:170:36:19

-Have we got a deal?

-We've got a deal.

0:36:190:36:21

Scorching. That's £40 for the late-19th-century pokerwork table.

0:36:210:36:26

Meanwhile, Raj has made his way half a mile further down the road to

0:36:260:36:29

a more traditional Road Trip stop in North Walsham,

0:36:290:36:32

at Timeline Antiques Centre, run by Michael.

0:36:320:36:35

Hello. Michael?

0:36:350:36:37

-Hello, Raj.

-Hi, nice to meet you.

0:36:370:36:38

The centre is home to several different dealers,

0:36:380:36:41

stocking both small and large antiques.

0:36:410:36:44

I'm wondering if I could maybe put Anita in these?

0:36:460:36:48

I don't think she'd appreciate it, really.

0:36:510:36:53

No, me neither. Best move on.

0:36:530:36:57

I've seen a really nice pair of scallop-rounded dishes, Crown Derby,

0:36:570:37:02

which I quite like as well, in one of these cabinets here.

0:37:020:37:06

Raj calls on Michael's assistance to take a closer look.

0:37:070:37:11

These are nice, and are they in perfect condition?

0:37:110:37:14

This one feels like it is.

0:37:140:37:16

For their age, they're in really good condition, yeah.

0:37:170:37:21

-Talking about 1806...

-Yeah!

-..that sort of date.

0:37:210:37:24

Yeah, they're nice, I quite like them.

0:37:240:37:26

The ticket price is £78.

0:37:260:37:29

What can you do these for, Michael?

0:37:290:37:31

-Because I bought them well...

-Mm-hm?

-..um, I could let those go for £30.

0:37:310:37:36

I would normally say, "Can you do a little bit better?"

0:37:360:37:38

because it's just in my nature, OK?

0:37:380:37:41

But, on this occasion, at £30...

0:37:410:37:44

..I'm going to shake your hand.

0:37:460:37:47

-That's wonderful, thank you.

-Thank you very much indeed, Michael.

0:37:470:37:50

That's a fair, fair price, so...lovely!

0:37:500:37:53

But Raj isn't done just yet. Oh, no.

0:37:530:37:55

Have you got anything that's apple-related?

0:37:550:37:58

Weird question.

0:37:580:37:59

-Er...

-Because I'll tell you why. I've bought a lot already.

0:38:010:38:04

It's just a simple apple picker, and I wanted to know if I could buy

0:38:040:38:07

anything that was apple-connected to put with it to bulk the lot up.

0:38:070:38:11

I've got a preserve pot in the shape of an apple.

0:38:110:38:13

Oh, you could be onto something.

0:38:130:38:16

Yep, a silver-plated EPNS apple sauce pot.

0:38:160:38:19

Yeah, it's not a lot of money. I mean, what could you do that for?

0:38:190:38:22

A fiver?

0:38:220:38:24

A fiver? Yes, I'll have that as well.

0:38:240:38:27

-Well done.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:38:270:38:29

So that's £35 for a pair of early 19th-century scalloped Derby dishes

0:38:290:38:34

and an apple preserve pot.

0:38:340:38:36

On that fruity note, it's time to get some shut-eye, Antiquers.

0:38:360:38:40

Nighty night.

0:38:400:38:42

Wakey-wakey, rise and shine!

0:38:440:38:46

It's another beautiful day for treasure hunting.

0:38:460:38:49

# On the road again, Raj! We're on the road again

0:38:500:38:54

# We're on the road We're on the road

0:38:540:38:56

# We're on the road again! #

0:38:560:38:59

And in high spirits.

0:38:590:39:01

This morning, the jolly duo are

0:39:020:39:04

taking the Triumph Spitfire to Norwich,

0:39:040:39:06

Norfolk's county town.

0:39:060:39:08

Based just outside Norwich city centre is East Anglia's largest

0:39:080:39:12

dealer-based antiques and collectables centre -

0:39:120:39:14

Looses Emporium.

0:39:140:39:16

Patrick is at the helm today.

0:39:160:39:18

-Hello, Patrick, is it?

-Yes, it is.

0:39:180:39:20

-Hi, Raj, nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

0:39:200:39:22

-What a place!

-It is.

0:39:230:39:25

It looks enormous!

0:39:250:39:27

It is. With plenty to peruse,

0:39:270:39:29

and Raj has just over £330 in his back pocket.

