Episode 30 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 30

Anita Manning and David Harper embark on the final journey. They head from Ashburton in Dartmoor National Park to Bideford in North Devon.


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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?

-Go and make a profit!

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

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But it's as easy as it sounds and there can only be one winner.

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Oh, that feels so much better!

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

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-That's 100.

-Not 40, then?

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This is the Antiques Road Trip!

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-Tissues at the ready...

-HE SOBS

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..as it's our final show of the week and, sadly, this fine series.

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Our experts from the previous, wonderful six weeks

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will be meeting up later to share their experiences of life on the road.

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# Looking back on the track for a little greenback. #

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But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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All this week we've been out on the road with our final pair

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of plucky antiques experts, Anita Manning and David Harper.

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The first one in gets to drive. You're too slow in the morning,

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I dash out like a racing driver from the 1950s.

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-I know different strokes for different folks.

-Completely.

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Glasgow's finest, Anita Manning is a successful auctioneer

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who can push for a great deal, but she knows when to call it a day.

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He said, "I think we should end this conversation now."

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Mighty David Harper is a no-nonsense antiques dealer

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with the prestigious rank of current, reigning Road Trip champion.

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But he won't rest on his laurels.

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Might as well go home now. Done everything I need to do.

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Anita and David started the week with £200 each and it's been uphill all the way.

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Anita's fought hard for any semblance of a discount.

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-Every pound counts.

-I know it does!

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So from her original £200, Anita has flourished

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to a blooming £300.45 to begin her last journey.

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That's wonderful.

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David's been pushing for tough trade prices all the way

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and really impressed some dealers.

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-You're so charming

-Oh, stop it, please.

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So his £200 has multiplied to a rather healthy £412.06.

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No rules for me, baby.

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Both from northern lands, Anita and David have revelled in the warmth of England's south coast.

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-The sun is shining, so the omens are with us.

-Are you going to blow all your money?

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-I might.

-You might?

-I might.

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Travelling east to west, this week's road trip is from Dover in Kent to Bideford in Devon.

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And on today's show our experts are leaving Newton Abbot

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following a mythical crock of gold.

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First stop of the day is Ashburton in the Dartmoor National Park.

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So it's all to play for now.

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-All to play for.

-I like it, I like it.

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Is that bringing out your competitiveness?

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It was too easy before.

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Ashburton grew its wealth from Dartmoor's tin mines between the 12 and 16th centuries.

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And the town was briefly famous for its Ashburton Pop, a beverage, being a variation on champagne.

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But the recipe sadly died with its inventor-brewer in 1765.

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They've got the bunting out for us!

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You go in that one as you nearest it and there's some lovely furniture in there, David.

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You see the nice ladies and tell them that I going to come and see them later.

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So it's straight to the shops for our experts, and straight down to business.

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Anita heads for The Shambles, run by four lovely local ladies.

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Oh, what a lovely feel this shop has.

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My eye's being drawn everywhere.

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The situation is this is our last leg. David Harper has been in the lead from the beginning.

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Right, girl power, come on.

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So what I'm looking for is something which is lovely for nothing.

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I mean, my eye is drawn to that wee stained wood tray.

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It could be a doll's thing, or it could be for somebody that likes a wee drink.

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-Indeed, a wee dram.

-A wee dram!

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This circular inlay indicates a Thomas Sheraton design,

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one of the big three 18th-century English furniture makers

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alongside George Hepplewhite and Thomas Chippendale.

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This cute little galleried tray dates from the 20th century and is priced at £20,

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but I think some adjustment might be made to that great expectation.

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-I quite like that, Carol. Who belongs to that?

-My friend Pat.

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It is sweet.

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I like this. It's not a fine thing, but it's a wee quirky thing

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and what you can do is throw me out that door when I make an offer!

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I would like to be buying it for £5.

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Ready, steady...

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No? Looks like she's not been thrown out...yet!

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Was that sore?

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Was that really, really painful?

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Let me hold you up.

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£5. What about 10?

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£10. I mean it's certainly worth what you're asking for it. Could we come in the middle at eight?

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You're very persuasive.

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Eight to you, Anita, yes.

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Pat, thank you very, very much. That's marvellous. It's girl power, isn't it?

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Indeed it is.

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Anita got what she really, really wants!

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Time for David to spice up his life, maybe.

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-Hi there, I'm David.

-Dani.

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-Dani, can you help me?

-I'll certainly try.

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It's a sweet thing and it's a tea caddy, I suppose.

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Probably would have had metal canisters or even pottery canisters.

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I've got to say I love tea caddies.

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Tea might be characteristically English,

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but this caddy is 19th-century, Italian Sorrento ware,

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deriving funnily enough from the Italian town of Sorrento,

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famous for its fine, inlaid woods.

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And usually sold to Victorian tourists doing their Grand Tour bit.

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The asking price here is £50, but surely no-one would expect David Harper to pay that.

