Episode 7 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 7

Antiques experts compete to make the most money at auction. Anita Manning and James Lewis continue their antiques shopping in Fakenham, Norfolk.


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The nation's favourite antiques experts,

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£200 each and one big challenge.

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Well, duck, do I buy you or don't I?

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Who can make the most money

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buying and selling antiques as they scour the UK?

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Sold.

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

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But it's not as easy as it looks,

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and dreams of glory can end in tatters.

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HONKING

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So, will it be the fast lane to success

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or the slow road to bankruptcy?

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That's the sweat over.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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Yeah!

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Today, ladies and gentlemen, auctioneers James Lewis

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and Anita Manning are going head-to-head in Norfolk.

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And it seems someone's getting a wee bit competitive.

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-How much have you got to spend?

-I've got...

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Not as much as me!

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THEY LAUGH

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Yet, James, yet!

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So far, James has turned his original £200 stake

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into a marvellous £428.20.

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As for Anita, she's currently sitting on £306.84,

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which makes James the undisputed champion so far.

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Although, as our experts take their 1970s VW Beetle

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on the third leg of their Road Trip, anything is possible.

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The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.

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-It's Robert Burns.

-Robert who?

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-ANITA LAUGHS

-Oh, James!

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This road trip is taking us from Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire,

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and heading south via East Anglia and on to the West Country,

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ending up, we hope, in Cirencester.

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But today, we're kicking off in Fakenham,

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and we'll end this leg with an auction in Aylsham.

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Situated on the River Wensum, Fakenham owes much of its

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good fortune to Henry VIII because when he abolished

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the monastery in the neighbouring town of Heston, suddenly this

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market town became the stopover of choice for weary pilgrims.

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So, what better place for our experts to park the VW

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and conduct a little commerce?

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-20 dealers, James.

-That's 10 each.

-OK.

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Though, one shop, two experts - things can get messy.

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There's only about £100 between James and I,

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and it's possible to catch up and go forward, that would be fun.

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But James is a formidable opponent. Oh, he's a cracker.

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-He's a hard guy to beat.

-I'll say.

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Already he's found something he likes.

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-It's probably French. It's Art Deco.

-And a snip at £35.

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The inkwell is typically Art Deco.

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They're straight lines, very architectural in style.

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And inside, a little glass liner.

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My problem is, again, I think my heart might be ruling my head.

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I'd like to have that on my desk.

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James is still at that cabinet down there.

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I'm just waiting for him to go away.

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I heard that!

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-Hello, darling!

-Hello!

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Not much longer, Anita, he's called Mandy over.

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It's got a bit of something about it.

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But, a bit of breakage on the top there.

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-Yes, it's sad that so many things are damaged, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-That would need to be about 20.

-25?

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I was thinking 15, but 20 would be my max.

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Can I split it with you, £22.50?

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I can't. I can't, that's...

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If I was going to go for it, it would have to be that.

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-OK, go on, 20, I'll do that.

-OK.

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-With the deal done...

-Thanks very much.

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..and the cabinet finally vacated,

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it's Anita's chance to find something gorgeous.

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And she's thinking Murano. Not one piece but two.

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Here's another piece here.

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It's got that nice weight in it, a nice polished base.

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And that's rather pretty.

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Together, a nice wee lot,

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but it all depends on the price I can get it for.

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Together, they're priced at £20, but naturally,

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Anita's motto is "never pay retail".

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I'd be looking to buy the two of them for 10. Would that be possible?

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-OK, let me go and make a phone call.

-OK.

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Not exactly high-stakes negotiation but every penny counts.

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-He says the best on those would be 14.

-14?

-Yes.

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-Could you ask him if he'd go to 12?

-I could do that for you.

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Thank you, Mandy, thank you.

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I know he will cos he already told me.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-He said, "Try 14 and if they won't do it, I'll take 12."

-Oh, Mandy!

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Right, here we go.

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Our next stop on this road trip is Holt,

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a small market town with rather a colourful history.

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Yep, from the plague of 1348,

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which saw the surprising demise of 23 priests,

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to the great fire of 1708 which destroyed the entire town,

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Holt is no stranger to drama or antique shops.

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-I'm James.

-Nice to see you.

-What a fantastic shop.

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-Just how they used to be 20 years ago.

-My prices are going down!

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-Good, I'll have a wander.

-Now, that's a little mercenary, James.

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Although, considering you love the old-school nature of the shop,

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I'm surprised - have to say delighted -

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that you're ultimately drawn to this collection.

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Could you tell me about these?

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They don't seem to fit in your policy of glass and ceramics.

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-My son has joined the business.

-OK.

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-These are mammoth teeth with the roots here.

-That's wonderful.

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This is a mammoth tusk.

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Now, bones can be highly saleable IF they have the right provenance,

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and Richard says this collection's from the late 19th century

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and was purchased from a Norfolk country house.

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So, given that they're new to the market,

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they might stir a bit of interest.

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-My son's put 480 on the collection.

-Oh, right.

-Yes.

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Good heavens, that is a lot of interest.

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Would you be able to do it for 200?

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-Would you be able to phone him and ask?

-I'll phone my son, shall I?

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-Thank you. Just see what he says.

-Right.

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Well...I don't know. Maybe I'm mad, offering £200.

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It's a collection of old bones, at the end of the day. It's...

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But it's different.

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In a way, I hope I get the answer, "No, they won't take £200!"

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because I think to offer £200 for that lot might be slightly bonkers.

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-I've been in touch with my son...

-Yes.

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..and he said...

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..£250 would be the very best.

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JAMES SIGHS

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It's too much. It's too much for me, I think.

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So, the sensible thing to do here is walk away. Right, James?

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My right hand is just waiting to come out.

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-An extra 10, would it make any difference to him?

-220.

-Oh, blimey!

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The more you hesitate, the more it'll go up.

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215 and you've got a deal.

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And I am completely insane.

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-Well, I think you are making a bad mistake, really.

-Do you?

-Yes.

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In search of a less expensive purchase,

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James has moved on to Mews Antiques,

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but Peter is proving to be quite the salesman.

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-If you can find the name on it, you've got a hell of a piece.

-Yeah.

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-I've been looking at that for a long time.

-I wish.

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-It ought to say something, "Glasgow School" or something like that.

-Yeah.

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-But...

-It doesn't.

-It doesn't, no.

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There's a great big hole, as well.

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It's been repaired, it's as I got it, on the bottom there.

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And just in case you're wondering, it's an Arts and Crafts log bin,

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embossed rather nicely with Viking galleons in choppy seas, circa 1890.

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What could that be?

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-75's our very best on that.

-75, yeah.

-It's worth it all day long.

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-For me, I'd be looking at about 45.

-Can't do.

-No.

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I don't mind giving you a fighting chance,

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but I'm not going to cut my throat.

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I don't blame you, I wouldn't want you to.

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Yeah, I'd be looking at 50, 55.

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-Oh, you're not going to toss a coin for it! Oh, no!

-If you're game, I am.

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-65 upper, 50 lower.

-45 lower.

-No, too far out.

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You've got to leave me something in it.

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-You've got to leave me a chance, too!

-Too right.

-60-50 then.

