Episode 15 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 15

Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Lewis are on the last leg of their Scottish odyssey, and there is car trouble aplenty on the road from Hamilton.


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The nation's favourite antiques experts, £200 each and one big challenge.

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Testing, testing.

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Who can make the most money buying and selling antiques as they scour the UK?

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Eeny, meeny, miny, mo.

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The aim is to trade up and hope each antique turns a profit.

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But it's not as easy as it sounds and there can only be one winner.

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Yes!

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So will it be the highway to success or the B-road to bankruptcy?

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I just haven't used my head at all.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip!

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This week's antiques experts are Kate Bliss and James Lewis.

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Always kissing...

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Fine art graduate Kate Bliss is a silver and jewellery expert who knows how to play the sympathy card.

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Problem is, James is just streaking ahead and I've got to try...

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-I can't...

-..my very best.

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Former saleroom porter James Lewis is now an auctioneer with an eye for the unusual.

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He also says exactly what he sees.

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I hate the stand... I hate it.

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I don't like the vase either!

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Brilliant.

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Kate and James started Monday's show with £200 each - and frankly,

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this week's been like a Caledonian Gold Rush.

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-AUCTIONEER:

-240...

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Kate's been plugging away in the shadow of a prospecting giant...

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I'm going to gamble.

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..and made a really, really good profit so far.

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-You have them.

-380. Yes!

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From her original £200, Kate has £584.73 to begin her last show.

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But - and it's a big but -

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Mr Lewis has redefined the whole concept of "auction success".

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Fantastic!

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Now James' £200 has mushroomed into

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a grossly overbearing £1,109.94, to flash about on this last leg.

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All right for some, ain't it?

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60, 70...

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Kate and James have been hitting the high roads and low roads of Scotland all week.

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Starting in Helmsdale, and weaving their way through highlands and

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lowlands, Kate and James are heading for their final destination in Ayr.

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And so, on today's show, they're leaving Hamilton,

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aiming to keep their last, important auction date.

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First stop is Newton Stewart.

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In its long history, Newton Stewart is most famous

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as the prime filming location for the cult horror film The Wicker Man.

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Hang on to your maypoles(!)

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ENGINE FAILS TO START

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Sadly, the normally reliable "Lurve Bug" is under the weather.

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It's been a dear friend all week, and our experts are all at sea in the Beetle's absence.

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So, desperate times call for desperate measures. Coffee, anyone?

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-Where are you going to go shopping?

-There's a shop down the high street that I noticed earlier,

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so I'm going to go and have a look there.

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Well, I've heard there's quite a good place down the road about ten minutes

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away, so I'm going to jump in a cab as we haven't got our wheels.

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Yeah. I expect you to spend all 500, though.

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Pressure, pressure. I will if you will!

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-Anyway, have fun.

-And you.

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I know Kate's game, she's trying to put the pressure on me to spend all that £1,000.

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It's not going to work. I'm not going to do it.

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Nice work, Kate! Leave old moneybags Lewis with the bill. Typical woman.

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And then it's a quick taxi ride to the outskirts of town, for Kate's first shop of the day.

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Owner Chris keeps his place stacked high

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with all manner of wonderful and peculiar items.

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Ooh. How much is your top hat, Chris?

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I can do £15 on it. It's in the original box.

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-Fits ME!

-Like a glove.

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That'd be quite small for a gent, though.

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It is slightly, but then a lot of ladies use them nowadays too.

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Um... Fiver? Just for me?

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Tenner?

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SHE SIGHS I think a fiver considering the size.

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Oh, go on then. It's been up there long enough, yes.

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-Brilliant.

-Thank you very much.

-Lovely.

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Wonderfully quick decision, Kate. Hats off, eh?

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Meanwhile, our James is all exposed...

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..to the Newton Stewart elements.

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What a day! It's horrible, isn't it?

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You poor old wet rag.

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Get into a nice, toasty antiques shop, and warm your...cockles!

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I love these fish. They're so tacky, but they're brilliant.

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The only place you used to see them

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was the 1960s chip shops, lined up along the top.

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But er...would you want him in your home? I don't know.

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Clearly not the CATCH that James was looking for.

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Ooh, let's have a look...

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Cor, Kate's got the wind up her bloomers.

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Some serious rummaging has dredged up a pond yacht,

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with a "current" asking price of £20.