0:39:290:39:34

These fairground, these... Old 1940s, I guess?

0:39:350:39:38

Yeah, probably a little bit earlier, some of them.

0:39:380:39:40

-I know they're collectable.

-They are collectable at the moment, yeah.

0:39:400:39:44

They don't often come on the market.

0:39:440:39:45

-RAJ SIGHS

-I'd do you one for £200.

0:39:450:39:49

That's what they cost me, each.

0:39:490:39:51

I mean, I have to say,

0:39:520:39:54

I am tempted by them, they are slightly different.

0:39:540:39:56

I mean, actually, I just noticed that...

0:39:560:39:59

-That motorbike one.

-Yeah, that's the one I'd want.

0:39:590:40:02

You see, then, if I bought something like that,

0:40:020:40:04

then I'd be looking for two different markets,

0:40:040:40:07

not only the fairground market, the decorative market...

0:40:070:40:09

-Mmm, motorbike people.

-..but also the motorbike people, as well.

0:40:090:40:12

It's a little bit risky for me, but will you take £150 cash for them?

0:40:120:40:17

I can do 180.

0:40:190:40:20

What about split the difference - 160?

0:40:220:40:24

-I can't risk too much.

-Go on, then.

-160?

-Go on, then.

0:40:260:40:29

-We've got a deal.

-Got a deal.

0:40:290:40:31

Very kind, Patrick. Anita was right.

0:40:310:40:33

It seems Raj is spending big today and he's not finished yet.

0:40:330:40:36

It's dealer Roy's turn now.

0:40:360:40:39

Is it possible I could have a look at this, I guess, paper knife,

0:40:390:40:43

-I think you'd call it?

-Are you over 18?

-I'm over 18!

0:40:430:40:45

Only just, though, only just.

0:40:450:40:48

In your dreams!

0:40:480:40:49

Yeah, what I noticed, and it is as well,

0:40:490:40:52

-is the engraving here of the tennis player.

-Mm-hm.

0:40:520:40:56

-Unusual.

-It IS unusual.

0:40:560:40:57

-I would guess, from the blade, probably '60s or '70s.

-OK.

0:40:570:41:02

-Not a particularly old piece, but unusual.

-No.

0:41:020:41:04

-It is unusual. I mean, it's a great maker.

-Mm-hm.

-Wilkinson.

0:41:040:41:08

-That is definitely quite a nice quality item.

-Yeah.

0:41:080:41:11

What could you do this for?

0:41:110:41:13

Erm...the very best would be 40. And that's half-price.

0:41:160:41:21

Could I possibly offer you 35 for it?

0:41:220:41:26

It would be cash.

0:41:260:41:27

-Yes.

-Yes?

0:41:310:41:32

-At £35...

-Leaving me a little bit of meat on the bone, as they say.

0:41:320:41:36

I'm going to shake your hand.

0:41:360:41:37

-Thank you very much indeed.

-No problem.

-Thank you very much.

0:41:370:41:40

So that's £35 for the engraved paper knife

0:41:400:41:43

and 160 for the early 20th-century fairground motorcycle ride.

0:41:430:41:47

-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

0:41:480:41:50

-Thank you for showing me around.

-That's all right. I hope you do ever so well with it.

0:41:500:41:54

Still in Norwich, Anita's here to find out

0:41:540:41:56

about a little-known local lad

0:41:560:41:58

who was once an entertainer and film star, famous the world over.

0:41:580:42:03

To tell Anita more about this forgotten pioneer

0:42:030:42:06

of stage and screen is local historian and author Philip Yaxley.

0:42:060:42:10

-Hi, Philip.

-Lovely to see you, Anita.

0:42:100:42:13

It's lovely to be here in this wonderful square,

0:42:130:42:17

with Norwich Cathedral here and the marvellous Norwich School.

0:42:170:42:21

William Vernon Blyth was born in 1887.

0:42:220:42:25

After attending Norwich School,

0:42:250:42:28

he sought fame and fortune as a magician and comedian in London.

0:42:280:42:32

His sister, Coralie, was already big in the West End theatre scene,

0:42:320:42:36

but in 1906, she went to America and took 19-year-old Vernon along.

0:42:360:42:42

He got a small part in one of her plays, leading to other roles,

0:42:420:42:46

which not only impressed his peers,

0:42:460:42:47

but also wannabe actress, Irene Foote,

0:42:470:42:50

who went on to become his wife.