-Done.

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Go on. I'll have heads.

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-Tails, my son.

-Tails. Oh! You've got a deal, £60. Done.

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-I didn't even want it!

-Nobody comes in here for anything they want!

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-They certainly don't come here for anything they need.

-Like a haircut!

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And something else James doesn't need is...

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-This weird thing here.

-Oh, that marvellous device.

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Handle him tenderly.

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Now, the gong is an ancient Chinese custom used to signal

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peasant workers in from the fields.

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This one, however, is more ornamental, probably English

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and dating back to the 1920s.

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-Ticket price - £42.

-£20, it needs to be.

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Ooh, I really don't know, we'd have to ask.

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If we get in touch with the guy,

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whether he's remotely going to consider that.

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It's a long way short.

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-See if you can make him feel sorry for me!

-Right, I'll go and ask.

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Thank you.

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£20 is the absolute limit.

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I'm not budging, I'm not tossing a coin.

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-Just as well, when the dealer's answer is..."Yes."

-Deal.

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-There you go.

-Deal.

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Leaving James and Anita to end the day's shopping

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with a game of twenty questions.

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-Is it some weird and wonderful, obscure thing?

-Yes.

-Is it?

-Yes!

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-Is it lovely to look at?

-No.

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Am I going to love it or hate it?

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-Hate it.

-Am I?

-Yeah.

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Time for James to take his mind off his troubles for a while

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as he's dropped off in the village of Thursford.

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It's here you'll find the Thursford Collection,

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something that started as a hobby for the late George Cushing

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and has ended up becoming one of the world's most important

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steam and fairground museums,

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though these days the man in charge is his son John.

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-John, great to see you.

-And you.

-I've heard so much about this place.

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-Let me show you around.

-Love to.

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The tradition of fairs dates back at least 800 years

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and was a chance for traders to sell their wares.

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Over time, acrobats, musicians and performers also joined the mix.

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But what really revolutionised the experience was steam,

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providing everything from the rides to the music.

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Oh, look at that! So when was this made?

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Well, this would have been made before the war,

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this is actually a German organ. It was overhauled

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and Father bought it in '62 or '63, I think.

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Just because he loved the sound.

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It brought back his childhood memories

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when he went to the fair and heard nothing but fairground organs.

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-Does it still play?

-Indeed it does. We'll crank it up.

-Come on, then.

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FAIRGROUND MUSIC

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-That is absolutely incredible, it's so loud, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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But I suppose, in the hustle and bustle of a fairground,

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-it needed that volume to get an attraction.

-It did.

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Of course, there were many other fairground organs

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in the fair at that time, including inside the rides.

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In the 1860s, the arrival of the steam-powered merry-go-round

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had some people fearing for their children's lives.

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But despite their concerns of injury and explosion,

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the ride went on to become a classic.

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I've never seen one of those.

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Well, you wouldn't have done,

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-because this is the only one in the world.

-Is it, really?

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It's really an antique, yes.

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-At the time, people would stand 50 deep to watch this.

-Really?

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Yeah, just going round.

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Not only is this penny ride the only one of its kind,

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it's also a local, produced in the Norfolk factory of Frederick Savage.

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It was always rumoured that when the showmen paid for these things,

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they would take sacks of pennies to pay for them.

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Wow.

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And the people who built them

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-obviously had to count all those pennies out.

-Yeah.

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-Does this still work?

-Indeed it does, yes. We run this every day.

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-Would you like a ride?

-I was hoping you were going to say that!

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Come on, lead the way.

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Of course, the organ would be playing.

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I never went to sea because I got seasick.

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The feeling's coming back to me.

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HE LAUGHS

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Oh, James, you big old girl's blouse!

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You just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Anita's headed to the seaside town of Sheringham,

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the jewel in the north Norfolk coast

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where she's greeted by another classic.

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Maybe you could exterminate your competitor with some fine finds in here, Anita!

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Could be an interesting shop. Love your Dalek.

-He's gorgeous, isn't he?

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-Is he for sale?

-No, no, no!

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Perhaps just as well. Best we see what else Glenda has to offer.

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There's certainly a diverse range.

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And after the most thorough of searches,

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Anita's rather keen on this.

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Good quality, no name. Probably Italian. Probably Murano glass.

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(I quite like that.)

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While Murano glass dates back to the 10th century,

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this piece practically screams the early '70s.

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But not to worry, in the world of antiques and collectables,

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glass is hot right now.

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Which could explain why there's no price tag, or it's fallen off.

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-Could I make an offer?

-Yeah.

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£20. That's what I'd like to pay on him.

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-OK.

-Shall we go for it?

-We'll go for £20.

-But Anita's not done yet.

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Something curious has caught her eye. No, not that, this.

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-This is a shortbread mould.

-Yeah.

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-And it's probably late 19th-early 20th century.

-Think so?

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-It's a country piece.

-It is, yes.

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Actually, I think that country might be Scandinavia.

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And given the size of the mould,

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it was probably used by a high-street baker.

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But £45? Really?

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If I was buying this,

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I would be looking to buy it in the region of £12-18.

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-Right. I would've liked it as close to 20 as possible.

-How about 15?

-OK.

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-Can we do 15?

-We'll do 15.

-That's wonderful, thank you very much.

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Thank you.

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After a slow start yesterday,

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Anita now has three auction lots up her sleeve.

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AND she's got her determined stride on.

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Though things aren't going nearly as well for James,

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as I'm afraid there's bad news about the fossil collection.

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'I think that yesterday when you were in the shop, you asked my dad

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'if they came from a local auction

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-'or if they came from a country house.'

-Yeah.

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'And he got muddled up, they actually came from both.

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'They came from the local country house,

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'but I bought them at auction.'

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Oh, right. Where did you buy them from?

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'I bought them from a Keys auction,

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'from their antiques sale, which is in Aylsham.'

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I know exactly where it is. That's where I'm taking them to.

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-'Ah! OK.'

-OK.

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Even worse, at that auction they sold for £70.

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Oh, jeez!

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But the good news is Luke's prepared to refund two-thirds

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of the £215 James gave him. Wow!

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If I give you a fiver profit, and took them to Keys and just...

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just because they are the most wacky things I have ever seen,

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what would you say?

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'Actually, yes, let's do it.'

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-Will you?

-'Yup. I would be happy to do that because this is a mess that I have made.'

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Ah, yes. So that we are all clear here,

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as the fossils have recently been bought from

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the auction house we are going to, Luke is kindly dropping the price from £215 down to £75.

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Which hopefully means all parties are happy.

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A very honest mistake made by his dad.

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He has been an antiques dealer there for over 40 years

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and to still take a much reduced profit.

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But at least he has made a fiver, it is a couple of pints in the local pub.

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Oh, good, a happy ending, I think, particularly for James.

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Our next stop - Cromer -

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a popular resort town often referred to as the gem of the Norfolk coast.

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Oh, lovely! Lovely!

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And there are lovely shops like Brisbane Antiques for Anita to browse.

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-BELL RINGS

-Hello, it is lovely to meet you and be in this fabulous wee town.

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-Yeah, excellent.

-This looks nice.

