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through Northern Ireland to the north-west of England. The


competition starts at Grey Abbey and their experts are making their way


to auction at Belfast. They are driving this sporty little number.


1977, a year before I was born. was five. Five years more of wearing


flares and stupid tank tops the new! With �200 each, therein picturesque


Co down, heading towards their first shopping stop, Grey Abbey. It is


called Grey Abbey because of this stunning 12th century Cistercian


abbey that it was almost completely destroyed just over a century later


by Edward, the younger and less famous rubber of Robert the Bruce. I


wonder if the village is ready for its next innovation. -- invasion.


Good luck, mate. Take your time, look after your money. Do is stop


jumping everywhere, Jonathan. You must be fit. This is quite an


impressive place you've got, quite a nice collective of staff. Jonathan


is a novice on the show and is also buying for a market he doesn't know.


Nothing like taking a chap out of his comfort zone. This is the first


antique shop I have been in outside England. Outside my neck of the


woods. Charles is fantasising about his perfect purchase. I am hoping to


find something that describes history, full of heritage and age.


That is my gameplan, by a genuine antique. Here is a genuine teapot.


Evocative of the neoclassical movement. Feeling a bit peckish? He


is doing this because porcelain normally has a cold, dense feel to


the tooth but this has a softness and warned that points to


restoration. Still, �78, not bad, but the heart is ruling the


commercial mind. I must put it down and walk away. Jonathan is not quite


ready to walk away from his shop. Bridge on the Logan by George Kirk?


Not quite. The Logan is Belfast's first major river. It supported the


ship holding industry in the village and it is on for a mere �20. Work


involved is the same as an oil painting. And images cut onto a


metal plate, Inc is applied and then wiped off so that it remains only in


the engravings. This will be done around 1900, 1910. This is such a


major part of Belfast. 15? 20. It is worth that all day long. 20 quid,


thank you very much. I have gone for something which is Belfast,


identifiable as a Belfast subject, and not a lot of money. I think it's


perfect. �20? Very happy. Across the courtyard, Charles is trying to


sniff out his first bargain. Very Irish in its inspiration. The way it


falls in is so evocative of high Victorian furniture. This late


19th-century mahogany side table has been made in the manner of a Regency


designer who was determined to reform contemporary taste by


interviewing it with the spirit of classical purity. It is on for about


200. That is the top of Charles's budget. We are missing some of the


moulding. It is a gamble at �200. I would probably say, here is �100.


Done deal. Am I being a bit too keen? Yes, you are. Jonathan is on


the hunt for his next lucky purchase. Any paintings? That is the


toilets! Try spending a penny in an antique shop, Jonathan! Charles,


still in shock number two, is in a quandary over his table. -- shop


number two. I like it because it is decorative. Can I take a closer


look? Good idea. You never know what might be hiding underneath. We have


some woodworm and lost to the veneer. Shall we say �75? Good


work, Charles. Down from �200. you take �50 for it? OK. You really


turned the tables on him there! Impressive. In another antique shop,


Jonathan is distracted by something that ticks. It is just goldplated. I


think it's about 1917. It has been warned by amongst others royal navy


divers, Jack Cousteau and of course James Bond. The auction you are


going to, they have a lot of watch collectors. What is the price? I


think I said 85. I would split it with you, 82. I will take it.


Charles who can't drag himself away from Derek's shop. How early do you


think that is? About 1810, 18 20s. �30 to you. Would you take �20 for


it? I would buy them all day long for �20. �25, I will split it with


you. I want 60 and you are having it at 25. Derek, thanks ever so much, I


will buy it. Thank you. What is that cunning look in Charles' I? -- his


eye. I will have a word shortly with you about what we have got. Charles


looks suspiciously pleased with himself. He sold it as a early 19th


century Chinese but it is probably dated from around 1700, 1720. It is


probably about 180 years from what he thinks. I wonder if your


expertise has helped you choose a cheeky winner. Our two young blades


have already brought two items each, now time to crack onto the next


estimation. Ready? Let's go.They are heading south for the fairy,


crossing to Porter fairy on the banks of Strangford Lough. For our


young road trippers, not even paying for the ferry crossing is as


straightforward as it should be. we get a discount? No. It looks like


Charles has met his match. And we are off. Having left Grey Abbey and


taken the ferry to Strangford, they are heading north to Saint Field,


dating back to the early 18th-century, when it was known for


its cornflour and flax mills. Today it is better known for antiques.