0:42:500:42:51

Was he successful at that time before he met Irene?

0:42:530:42:56

He was becoming more and more well-known on the Broadway stage.

0:42:560:43:00

They got married in May 1911,

0:43:000:43:02

and they became more and more successful.

0:43:020:43:05

Vernon Castle, as he was now known, and wife, Irene,

0:43:050:43:08

went on to act in Paris.

0:43:080:43:10

Whilst there, they made the move

0:43:100:43:12

from acting to dancing, after getting a slot

0:43:120:43:14

at elegant Parisian dining and dancing revue Cafe de Paris.

0:43:140:43:19

At the time, intimate animal-named dances, like the turkey trot,

0:43:190:43:24

were all the rage, but the Castles tamed these dances,

0:43:240:43:28

refining and popularising them.

0:43:280:43:30

When they returned to America, their careers continued to skyrocket.

0:43:300:43:34

1914 was a very, very big year - the pinnacle of their success.

0:43:340:43:39

They issued the bestselling book, Modern Dancing.

0:43:390:43:43

And they did a whirlwind tour of American cities, 35 -

0:43:430:43:48

some people call it 32 - cities in 28 days!

0:43:480:43:51

And, everywhere they went, there were big banners,

0:43:510:43:54

"The Castles are coming, hooray, hooray!" and big crowds!

0:43:540:43:57

Equate it to the Beatles in 1964.

0:43:570:44:00

They were young, they were talented, they were beautiful,

0:44:000:44:04

and everyone wanted to copy what they were doing.

0:44:040:44:07

Yes, with all their endorsements and fashion,

0:44:070:44:10

they weren't just the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of that time,

0:44:100:44:13

but heavens they were, but they were also the Posh and Becks.

0:44:130:44:17

Vernon wrote a film, called The Whirl of Life.

0:44:170:44:20

A huge hit, both at home and abroad,

0:44:200:44:23

even Fred Astaire admitted Vernon was his dancing inspiration.

0:44:230:44:27

To tell and show Anita more is

0:44:270:44:29

professional ballroom dancer Sasha Zagovsky.

0:44:290:44:33

Tell me what the popular dances of that time were.

0:44:330:44:37

Well, really, as a reaction to the stiff formality

0:44:370:44:40

of the Victorian age, the animal dances had become very popular,

0:44:400:44:43

and we had everything from the bunny hug

0:44:430:44:46

to the chicken scratch to the kangaroo hop.

0:44:460:44:49

The one that survives to today, of course, is the foxtrot.

0:44:490:44:52

The Castles refined all of these dances

0:44:520:44:54

and made them much more acceptable.

0:44:540:44:56

Give it a go, then, Anita. If I can do it, anyone can.

0:44:560:45:00

Eight steps.

0:45:000:45:01

And then, from there, achieve a rotation.

0:45:030:45:06

Not one I ever did on Strictly.

0:45:060:45:08

-We breeze along happily, as Vernon Castle says in his book.

-Great fun!

0:45:080:45:12

You back away from each other. You run around me, Anita.

0:45:120:45:17

We wind up, I turn to meet you, we do a lovely little dance pose.

0:45:170:45:21

-Aw!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:45:210:45:23

Seven!

0:45:230:45:24

So what influence did they have from that time up to today?

0:45:260:45:31

Really it's the idea of style, polish, poise,

0:45:310:45:36

elegance and technique.

0:45:360:45:38

All of those things! Really, without the Castles,

0:45:380:45:42

we wouldn't have ballroom dancing today, and probably no Strictly.

0:45:420:45:46

And that would be a shame.

0:45:460:45:48

Vernon died in 1918, serving his country in World War I.

0:45:480:45:52

Irene retired from public life a few years later, but lived until 1969.

0:45:520:45:57

Just over 20 years after Vernon's death,

0:45:570:45:59

their story was memorialised when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

0:45:590:46:03

starred in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.

0:46:030:46:07

This local Norwich boy may no longer be well-known,

0:46:070:46:11

but without him pioneering a clean-cut but fun dancing style,

0:46:110:46:15

ballroom dancing wouldn't be what it is today.

0:46:150:46:18

In the meanwhile, Raj has whizzed southwest of Norwich to Wymondham.

0:46:230:46:27

He's here to check out a local gem, Market Cross Antiques, run by David.