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£50. What about ten?

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-Definitely not.

-No.

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I would like that for 15.

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So you said 20.

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-No.

-Are you sure?

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15. I'm almost on my hands and knees.

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-Would it help?

-It may well do.

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It may well do, you never know. I am married, however.

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I don't care, he's not here.

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OK, we'll try and get it down to about 30.

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Oh! It's my last auction of my last journey.

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-Have we got it?

-Go on.

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15. You are an absolute angel.

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I think you need to leave now!

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Quite right, Dani! It's not that sort of show.

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About time someone kicked the old hard-haggle-Harper out!

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What I've got is a wee Victorian propelling pencil.

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These are quite collectible and you've got a nice bit of polished agate there.

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I would prefer it if it was gold, but I still like these things.

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Along with his co-inventor, British silversmith Sampson Mordan patented the propelling pencil in 1822.

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And this fine contraption is also a dip pen with retractable nib.

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Carol...

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I quite like this wee propelling pencil and I believe it's yours.

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There's no price on that.

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We would be looking in the region of 38.

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Can you take this at 10?

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My best - and I'm feeling very generous - 20.

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Can you come down to 15 on it?

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-I want you to win. 17.

-17?

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And really I'm giving it away.

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That sounds like rock bottom to me.

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Or do you think Anita might just keep pushing?

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Will you come to 15 on it?

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-Go on.

-Go on, shall we do 15?

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-I'm feeling generous.

-That's great. Shall we shake on that?

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Of course, rock bottom is a relative concept.

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Especially when Anita's in town!

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Thank you very much, Carol, it's been a pleasure.

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Ladies, your shop is wonderful.

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-Bye-bye, ladies.

-Bye-bye!

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Cor, you'd think Anita had spent £2,300, not £23, by the way that lot all waved.

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Meanwhile, our David Harper has found his way next door to a very handsome shop indeed

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and David is already busy looking and poking around,

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looking at the, um... Actually, where is David? David?

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-TOILET FLUSHING

-Ah, he's coming out of the closet.

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-The water closet.

-Hello there.

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Hi, I'm Mark Davis, nice to meet you.

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I've seen some oriental pieces there. That puzzle ball ivory.

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How on earth someone sat down, took one piece of ivory

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and carved those balls from the top. That is right, isn't it?

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-Yes, it is.

-There is no join there, the balls have been carved

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from the top down, so there might be seven or eight balls in there.

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Chinese puzzle balls are amazing.

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Painstakingly carved in perfect layers, in this case from one solid lump of naughty ivory.

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Dating pre the 1947 trade ban and protection of elephants, I'm glad to say.

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Popular in ancient Chinese homes, puzzle balls symbolised strong family unity.

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And, following the principles of feng shui,

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should be kept in the most south-western corner of the room for best effect.

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It's £175 and they can make astonishing sums of money.

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-They can.

-You don't think we could bag it for £75, do you?

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-If you want I'll go out the back and make a quick phone call for you.

-£75?

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Wow, it never hurts to ask, I suppose, but surely there are limits?

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I can't actually get hold of him at the moment, David.

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He'll probably kill me for this, but if you want it for £75, let's do that.

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Good man, I've made the bid, I got the deal. Thank you very much.

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No, great. Good luck with it.

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David's clearly not worried about getting anyone into trouble.

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And proves once again that if you don't ask, you don't get!

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Time to swap shops.

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This is a particularly nice paperweight and the label

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is telling me that it has a Cornish serpentine base,

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so I'm hoping that it will find a market in this area.

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Hi, I was curious about this little paperweight

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and I thought that was a beautiful rocky outcrop.

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-Do you know where it is?

-Well, from here I'm pretty sure it's Land's End.

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It's almost certainly Land's End.

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I think that that is quite spectacular.

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I like the fact that it is a local West Country stone.

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I would be thinking in the region of 15 to 20. Am I near enough?

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It's actually my colleague's.

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He wants £35 for it, but £20 and I think you'll do well with it.

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-£20, do you think so?

-Yeah, I think so.

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I'd be very surprised if it didn't make 50 or 60.

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-Really?

-Yeah, I think it will.

-I'd be very happy if it did.

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I'd be very, very happy.

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I think it will.

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Well, I think we'll go for it at £20 and I'm delighted at that.

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Well, the dealers are certainly making things easy for Anita today.

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Perhaps she can catch David on this last leg.

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Or perhaps he'll work his magic with the two remaining wavy ladies.

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Have I caught you on a coffee break?

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Oh, gosh, there's more round here.

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You enjoy your biscuits. My gosh, there's a woman round here as well.

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Women everywhere - it's fantastic.

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That's a cute little thing, isn't it?

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I suppose it's a Japanese miniature table, I suppose.

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-It's whatever you want it to be!

-Exactly.

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-What could that be?

-I could probably do it for 12.

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Let's think about that, let's move on a bit.