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That's a shame... So what's your very best?

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Er...the VERY best? £15.

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Ooh...

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-What, with pieces missing?

-That's a fiver less than it cost me.

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Wow. Pond yachts were a popular, Victorian toy for boys

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and the aspirational poorer gentleman.

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A handsome model from the early 1900s might fetch around £500, but this specimen is more modern...

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and a bit of a wreck!

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Could you do a fiver, just to take it off your hands?

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-I would do a tenner, and lose a fiver.

-Oh...

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Kate's employing some literal hand-wringing here.

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£7. Final offer.

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£8 and you can have it.

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-Go on, then, £8. Done.

-There we go.

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Wow! A yacht for £8 and a top hat for a fiver.

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Kate clearly has a taste for the high life - but no intention of paying for it!

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And she's not finished yet.

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What's that? It's like a small blanket box.

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It is, yes. It's a small blanket...

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but probably more of a child's blanket box, that size.

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25.

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25 is too much for me.

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I've got to find something that's going to make me a serious profit.

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True. But will this blanket box make you the £500

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you need to catch up with James? I doubt it.

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£10. Best offer.

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That's a fair price -

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-I'm buying so much more from you as well though.

-You are.

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I'm buying two other pieces.

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Yes, indeed... A whole £13's worth so far(!)

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-Go on, then.

-Chuck it in?

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-Chuck it in for a tenner.

-For a tenner?

-Tenner.

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Done. Thank you very much.

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Kate's taking no prisoners today, and still has the energy for a further rummage.

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Ooh, you've got a little shagreen case here underneath.

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Shagreen is a term describing shark or stingray skin, dyed green.

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It's pleasing to the eye,

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and has been used for centuries as an outer cover for cases and boxes.

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-What do you want for that?

-That could be...

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45.

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Yeah(!) In your dreams. You'll not get £45 from Kate for THAT...

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Could you chuck it in at a tenner?

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-Can't do ten.

-As I'm being such a good customer?

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20, and I'll throw a piece of Ayr history in for you.

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Nice manoeuvre, Chris!

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Kate's going to auction in Ayr, and this handsome letter opener

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was carved from the pulpit of the town's old church. Wow.

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That's very kind, but do you think it'll sell?

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-Well, you're getting it thrown in for nothing.

-Really?

-Yes.

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Well said, Chris! I'm not sure even James Lewis himself

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would quibble over a freebie.

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So what's this got to be?

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20. 20's the very best on it.

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12. I'll go 12.

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15 and we have a deal.

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No, I don't know...

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Go on - take it for the 12, then.

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-12?

-Yeah, go on then.

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Tragically, Chris just had to cave in.

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He's got a life to live, after all.

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12...five, 17...

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17 on that, and the box was...

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Oh, the box, I forgot about the box. A tenner, wasn't it?

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-It was, that's 27.

-27...

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-And the boat.

-I take it I'm getting 30 quid on the lot, am I?

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-How's that sound?

-Sounds good to me.

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OK, a round total of £30 means a pond yacht got thrown in for just £3.

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And I imagine that Chris is now reconsidering any early retirement plans he might have had.

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There's a Scottish note back.

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But what about our James?

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In fact, where IS James? What's he been doing all this time?

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I think they had just about every object priced almost exactly right.

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Never mind - onwards and upwards, the next shops are going to be

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full of bargains. I'm going to spend £1,000 and love every minute.

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Huh. Don't get coy with us, Lewis!

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We know your long game.

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Hold on to the cash and hope your competitor makes a blunder.

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Now, let's move on... Literally!

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Like an ominous twister, carving wildly through the landscape,

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the Road Trip is whirling Kate and James

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25 miles south east

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to Kirkcudbright.

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Kirkcudbright became known as the "Artists' Town"

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after celebrated Glasgow Boy Edward Atkinson Hornel moved here in 1901

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and attracted the rest of the gang

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to spend summers painting around the handsome harbour and Old Town.

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Today, without their trusty motor car, our lucky experts get to share

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a fairly inadequate umbrella against the horrific weather!

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Oh, here we go, Osborne Antiques. Great.

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-Go on, dash in.

-OK.

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Kate and James today are going to share the one shop.

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Luckily, it's got two floors. So they're going to play hide and seek.

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I'll count to 20.

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One... two... three...

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Found you!

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Ha!