0:46:270:46:32

-Hello there.

-Hello, how are you?

-David, is it?

-It certainly is.

0:46:320:46:35

-I'm Raj.

-How'd you do?

0:46:350:46:36

There's three showrooms' worth of stock to choose from.

0:46:360:46:39

What have you got there?

0:46:430:46:45

This is a piece of West German pottery.

0:46:450:46:48

At the time, it wasn't very, very popular,

0:46:480:46:50

but it seems to have become more and more popular now.

0:46:500:46:53

It's got a ticket price of £35 for it.

0:46:530:46:56

There's a few bob in it.

0:46:560:46:58

One to think about. Maybe try another room.

0:46:580:47:01

These are a little bit different, a pair of saddles.

0:47:030:47:06

One for me, one for Anita. We could go riding off into the sunshine.

0:47:060:47:09

Time to find David.

0:47:100:47:12

-I've seen the pair of saddles.

-Oh, yeah?

0:47:120:47:14

You've got £20 on each. What's the best?

0:47:140:47:17

I'd do the pair for 20.

0:47:190:47:21

-The pair for 20?

-That's gotta be cheap.

0:47:210:47:23

Could I squeeze you to 15 for the two?

0:47:230:47:26

-Yeah, go on.

-Are you sure?

-Yeah.

-I want you to be happy as well.

0:47:260:47:29

-Yeah.

-Yeah? Are you sure?

-Yeah.

0:47:290:47:31

Yee-ha! That's £15 for the two old leather saddles.

0:47:310:47:36

-Thank you very much indeed.

-I hope you have some luck with them.

0:47:360:47:39

Back with Anita now, who's making her way to Panxworth,

0:47:390:47:42

with just over £200 to spend

0:47:420:47:45

at her final stop of the day.

0:47:450:47:46

Frankly Frank's the man in charge, so here we go.

0:47:460:47:48

Hello, I'm Anita.

0:47:480:47:50

-Hi, Frank, nice to meet you.

-Oh, it's lovely to meet you too.

0:47:500:47:53

This is an astonishing place.

0:47:530:47:56

The centre combines architectural salvage with antiquities and curiosities.

0:47:560:48:00

Plenty to pique Anita's interest and, yes,

0:48:000:48:04

she's already found something.

0:48:040:48:06

There are so many things in here which are huge and heavy.

0:48:060:48:13

But this is a nice, wee chest.

0:48:130:48:16

It needs a bit of TLC

0:48:160:48:18

but it's a good, honest, wee 19th-century piece here.

0:48:180:48:24

It's made of pine and it has these

0:48:240:48:27

iron strapping affairs here.

0:48:270:48:32

And look! Two wee carrying handles.

0:48:320:48:36

Isn't that sweet?

0:48:360:48:38

With no ticket price, it's time to call Frank.

0:48:380:48:40

Frank!

0:48:400:48:41

I've spotted this wee miniature chest here.

0:48:430:48:45

Oh, yeah, a lovely little pine box.

0:48:450:48:47

Uh-huh. There is no price on it just now.

0:48:470:48:50

What I'd like to pay for it is £20.

0:48:500:48:53

Is that coming anywhere near

0:48:530:48:56

what you're...?

0:48:560:48:58

We have it listed online for 65.

0:48:580:49:01

-Erm...

-65. Oh, but it's still online at 65.

0:49:010:49:04

-It hasn't sold.

-You're quite right.

0:49:040:49:06

I can meet you at £30.

0:49:060:49:08

Could you come down even a wee bit more?

0:49:080:49:11

Just a wee bit more to 25?

0:49:110:49:14

How about we split the difference?

0:49:140:49:16

-27.50.

-27.50.

0:49:160:49:19

-Put it there.

-It's a hard bargain.

0:49:190:49:21

Thank you, thank you.

0:49:210:49:23

Deal done. £27.50 for the miniature pine chest.

0:49:230:49:27

-Thank you very much.

-You're welcome. Good luck at the auction.

0:49:270:49:29

And, with that, shopping is complete.

0:49:290:49:32

Let's take a peek at our experts' treasures.

0:49:320:49:34

Along with the pine box, Anita bought a Masonic pendant,

0:49:340:49:38

a top-hat brush, an enamelled dressing-table set,

0:49:380:49:42

and a Victorian pokerwork table for £122.50.