With two shops to choose from, our guys decide who goes where. One two,


three. Thank you very much. This might look nice but the prices are a


bit rich for Jonathan. I have just under �100 left and I think, that


looks sweet, but he is asking �248. Not worth looking at. Those prices


do seems steep and it seems like Charles is not having much luck


either. These look to be worst first period, around 1775, that they were


make by -- made by any Tate or a forger based in Paris in the 1880s.


-- made by an imitator. You only know by the feel of the body.


would need �180 for them. If they were real, �3000, �4000, but they


are not. They have not exactly had the luck of the Irish. Time to speed


off to bustling, busy Belfast. Belfast, as I'm sure you know, is


the capital of Northern Ireland. A city which once had the UK's biggest


thread and tobacco factories and home to the historic ship lands


where the last century's most iconic ship was built, the Titanic. While


Charles Swans after see the sights, Jonathan hits the shops. -- swans


off to see the sights. Jonathan is keen to find out items of local


interest with the shopkeeper's help. From a local aspect, there are a


couple of options. Thank you, but I don't want to buy a map. A whole


souvenir industry grew up around Killarney in south-west Ireland.


is a real touristy thing, early 19th century. This is bog oak. Entire


forests lay preserved under Ireland's's many bogs. The lack of


oxygen in waterlogged Pete prevents the natural decay. This gives the


characteristic black colour. Right. Well, that's got a harp on as well.


This is the sort of thing that would sell? I think they would fly out,


yes. Would you do it for �65?What about �68 and we'll have a deal?


that's mine. The luck of the Irish. While Jonathan is on a mission to


spend, spend, Charles is seeing the sights of Belfast. Belfast City Hall


is the city's most iconic building. It was planned when Queen Victoria


gave Belfast city status in 1888. And finally opened in 1906. Today,


it is the civic building of the City council, if you want a register a


birth or death, apply for a wedding licence or even get married, the


City Hall is where you do it. The grandeur. The opulence and we


look around and we can see the ornate plaster work, the wonderful


marble slabs mounted on every wall. It goes up so many tiers. It is like


a big icing cake. Good morning. Good morning.What a


grand staircase you have. Cindy. Welcome to Belfast City Hall.


What do you think of the wonderful building? I think it is incredible.


Cindy, to me, it is so classic of the great Roman past.


The rooms are full of precious antiques and one piece in particular


catches Charles' eye. So this over here to me looks a very, very nice


early 20th century Edwardian come George V mahogany sideboard, but we


all know in the business where it came from, who it belonged to is


everything. It is actually walnut. Right, sorry.


A walnut sideboard, specially commissioned to go on to the


Titanic, to the captain of the Titanic's quarters. It wasn't


finished in time. The ship had sailed. This ought to be resting on


the seabed. Can we value it, Cindy? Well, we have had it valued and over


�100,000. Yeah because of the pedigree, the romance, the drama.


Don't get too carried away by the sideboard, Charles. Remember, there


is still shopping to be done! Jonathan is remaining -- John's


remaining �30 is burning a hole in his pocket. What are these? They are


spirit measures. They would be given out for music festivals.


Londonderry. They are like trophies. Let's hope these juniors were old


enough to drink the shots! They are Birmingham hallmarked. It is a


capital D. 1924 and there is an element of the art decor about it.


This is the rocket sort of thing. sale for �50 for the pair. They are


quite sweet. Early, nice design, and made of silver. Local interest. Url


let me have these for -- you will let me have these for... �30.It is


what I have got left. OK, I will take it. Thank you very much. Job


done. I'm now broke! Asset rich and cash poor.


On the other side of town, the time is running out for Charles. He only


has two items for auction and still has �135 to spend. The pressure is


on. Good afternoon to you, sir. are you? That's pretty, isn't it? I


like that. It is a nice silver bonbon dish. And it is �48. Can


Charles sweet-talk him into a deal? Well, would you take �30 for this?


And that will give me a chance? and I will do you a deal.


between friends. That will give me a great start. You are a good sport.


As Charles wheels and deals, Jonathan spent all his money and is


in the pub enjoying a pint. Lucky blighter!