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Let's have a look in here.

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Hmm. So, OK, you've got...

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-Single monogram.

-It's got an A in there as well.

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It's a Birmingham piece.

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Got to be 1926.

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1926 it is.

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Thank you very much.

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Gilded on the interior with its original little strapping lacquer.

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-Tiny little cigarettes.

-Yes, I know!

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That is why we say they're useful as card cases.

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Perfect for card cases. I mean, could that be a dreadfully low price?

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Probably not! But?

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Could we say 15?

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No, 45.

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-Seeing as it's you, I'd say 25.

-25?

-There must be something in it for you there.

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I don't know, because cigarette cases, they can be used as card cases, but...

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It's the big but, isn't it?

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I'll go halfway, then, and 20.

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It's not bad. You're doing quite well, but not brilliantly.

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What if I bought from you the little funny stand there

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and this and we said 25 the pair?

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We've got a deal there, haven't we?

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Ok I'll say two items for 25.

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-Good girl. Wonderful.

-You can sleep at night!

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I'll sleep like a baby.

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Of course! If David lost sleep over hard-haggling,

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he'd have permanent insomnia.

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Hurtling into the ether,

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our road-trippers are heading 16 miles south-east from Ashburton

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to England's very own Torquay.

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What are your tactics?

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I'm not even going to tell you

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because you get this information out of me and then you manipulate the situation.

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-Oh, I wouldn't do that!

-Oh, no, you wouldn't do that!

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With a big smile.

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Torquay strangely owes its success to Napoleon Bonaparte.

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His domination of Europe in the early 19th century

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stopped Britain'supper classes hopping the Channel for their jolly holidays,

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building instead this Regency hotspot on the English south coast.

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Sneaking in one last treat this week, David's en route

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to meet Torquay's forbears at local Torre Abbey.

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Founded a wee while back in 1196, actually.

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This former monastery was purchased in 1662

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and become a vast, Gothic home.

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Hello, you must be Dee.

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Hi, David, welcome to Torre Abbey.

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-Thank you, what a gorgeous day!

-Yes, come inside.

-Thank you.

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Dee Martin is the Education Officer for Torre Abbey

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and gets the enviable task of being David Harper's tour guide today.

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I've brought you up onto the roof just to show you this extraordinary view.

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And originally in 1196, when Abbot Adam, the first Abbot,

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arrived to start building this abbey there was nothing here.

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So the whole of Torquay was really built up around

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-this very building, the Abbey itself?

-Yes, absolutely.

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The British Napoleonic fleet used to anchor here and attack.

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-What a sight that must've been... From this very spot?

-Yes.

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Admiral Nelson's vast fleet was poised off the Torbay coast

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prior to the decisive battle of Waterloo in 1815.

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Defeated and captured, Napoleon still managed

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to leave his mark on Torquay, somewhat indirectly.

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-He was the hot tourist site of the day.

-Absolutely.

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Everyone used to row out in their rowing boats to see him

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striding around on the deck.

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This building is a layer cake of history.

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Torre Abbey's first delicious slice of history begins over 800 years ago.

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This room is the lay-brothers' refectory.

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This is where they would have eaten in this under croft

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and the food would have come from the kitchen's there.

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Following the strict rules of St Augustine,

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a monk's life was penitent, plain and austere.

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And the food was a bit rubbish too!

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-It would have been pease pottage.

-Pease pottage?

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Pease pottage is a sort of evil thick stew, but it's no meat at all.

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They were allowed to eat fish on Fridays, but the rest was stew.

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Down here you can still feel that this was a monastery,

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but as we go up the stairs, we lose the monastery.

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And we move into a country house.

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-Oh, show me that.

-Sure.

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Above the refectory, Torre Abbey moves from austerity to decadence.

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Following the dissolution of England's monasteries,

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Sir George Cary purchased the building in 1662 to create a family home.

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But his grandson, George Cary II,

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made the most significant alterations in the 1700s.

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Then his nephew, another George Cary,

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refashioned the exterior in the Gothic Revival style of the late 18th century.

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Here welcoming in to the Carey's family dining room.

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It had been the Abbot's dining room.

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A very private, elite space.

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Now hang on a moment,

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because this room looks very much like 1750 / 1770.

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This space is much earlier, we still have the original Norman walls. It had a face lift.

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This is absolutely mouth-watering.

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The period, the furniture, is absolutely delicious to me.

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And Dee has something extra special here for David's delight.

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I've got my very own antiques expert, so you tell me.

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Sorry, is he coming shortly or...?

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-Oh, is it me?

-'Oh, David. You modest one!'

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-What they would have done then, Dee, is had several shelves...

-In here?

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Yes, in there, slide in shelves.

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They could have in there birds' eggs collections,

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they could have tortoise shells...

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What about fossils, they were big on fossils, weren't they?

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Very much big on fossils.