0:49:420:49:47

Raj spent £250 on an apple picker bag and preserve pot,

0:49:470:49:52

a pair of 19th-century Derby china dishes,

0:49:520:49:55

an early 20th-century fairground ride, an engraved paperknife,

0:49:550:49:59

and two old leather saddles.

0:49:590:50:01

So, what do they think?

0:50:010:50:02

I think Raj has bought really well this time.

0:50:020:50:06

I love those Derby dishes.

0:50:060:50:09

A pair. They're the right period. He's got to double his money.

0:50:090:50:13

The silver and enamelled dressing-table set is definitely good quality

0:50:130:50:18

but I've spotted a little bit of damage. So we'll see how that goes.

0:50:180:50:21

Well, let's find out.

0:50:210:50:22

After starting in Sheringham, Norfolk,

0:50:220:50:24

Anita and Raj are now nearing their second auction in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.

0:50:240:50:30

Try and say that quickly!

0:50:300:50:31

Looks spectacular, doesn't it?

0:50:310:50:32

-Lots of cars as well.

-Yes, it does. Oh, it's going to be busy, Raj.

0:50:320:50:35

Oh, it is going to be busy for sure.

0:50:350:50:37

OK, here we go. Well, good luck today.

0:50:370:50:39

Let's go and make some money.

0:50:390:50:41

Today's gal with a gavel is Prudence Hopkins.

0:50:410:50:44

The pokerwork table is a very nice lot.

0:50:440:50:47

It's interesting and hopefully, it will do well on the day.

0:50:470:50:50

The fairground motorcycle is my favourite lot.

0:50:500:50:54

I think it's an interior piece, so I think that's our winner.

0:50:540:50:59

Take your seats. It's time to see what both the local clientele and

0:50:590:51:02

internet bidders think.

0:51:020:51:04

First up is Anita's Masonic pendant.

0:51:040:51:07

I'm straight in at £20.

0:51:090:51:11

£20 is bid.

0:51:110:51:13

-Already, fantastic.

-Do I see 25 anywhere?

0:51:130:51:15

£20 is bid.

0:51:150:51:16

25 is yours, sir.

0:51:160:51:18

£25 now in the room.

0:51:180:51:19

-Another one.

-We'll sell it, then, at £25. Make no mistake.

0:51:190:51:23

It's a solid profit, straight off the bat, for Anita.

0:51:230:51:26

A little profit on it.

0:51:260:51:28

We knew it wasn't going to fly but at least it's paid for its lunch.

0:51:280:51:34

Sticking with Anita, it's her silver top-hat brush.

0:51:340:51:37

Pretty thing, this one.

0:51:370:51:39

£20 for this one.

0:51:390:51:41

20.

0:51:410:51:42

-Oh, no, they don't like it.

-Ten, then. Take it away today.

0:51:420:51:45

£10 for this one.

0:51:450:51:46

£10 is bid. Thank you. 15 now on the internet.

0:51:460:51:50

20. 25 to bid, internet.

0:51:500:51:52

-Yeah.

-I have £20.

0:51:520:51:54

£20 in the room, then.

0:51:540:51:56

25 now on the internet.

0:51:560:51:58

30?

0:51:580:51:59

£25, then.

0:51:590:52:01

On the internet, they'll take it at 25.

0:52:010:52:03

It's another profit for Anita.

0:52:050:52:08

I thought it might go a little further.

0:52:080:52:10

Listen, you've sold two things and you made a profit on each one.

0:52:100:52:14

If I get to that position, I'll be happy as well, OK?

0:52:140:52:17

Well, let's see, eh, as Raj's Derby dishes are next.

0:52:180:52:22

£20 for these.

0:52:230:52:25

20...£20 is bid.

0:52:250:52:28

Thank you. Do I see five anywhere?

0:52:280:52:30

£20 is now bid.

0:52:300:52:32

The room goes silent.

0:52:320:52:33

We will sell them, maiden bid at 20.

0:52:330:52:36

Oh, dear. That's got to hurt.

0:52:370:52:39

Does my face looked disappointed?

0:52:400:52:42

-Yup.

-£20?

0:52:420:52:44

I know.

0:52:440:52:45

£20? Did I hear right?

0:52:450:52:47

Afraid so, fella!

0:52:470:52:48

But maybe his apple picker bag and preserve holder will do better.

0:52:480:52:52

20 for this.

0:52:520:52:53

-Come on!