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SHE WHISPERS This is a case of silver spoons and sugar nips.

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Priced at £45. Which I don't think is too bad for a dozen.

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This spoon and sugar tongs set are English silver but

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in a pattern called Hanoverian, with turned-up terminals to the handles.

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-I'll do 35.

-Mm-hm...

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-35.

-OK...

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Kate's not sure - so she moves on, and finds a rather nice mahogany

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Biedermeier cabinet from the early 19th century.

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It's far from perfect, but still priced at a chancy £200.

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For now!

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Have you got any leeway on that?

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I'll take 165 for that.

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Nice cabinet. I like it.

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I am a bit worried about the damage. You couldn't do 120-ish?

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No, I can't.

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No?

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No. Sorry.

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Take 150, there you are.

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-130?

-No. 150.

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Really is the lowest I can go.

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-Even with the damage?

-Yeah.

-Oh, I'm stuck...

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Well, let's take a break from Kate's indecision.

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James has found something quite unusual -

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surprise, surprise - from the East.

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I've got two panels here,

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embroidered in silk,

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and these are panels from the cuff. If you can imagine...

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..a large Chinese or Japanese gown or kimono,

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with a cuff coming down from there and stitched -

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that panel is one long rectangle.

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And here, we've got two of them - one from each sleeve -

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sewn together down the centre, in a panel.

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The silk panels have been set into a tray made of Padauk wood,

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a hardwood from Africa and Asia, and carved to resemble bamboo.

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They're probably... late 18th, early 19th century.

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£50...

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That's potential.

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And with treasures from the East in mind, James spots a big lump

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of 18th-century Chinese porcelain.

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The price is £200 - but it's badly damaged.

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Oh...! Just completely had it -

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but what a wonderful thing it WOULD have been.

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Yes... I can take 190.

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-Oh, is that it?

-Aye. You know...

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I was hoping that was going to be a lot less.

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Aye. No, I can't.

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I can't take a lot less than that.

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Would 150 be any good?

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No. No, sorry, I can't take 150.

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-Erm...

-But it's just SO badly damaged.

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Well, it is -

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but the least I'll take, James, is 180 on that.

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That really is the best I can do.

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In Chairman Mao's early Communist experiment, the people of China had

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to renounce the imperial past and its trappings of luxury.

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So many such lumps of porcelain were destroyed.

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Today, China's successful entrepreneurs and collectors

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are keen on ANY surviving items.

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160 quid?

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170, and you've got a deal.

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I love the fact that it's Chinese,

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I love the fact the Chinese market is so buoyant at the moment -

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but the Chinese market is almost wiped out because of the condition.

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Whilst James agonises over imperfection,

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David's rejoined Kate to get a firm decision.

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Go 25...?

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-I'll do 30 on them. 30.

-30?

-Yeah.

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OK... Well, I'll take those.

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-OK. Thank you.

-Erm...

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-but you can't do anything else at all, it's as it stands?

-Aye.

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So, the cabinet's still available for £150. Can Kate take the risk?

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-Hang it, let's do the cabinet.

-OK.

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-150?

-150.

-150, done. Thank you very much.

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Ooh, that's sweet.

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But with her deal done and territory marked, James blunders in, to meddle.

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Your opposition has bought that.

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Have you really? Have you bought that?

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I have. Deal done.

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Is it? That's jolly nice.

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I had to pay a lot for it.

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How much did you pay?

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300.

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Look at her face, we know it was 150.

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Oh, I see, it's a wind up.

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-I think it's lovely.

-Do you think it's worth 300?

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-Yes, I do.

-Oh, do you?

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-Yes, I do.

-Oh, that's all right then.

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Kate, you are awful... but I like you!

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Meanwhile, James has amassed a gathering of potentials.

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James wants the imperfect porcelain at £170,

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possibly spurred on by Kate's big, £300 fib.

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He's also found a scent flask for £25, and David said

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£35 for the silk panel tray.

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Plus, James is slightly keen on this 19th century Staffordshire Toby jug at £15.

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Well, he was.

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Now that's all going down the pan.

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It comes to 230.

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230, and throw that horrible thing in, and you've got a deal.

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OK, deal.

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Deal. Thank you.

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OK, and 20, 40, 60.

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Finally, he's spent some money and now has four items for this week's last auction.

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But, £170 on the porcelain is James' biggest spend all week.