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Cabinets of curiosities have been popular since Renaissance times.

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Essentially, pieces to display to illustrate how travelled

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and worldly the collector was.

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These cabinets were, in a way,

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precursors to museums and were filled with anything foreign,

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exotic or inexplicable from the time.

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-Is that a bigger surface be able to put your show off pieces on?

-Yes.

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-Why has it got carrying handles?

-It's for servants.

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It's very heavy.

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You would take it to where you were having your port and cigars to show off your collection.

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Take it with you. A cabinet like that was only made bespokely

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for someone with a collection.

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Now I've got £300 in my pocket, would that be temping?

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That doesn't even begin to tempt me. Sorry.

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Good old David, he never stops pushing for a knock-down bargain.

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He never rest. Unlike Anita!

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-Hello, you.

-Hello. I'm just having a five-minute quiet gaze.

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-Well, do you mind me joining you?

-No, not at all.

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-Let's go and have a nice, long, cool drink.

-Shall we do that?

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-Let's go.

-All right, I'll follow you then, have you got any money?

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Getting out of the right side of the bed,

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our experts are both up and up for it!

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If I see something meaty, I'm having it.

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You want to come back without a penny in your pocket?

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I probably will!

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So far, Anita's spent £43 on three items.

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The miniature Sheraton-style tray,

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the Sampson Mordan propelling pen combo,

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and the Cornish Serpentine paperweight.

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She's got £257.45 left, but the clock is ticking.

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David had a great day and spent £115 on four items.

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The Sorrento tea caddy, the Chinese puzzle ball,

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the carved stool - or stand - and the cigarette case.

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Or is it a card case?

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He's got £297.06 left to finish his week.

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Hard astarboard!

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The Road Trip takes a pivotal turn north,

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taking this final week's experts 24 miles from Torquay

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to the handsome harbour village of Topsham, on the outskirts of Exeter.

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So you love the countryside, but could you live in it?

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I like to look at it, but I don't like the beasties.

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-The beasties?

-I like a bit more comfort.

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Topsham was once a major British port.

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The handsome Georgian and Edwardian houses

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around the harbour are a testament to its glory days.

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Have a nice time, darling.

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You too, sweet pea. Forward.

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David, do you think I've never driven before?

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THEY BOTH LAUGH

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Brilliant!

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-Morning.

-Morning.

-I'm David.

-Hello. Simon.

-Simon.

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With no time to waste, David is lead upstairs towards his beloved Georgian furniture.

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Georgian deed box.

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It's going to date then to about 1770 / 1780.

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-Yeah.

-This is made for a town house merchant, isn't it?

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Yeah, lovely thing, carrying handles. Superb.

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Deed boxes were often metal rather than wood

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and always lockable for the storage and safe transportation

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of important papers, deeds and monies.

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However, any self-respecting highwayman

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would surely shoot the lock off. No?

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-Just a bit different,

-So interesting, yeah.

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Whilst David further indulges his great love,

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someone's got their eye firmly on the prize.

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Time is running out for me.

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This is a big area and I don't have much time.

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That is a big chunk for £30.

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I'm sure that it doesn't have a great deal of age,

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but it is a functional item, and if I can get a bit off of that

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I think I might be able to make a profit on it.

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Anita should be wary here.

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Electrical antiques at auction are a prickly business

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and sellers can be heavily fined if items are not safe

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or properly labelled.

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All wiring and connections are normally removed

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to protect the buyer and the auction house.

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Zzzzpt! Agh!

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Gordon, can we chat about this light fitting here?

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Now we have £30 on it.

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-We could do that one for 25.

-For 25?

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Could you possibly do it for 20?

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For 20 I MIGHT, I might have a wee chance.

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-This is my last leg, this is my last leg.

-Especially for you.

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Oh Gordon, thank you so much, Gordon. That's wonderful.

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I'm absolutely delighted.

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One more lump in Anita's arsenal.

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Will our experts make the most from their final shopping of the week?

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-Hi, are you Val?.

-Yes, I am.

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-Hi, I'm David. Nice to meet you.

-And you.

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-You're a dealer here?

-I am.

-Wonderful.

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Wine coasters, to hold wine bottles, obviously.

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With a nice turned wooden base.

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-Victorian, late 19th century.

-Yes.

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-Nice grape decoration there.

-It's really nice.

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And I think one is slightly bigger than the other,

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which is actually probably a very good thing

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because they're not massed produced machine-made items, I don't think.

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-No.

-How much could they be? Would £10 buy the pair?

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Oh, yes, and then you'll go away, won't you, really?

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LAUGHS I've never been so hurt in my life!

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Quite right, Val.

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It's taken all week, but finally dealers are doing anything

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to get David Harper out of their shop.

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Now, what will it take to make Anita hurry up?

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This is a sketching easel.

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I like this, it's not old, but there's a wee bit of woodworm there

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to indicate that there is some age.