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Yes, very nice and before long our canny Scot is finding herself

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quite excited by Philip's knick-knacks.

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This is rather sweet. It is a little ivory box.

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And this cartouche here is probably gold.

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I think this is probably Georgian.

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It is a period piece.

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And, because it is pre-1947, as far as the ivory goes

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it is legal and above board.

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Inside is a little toothpick.

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This is the type of thing that a fine Georgian gentleman would

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have in his pocket, and after lunch would take his little ivory box out,

0:18:480:18:55

take his little silver toothpick out and make himself lovely again.

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And for the ladies,

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Anita is thinking this gold brooch - Edwardian and fabulous.

0:19:020:19:07

It has a lovely turquoise and little row of seed pearls.

0:19:070:19:12

Now, this is in the shape of a wishbone.

0:19:120:19:16

Maybe if I buy this brooch I might get my wish to make a profit.

0:19:160:19:21

Well, if anyone can twist Philip's arm, it's you, Anita. Watch out!

0:19:210:19:25

I quite like the wee ivory box. Could it be sold for £45-£50?

0:19:250:19:31

I'd do a straight 50 on that

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and that would give you a chance on that. And 60 on that.

0:19:340:19:37

I tell you what, what I would like to buy the two for is £100.

0:19:380:19:42

-That is what I would like to buy the two for.

-I will do 100.

0:19:420:19:45

-Would you?

-Yeah, that will give you a chance.

0:19:450:19:48

Oh, you're a darling! Thank you so much!

0:19:480:19:50

As for James, he's in Aldborough,

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looking round the village antiques store.

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And after a wee bit of looking and some chin-rubbing,

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James has found something to get his brain ticking.

0:20:010:20:05

As you'd expect for an Arts and Crafts style clock, it is carved in oak.

0:20:050:20:08

And at the top here we have these very stylised flag irises.

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The whole shape is typical of the Arts and Crafts period - 1870, 1890.

0:20:140:20:21

With a very plain dial and the screws are prominent, not hidden.

0:20:210:20:28

Because the idea of the Arts and Crafts is you show how it's made.

0:20:280:20:32

It is, however, not as early as it looks.

0:20:320:20:34

It's 20th century, probably around 1930,

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maybe even later than the Arts and Crafts style.

0:20:390:20:42

-How much is it?

-I could do 30 quid.

-I don't think it would make...

0:20:420:20:47

-By the time the commission gets taken off.

-This is the problem. 25.

0:20:470:20:51

I think there is a profit in that one.

0:20:510:20:53

OK, that is something to think about.

0:20:530:20:55

What is this one, this little chap here?

0:20:550:20:58

-Oh, it is not as nice, is it?

-No.

0:20:580:21:01

I'll do the two for 30 quid.

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-Now there must be a profit.

-30?

0:21:030:21:07

Would 20 buy them?

0:21:070:21:10

-By the time they take the commission off.

-I know.

0:21:100:21:13

-Hang on, I'll get my handkerchief out in a minute.

-Go on.

0:21:130:21:15

-25. How's that?

-That's a deal.

-OK.

0:21:150:21:20

That's James done and dusted then, and just moments

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after his departure, guess who's also in the neighbourhood?

0:21:230:21:26

Hi! Are you Terry?

0:21:260:21:29

-Lovely to meet you.

-What are you doing here? I just seen a friend of yours a while ago.

0:21:290:21:34

-Has that big besom James Lewis been here?

-Yes, he certainly has.

0:21:340:21:38

-Has he bought all the bargains?

-Well, he may have done.

-Oh, no!

0:21:380:21:42

I am not 100 percent sure.

0:21:420:21:44

Don't you worry, Anita,

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I'm sure Terry will hand you a bargain on a platter(!)

0:21:460:21:49

This wee thing here, it's not a thing of any great significance.

0:21:490:21:55

Not going to make a lot of money,

0:21:550:21:57

BUT I have another two items which I thought

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I might put THIS with my other items to make a wee lot.

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Well, you're going to tell me you are hard up and you need to make a profit, so three quid?

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ANITA LAUGHS

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-How's that?

-It is a very generous sort of price. But...

0:22:110:22:18

I thought there might be. What?

0:22:180:22:21

I am looking to put it with another item.

0:22:210:22:24

It is just to bulk up the item

0:22:240:22:26

and I was wondering if you could give me it for £1?

0:22:260:22:29

Oh, take the damn thing! God!

0:22:290:22:31

And so, shopping over, let's see what they bought.

0:22:310:22:35

James started this leg with a very solid £428.20

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and after paying a reduced price on that fossil collection,

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his total spend comes to £200 for five auction lots.

0:22:440:22:47

Dem bones...

0:22:470:22:50

The Art Deco inkwell...

0:22:500:22:52

The ornamental gong...

0:22:520:22:53

The log bin...

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And two clocks.

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Anita meanwhile, began with £306.84

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and has been just as frugal as ever, spending just £148

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also on five auction lots,

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consisting of the shortbread mould...

0:23:080:23:12

The glass pussycat...

0:23:120:23:13

The ivory toothpick box...

0:23:130:23:15

The Edwardian brooch...

0:23:150:23:17

And the mix of Murano glass and pottery.

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But what do our experts really think of each other's items?

0:23:180:23:23

James' two clocks might struggle.

0:23:240:23:27

They are standard auction fare.

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And this type of item has gone down in price.

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But the little clock with the enamelled face deserves £25,

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but maybe only in a retail situation.

0:23:400:23:43

I think he might be lucky to get out of that one.

0:23:430:23:46

I don't think Anita's got anything that's going to make big money.

0:23:460:23:49

But then again,

0:23:490:23:51

I don't think she's got anything there where she's going to lose either.

0:23:510:23:54

She's been very canny in the way she's spent,

0:23:540:23:57

hasn't spent very much money at all.

0:23:570:24:00

Whereas I have spent loads more money. Loads more.

0:24:000:24:04

After teeing off in Fakenham,

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Anita and James end this leg

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with an auction showdown in the country village of Aylsham.

0:24:090:24:13

Our experts are taking their wares

0:24:130:24:15

to the weekly auction at Keys Auctionners

0:24:150:24:18

with James having won the first two legs of this trip.

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So, without further ado, let the auction begin!

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First up, Anita's 1960s Murano glass pussy. Meow!

0:24:260:24:33

At 30 in the middle of the room now. 32 at the back. 32.

0:24:330:24:37

35? 35. 38? 38.

0:24:370:24:41

40? No encouragement from the front there. 40 there. At 40.

0:24:410:24:44

42? 42 now. We will take it then at £42...

0:24:450:24:50

We're off to an exciting start!

0:24:510:24:52

That's a pre-commission profit of £22.

0:24:520:24:56

Well done.

0:24:560:24:58

Let's see if James' Arts and Crafts log bin can do better.

0:24:590:25:04

£50 start? £30 start? £30. I'm bid at 30.

0:25:040:25:08

32, I have in the middle of the room now. 32.

0:25:080:25:11

A fresh bid at 35. 38.

0:25:110:25:13

At 38, the hammer is up, I shall sell then. At £38...

0:25:130:25:18

Well!

0:25:180:25:19

That was disappointing.