Charles still has �105 to spend and is following in his old friend's


footsteps. So what we have got here... The province of Ulster.It


is a map of Ulster. Thanks, Charles. Jonathan has told us that. 1676. We


are talking ten years after the Great Fire of London. I like it very


much, Donald. It is the sort of thing much, Donald. It is the sort


of thing that could make �150 or �30. If I bought this, I would have


to spend about �50. To buy it from you? Unfortunately that wouldn't


happen. �90 would be the price on that. I just think it tells a great


story about my journey I have had so far. It is lovely to roll back time


and be adventurous with objects. Could it be that Charles is letting


his heart rule his head again? your hand out and clinch the deal. I


just know that will sell. I really, really know that will sell. I am so


confident. I like it because it tells a story of my trip so far so


I'll buy it. I've only got �15 left, but it doesn't matter. There is a


No point having second thoughts now, Carlos. The buying is over. But have


they bought wisely? With his �200 starter pack, Jonathan blew it all


on two items. He bought a painting of a bridge. He bought an omega


wristwatch and a trinket box and a pair of spirit measures. Charles


only spent �180 of his allowance of �200, but bought four items. The


regency-style mahogany table, a Chinese porcelain mug, possibly from


the early 18 century, a silver bonbon dish and an engraved map of


17th century Ulster. But what do they make of each other's purchases?


I think his biggest loss out of that lot is the map.


The cover at �68. It was a lot of money. If it was �48 I wouldn't have


bought. It. �28, I wouldn't have bought it. �10 maybe. It is boring.


Again he hasn't paid a lot of money for it it is because there is not


many people wanting to buy it. has been a fabulous road trip. Our


two chaps started off in Greyabbey and stopped off in Saintfield before


arriving in Belfast and once again our two experts rolled back into the


city for auction day. Best of luck, Charlie.


You might need it. No, ladies first. After you.


Well, charming. Belfast Auctions first opened its


doors 25 years ago and it sells everything from antiques to


jewellery, furniture and household goods. Perfect therefore for our


boys varied collection. I have been dreading this moment sclament


up is the Owe ming Omega SeaMaster �140. �150. $160. -- �160. Beginners


luck pushes Jonathan into the lead with �78 profit. But how long can it


last? Welcome to the Road Trip. That's a cracking start. Next up is


Charles' it map of Ulster. A gamble at �90. There is a nice map for sale


next. An interesting lot. 20. on, let's go. At �30. A it cheap lot


now at �35. That's one gamble that didn't pay


off and an unwelcome loss to kick-start Charles' auction. Will


Jonathan hold on to his lead with the lucky bog oak trinket box at


�68. I have set the ball rolling t and. Hey guys.I am going to be


complacent from now on? Shouldn't you be paying attention? For


goodness sakes stop talking! You are a fighter, are you? I am a


fighter. At �30. That will teach you two to chat!


Has the Irish bog oak box been sold? It has been sold. How much for,


please, sir? �30. Thank you. But the not so lucky Irish tink et


box made Jonathan a loss of �38 and decimated his lead. Charles is


hoping to redeem himself with his silver bonbon dish. A snip at �30.


need this to pay dividends. Come on! Come on! Let's keep going. �65. �70.


The silver bonbon dish, �70. �40 on that, baby. I'm delighted.


So you should be. That's a �40 profit.


Jonathan is hoping to reclaim his winning streak with these silver


glasses. �30 for the pair. �30. �40. �45. �47. 50. Jonathan is streaking


ahead with another cheeky little profit. Next up Charles' porcelain


mug. A bargain at �25 and more so because Charles was right in dating


it to the early 18th rather than the early 19th century. Come on. Around


1720. An early piece. �30. �40. �45. �47. Another profit, but Charles is


still struggling to claw his way back into the race after such a


heavy loss on the map. It is time for Jonathan's final lot. The


engaving of the Lagan. Has Jonathan been sold down the river? �25. The


bid is at the back at �27. 50. Are we all finished at �27. 50? But it


is enough of a profit to maintain a convincing lead over Charles. Who


made �2. 50 profit. A massive loss, but he is back. He


is bigger. He is better and he won't escape!


Charms a is banking -- Charles is banking everything on his


regency-style table to stay in the race. A steal at �40. �40. �50. �50.


�60. Back now at �70. All finished at �701234 That's -- $70. That's OK.


After my disaster, I proved a point. We are back in business. . It is the


end of the first auction and Jonathan goes into the lead. He


started off with �200 and offering paying it the commission he made a


profit of �18. 29. After commission t Charles has gone


from �200 down to �194. 16, but it is early days yet and anything could


happen. Well 1-0 to me.


It was quite close. It was.And that's how it is going to be


throughout the journey. Ah, fighting talk.