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Gordon, I love easels and I really quite like the way

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that it has been used, we have splatters of paint.

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Could have been a famous artist.

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-Is that... Gauguin?

-THEY LAUGH

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Um, £12 on that?

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The really best price is £10.

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The only thing that I was a wee bit worried about.

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A wee touch of woodworm, could you do it for eight?

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No, but I could put some woodworm stuff on it.

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Could you do that?

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Could it be done for eight?

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No, it's got to be ten.

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It's got to be ten. Right, let's go for the easel at £10.

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Well, it's all done bar the shouting.

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Anita and David have shopped their way east to west

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across the south on this final antiques adventure.

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And now is the hour, one last time,

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for both the showing and the telling.

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It little Victorian item, it's a propelling pen and pencil.

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-What did you pay?

-I paid £15 for it.

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I was going to say £20, that's absolutely... I mean, what a bargain.

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-Let me show you my item. It originally was a tea caddy.

-A tea caddy, of course.

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Nice base, good colour.

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-You've sold it to me David, how much?

-£15.

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That's not bad either.

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My second buy is this little miniature tray.

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It would be used perhaps for, I don't know... for two.

0:26:450:26:51

We could have a wonderful evening with this tray, two glasses, and one bottle.

0:26:510:26:55

-That's right.

-I think it's really sweet.

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-£8.

-I mean, come on. For goodness sake!

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Tell me what you feel.

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Oh, it little puzzle ball.

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It's Chinese, 19th century.

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I love these things.

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-Anita, this is my star item.

-It's the one that you hope will fly.

0:27:100:27:13

Yes I do, I'm hoping it will make £200. I paid 75 for it.

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That's a very good buy.

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Now for Anita's Victorian paperweight, depicting a West Country coastline.

0:27:190:27:24

It nice big chunky item in good condition. I got it for £20.

0:27:240:27:29

That is a proper antique and it relates to where you're going, so a good buy.

0:27:290:27:33

-Next!

-Right, cigarette case, silver 1926.

0:27:330:27:37

I mean, I put my card in there

0:27:370:27:39

because I think it's better off as a card case.

0:27:390:27:43

Oh, dear. David will try anything to prove this could be a card case.

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People don't smoke as much as they did before

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and also if they do smoke they don't smoke cigarettes that size.

0:27:520:27:57

Get your business cards, chop them. Get your cigarettes, chop them.

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£15 pounds it was a bargain, move on.

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You might get away with it.

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I liked it because it's a working easel, it has been used.

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I loved the fact that we had the drops of paint here.

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-Are you sure that's not bird droppings?

-No that's paint.

0:28:120:28:15

-What did I pay for that? £10.

-There you go.

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You know what is it? It's a child's stool, it's a miniature table,

0:28:170:28:21

it's a stand for an oriental vase.

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It could be used for many, many things.

0:28:230:28:26

It wee piece of nonsense, really.

0:28:260:28:27

It wee piece of nonsense and we like a bit of nonsense.

0:28:270:28:30

-How much did you pay for it?

-A tenner.

-That's OK.

0:28:300:28:33

Next, Anita's monster light fitting.

0:28:330:28:37

But will David like it?

0:28:370:28:38

-Do you want me to be brutally honest?

-OK, on you go.

0:28:380:28:42

I absolutely love it. I love it.

0:28:420:28:46

A little bit of wax and polish and some black paint on there.

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A rewire job, that in a nice country cottage

0:28:490:28:52

in the Dales where I live, would look absolutely fantastic.

0:28:520:28:57

-What did you pay?

-I paid £20 for it.

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-Is that kind of all right?

-It's fine.

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I thought silver-plated, but they're not just silver-plated, they're Sheffield plate.

0:29:010:29:06

Sheffield plate, good. How much?

0:29:060:29:09

£10 for the pair?

0:29:090:29:10

-£10?

-Well, don't seem so pleased!

0:29:100:29:14

£10? £10!

0:29:140:29:18

The old Harper magic has emerged for the last buy.

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Oh, listen to you. Honestly!

0:29:220:29:25

-£10!

-What do you feel?

-I would pay £10 for that hole there!

0:29:250:29:30

THEY LAUGH

0:29:300:29:31

-I think you've done well, dear.

-Thank you very much.

0:29:310:29:35

Come on, you two, tell us what you really think.

0:29:350:29:38

When you get shivers up the back of your spine

0:29:380:29:41

when you're handling a fine quality object, that's the buzz.

0:29:410:29:45

And I didn't get any of that from Anita's items.

0:29:450:29:47

David's so-called card case.

0:29:470:29:51

It cigarette case.

0:29:510:29:53

Of course I want to win and as much as I adore Anita Manning,

0:29:530:29:57

I want to beat her.

0:29:570:29:59

For this final leg of the road trip,

0:29:590:30:02

our two experts started off in Ashburton.

0:30:020:30:05

They wheeled and dealt their way to Topsham via Torquay.