0:25:190:25:21

-I thought it would do more than that.

-I mean, really?!

0:25:210:25:25

Huge loss.

0:25:260:25:27

£22, to be exact, old bean.

0:25:270:25:30

Although, on a happier note, if you would like to make the world's

0:25:300:25:33

biggest shortbread biscuit,

0:25:330:25:35

then look no further than Anita's next lot.

0:25:350:25:38

Look at that! How striking!

0:25:380:25:41

Opening bid here, beside me at 30.

0:25:410:25:43

You are all out in the room, at £30 I have.

0:25:430:25:45

At £30. 32.

0:25:450:25:49

35? 35. 38? 38? 38. 40?

0:25:490:25:53

42. Right-hand side, takes it then at 42...

0:25:530:25:57

So far our canny Anita is in the money.

0:25:570:26:00

That is another profit of £27. Hooray!

0:26:000:26:04

Time for James' collection of early 20th-century clocks.

0:26:060:26:09

Which even HE is beginning to doubt.

0:26:090:26:12

I like the stylised irises. It is a good heavy solid oak clock.

0:26:120:26:17

The other one's an also-ran.

0:26:170:26:20

£50 is the opening bid beside me now.

0:26:200:26:22

At 50, 50 the opening bed is 50. 55.

0:26:220:26:25

-60. 65.

-Go on!

-He's got a bid on the book.

0:26:250:26:28

70, 75. 80. 85. 90.

0:26:280:26:32

Right beside me at 90.

0:26:320:26:35

All done then at 90. £90 goes to commission.

0:26:350:26:38

Bravo, James. That's a sensational profit of £65.

0:26:380:26:42

That was good. That was... Stunned into complete silence.

0:26:420:26:46

Onto Anita's mixed lot now,

0:26:460:26:48

which from Murano glass

0:26:480:26:51

to Scandinavian pottery, has it all.

0:26:510:26:54

£10. Five for it? Do I hear £5 anywhere for it?

0:26:540:26:59

Five pounds. Five. Eight?

0:26:590:27:02

Do you want 10, madam? Ten it is now. At 10.

0:27:020:27:05

12 in the middle of the room.

0:27:050:27:06

At 15. A fresh bidder. At 15.

0:27:060:27:10

At 15 then and selling. 15.

0:27:100:27:12

I thought they were going to sell it at five for a minute.

0:27:120:27:15

I know. Maybe you should have taken that plaque for nothing!

0:27:150:27:20

Yap, a poor showing there. But moving on...

0:27:200:27:23

it's James' Art Deco desk stand.

0:27:230:27:25

Finely adorned

0:27:270:27:28

with a family of heffalumps!

0:27:280:27:30

Starting me at £50 on this lot here? At 50? 30? £20 start.

0:27:300:27:34

20, I'm bid in the middle of the room.

0:27:340:27:38

20? 20? 22?

0:27:380:27:39

25, 28. 30. 32.

0:27:390:27:43

35. 38. 40. 42. 45.

0:27:430:27:46

48. 50. 55. 60. 65.

0:27:460:27:49

70. 75. No. 75.

0:27:510:27:54

At 75. 75 and all done.

0:27:540:27:56

Hammer's up and away then at 75.

0:27:560:27:59

Well blow me down, that's a result and a half!

0:27:590:28:02

Not to mention a £55 profit pre-commission.

0:28:020:28:05

Something to trumpet about.

0:28:050:28:07

Yup, here is hoping the bidders are just as passionate

0:28:070:28:10

when it comes to Anita's Edwardian gold brooch.

0:28:100:28:14

-I think we both liked that.

-Yeah, the wishbone.

-Yeah!

0:28:140:28:17

£40 is the bid beside me here.

0:28:170:28:20

-Straight in at what you paid.

-£40 now. At 40, 42. 45. 48.

0:28:200:28:25

50? No. At 50. 55, fresh bidder. 55.

0:28:250:28:29

60. 60 beside me. Still at 60. You're out in the room.

0:28:290:28:34

60. £60 goes to commission.

0:28:340:28:36

Not a bad result. But we were hoping for better.

0:28:370:28:41

-Next it's James' rather amusing table gong.

-We will start at £50.

0:28:420:28:48

50? 30? Is the bid at 30?

0:28:480:28:52

32 - I have now. At 35. 38. 38, 40?

0:28:520:28:57

£40. Now at 40.

0:28:570:28:59

40. 42. 45?

0:28:590:29:02

45, 48 at the back now. At 48.

0:29:020:29:05

48. The hammer's up, I will sell at £48. £48.

0:29:050:29:10

-That is a good profit.

-It is.

0:29:100:29:12

I am happy with that.

0:29:120:29:14

And so you should be, James.

0:29:140:29:16

£28, that is not to be sniffed at.

0:29:160:29:19

One of my favourites now -

0:29:210:29:23

Anita's Georgian ivory toothpick box,

0:29:230:29:26

complete with silver toothpick.

0:29:260:29:28

That is a lovely classic little Georgian antique.

0:29:280:29:31

46 is the opening bid. 46. 46. 46. 48.

0:29:310:29:37

48. A fresh bid at 50. 55 now.

0:29:370:29:41

At 55. At 55 now. Hammer's up. We will sell then. At 55.

0:29:410:29:46

Oh, a bit disappointed at that.

0:29:460:29:48

I'll say. That was very surprising.

0:29:480:29:52

But the drama isn't over yet.

0:29:530:29:55

We are ending with a lot that's

0:29:550:29:57

no stranger to this auction house -

0:29:570:29:59

it's James' infamous

0:29:590:30:00

fossil collection.

0:30:000:30:02

Anybody start me here at £100 on this lot here? £100 is the bid.

0:30:020:30:07

It is right beside me here. We have an opening bid of £100 now.

0:30:070:30:11

The hammer is up at £100 and selling. £100 goes to commission.

0:30:110:30:16

Never mind, you made a profit, James.

0:30:160:30:18

Yes, against the odds, too.

0:30:180:30:20

The story of James' fossils has a happy ending, for James.

0:30:200:30:25

Anita, though, started this leg with £306.84.

0:30:250:30:29

And has made a modest profit of £27.48.

0:30:290:30:32

Giving her a grand total of £334.32

0:30:320:30:37

to spend going forward, bless her.

0:30:370:30:41

James, meanwhile, began with £428.20.

0:30:410:30:44

And after another cracking auction,

0:30:440:30:47

he's made a profit of £87.82, which means the lead is still his

0:30:470:30:53

with £516.02 in the kitty. Cheer up!

0:30:530:30:58

What a day. Do you know, I will never ever try and predict an auction again.

0:30:580:31:05

The things that we thought were going to do well didn't.

0:31:050:31:09

And other things that we weren't too sure about went up in price.

0:31:090:31:13

-Yeah, completely crazy.

-Where are we going, James?

-Suffolk.

0:31:130:31:18

-That sounds nice.

-I've never been to Suffolk.

-Neither have I.

0:31:180:31:22

-Adventure.

-Adventure.

0:31:220:31:23

This trip kicked off in Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire

0:31:260:31:28

and now heads south, via East Anglia,

0:31:280:31:30

and on to the West Country,

0:31:300:31:32

reaching its conclusion in Cirencester.