-Ten, then, take it away today.

0:52:530:52:56

£10.

0:52:560:52:58

£10 today.

0:52:580:53:00

Five, then.

0:53:000:53:01

-£5. Any interest? £5. Thanks, sir.

-Do they grow apples in Essex?

0:53:010:53:04

Do I see ten anywhere?

0:53:040:53:06

We'll sell it, then, at £5, maiden bid.

0:53:060:53:09

Second loss for Raj. Ouch!

0:53:110:53:14

Oh, darling...

0:53:140:53:15

I must be still asleep.

0:53:150:53:17

OK? I'm going to wake up in a minute, aren't I?

0:53:170:53:20

Let's go back to Anita and see if she's still on her lucky streak

0:53:200:53:24

with her pokerwork table.

0:53:240:53:26

£40 for this one.

0:53:260:53:28

£40 is bid.

0:53:280:53:30

Thank you. Do I see five? 45.

0:53:300:53:31

-Straight in at 40.

-Straight in at 40.

-Straight in at 40.

0:53:310:53:34

50...

0:53:340:53:35

55. 60.

0:53:350:53:38

£60 now with the lady. 65, new bidder.

0:53:380:53:40

Well done again.

0:53:400:53:42

-70.

-70?

-75.

0:53:420:53:44

80.

0:53:440:53:45

85.

0:53:460:53:48

90.

0:53:480:53:49

-Yes!

-£90, then, with the lady...

0:53:490:53:51

Well done. Well done.

0:53:510:53:52

I'm coming shopping with you.

0:53:520:53:54

Take it away today at £90.

0:53:540:53:56

Great stuff. Anita's more than doubled her money.

0:53:560:54:00

You certainly are brilliant.

0:54:000:54:02

Maybe Raj's luck will turn with his engraved paperknife.

0:54:020:54:05

And I can start the bidding straight in at £25.

0:54:060:54:11

£25 is bid.

0:54:110:54:12

-Paid 35 for it.

-Do I see 30 anywhere? 30.

0:54:120:54:15

35 with me.

0:54:150:54:17

-Come on.

-40, sir.

-Yes.

0:54:170:54:18

40 is yours.

0:54:180:54:20

£40, then, in the room.

0:54:200:54:21

It's quiet, everyone else.

0:54:210:54:23

We'll sell it at 40.

0:54:230:54:25

There's still time to claw back some profits, Raj.

0:54:260:54:28

Back with Anita, now, for her miniature pine chest.

0:54:300:54:33

Start me off. £30.

0:54:350:54:37

£30 on the internet.

0:54:370:54:39

-£30 straight in.

-Done it!

-Do I see five anywhere? £30 straight in.

0:54:390:54:42

We'll sell it to the internet, make no mistake, at £30...

0:54:420:54:46

That should have done better. Bad luck, Anita.

0:54:480:54:51

Now, can Raj ride off with some profits with his two saddles?

0:54:520:54:55

Start me off. £20 for the two saddles.

0:54:550:55:00

20. Ten, then, take them away today.

0:55:000:55:03

-Struggling a bit, darling.

-£10 is bid.

0:55:030:55:04

-Thank you. Do I see 15 anywhere?

-Got ten.

-£10 is now bid.

0:55:040:55:07

No, they're not going to sell for a fiver each.

0:55:070:55:09

15 to take them away. Selling, then, maiden bid at £10.

0:55:090:55:13

Blimey! That's the third loss for Raj.

0:55:130:55:17

Look at them, they are very happy. Look, they're going,

0:55:170:55:19

"Can't believe we've got those two saddles for £10."

0:55:190:55:21

Yeah, well, that's the auction.

0:55:210:55:23

-Well...

-A day out at the auctions.

0:55:230:55:25

Next, it's Anita's final item.

0:55:260:55:28

The enamelled dressing-table set.

0:55:280:55:30

Start me off - £20 for this.

0:55:300:55:33

-20 straight in.

-20 is bid.

0:55:330:55:35

-Yes.

-Thank you, sir.

-Yes.

-25 now on the internet.

0:55:350:55:37

30, sir. 30.

0:55:370:55:40

35. 40.

0:55:400:55:42

-Good.

-45. 50.

-Yeah.

0:55:420:55:45

-55, 60...

-Oh.

0:55:450:55:47

65. 70.

0:55:470:55:50

£70. 75, now, on the internet.