0:30:050:30:09

Today, they're heading for Bideford, for the auction.

0:30:090:30:12

-The big finale today and then it's over with. It's kind of...

-I know!

0:30:130:30:17

-It's almost a bit sad.

-Never mind.

0:30:170:30:20

Let's hope that we both do well.

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Torridge Auctions was founded in 1987.

0:30:230:30:26

There are ten general sales spread throughout the year.

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Selling everything from the kitchen sink, literally.

0:30:300:30:33

But what does auctioneer Elizabeth Price think of our mixed bag?

0:30:330:30:38

The Sheffield wine coasters, very nice pair.

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Such a shame that the stud is missing from the centre of one of them.

0:30:410:30:46

It will make a huge difference to the value.

0:30:460:30:48

I think the light fitting has a certain rustic charm,

0:30:480:30:51

but I really don't think it's a great money spinner.

0:30:510:30:54

And that's not good news for Anita, who needs to make a profit if she's to beat David.

0:30:540:31:00

She started this leg with £300.45 and spent £73 on five items.

0:31:010:31:07

-Lovely.

-Thank you.

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David, however, had £412.06,

0:31:090:31:12

and spent £125, also on five items.

0:31:120:31:17

Now for the final auction in the final show.

0:31:180:31:21

No wonder our two are feeling the tension.

0:31:210:31:25

First up, Anita's miniature tray, which cost a modest £8.

0:31:250:31:30

-Well, you've got 10. You've got a bit of profit.

-Yes!

0:31:300:31:32

£10 now, £12 to somebody, surely. A nice little tray.

0:31:320:31:35

12 to you sir, £12 now,

0:31:350:31:37

14 is it? 14 now, 16 in the centre.

0:31:370:31:39

At £16, the bidding now. Yours, sir.

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You've doubled your money, Anita. Start as you mean to go on, eh?

0:31:420:31:46

-Is that getting you worried?

-No, not at all.

0:31:460:31:49

The fact that I've made £8! SHE LAUGHS

0:31:490:31:52

Now for David's first item, his £10 stool.

0:31:530:31:56

Let's see a tenner for it somewhere,

0:31:560:31:59

I've got £5 bid right in front of me.

0:31:590:32:01

£5 bringing in the bidding.

0:32:010:32:03

Six, £6 now.

0:32:030:32:04

Seven for you sir, seven now.

0:32:040:32:06

-Seven then, the bidding. Eight elsewhere, or no?

-£7!

0:32:060:32:09

£7 only bid here. Yours, sir, thank you.

0:32:090:32:12

You won't be sitting so comfortably after that loss.

0:32:120:32:16

-Never mind, David.

-Never mind?! That's devastating!

0:32:160:32:19

I know, I don't know what to say.

0:32:190:32:20

Next up, Anita's light fitting, which cost her £20.

0:32:200:32:25

Let's hope somebody wants a rustic chandelier.

0:32:250:32:29

Is that how you'd describe it? I'd describe it as

0:32:290:32:31

a piece of driftwood with wire coming out of it.

0:32:310:32:33

Whose got something like £10 to get this one started?

0:32:330:32:36

For a light fitting like that, £10 surely to get it started?

0:32:360:32:40

-Make it five then if you will?

-Five there!

0:32:400:32:42

Five down here, six behind. Seven for you, sir?

0:32:420:32:46

Working up. Eight, eight at the back and now nine. Nine, is it?

0:32:460:32:49

At £9 in the centre.

0:32:490:32:51

Sadly, it didn't ignite the bidders.

0:32:510:32:55

David's next item is his £15 tea caddy.

0:32:550:32:58

At 10 I'm bid, £10 now. £10 I'm bid and 12.

0:32:580:33:02

12 now, 15 for you.

0:33:020:33:03

15, 18, 18 at the end.

0:33:030:33:06

20 is it for you. 20? No?

0:33:060:33:07

£18 the bidding. £18 at the far end of the sale room.

0:33:070:33:10

Make no mistake. 20 new blood. £20.

0:33:100:33:13

At £20 it goes. Yours, sir.

0:33:130:33:15

Oh!

0:33:150:33:16

And that's a tiny profit. Come on, chaps.

0:33:160:33:21

It's not going well for either of you today.

0:33:210:33:23

Coming up, Anita's easel.

0:33:230:33:27

£10 the bidding now, I'm looking for 12 elsewhere.

0:33:270:33:29

-She's got £10.

-On the book.

0:33:290:33:31

10 only bid here. At £10 it goes then.

0:33:310:33:34

It broke even, but it's a loss after Anita pays commission.

0:33:340:33:40

Now for David's silver cigarette case.

0:33:400:33:43

Let's see £20 to get this one started.

0:33:430:33:45

At 10, 10 I'm bid. At £10 now.

0:33:450:33:47

At 12, now. 15 bid, 18.