0:31:320:31:35

But right now, we're en route to Needham Market in Suffolk

0:31:360:31:39

and we'll end this leg with an auction in Bedford.

0:31:390:31:43

Back in its day, Needham Market thrived, thanks to wool.

0:31:480:31:52

But the plague of 1663 put something of a spanner in the works,

0:31:520:31:57

as the town was ultimately chained off

0:31:570:31:59

and two thirds of the population perished. Oh, dear.

0:31:590:32:03

OK, darling. I'm going on to the next town. Have fun in there.

0:32:030:32:09

-I will.

-And remember, James...

0:32:090:32:12

-spend, spend, spend.

-Not a chance!

0:32:120:32:15

-You spend if you want to. Not me.

-THEY LAUGH

0:32:150:32:19

So, as Anita heads off James enters his first shop,

0:32:190:32:22

weighed down by his hefty £516.

0:32:220:32:25

-Hi.

-Hi, how are you?

-I'm James, nice to see you.

0:32:250:32:27

-Ellie.

-Hi, Ellie. Hi.

0:32:270:32:30

And here, in the Station Yard Emporium,

0:32:300:32:33

there's a little something for everyone.

0:32:330:32:36

That's a nice little thing.

0:32:360:32:38

Good, practical, useful box.

0:32:400:32:43

Bridge written across the front.

0:32:430:32:46

Little angles on it, even got the original playing cards

0:32:460:32:50

and a drop-down front.

0:32:500:32:52

But the great news is that bridge is as fashionable today as it was then.

0:32:520:32:57

Anita's hurtling towards

0:32:570:33:01

the historic market town of Framlingham

0:33:010:33:03

or, as the locals call it, Fram.

0:33:030:33:05

This neck of the woods is also where, in 1553,

0:33:050:33:09

Mary Tudor took refuge and gathered supporters

0:33:090:33:13

in order to campaign for her rightful place on England's throne.

0:33:130:33:17

And speaking of campaigns,

0:33:200:33:22

Anita is to finally outbuy that old rogue James Lewis with her £334.

0:33:220:33:29

-Hi, I'm Anita.

-Hello, Anita.

0:33:290:33:32

Which brings her to Witchball Antiques,

0:33:320:33:34

a shop she is already just a little bit in love with.

0:33:340:33:37

-Those, there's two prints, there.

-Oh, right.

0:33:370:33:41

The National, Grand National.

0:33:410:33:46

Nice choice, though these John Beer prints of the 1903 Grand National

0:33:460:33:51

are priced at £145 the pair!

0:33:510:33:54

-Jill, we're in horsey country.

-Yes, definitely. That's for sure.

0:33:540:33:59

We're going to an auction in Bedford, which is not too far,

0:33:590:34:02

surely there must be interest in horses there?

0:34:020:34:05

-Absolutely.

-I do like them.

0:34:050:34:07

In that case, go on, make Jill an offer.

0:34:070:34:10

I dare you.

0:34:100:34:12

They're a wee bit dear for me.

0:34:120:34:14

Is there anything that we can do on price?

0:34:140:34:17

I'll get down to 60, but I can't do any better.

0:34:180:34:22

That is actually what I paid for them.

0:34:220:34:24

That's what you paid for them. You can't come any lower than that?

0:34:240:34:27

I don't want to take a loss.

0:34:270:34:30

To tell you the truth, I can't resist them, so it's a deal. Thank you.

0:34:300:34:34

Well done, Anita.

0:34:340:34:36

Back in Needham Market, James has found something else he likes.

0:34:360:34:40

To start with, we've got the city, Worcester, 1902.

0:34:400:34:46

Obviously, it tells you exactly what it is.

0:34:460:34:48

It's a plate made for the coronation of Edward,

0:34:480:34:52

Queen Victoria's son.

0:34:520:34:54

But you often get these in Staffordshire pottery

0:34:540:34:58

and they're fairly cheaply made most of the time,

0:34:580:35:01

but this one is a porcelain.

0:35:010:35:03

Turn it over and it has the Royal Worcester mark.

0:35:030:35:07

Turn it back and it has the same price tag as the bridge box.

0:35:070:35:10

My favourite price of £22.50.

0:35:100:35:13

I'll ask what their best is on that.

0:35:130:35:17

And I'll see if I can do a deal on that.

0:35:170:35:19

See how we go.

0:35:190:35:22

The woman to talk to is our Ellie.

0:35:220:35:26

What would be, what could you do that for?

0:35:260:35:29

Are they very flexible at the front, there?

0:35:300:35:33

Well, it would normally be 20.

0:35:330:35:37

-18?

-18, OK.

0:35:370:35:38

The same for that one, I think.

0:35:380:35:41

-35 for the two.

-35.

0:35:410:35:44

-That would probably be the best on them.

-OK.

0:35:440:35:48

The only thing that's worrying me about that is the fact it's lost a tray inside.

0:35:480:35:52

It should have a little tray in there.

0:35:520:35:54

If they could be 30, I would take them.

0:35:560:35:59

-Yeah.

-OK. 30 on those, that's a definite yes, then.

0:36:010:36:05

That was easy, wasn't it?

0:36:050:36:07

How is Anita getting on?

0:36:070:36:10

This is a little miniature microscope.

0:36:100:36:14

I like miniature things and they are very appealing to the buyers.

0:36:140:36:18

I think we are going into a collectors' sale, so this

0:36:180:36:21

is the type of thing which might be of interest to the buyers there.

0:36:210:36:25

It would have perhaps been used in maybe the turn of the century,

0:36:250:36:29

beginning of the 20th century.

0:36:290:36:31

I'm going to ask the price of it and see if I can get a deal on it.

0:36:310:36:34

As for the ticket price, £45.

0:36:340:36:38

I'd like to be buying it in the region of...15-20.

0:36:390:36:46

Is it possible anywhere near that?

0:36:460:36:48

I think it would probably have to be about £30. I don't think I can do any better than that.

0:36:480:36:55

I don't know if I'd be able to make a profit on that.

0:36:550:36:59

OK, I'll continue looking. There was another thing I was looking at.

0:36:590:37:04

The clock. The brass clock.

0:37:040:37:07

Hmm... Not bad, and by the look of it,

0:37:070:37:09

I think we're talking the Arts and Crafts period here.

0:37:090:37:12

I like the shape, I like the embossed flowers here. And it's ticking away.

0:37:120:37:18

-Your husband's sorted that out.

-It does go.

0:37:180:37:22

Would I be able to buy that for about 20?

0:37:220:37:27

-Can I just...? Maybe 25, but I'd have...

-To ask the boss?

-Yes!

0:37:270:37:33

I thought you were the boss!

0:37:330:37:36

The thing is, the many clocks in this shop belong to Jill's husband, who repairs them for a living.

0:37:360:37:42

The final say on this goes to him.

0:37:420:37:45

-Anita.

-How did you get on?

-I can do £30 on that for you.

0:37:470:37:50

But the other piece, the little microscope, he can do 20.

0:37:500:37:54

-He can do 20?

-Yes. So does that help?

0:37:540:37:58

Ah-ha. It helps...