Next up the boys are hitting the antiques trail in Londonderry and


heading off for auction in Omagh. The names of these cities are


familiar because of the troubles, but Northern Ireland has put its


unhappy past behind it. Derry is the country's second biggest city and


the only walled city in the country to survive intact. As a result, it


is known as the Maiden City because its walls were never breached, but


more later. I wonder if the city is ready for its next assault?


That way? That way? That way. Jonathan has �218 to spend. Perhaps


he can pass some of it to Simon. are you? Very good, thank you.


You have got pretty much anything and everything in here.


When a shop is as stuffed as that, where does a chap start? If you look


at the table tops, you don't see above your head. You are not


necessarily looking in the cabinets because there is something in every


single place. Ah, finally something does catch his


eye? It is a pocket watch stand. style is pretty.


Dating from around 1890, the pocket watch stand is a splendid example of


arts and crafts. So you stand this on your mantelpiece and you hang


your pocket watch from the back and the little dial appears and then you


have got a mantle clock and when you go out, take it off, put it your


pocket and put it on the end tft chain.


Just the -- of the chain. Just the job for the man about town.


What is your best on on that? might make you an offer in a minute.


An offer I can't refuse? You probably will!


There are only a few antique shops in this part of Ireland so Charles


is heading south to Derry, towards the village of Lack. Good luck,


Charles. Hello. Nice to see. Good to see you. Welcome to Lack.


I am looking for a bargain. We are going to go upstairs.


I have an interesting piece here. That's a regency. Isn't that nice?I


can do a deal on that one. Paul, is that a face screen? Well, I call it


a fire screen. A fire screen made out of glass may not seem the most


obvious way of protecting ladies from the glare of the fire, but


that's what they were used for in the early 19 th seN th centre


century. This screen would protect the lady's face. Make-up was used to


hide all those imperfections. Steady, Charles. Although make-up


then made of bees backs was prone to running in the heat -- bees wax was


prone to running in the heat. your best price? Rock bottom.


Between friends? �120. Back in Derry, a modest little job, catches


Jonathan's eye. Ladies in the 19th century were too delicate to leave


through books so to protect their gloved hands from becoming soiled by


printing ink they used page turners like these. Suddenly Jonathan spots


something shiny. P- pewter.WM F. They were the world's largest


producer of metal ware in the early 1900s. How much is that chap?


bother looking at the bottom. best price is? �27 and clean it


yourself. �25. You call that haggling, Jonathan? OK, I can do


that. Thank you very much. Just because it


has age and it is a novelty. �4. OK. Two things. There we go.


Thank you very much. Give it some elbow grease. Isn't


that lovely? It scrubbed up nicely Jonathan, like you!


So 2-0 to Jonathan. Down the road in Lack, Charles is stick lacking!


have a delightful gentleman's hat box. It is leather and tooled inside


and here is your hat. Isn't that nice? If you are a gentleman, I


suppose from this period, you would not be seen without a fine top hat


in a wonderful Morocco box like this. How lucky can I be on this,


Paul? 6 65.What I might do, what I might do, I like the hat box very


much and the screen over there. I will buy them both probably with


your blessing for around �120. OK. It doesn't matter. I only ask


the question, you never know. What's the best price if I bought


them both together? �150. I will think about it for a second. Do you


mind? I will think about it. A good dealer buys right away.


Sometimes life is a bit pressurised. 140? As Charles feels the strain,


Paul offers to throw in money given back when the price is agreed on.


will give you �123. Have �3 back. thought Jonathan had finished


shopping in Derry but it seems the rivalry with his old chum is rather


getting to him. I am so competitive with Charlie. Let me see if I can


find what he might buy as well. I will be surprised if he didn't buy


something like this, little silver clock with orange enamel. A portable


timepiece with a struct that hinges out to supported. It dates from


1936. Completely silver apart from the base, ticking away beautifully.


A bit of damage on the top. I think that is rather sweet. I might have


to beat him to it. It was 85.Would you take a little bit on that?


do a fiver less. So it would be 80. Indeed! I can't go around buying


everything that he would buy! But I really like it. Go on, then. That is


it full . . I will leave and never come back. Still in the grip of


competition fever, Jonathan is heading south in search of more


booty. Having three items under his belt is not doing much for his


concentration. Didgeridoos. Never even been to Australia, it just


comes naturally for people like me. After a brief flirtation with a


silver plate, something else catches his eye. Quite a modern glass vase


and I was thinking, there are lots of modern factories that are quite


sellable now. Modern glass is attractive. When it is handmade and


fashionable like this bars it is eminently sellable. This is


something somebody would walk into a department store and buy. It looks


like they did just that! But it should be at least 30 years old.


have got �30 on it. Yes!Would you consider �15? We will go for 15.