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So, congratulations to Kate for inspiring this massive risk.

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Is it going to make a profit?

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I don't know,

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it's a wonderful thing and if it was perfect £3,000, £4,000.

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Damaged, might be £50, I really don't know.

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Oh, yes. A momentous day draws to an end

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as James has finally spent big on some antiques.

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Now, somewhere behind these clouds the sun is setting over lovely Kirkcudbright.

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Our experts must turn in for the night and dream about their blighted Beetle.

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Their final day's shopping arrives and our experts are still without their beloved Beetle.

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But we have Plan B and classic car number two,

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a thoroughly reliable, we hope, Triumph Herald.

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With a last-buying frenzy in mind, Kate and James are out on the open road again.

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The Road Trip is moving on,

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49 miles north-east from Kirkcudbright,

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burning rubber all the way to the town of Moffat.

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So, Kate and James

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are about to arrive in...

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-ENGINE SPLUTTERS

-Oh, dear!

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NO! It's happened again!

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-Any shopping we do today is going to have to be pretty quick.

-Yeah, it is. It really is.

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So, no joy with the Road Trip plan B.

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Time for plan C. Taxi!

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Moffat has a strong historical link to the Scottish wool trade

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and the town is overlooked by the stern statue of a Blackface Ram

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sculpted by Aberdonian artist William Brodie in 1875.

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Moffat is lovely, cosy and compact, so it looks like our experts

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are going to be using the same shop antique again.

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OK, so we haven't got long.

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Shall we say, half an hour?

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-Half an hour.

-Half an hour, no later. Quarter past.

-Absolutely, let's go.

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Just as well they're the caring, sharing types.

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Unlike yesterday, James is quick to spot something he likes.

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Quite a nice quality little lighthouse-shaped sifter,

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for sugar.

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Would you take 50?

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Make it 60, and it's yours.

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55 and you've got a deal.

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-OK.

-Thank you.

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Gosh, do you know, I'm really pleased with this.

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Admittedly it's not the most fashionable thing in the world today.

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It's a sugar sifter, sort of thing you would use in the back garden while having strawberries and cream.

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Dust a bit of sugar on there. But in 15 minutes, found it, dealt with it, bought it and out with it.

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That's quick shopping.

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May I see the pendant...?

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Well, now that James is out of the shop with the silver, Kate's going for gold!

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This 19th century pendant is 22 carat gold and has a ticket price of £95.

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However, that might change! Watch out.

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How much do you want for that one?

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Do that for you for 50.

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Could you do 40 just for me?

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Well, I suppose. Yes, OK.

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-Is that all right?

-Yes.

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Lovely, all right, yes, please at 40.

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Lovely.

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Thank you.

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What we've got here is a stunning piece of jewellery.

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Tested as 22 carat gold, a really high carat,

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and you can tell from the very yellowness of the gold that it's a high carat,

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and then probably white sapphires.

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You can also tell that this piece has got some age because of the way it's been set,

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the stones have a slightly irregular look to the faceting.

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£40, I think that's an absolute bargain.

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My only fear is that I'm putting it in a general sale

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and will some really good jewellery buyers be there?

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Let's hope so, Kate. Too late now!

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So with the Triumph deceased and the Beetle recovering from engineering works,

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it's time for Classic Car number three.

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A suave Mark II Jag, great for a bank robbery

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or a spot of sight-seeing, or even an episode of Morse.

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Finally travelling in well-earned comfort,

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our experts head 50 miles north-west from Moffat,

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up and over to the village of Cumnock.

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With their fierce competitive edge temporarily dulled,

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Kate and James are getting a privileged tour of Dumfries House.

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And what a treat this is going to be.

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The A-listed building was home to the 5th Earl of Dumfries

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and designed by the well-respected architect brothers John and Robert Adams.

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In their printed works, from the 1770s, the brothers first introduced the concept of interior design,

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fusing architecture with furniture, design and decoration skill.

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Many of the main rooms have remained virtually unchanged

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since Dumfries House was built 250 years ago.

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The 5th Earl of Dumfries commissioned some striking furniture

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from a rather famous 18th century designer,

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Thomas Chippendale.

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-Oh, I say.

-You must see the absolute star item of our collection.

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Oh, my gosh, that's incredible!

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That is really the iconic piece,

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summing up Chippendale's early career,

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in stylistic terms it's an absolute beauty.