0:37:580:38:01

-What it's given me now is a dilemma, which one do I like the most?

-I see. Which one to buy?

0:38:010:38:07

If I take two of them, can you knock another wee bit off?

0:38:070:38:13

-How about 45 for the two?

-45, will we go for it? It's a deal! Thank you so much.

0:38:130:38:19

Extremely chuffed with the morning's shopping,

0:38:190:38:22

Anita's next stop is what's considered to be

0:38:220:38:25

the birthplace of thoroughbred horse racing.

0:38:250:38:29

Where else but Newmarket?

0:38:290:38:31

After all, they've been racing here as far back as 1622

0:38:360:38:41

and currently, the town is home to more than 50 trainers,

0:38:410:38:44

not to mention 3,000 racehorses,

0:38:440:38:47

making it the logical location of the National Horseracing Museum.

0:38:470:38:53

Alan, how lovely to meet you.

0:38:530:38:55

I'm so excited to be in this museum because I am a girl who loves horses.

0:38:550:39:01

-Excellent. We've got some wonderful things to show you.

-Lead on.

0:39:010:39:05

Amongst the many exhibits, there's everything from a skeleton of Hyperion,

0:39:060:39:12

considered by some the greatest thoroughbred racer of the 20th century...

0:39:120:39:16

He was a small horse, only 15 hands.

0:39:160:39:19

But he had a tremendous engine and a wonderful stride.

0:39:190:39:23

..to the silks of some of the world's most acclaimed jockeys,

0:39:230:39:28

such as local boy Francis Buckle, also known as the Pocket Hercules,

0:39:280:39:32

who first raced in 1783 weighing just 3 stone 13 pounds.

0:39:320:39:37

Gosh! And then there's the legendary Frankie Dettori

0:39:370:39:42

who, in 1996, achieved the miraculous feat of winning seven races on a single day at Ascot.

0:39:420:39:49

I was there that day and as each race went on,

0:39:490:39:52

it became more incredible - "He can't surely win the next race!"

0:39:520:39:57

It came to the seventh race and he was on this not very fancied horse.

0:39:570:40:04

But he managed to summon up something and put this horse on the line to win.

0:40:040:40:10

If only you had money on that, Anita!

0:40:100:40:14

Ah well, never mind.

0:40:140:40:16

On to the city of Cambridge she gallops,

0:40:160:40:19

home to one of Britain's most famous universities.

0:40:190:40:23

Established in the 13th century,

0:40:230:40:26

the likes of Francis Bacon, Sir Isaac Newton

0:40:260:40:29

and Charles Darwin all received their education right here.

0:40:290:40:33

Then, of course, there's the shopping.

0:40:340:40:37

-Hi. I'm Anita.

-I'm David. Very nice to meet you.

0:40:430:40:47

It's lovely to be in Cambridge.

0:40:470:40:49

Now, while Gabor Cossa Antiques may not be the biggest shop in town,

0:40:490:40:55

it's certainly packed to the gunnels.

0:40:550:40:58

And what a range, inspiring Anita to forget her love of jewellery

0:40:580:41:02

and glass and opt for something outside the box.

0:41:020:41:06

This is a lovely little box of dolls' clothing.

0:41:060:41:11

On the top, we have a selection of hats from various periods and styles.

0:41:110:41:18

Look at this rather elaborate affair here,

0:41:180:41:21

which would probably be worn by a dowager duchess.

0:41:210:41:26

A pair of Victorian bloomers.

0:41:260:41:28

No girl should be without a pair!

0:41:280:41:32

I think I'll have a word with David about this little box.

0:41:330:41:37

Because after all, a price tag of £45 is just a little high for our Anita.

0:41:370:41:42

I have mixed feelings about this sort of thing.

0:41:420:41:46

I find dolls' things actually a little creepy.

0:41:460:41:48

But on the other hand, I'm quite attracted to it as well,

0:41:480:41:51

not that I want to dress up dolls!

0:41:510:41:54

But there's something about little things...

0:41:540:41:57

-I thought that this would be fun to buy.

-I think it will be 35.

0:41:570:42:01

Would it be possible for you to come...

0:42:010:42:05

..to nearer the 25 limit?

0:42:090:42:11

I will take 27, if that's any good?

0:42:110:42:14

That's great. 27, I'm delighted with that.

0:42:140:42:18

And I think it's great fun, and it's nice really to have something different.

0:42:180:42:23

My thoughts exactly, which is probably why James is now headed back to Fram...

0:42:230:42:27

..into the very shop Anita did so well in yesterday.

0:42:290:42:33

-Hello.

-Hello, James.

-Lovely to see you. What a shop!

0:42:330:42:38

The only thing to consider is, with so many objects,

0:42:380:42:41

how can James possibly decide on just one?

0:42:410:42:44

Hmm!

0:42:440:42:46

It's, erm...

0:42:470:42:49

It's a tribal quiver, which would have been over the shoulder...

0:42:500:42:55

That should be tied on.

0:42:550:42:58

..with little steel barbed arrows

0:42:580:43:03

that are varying according to whatever you're trying to catch.

0:43:030:43:09

And do you know what? I'm thinking Amazon Pygmy circa 1895.

0:43:090:43:15

Funny old thing. How much is it?

0:43:150:43:19

-£20.

-£20?

-Yes.

-Well, that's not going to break the bank.

0:43:190:43:23

But will it make a profit? And more importantly,

0:43:250:43:28

is James ready to make a decision this soon after lunch?

0:43:280:43:32

All right. So £20 for that. That's something to think about.

0:43:320:43:36

Righty-oh, then.

0:43:360:43:38

Back in Cambridge, Anita's moved on to the local antique centre,

0:43:380:43:43

where she's wasting no time in tracking down her next bargain.

0:43:430:43:47

-Stephen?

-Yes, Anita.

0:43:490:43:52

There are a couple of Scottish items on this desk.

0:43:520:43:56

Well, I did say we have a complete mixture of merchandise.

0:43:560:44:00

Although it's made in Birmingham, I thought it was quite apt,

0:44:000:44:05

where we have this lovely thistle,

0:44:050:44:08

with the amethyst glass stone atop.

0:44:080:44:12

And in case you haven't guessed,

0:44:120:44:15

it's a Charles Horner hatpin holder, early 1900s.

0:44:150:44:19

Very stylish, and right next to it,

0:44:190:44:21

the item that made Charles Horner a household name, the hatpin.

0:44:210:44:26

I say...buy them both.

0:44:260:44:29

-I have to have a go at that, don't I?

-Well, I think you should.

0:44:290:44:32

The Scottish connection.

0:44:320:44:36

Would it be possible to buy that in the region of...in the 20s?

0:44:360:44:43

-20, 25... Would it be possible?

-Certainly not 20.

-Not 20?

0:44:430:44:48

Because I know what it owes me.

0:44:480:44:52

-You've paid...

-I could certainly do it for 25.

0:44:520:44:56

-25.

-Which is nearly a 50% reduction.

0:44:560:44:59

It's very tempting.

0:45:000:45:02

-Are you going to throw that in with it?

-I certainly am not!

0:45:040:45:08

My goodness gracious me!