Thanks very much. �9 off? Not bad at all. Is he learning the dark art of


haggling? In Derry, Charles is... Hello, haven't we been here before?


I am Charles Hanson, it is great to be here. Are you open to


negotiation? A little bit. You seem like a nice chap. You will only be


able to negotiate if Jonathan has left you anything to buy. This seems


to be some kind of lot. Be in bossing work is very good. Hopefully


it has hallmarks. There they are. Beautifully embossed, heavy. Is that


your price? 345. A little out of your price range, seeing as you only


have �66 to spend! Jonathan is racing off towards an antique shop


in drum Duff. It is a little village in deepest County Fermanagh. Yet it


is proving very hard for him to find. Where exactly are these roads


leading? Are you sure there's an antique shop around here? How are


you? I did not believe my satellite navigation when it sent me here. You


have the most amazing stock. People are pleasantly surprised when they


come in. We'll Jonathan, with only �94 left, find anything he can


afford? Within my budget will I be unlikely to find anything? We will


always try to get into your budget. I will show you a definite bargain.


Within your budget. Where is he taking you, Jonathan? Beautiful,


untouched walnut, Victorian. Would you believe it? A fire screen, just


like Charles court earlier. It looks like a dressing mirror but it has


two sheets of clear glass instead. would be inclined to say it was for


two little stuffed birds. Back then all forms of taxidermy were wildly


fashionable. There is half a moth in here. You won't charge me for that,


will you? We never charge for extras. �80. Where do I get my heart


tablets? Where it -- we shall see at the auction. I wish you luck.


Reunited, the chaps are back on the road and heading south to


Enniskillen, a town whose name is familiar because of its recent


troubled past. These days, though, this picturesque town is better


known for more tranquil pursuits, such as hosting the water ski World.


-- World Cup. What makes this antique shop so special is that it


is also the owner's home. Good morning. Good morning, nice to meet


you. It looks like a home rather than a shop, because it is. David


and Eva Lind actually live here, although they are quite happy to let


people come in for a few hours a day and let people buy their furniture.


I can't afford to hang around because I need to be quick. He will


honour those star treasures. -- on earth. Focus, Jonathan, please.


is rather groovy. People aren't really lying decanters any more but


you have Lou glass over white glass, �69, much less than it would


cost in a department store. I think Charles has spotted something.


like the objects inside. Jonathan, stop looking. Close that door. I


can't go anywhere and there he is. That is a nice little information


box. This soft white stone looks like seafoam, soft when first


exposed but hardened when heat is applied. You would smoke it like


so. What I like so much is the fact that this face is so well carved.


Late Victorian. Look at that skull. Aren't they sweet? Imagine smoking


him. I think they might do quite well at auction. But Jonathan


doesn't see anything in his budget so he is leaving Charles to get on


with it. This is very traditional, nice tray which I hope is 19th


century. It has applied crust border, the whole story and the


etiquette of tea drinking or dining. Back in the late 18th century, all


tea was a treat. It was exotic and expensive, the preserve of the upper


classes, and tea trays were all the rage. It is a snip at �70. My budget


is �66 and my tactics is to buy two items. If I was to give you the


collection of pipes and the tray for �60. David, you are a good man and,


I will think about it for the time being, but that's a really good


offer. Thanks. Thank you David. I will have a think. The fascination


with history, do I or don't I? knows, Charles, will you or won't


you? As Charles delib rates, Jonathan is offer off to visit a


very big house in the country. Welcome to Florence court. Thank you


very much. Jonathan's guide for the day is Martin Story. Florencecourt


House was the seat of the Cole family. I am glad you didn't unleash


one of these on me. Some people suggested an aggressive pointing


towards the driveway. They were won in a bet from a local familiar over


100 years -- family over 100 years ago.


Goodness me. It is an impressive sight, isn't it in William Cole a


peer and politician was given the title earl of Enniskillen in 1889.


Five generations of the family would live here until falling agriculture


prices and falling wage costs made it too expensive to run. It was


given to the National Trust in 1953. This is the library. Isn't this


lovely? It is not unlike mine at home.


It is like a man's room. The family gathered in the library. This would


be a perfect setting for a murder! Even in a grand room, there are


still traces of the cloel family. Such as this -- Cole family such as


this measuring stick in the family. Childrens names, dates and heights


recorded. What is mine? I have got my heels


on. I am about six foot. Well, I like to think anyway.