0:55:500:55:52

80 to bid, sir?

0:55:520:55:53

-£80 for the gentleman in the room.

-Yes.

-Wow!

-Yes.

0:55:530:55:56

85 on the internet.

0:55:560:55:57

-90.

-Yes.

-It's still going.

0:55:570:56:00

-95.

-Yes.

0:56:000:56:01

100.

0:56:010:56:03

110.

0:56:030:56:05

-Yes.

-Ooh. Wow.

-120 to bid.

0:56:050:56:06

120. 130 to bid, internet.

0:56:060:56:10

130.

0:56:100:56:11

-I don't believe it. I don't... Oh, yes.

-140.

0:56:110:56:14

In the room, if you're all done and out, at £140...

0:56:140:56:18

Incredible. That's seven times what Anita paid for it.

0:56:190:56:23

-What a result.

-Vroom, vroom...

0:56:230:56:25

You've caught up already.

0:56:250:56:26

Oh, my goodness.

0:56:260:56:28

Well done indeed.

0:56:280:56:30

It all comes down now to Raj's last item -

0:56:300:56:32

his biggest spend and riskiest buy.

0:56:320:56:34

-Here we go.

-I have a run of bids on this.

0:56:350:56:38

I have to be in at £140.

0:56:380:56:41

-Yes!

-All right, it's not a profit.

-£140 is now bid.

-Not a profit yet.

0:56:410:56:44

Do I see 150 anywhere?

0:56:440:56:47

-100 and... 150, 160...

-Yes.

0:56:470:56:49

170 to bid, internet.

0:56:490:56:51

170. 180.

0:56:510:56:53

190 to bid. 190 now on the internet.

0:56:530:56:56

-200 in the room.

-Yes.

-£200 in the room.

0:56:560:57:00

220. 240.

0:57:000:57:03

260 to bid.

0:57:030:57:04

260. 280.

0:57:040:57:07

300.

0:57:070:57:09

£300, then, on the internet.

0:57:090:57:11

-If you are quiet in the room...

-Well...

-..we'll sell it at £300.

0:57:110:57:14

Yeah, that's OK.

0:57:140:57:16

Amazing. Certainly a clever buy from Raj, almost doubling his money.

0:57:170:57:20

-Are you happy, darling?

-Yes, I'm happy with that.

0:57:200:57:22

-Oh...

-Yes, I'm happy with that.

-Oh, that's wonderful.

0:57:220:57:25

Yes, that's good. I'm happy with that.

0:57:250:57:27

Definitely happy.

0:57:270:57:28

And so he should be, but is it enough?

0:57:280:57:31

Raj set off this leg with £370.74.

0:57:310:57:35

Post-auction costs, he's up £57.50,

0:57:350:57:40

giving him £428.24.

0:57:400:57:44

Anita began with £299.78,

0:57:440:57:48

and after auction costs, she made £131.70,

0:57:480:57:52

making her today's winner with £431.48.

0:57:520:57:57

Good going, girl.

0:57:570:57:58

Well, well done, Anita.

0:57:580:58:00

Well, that was so, so...

0:58:000:58:01

-Exciting wasn't it?

-..exciting.

0:58:010:58:03

Well done, you're in front now.

0:58:030:58:05

Oh, not just snapping at your heels.

0:58:050:58:07

A wee, wee bit in front.

0:58:070:58:09

-You certainly are.

-Well, Raj,

0:58:090:58:11

what's going to happen next?

0:58:110:58:13

Let's go off to the next one!

0:58:130:58:16

Can't wait. See you soon, chaps.

0:58:170:58:20

Next time, our auctioneers continue their south-east adventure.

0:58:200:58:23

Are we going round in circles, here?

0:58:230:58:26

Raj goes gaga for all things antique.

0:58:260:58:29

My eyes are starting to sparkle.

0:58:290:58:30

And Anita Manning goes all out for a deal.

0:58:300:58:33

I love you too.

0:58:330:58:34

Anita Manning and Raj Bisram, each with £200, set off on an antique hunting adventure through the south east in a 1973 Triumph Spitfire. Raj detours to hear about an agricultural pioneer in north Norfolk while Anita learns about much forgotten Norwich lad Vernon Castle, a global dancing phenomenon for whom we have to thank for Strictly Come Dancing.

This jolly B-road romp sees them sell their antique finds at Beeston, Norfolk and Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.