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In fact, all of these beautiful pieces were nearly lost, along with the entire estate.

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And didn't Prince Charles step in at the 11th hour?

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He did. A two-day sale had been scheduled and part of the collection

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had already been transported down to the sales room in London.

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And literally three weeks before the sale would have gone ahead,

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Prince Charles managed to lead a consortium

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of organisations and individuals to raise enough funds.

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We're in quite a large room here, but its proportions are quite modest, aren't they?

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Yeah, you've put your finger on something very important there,

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that the bookcase was in fact first purchased for the bedroom.

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Now we've seen this that was intended for the bedroom, I'm dying to see the bed.

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I'm dying to show you.

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-Oh, come on then!

-Me too!

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This former home, saved by a dramatic financial rescue,

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has one final treasure in Thomas Chippendale's spectacular mahogany bed.

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Bespoke and made for the 5th Earl, the organic motifs entwining

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the four posts were designed to promote fertility. Dirty beast!

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The Earl was prepared to splash out on it, it was the most expensive item on his bill.

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He calculated any young lady of marriageable age could not resist,

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surrounded by such splendour.

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Did he get many bees around his honey pot?

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Well, he did remarry, but he was rejected by choice number one.

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He had to settle with choice number two

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and unfortunately an heir never materialised.

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There's far too much to see just today.

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It's such a shame we haven't got more time.

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-You've got to hear the whole story.

-I will definitely be coming back.

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In the grounds of Dumfries House, one last time, our intrepid duo

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must perform their final bout of show and tell.

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Well, I don't know about you but I've got a huge variety of objects.

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A huge number as well, looking at that pile. What have you got?

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This is first, and it's a lovely Biedemeier cabinet in mahogany.

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I think that is probably going to do very well. What did you pay for it?

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I paid £150.

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Did you, indeed?

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Because you told me, "I've spent 300 on a cabinet," and made me feel so guilty

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-which made me buy this.

-Otherwise I wouldn't have half a chance.

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What do you think to that?

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Cor, that's a lump, isn't it?

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Isn't it just?

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It is lovely quality but it's just the damage, isn't it?

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I know, good order, five grand.

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Bad order?

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I paid 170. In fact, I didn't.

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I paid 230 for four objects, one of which, great, I left it in the shop.

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It's a tray with two silk panels.

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Careless, but fear not, James' framed kimono sleeves will be joining us for the auction later.

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There we go, that's a Toby jug, have a look, put it back. Pretend I didn't buy it, it's horrible.

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Yes, it's quite unglamorous but your silver-topped scent flask is rather lovely.

0:25:300:25:34

-Right. That's nice.

-That's nice, yes.

0:25:340:25:37

Have a look at this.

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Bit of a dirty box, but it is the original box,

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inside you have indeed a very fine hat with the lovely printed label inside.

0:25:430:25:49

-That's crazy.

-And he threw in...

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a letter opener, and it's made of the oak from Ayr Church,

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as it says on there, with the date, which is rather nice as we're going to Ayr.

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This is the thing that I'm probably most pleased with.

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Cor, that's belting, isn't it?

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And gilt inside. That's lovely.

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Smart, isn't it? £55.

0:26:140:26:16

-Ooh, that's a really good buy.

-Pleased with that.

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Right, next, a set of spoons.

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They're Hanoverian, I think 1917 in date, with sugar nips.

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-Lovely.

-£30.

-Oh, that's a gift.

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I had a bit of a mad moment.

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A pond yacht. It's a modern one, but a nice one.

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Yeah.

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It's a child size blanket box, for a nursery, and I thought somebody's bound to pay £30 for it.

0:26:410:26:46

Definitely.

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So that and the pond yacht and the card case and the hat all set me back £30.

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-For the lot?!

-For the lot.

0:26:540:26:56

There's something seriously wrong there.

0:26:560:26:58

And the piece de resistance is...

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That's very pretty.

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And I just thought it was super quality.

0:27:030:27:05

-It is, it's lovely, isn't it?

-But it's going in a general sale, which I have my fears about.

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-Depends how much it was.

-Well, I paid £40.

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-HE LAUGHS

-What are you worried about?

0:27:130:27:17

Now, what do our experts REALLY think of each other's purchases?

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I'm really not sure now.

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Because when I saw that cabinet in the shop, I thought it was fantastic.