There is time for a squint upstairs. And this is the countess's bedroom.


The last thing is the chamber pot. Ah-ha. Oh crikey. Who is this chap


then? Gladstone. William Gladstone Prime Minister of


Britain had antagonised many families over his support for Irish


home rule. It threatened their supremacy and this was certainly one


of the more imaginative ways they could express their disapproval, by


urinating on him! That will wipe the smile of his face, won't it? That's


a rare object. Enough of chamber pots, Jonathan has


something more pressing to do!ing Well, this is why on a nice sunny


day you want to have bought all your stuff early! I guess Charlie is not


a bargain. Hello Charles. Welcome back.


The tray I like. I also like on my tray to take away... A nice little


collection of pipes. My offer is �50. I would be very sad


if I turned you away without a deal because you might not make any money


at the auction. So I'm going to deal with you and hope... Are you sure,


David? Yes.It is a very good... is a very good deal.


I really appreciate it. Now, the buying is over, but have they spent


wisely? Charles started this leg down with


�1294. 16 and spent -- �194. 16. A top hat, complete with leather box.


A collection of pipes and a ma mog knee table. -- mahogany table.


Jonathan blew it all on five items. A decorated page turner. A silver


jar. A sweet little enamel clock and filmily, another fire screen. --


finally, another fire screen. But what do the chaps think about each


other's items? There is twoe items I would not touch. -- two items, I


would not touch. One is the glass vase. It is non descript. A mahogany


tray, 19th century made. I didn't like it at all. The fire screen


also, it is really crisp and well carved, but it wouldn't be to my


liking. I hate saying it. I think I'm going


to win! Brave words. But has he spoken too soon?


It has been a fabulous road trip. Our two chaps started off in


Londonderry and stopped off in Lack. Ballinamallard and finally


Enniskillen and now it is time for Charles and Jonathan to roll into


Omagh for auction day. S Viewback Antiques sell everything.


As the nervous hush descends, our two chaps can barely contain


themselves. Ah, here we go. I will start doing the jig by the end of


the night. Can we have at bit of hush, please?


Too bad, boys. First up is the decorated page turner which Jonathan


bought for �4. Keep going. Keep going. �20 once.


�20 twice. Well done, Jonathan, the first profit of the day, but can it


last? Next is Jonathan's WMS silver jar


which cost him �25. At �25. At �30. At �30. At �35. Down the back at


�35. At �40. At �45. Who will give me �50? Come on, someone.


Sold at �45. Are you starting to worry t Charles?


? Will Jonathan's tray help stay in the race? At �35. At #40e. At �45.


It is a lady's bid at �45. �45, Charlie boy.


Not bad. Now for Jonathan's enamel time piece which cost �80.


At �60. At �60. �65. �75. All finished. At �75. Sold at �75.


Jonathan, is it time up for your profits?


Jonathan is hoping to reclaim his winning streak with this Italian


vase which he hopes was a bargain at �15. �20. At �35. At �30. At �35. At


�40. At �40. �45. �45. �45. All finished. A good price. Next up,


Charles' job lot of pipes which he bought for �20. �40. �30. Start me


at �20. �20 bid. At �20. At �25. At �30. �35. At �35. At �30. At �40. At


�40, it is a lady's bid. At �40. Another profit for Charles, but it


is too close to call. Now it is time for the battle of the fire screens


to begin. Jonathan's walnut fire screen cost a tidy �80 and it needs


to do well if he is to stay in the race. Start me at �50. At �50. At


�60 down the back. At �70 here at the front. �80. �9 o at the front.


At �100. At �100. It is not enough. It is not enough.


I cannot get more money. �100. Is there another bid? All finished and


done at �100. A �20 profit, but Jonathan hoped for more. Next up,


the rose wood fire screen which Charles bought for �85. This is the


moment when the second auction will be decided. It is that simple


simple. �100 instantly. At �120. Any advance on �120? Charlie, Charlie,


�130. You jammy so and so.


Sold. Upz That car is cruising into fifth gear


As Charles surges ahead, next up is his hat and box. A snip at �43 and


there is a sudden change of auctioneer too.


It sounds like you are at the races, Charlie.


I'm praying. I'm praying. �40. �50. �508 -- �50. No. No. �70.


That's a handsome profit of �37 for Mr Hansen. A triumphant Charles


steals the lead from Jonathan. After paying the auction costs he made a


profit of �65 and takes �259. 17 to the next leg. Jonathan did not do


quite as well. He began this part of the road trip with 218. . 29 and


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