0:33:470:33:50

18 now, 20 for you. 20 now, 22.

0:33:500:33:53

-25 here, 25, 28. 28, now 30, for you sir.

-Go on!

0:33:530:33:57

32 is it? 32 now, 5 if you will.

0:33:570:34:00

-At 35 is it?

-Go on!

0:34:000:34:02

35, 38 for you sir? 38 now. At £38.

0:34:020:34:06

Yours, sir. Thank you.

0:34:060:34:07

And that tidy little profit has put a smile on David's face at last.

0:34:070:34:12

I do not believe that!

0:34:120:34:16

Anita's paperweight is next under the hammer.

0:34:160:34:20

-Starting the bidding here at £35. £35 now, bidding on the book.

-Yes!

0:34:200:34:24

-And 38 now, and 40.

-Yes!

0:34:240:34:26

£40 the bidding now.

0:34:260:34:28

£40 bidding on the book.

0:34:280:34:30

And that's punched above its weight. Could Anita's luck be turning?

0:34:300:34:35

David has high hopes for his wine coasters.

0:34:350:34:39

Starting the bidding here at £50 on these. At £50 the bidding now.

0:34:390:34:43

55 now, 55 and 60 now, £60 I'm bid now. £60 and five elsewhere?

0:34:430:34:47

70 now. Five for you, sir, 75.

0:34:480:34:50

-75, 75, the bid.

-Need 100, need 100.

0:34:500:34:52

Yours, sir, thank you.

0:34:520:34:53

And he's toasting his success with a £65 profit,

0:34:530:34:57

not drowning his sorrows.

0:34:570:34:59

Let's see how Anita's final item does.

0:34:590:35:03

Her pen and pencil combo, which cost £15.

0:35:030:35:06

-I've got 25, 25 bid.

-Oh, straight in.

0:35:060:35:08

28 now and 30 at the back. 32 now and five, 35.

0:35:080:35:12

38 at the back. At 38 now, 40 if you will, in the corner?

0:35:120:35:16

-42, 45. At 45 now.

-It's going, it's going.

0:35:160:35:19

48, and 50 at the back.

0:35:190:35:20

52 now, 55. 55 now, 58 is it?

0:35:200:35:24

58 now and 60 at the back.

0:35:240:35:25

At £60, the bidding's at the back.

0:35:250:35:28

And that very respectable £45 profit!

0:35:280:35:32

I'm very pleased with that.

0:35:320:35:33

David's pinning everything on his star lot, which cost him £75.

0:35:330:35:41

-Starting bidding here at £130.

-Yes!

-I'm going on to 140.

-Excellent!

0:35:410:35:46

And I have a bid of 150 to follow.

0:35:460:35:50

160, new blood. 160.

0:35:500:35:53

-170.

-Yes!

-170, 180 now.

0:35:530:35:58

190 and 200, if you will?

0:35:580:36:00

-200 now.

-Get in there!

-210 is it?

0:36:000:36:02

-210 now, 220 here? £220 the bidding.

-That's brilliant!

0:36:020:36:06

£220 now.

0:36:060:36:09

-Well done.

-Yes!

0:36:090:36:10

And your £145 profit, David, is the biggest of the day.

0:36:100:36:15

-That's what I love about auctions. Wonderful.

-That was exciting.

0:36:150:36:19

But who did the best overall?

0:36:190:36:22

Anita started the day with £300.45.

0:36:220:36:25

After paying auction costs and commission, she made a profit of £38.21.

0:36:250:36:31

Her final total for the week is £338.66.

0:36:310:36:37

David, however, did rather better at today's auction.

0:36:370:36:40

Thank you, sir.

0:36:400:36:42

He had £412.06 spending money.

0:36:420:36:45

After commission, he made a profit of £171.56.

0:36:450:36:49

His final total is a handsome £583.62.

0:36:490:36:57

Congratulations you are a worthy winner.

0:36:570:37:00

-We've had a lovely time, come on, I'll buy you a cup of tea.

-OK!

0:37:000:37:04

How sweet.

0:37:040:37:05

And now, nearly all our experts have joined me to crown

0:37:050:37:10

this year's Antiques Road Trip winner.

0:37:100:37:13

And what a Road Trip it's been!

0:37:130:37:15

PARP!

0:37:150:37:18

In the last six weeks, our gallant road trippers have driven a staggering 4,000 miles

0:37:220:37:29

and passed through 150 towns and cities,

0:37:290:37:32

buying and selling 280 antiques along the way.

0:37:320:37:36

# Stand and deliver

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# Your money or your life... #

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What energy!

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Which have realised a staggering £3,000 of net profit.

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What a result!

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-Yes!

-Get in there.

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Up to there!

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And they only made losses on around 80 pieces.

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Have you a handkerchief?

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Unbelievable!

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We're here to celebrate the fact that nobody got seriously lost

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and that the cars all made it...just.