0:27:250:27:30

I thought it was the best thing either of us have bought on the entire road trip.

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Was it worth £150?

0:27:350:27:37

Yeah, definitely.

0:27:370:27:39

Will it make that £500/400 profit I was predicting?

0:27:390:27:42

I don't think it will.

0:27:420:27:44

As far as James' items are concerned, it's all about that Chinese vase

0:27:440:27:49

and if that flies, then I'm dead in the water.

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Well, at least you'll have a pond yacht to keep you company!

0:27:520:27:57

Now, great joy as the much-missed Beetle is back at last, to move our experts on in open air style.

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Kate and James are heading 16 miles due west from Cumnock.

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Auction Day is upon us

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as this week's road trip reaches its final stop,

0:28:100:28:13

on the west coast, in Ayr.

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Their fifth and final auction is at Thomas R Callan's.

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Michael Callan is our auctioneer today and has an idea about how Kate and James might fare.

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Well, today is a general sale, so what's going to sell well

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is really practical, functional items.

0:28:340:28:37

Things like the silverware, the teaspoons, lovely sugar caster -

0:28:370:28:41

nicest I've seen for a long long time - will do very well.

0:28:410:28:44

Kate has a lovely piece of jewellery.

0:28:440:28:47

Again, big followers of jewellery, gold at an all time high just now,

0:28:470:28:50

so that will probably do very well as well.

0:28:500:28:53

Very attractive to both the sort of private buyer and the trade buyer too.

0:28:530:28:57

What worries me a wee bit is James.

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James has gone for one or two oriental items.

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The padauk tray is a nice enough wee piece.

0:29:030:29:05

Again, it's functional, that will sell well.

0:29:050:29:08

The big temple jar, unfortunately,

0:29:080:29:11

has a huge amount of restoration and damage around the lip

0:29:110:29:14

and I also think it's maybe a bit too specialised for this particular sale.

0:29:140:29:20

If it was in one piece, you would look at maybe four figures,

0:29:200:29:23

but with that amount of restoration, I am a bit worried about that one today.

0:29:230:29:29

Kate started her last trip with £584.73

0:29:290:29:35

and spent £250 on eight separate items,

0:29:350:29:39

combined into five lots for auction.

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James started with an eye-watering £1,109.94

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and he actually spent some real money, £285, on five lots for today.

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I shouldn't have bought it. I should have bought it and kept it,

0:29:560:29:59

I shouldn't even be putting it in here.

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It should be on my sideboard at home.

0:30:010:30:03

That's where it should be. Damn!

0:30:030:30:05

For the last time this week, the hush descends,

0:30:050:30:08

the bidders get ready, and our experts steady their nerves.

0:30:080:30:12

The auction is about to begin.

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Kicking us off today is Kate's first Newton Stewart medley.

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The top hat, cigarette case

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and Ayr oak letter opener, selling as one lot.

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For the three pieces,

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60 for them, 60, 40.

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£20, 20, 25, 30,

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35, 40, 45, 50.

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55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80.

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At 80 at the front here, the lady at 80, any advance on 80?

0:30:380:30:44

Are you all out, are we finished?

0:30:440:30:48

Finished, then, at £80.

0:30:480:30:50

Jeez, that's incredible!

0:30:510:30:54

Large gasps indeed,

0:30:540:30:56

that's a pretty good start for today's contender.

0:30:560:30:59

Next up is the free Toby jug from heavyweight defender, Lewis.

0:30:590:31:04

Is there 60 for it? 60, £40, 40 for Toby.

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£20, 20, 25, 30,

0:31:090:31:12

35, 40, 45, 50.

0:31:120:31:15

Corner at 50, any advance on 50?

0:31:150:31:18

At 50, any advance on 50?

0:31:180:31:20

Are we all out, are we all finished?

0:31:200:31:22

Far corner at 50, all finished then at £50.

0:31:220:31:26

And an excellent start for James, a nifty 50 from a freebie!

0:31:260:31:31

£50 is quite a significant profit.

0:31:310:31:34

You're getting choosy in your old age.

0:31:340:31:36

Now an antique that James actually paid for,

0:31:360:31:39

the handsome scent flask.

0:31:390:31:40

The silver and glass scent bottle.

0:31:400:31:43

Lovely wee scent bottle, with the original stopper, silver-topped.