0:45:080:45:10

Oh, well. It was worth a try.

0:45:100:45:13

What if I said you can have them both for a 50 pound note?

0:45:130:45:18

That's got to tempt you.

0:45:180:45:20

It's certainly tempting me.

0:45:200:45:23

It's certainly tempting me! I've got to take that.

0:45:230:45:27

-Well, OK. I'll get them wrapped up.

-It's a deal.

-And good luck with them.

0:45:270:45:32

Thank you. I'm very pleased at that.

0:45:320:45:35

And so you should be, girl! That's an absolute bargain.

0:45:350:45:38

James, on the other hand, loves just about everything he sees.

0:45:380:45:43

How about the shells for a group, for the whole lot?

0:45:430:45:47

50, OK.

0:45:470:45:49

I like that.

0:45:490:45:51

It's a good little group.

0:45:510:45:54

It's by a very well known factory called Royal Dux,

0:45:540:45:59

based in Czechoslovakia.

0:45:590:46:01

And the raised pink triangle mark is the earlier mark.

0:46:010:46:06

They were well known for doing this...

0:46:060:46:10

what's known as a blush ivory glaze,

0:46:100:46:13

which is quite matt, and then they would have a dusted gilt.

0:46:130:46:18

And in this shop, there's two pieces.

0:46:180:46:21

One group of donkeys, very nice, and one goat pulling a cart.

0:46:210:46:26

If you wanted the two, I could do them for...55.

0:46:270:46:32

-How about that?

-55. OK.

0:46:320:46:36

Let's see... There's the quiver for £20,

0:46:370:46:39

the shells for 50 and the Royal Dux also 50, or 120 the lot.

0:46:390:46:46

What sort of deal could you do for all three?

0:46:460:46:49

I could take another £10 off, but that's it.

0:46:490:46:54

110.

0:46:540:46:56

Deal.

0:46:580:46:59

Thank you very much.

0:46:590:47:01

So, with their shopping done, let's see what they spent it on.

0:47:010:47:05

James started this leg with an impressive £516.02

0:47:050:47:11

and has gone on to spend £140 on five auction lots, comprised of -

0:47:110:47:15

the collection of shells...

0:47:150:47:18

The Worcester commemorative plate...

0:47:180:47:20

The silver-mounted box...

0:47:200:47:22

The Royal Dux donkeys and goat...

0:47:240:47:26

And the unusual quiver and arrows.

0:47:270:47:30

Anita meanwhile, kicked off with £334.32

0:47:310:47:37

and has parted with £182, also on five auction lots.

0:47:370:47:42

These are the two horse prints...

0:47:420:47:45

The brass clock...

0:47:450:47:47

The dolls' clothing...

0:47:470:47:49

The microscope...

0:47:490:47:52

And the Charles Horner hatpin and holder.

0:47:520:47:57

But what do our experts really think of each other's items?

0:48:000:48:04

The dolls' clothes really leave me totally cold,

0:48:040:48:06

but I do know that there is a great market for them.

0:48:060:48:10

And textiles, at the moment, are doing really well.

0:48:100:48:13

But dolls aren't. So it's going to be an interesting thing to see

0:48:130:48:18

whether the doll buyers are still prepared to pay a lot of money for miniature textiles.

0:48:180:48:22

The quiver and arrows... Well, is that not a typical James Lewis item?

0:48:220:48:29

For ten quid, it's not going to make all that much difference.

0:48:290:48:33

Not something I'd have bought, but there'll be somebody out there that wants them.

0:48:330:48:38

Here's hoping!

0:48:380:48:40

After beginning this leg in Needham Market,

0:48:420:48:44

Anita and James now end with an auction showdown

0:48:440:48:48

in the town of Bedford.

0:48:480:48:50

During World War II,

0:48:500:48:52

Bedfordshire effectively became the spy capital of Britain,

0:48:520:48:56

possibly due to its central location,

0:48:560:48:58

with everything from code-breaking

0:48:580:49:00

to the training of secret agents taking place right here.

0:49:000:49:04

Though more importantly for us,

0:49:040:49:06

it's also home to W&H Peacock, our auctioneers du jour.

0:49:060:49:12

Are you looking forward to it, James?

0:49:120:49:13

What do you think the answer is to that one?

0:49:130:49:17

-No!

-We look forward to every auction!

-I dread every auction.

0:49:170:49:22

-But the room's full. They're flowing out of the door.

-Wow!

0:49:220:49:25

Doing the honours on the podium today is David Fletcher.

0:49:300:49:34

So, without further ado, let the auction begin.

0:49:370:49:39

First up, Anita's brass Arts and Crafts mantle clock.

0:49:410:49:46

-This is going to do well.

-Let's hope so!

0:49:460:49:49

£50, may I say?

0:49:490:49:50

30?

0:49:500:49:53

Straight up.

0:49:530:49:55

40 online.

0:49:550:49:57

5.

0:49:570:49:58

50. 55.

0:49:580:50:01

Calm down. It's not you. You're not up there.

0:50:010:50:03

Stop it! Stop it!

0:50:050:50:07

In the blue shirt. 65, it's you. 70, the blue shirt. At £70.

0:50:070:50:11

I'm selling now at £70.

0:50:130:50:16

GAVEL BANGS

0:50:160:50:18

-Yes!

-Well done. Well done. That is fantastic.

0:50:180:50:23

Yes, indeed. That's a £45 profit, pre-commission.

0:50:230:50:27

On to James's Edward VII commemorative plate.

0:50:280:50:32

10 for this.

0:50:320:50:33

11, 12.

0:50:330:50:35

15, sir? No? At £12.

0:50:350:50:38

15. 15, there.

0:50:380:50:40

15. 18.

0:50:400:50:42

20. In the front row.

0:50:420:50:44

22. 25. 28.

0:50:450:50:49

30. 35. No?

0:50:490:50:52

At £35. Back of the room. All done.

0:50:520:50:56

GAVEL BANGS

0:50:560:50:57

-That's all right.

-I haven't got a clue what that was worth.

0:50:570:51:00

-£25.

-35!

0:51:000:51:02

Oh, sorry.

0:51:020:51:04

Are you pinching a tenner off me?

0:51:040:51:06

Nicely played, James. We're off to a cracking start.

0:51:080:51:11

And next, it's Anita's miniature microscope in polished brass.

0:51:120:51:17

20, I'm bid. Thank you, sir. At £20.

0:51:170:51:20

-22. 25. 28.

-Come on.

0:51:200:51:22

-30.

-Yes!

-At £30.

0:51:220:51:26

-Go on!

-Come on!

0:51:260:51:28

We'll go with 35.

0:51:280:51:30

At 35. 40.

0:51:300:51:33

45. 50.

0:51:330:51:35

At £50. You're about to make a young lady very happy.

0:51:350:51:40

-THEY LAUGH

-In the middle of the room. At £50.

0:51:400:51:43

GAVEL BANGS

0:51:430:51:45

Yes! THEY LAUGH

0:51:450:51:48

-Well done, well done.

-Great auctioneer.

0:51:480:51:51

Oh, yes, that's your money doubled,

0:51:510:51:54

and then some.