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And that each of the experts at some point on their trip,

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did make a profit.

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Now let's find out what the experts really think?

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-Thomas? James?

-Tim.

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So, Thomas, as the new boy on the block, you didn't do just terribly well, did you?

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No, can we just sort of glaze over that point?

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I've got butterflies in my tummy now. This is my big purchase of the day.

0:38:320:38:36

Oh, this is awful. It's disappointing.

0:38:360:38:38

Now your car, James.

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-Yeah.

-Ran well this time did it?

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Absolutely beautifully.

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Let's just have a small inspection.

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I'm putting my back into it, sir.

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-That's what you call a good runner, isn't it?

-It's a lovely motor.

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Now, Phil and David. The old timers in your Morris Minor,

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what was the highlight for both of you?

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Just having the opportunity to work with David Barby for a week really.

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You got that in before me, I was going to say exactly the same.

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Could you get that scarf out of my face? Thank you.

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Try not to be too long because you haven't got long left at your age of your life.

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Get in the car, for Christopher Columbus!

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The best man. I'm not going to catch anything off there, am I?

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-So which were your favourite purchases?

-I fluked on

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a tyre puller thing, so that's going to live with me for a while.

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-I think the best thing with me was the tray for £5.

-£200 and done then.

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So, Anita what was it like being up against the legendary David Harper?

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Well it was like one big holiday for me.

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Wow, look at that!

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Oh no, it's too cold!

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-Go in further David, further.

-Come on in.

-Too cold.

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So Anita, how would you sum up your joint haggling techniques?

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David's very physical about haggling.

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-We're going to have to have an arm wrestle over this.

-Right, OK.

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OK, go. Don't break the table.

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I'm a little gentler.

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Could you do it for 14?

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-Oh no, I hate doing this, throw me out your shop.

-You've got to!

-Throw me out your shop!

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Now Jonathan. What's it like being the new boy on the block?

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Steep learning curve.

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That's the toilets.

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I really enjoyed myself, I had great, great fun.

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Good partner to be with, Charlie.

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-He's gone and got himself married, hasn't he?

-Oh, he has.

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Our congratulations go to the irrepressible, Charles Hanson.

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He's off on his well, well deserved honeymoon, dear boy.

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# I'm so excited

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# And I just can't hide it

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# I'm about to lose control And I think I like it. #

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I wanted to win of course. It was an absolute travesty at the end I mean, you know.

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-Now, Mark Stacey.

-Hello, Tim.

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-No Charlie Ross with us today.

-Unfortunately not, no.

-It is sad.

0:41:020:41:06

It is very sad but I think we bumbled along very nicely.

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Will you get out?

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It's too late Charlie, I already bought that chair.

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Just give me five minutes.

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-Are you all right in there?

-I couldn't do it without you, honestly.

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Charlie and I looked like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in that car.

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-But I did have the odd problem...

-CLUNKING

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..and Joan Crawford wasn't very happy with that.

0:41:280:41:31

-Oh, how dare you!

-Oh, Matron!

-Oh!

0:41:310:41:34

-James, hi.

-Hi.

-Sadly no Kate with you.

0:41:340:41:36

Yeah, Kate used her very feminine charms and long blonde hair.

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Just for me?

0:41:420:41:43

Just for me?

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Just for me?

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Unfortunately it didn't really work for me.

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25 quid. Do you want to sell it?

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I had to be a little bit harder.

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So, let's look at the leader board, and see who's won this year's Antiques Road Trip.

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Sadly, first timer Thomas came last.

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Above him, we have James Braxton,

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then Charlie Ross and the lovely Anita.

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At number eight, it's new-boy Jonathan, then Philip,

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Mark and the very best of David Barby.

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Last year's loser is this year's fourth place.

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It's Charles, breaking the £500 mark.

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Last year's winner, David Harper, comes third

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and then, "just for me," it's Kate in second place.

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So this year winner is last year's runner-up,

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with a staggering £1,162.68, it's James Lewis!

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So, step forward James Lewis!

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-James. Congratulations.

-Thank you.

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Please accept this award with our love and affection and congratulations.

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-A true antique.

-A true antique.

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So what's the secret to your success?

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I think it was just on three objects really.

0:43:030:43:05

-265 is with me.

-Oh my God, fantastic!

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At £220 now.

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Fantastic!

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All done, there you have it then.

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-Yay!

-Well done, James, indeed.

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-Thank you.

-And in fact, well done to all our road trippers,

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you have raised a net profit of nearly £3,000, all of which will go to Children in Need.

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So well done team and until we meet again on the road,

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it's goodbye from all of us. Goodbye.

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Anita Manning and David Harper embark on the final journey. Their mission: to see who can make the most money buying and selling antiques as they head from Ashburton in Dartmoor National Park to Bideford in North Devon. Who will win the week and who will win the series? Find out as Tim Wonnacott presents the trophy to the winner.