0:31:430:31:48

60 for it, 40, £40.

0:31:480:31:52

£40.

0:31:520:31:54

20? 20, 25, 30, 35,

0:31:540:31:59

40. At 40, 45,

0:31:590:32:02

at 45 on my left here at 45, any advance on 45?

0:32:020:32:06

At 45, are you all out?

0:32:060:32:09

Do another one, go on!

0:32:090:32:11

At £45.

0:32:110:32:12

Good, steady work again.

0:32:130:32:15

James definitely has the eye for appealing pieces.

0:32:150:32:18

As does Kate when it comes to jewellery. Her gold pendant is next.

0:32:180:32:23

It's not hallmarked but it has been tested for 22 carat gold.

0:32:230:32:27

Lovely wee pendant and chain, 100 for it.

0:32:270:32:31

£100, 80, £60.

0:32:310:32:34

60 I'm bid. Any advance?

0:32:340:32:37

65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90.

0:32:370:32:42

At 90, on my left here at 90.

0:32:420:32:43

Any advance at £90? At 90.

0:32:430:32:47

At 90, are you all finished?

0:32:470:32:49

All done at £90.

0:32:490:32:52

Wow, another great sale.

0:32:520:32:55

Kate's giving Big Lewis a run for his money today.

0:32:550:32:57

£90!

0:32:570:33:00

James might need a sprinkle of magic dust here as his silver sugar sifter takes the stage.

0:33:010:33:08

A lovely late Victorian embossed silver lighthouse sugar caster,

0:33:080:33:12

London 1898, lovely piece of silver, never been used, £100 for it.

0:33:120:33:20

100, 60, 60 I'm bid, at 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90,

0:33:200:33:26

95, 100, and ten, at 110, on the book at 110.

0:33:260:33:31

At 110, are you all out?

0:33:310:33:34

All finished, then, at £110.

0:33:340:33:36

A very good investment. James's lead is still looking untouchable.

0:33:360:33:41

Can Kate work the same magic with her silverware?

0:33:410:33:46

A nice complete set, 12 silver teaspoons with the sugar tongs,

0:33:460:33:50

Sheffield 1917. Is there 60 for it?

0:33:500:33:54

40, 20 I'm bid, any advance on 20?

0:33:540:33:59

25, 30, 35, 40,

0:33:590:34:03

45, 50. At 50 behind me, at 50, any advance on 50? At £50.

0:34:030:34:09

Go on. Yes, go on.

0:34:090:34:13

At 55, at the back at 55.

0:34:130:34:15

Any advance on 55? 60 new bidder, at 60.

0:34:150:34:20

-It's your mother, so they're bidding against each other.

-That's allowed!

0:34:200:34:25

That's what I like to see, family feuds.

0:34:250:34:27

At 60, any advance on 60?

0:34:270:34:29

At the back of the hall at £60.

0:34:290:34:32

All finished then at £60.

0:34:320:34:35

A good return, double money,

0:34:350:34:37

but I don't think the spoons took off like Kate was hoping.

0:34:370:34:41

That's called the luck of the Bliss.

0:34:410:34:44

Now for something completely different,

0:34:440:34:47

two kimono sleeves in a padauk frame.

0:34:470:34:49

Is there 100 for it?

0:34:530:34:54

£100, 80, £50, £50.

0:34:540:35:01

-Come on, guys.

-£50, 40?

0:35:010:35:04

That is just insane.

0:35:040:35:06

£40, the wee tray,

0:35:060:35:09

40 I'm bid. At 40, 45,

0:35:090:35:12

50, 55, 60, 65.

0:35:120:35:15

At 65, any advance on 65?

0:35:150:35:18

Are you all out at 65?

0:35:180:35:20

At 65. Selling at £65.

0:35:200:35:25

James proving again that the unusual sells well.

0:35:250:35:30

Now Kate's big gamble.

0:35:300:35:32

It's my cabinet next!

0:35:320:35:34

This is the biggie.

0:35:340:35:36

Not the £300 that she told James, but still a big spend at 150.

0:35:360:35:41

Here goes.

0:35:410:35:42

Wall-mounted display case,

0:35:420:35:45

a nice one with original mirror back as well.

0:35:450:35:49

Is there 150 for it?

0:35:490:35:51

150...

0:35:510:35:53

£150. 100?