0:51:540:51:55

But can our fabulous auctioneer sells James's

0:51:560:51:59

seashells from the seashore? Let's find out, shall we?

0:51:590:52:04

£30. 35.

0:52:040:52:07

40, 5. 50. Five, sir? No? At £50.

0:52:070:52:13

55. All done.

0:52:130:52:15

GAVEL BANGS

0:52:150:52:17

-Oh!

-A bit of a disappointment.

0:52:170:52:20

Never mind, James.

0:52:200:52:22

You'll just have to chalk this one up to experience.

0:52:220:52:26

Moving on now to Anita's collection of dolls' clothes.

0:52:260:52:30

A specialist lot, to say the least.

0:52:300:52:32

But how will it do in a general auction?

0:52:320:52:34

20. 22. 25.

0:52:340:52:38

28. 30.

0:52:380:52:40

35. No? At £35.

0:52:400:52:43

Latest bid at 35. All done...

0:52:430:52:48

GAVEL BANGS

0:52:480:52:49

Oh, well.

0:52:490:52:51

No, it's fine, James. It's fine.

0:52:510:52:53

Oh, knickers!

0:52:530:52:54

So much for textiles.

0:52:540:52:56

Next!

0:52:560:52:58

Ah, James's silver-mounted bridge box,

0:53:000:53:02

the very definition of style.

0:53:020:53:05

-30!

-Ooh!

0:53:050:53:06

30, 5. 40, 5.

0:53:060:53:10

50, 5.

0:53:100:53:11

60, 5.

0:53:120:53:14

70, 5.

0:53:140:53:16

80, 5.

0:53:160:53:18

90, 5. 100.

0:53:180:53:20

At £100.

0:53:200:53:23

110. Oh, gone up now. 120.

0:53:230:53:25

At 120. All done at 120...

0:53:250:53:29

GAVEL BANGS

0:53:290:53:31

-Yes.

-Thank you. Thank you.

0:53:310:53:35

Bravo! That's a £100 profit, pre-commission.

0:53:350:53:40

Let's hope there's some money left

0:53:400:53:42

for Anita's Grand National prints

0:53:420:53:45

by First World War artist John Beer.

0:53:450:53:49

At 30. 35.

0:53:490:53:51

40, 5. 50, 5.

0:53:510:53:55

-At £55.

-Come on.

0:53:550:53:58

-And £55.

-Aah...

0:53:580:54:00

GAVEL BANGS

0:54:000:54:02

Oh...

0:54:040:54:06

-Well...

-There was nobody even to look at to encourage.

-I know.

0:54:060:54:11

It's our first loss of the day, I'm afraid.

0:54:130:54:16

And it means James is galloping ahead.

0:54:160:54:18

His next item, that cheeky South American quiver.

0:54:200:54:24

-I've got £10 on the book.

-Ooh!

-£10. 12. 15.

0:54:240:54:29

18. 20. 22.

0:54:290:54:32

At £22, 25, 28. 30.

0:54:320:54:36

35. 40, 5. 50.

0:54:360:54:40

55, fresh bid. No? At 55.

0:54:400:54:45

All done then at 55...

0:54:450:54:47

GAVEL BANGS

0:54:480:54:49

-That's OK, that's OK.

-Absolutely fine.

0:54:490:54:54

Though let's not forget, it did make a decent profit.

0:54:540:54:58

Looking to regain a little lost ground,

0:54:590:55:02

Anita's last great hope

0:55:020:55:04

is this charming Charles Horner hatpin and hatpin holder.

0:55:040:55:08

Best of luck, old girl!

0:55:080:55:10

At 50, 5. 60, 5. 70. At £70.

0:55:100:55:16

-Here!

-Here!

-Online, 80. With me at £80.

0:55:180:55:21

-Hello!

-Come to you in a minute,

0:55:210:55:23

come to you in a minute. £85...

0:55:230:55:24

LAUGHTER

0:55:240:55:26

Oh, my, this IS exciting!

0:55:260:55:28

100.

0:55:280:55:30

-110.

-Yes!

0:55:300:55:32

-110 on online.

-Here, here.

-I'll take you now. 120.

0:55:320:55:36

See, I didn't forget you.

0:55:360:55:39

130. 140. 150, may I say? 150.

0:55:390:55:43

160.

0:55:430:55:44

170? 170.

0:55:440:55:48

180. At the back of the room, 180. 190.

0:55:480:55:53

-190...

-Go on, round it up. One more.

-One more.

0:55:530:55:57

BOTH: Yes!

0:55:570:55:59

210. At 210.

0:55:590:56:02

I'm working jolly hard on this lot! 210. It's online. All done...

0:56:030:56:08

Sure? Have another go.

0:56:080:56:09

GAVEL BANGS

0:56:090:56:11

-Oh!

-Oh.

-Thank you.

0:56:110:56:12

Well done.

0:56:120:56:14

Well done. Well done.

0:56:140:56:16

-Brilliant.

-Ah, that was good.

0:56:160:56:18

-That is a fantastic result.

-I know, but it was so exciting, wasn't it?

0:56:180:56:23

And dare I say it? That figure gives Anita the lead in this auction.

0:56:230:56:29

But there's one item still to go.

0:56:290:56:31

James's slightly damaged Royal Dux.

0:56:310:56:34

Mind you, there is no doubting the quality.

0:56:340:56:37

They've got everything going for them,

0:56:370:56:39

apart from the fact that they're broken.

0:56:390:56:41

Now, start me, please, £200.

0:56:410:56:43

-Bid, thank you. At 200. 210.

-What?!

0:56:430:56:47

At 210. 220. 230. 240. 250.

0:56:470:56:53

At £250.

0:56:530:56:56

-Good Lord!

-250, all go?

0:56:560:56:58

-260, on the telephone.

-Go on!

0:56:580:57:01

270.

0:57:010:57:02

-280.

-Go on!

-290.

-Go on! Keep going!

0:57:040:57:07

300. 320.

0:57:090:57:10

350.

0:57:100:57:12

LAUGHTER

0:57:120:57:15

At 320.

0:57:150:57:17

At £320...

0:57:170:57:21

GAVEL BANGS

0:57:210:57:22

Yeah!

0:57:220:57:24

LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

0:57:260:57:28

Oh, my word!

0:57:290:57:31

James Lewis, you old dog. You surprised yourself.

0:57:310:57:35

Pre-commission, that's a staggering profit of £270.

0:57:360:57:41

When he said 200, I thought he was asking for 200.

0:57:410:57:43

When he actually said 200 bid, I thought, oh, what?!

0:57:430:57:47

I can't believe that.

0:57:470:57:49

That's a great result. Really, really pleased.

0:57:490:57:51

Well, what an auction!

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Anita started with £334.32 and, after commission,

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made a profit of £162.40,

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giving her a grand total of £496.72 to spend going forward.

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James, meanwhile, began with £516.02,

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and after making a massive £339.70,

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that means James has won both auctions

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and fills his coffers to £855.72 for the next leg.

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-Where are we off to now?

-Oxfordshire.

-Let's go.

-Onwards and upwards.

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Anita Manning and James Lewis continue their antiques shopping in Fakenham, Norfolk and ending up at auctions in Aylsham and Bedford.