0:35:530:35:55

80, I'm bid. At 80, any advance on 80?

0:35:570:36:00

85, 90, 95, 100,

0:36:000:36:03

110, 120, 130, 140.

0:36:030:36:08

At 140, any advance on 140?

0:36:080:36:11

On my left here at 140.

0:36:110:36:14

On the left here at 140, all finished at £140.

0:36:140:36:18

Ouch! Bad luck, Kate.

0:36:210:36:23

It was worth a gamble, but today was not your day.

0:36:230:36:26

Oh, no!

0:36:260:36:27

And if that gamble looked dicey,

0:36:270:36:29

here comes the rather imperfect temple jar

0:36:290:36:32

that James splashed his biggest payment on.

0:36:320:36:35

It's a difficult one.

0:36:350:36:37

This vase at a good oriental sale is £800/500 any day.

0:36:370:36:42

Well, I bet you, after you've been getting so worried, I bet you it makes 500 quid now.

0:36:420:36:47

It should make 500 quid. I bet I make less than 100.

0:36:470:36:51

There we are then, for the 18th century temple jar

0:36:510:36:54

blue, lovely big Chinese jar and cover.

0:36:540:36:59

Oh, God, please, come on.

0:36:590:37:01

Finial is with it as well, it's off the top,

0:37:010:37:04

and you will see it has had a few nicks out of the top

0:37:040:37:07

and a bit of restoration as well.

0:37:070:37:09

-For the temple jar, then...

-A bit?

-Is there 300 for it, £300?

-Come on!

0:37:090:37:15

£200, £100.

0:37:150:37:20

It's got to be.

0:37:200:37:22

50 then, at 50 I'm in bid. At 50...

0:37:220:37:26

60, 70, 80, 90 I'm bid.

0:37:260:37:31

100, 110, 120, 130, 140.

0:37:310:37:36

-Behind me at 140, any advance on 140?

-Come on, it's worth it!

0:37:360:37:42

Are you all out? All finished then at £140.

0:37:420:37:46

Fortunately not a complete and massive loss!

0:37:490:37:53

Kate's last lot is her second Newton Stewart bundle.

0:37:590:38:04

The blanket box and pond yacht are selling together.

0:38:040:38:08

Is this a magical combo?

0:38:080:38:10

Is there 60 for them? 60,

0:38:100:38:13

40, 40 I'm bid.

0:38:130:38:16

At 40, any advance on 40? Any advance on 40?

0:38:160:38:18

45, 50, 55, 60, 65.

0:38:180:38:23

At 65, any advance on 65?

0:38:230:38:25

Any advance on 65, all finished then at £65.

0:38:250:38:30

Excellent work, Kate. And a great, final profit to finish us off.

0:38:300:38:34

You have trounced me today.

0:38:340:38:36

Well, it makes a change.

0:38:360:38:38

With James' losses, Kate made the most money today,

0:38:410:38:46

but not the massive profit she needed to beat him.

0:38:460:38:49

Kate began her last show with £584.73.

0:38:490:38:54

After a lot of hard work and paying a bit of commission, she's made a great profit of £108.34.

0:38:540:39:01

Kate ends the week with £693.07.

0:39:010:39:07

Which sounds great, until you hear about this guy.

0:39:070:39:10

James began his grand finale with a pretty healthy £1,109.94

0:39:110:39:17

and made a small profit, for him, of £52.74.

0:39:170:39:22

But James still walks away with a terrifyingly gargantuan total

0:39:220:39:26

of £1,162.68.

0:39:260:39:30

Well, if the hat fits, wear it.

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So, three weeks into the Antiques Road Trip and there are now six names on the leader board.

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Straight in at Number One this week, is the new Emperor of the Auction.

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Our James Lewis, with a tough total to beat.

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Kate nudges into second place with her thoroughly healthy winnings,

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just above Charles Hanson.

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In fourth position is Mark Stacey, and in fifth is Jonathan Pratt.

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Charlie Ross is still holding steady,

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at the bottom, in sixth place.

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Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Lewis are on the last leg of their Scottish odyssey, and there is car trouble aplenty on the road from Hamilton. Kate plays hardball with her last day's shopping and even has a cunning trick up her sleeve. James finally throws some caution to the wind and gets spending. This time Kate and James share a visit to see the rescued delights of Dumfries House together. The decisive auction takes place in Ayr.