Antiques experts David Barby and Margie Cooper go on a journey from Northumberland to Lincolnshire in a classic car as they compete to find the most profitable items to auction.
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(Tim Wonnacott) It's the nation's favourite antiques experts
with £200 each,
a classic car
and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.
There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
So, will it be the high road to glory or slow road to disaster?
This is the Antiques Road Trip!
It's a brand new week and a brand new road trip,
so let's meet our brand new treasure hunters.
David Barby first became interested in antiques at the age of 12!
And he's been at it ever since, which is a very, very, long time.
Oh, I feel old today.
He's known by his colleagues as The Master.
Beryl, look in my eyes. 22.
And here's his travelling companion, Margie Cooper.
Margie comes from a long line of antique dealers.
She loves a bargain but she doesn't always have a plan.
I've absolutely no idea what his game plan is. I'm just worrying about mine.
It's day one for David and Margie
as they set off in their retro 1979 Mercedes 350 SL.
It's a real dream machine and Margie has fond memories of the classic car.
So, do you remember Dallas, David?
I remember Dallas with Joan Collins.
No, she was in Dynasty.
Don't you mean Dynasty?
This was the iconic car that Bobby owned.
-Bobby was JR's brother.
So, as our very own Sue Ellen and JR hit the open road,
let's hope oil's well that ends well(!)
The route for the week ahead takes our intrepid road travellers
from Alnwick in Northumberland
through beautiful countryside
to the final destination of Lincoln, 200 miles away.
Today's road trip begins in Alnwick
and ends up 90 miles due south in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
So, first up is historic Alnwick.
This picturesque market town dates back to 600AD
and was a staging post on the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh.
But taking centre stage is the magical Alnwick Castle,
star of the Harry Potter films.
-I always thought it was a mock-up, but it isn't, is it? It's here.
-No, no, no.
-Just look at it. Splendid.
-It really is very good.
It's certainly cast a spell on our experts.
The first stop for Margie is nearby Alnwick Lodge.
What a fabulous place!
Now this looks the sort of place where there's hidden treasures.
-Do you think so?
-Don't forget your handbag with all that money.
Now, this looks interesting.
This exquisite emporium has been owned by Peter Smith since 1978.
-Peter, good morning.
Peter has lovingly transformed the lodge into the most unusual of shops
and declares his love of antiques from the rooftops...
-Look up as well as down.
I quite like that. It isn't Worcester, but it looks just like Worcester.
I think it's, sort of, like 1900, isn't it?
I'm just impressed by the quality of the painting.
I like that. It would be nice if that was a little Worcester cup,
because that would go for, like, 20 or 30 pounds. And it's only a fiver.
What's David going to say if I show him that? Is he going to laugh?
He probably is.
Stop worrying about what David might say. It's only a fiver.
But it could be cheaper, couldn't it? Five pounds.
I can't argue with you, can I?
-It's very beautiful.
-But it's not going to set the world on fire.
So you've said four, yeah?
£3.50. My final offer.
Look, I'm not going to argue with you. £3.50's fine.
Just up the road at the Antiques Centre,
David also has his eye on a rather special mug.
This is a political election victory mug,
which is quite rare.
The great contest at Alnwick, which is interesting, this is where we are.
"The choice of the people and Northumberlands."
But what an interesting piece.
How much is that? £38.
I like that.
I feel a deal coming on.
What's the value on that? What's your very best price?
But will David be able to work his magic on Beryl?
-It's got to be quite cheap, actually.
-It's very reasonable.
-Awful spasm I had in my heart then.
That it was too cheap?
I think the condition goes against it, really,
but it's an interesting piece because of its local history.
-Oh, g... 15. And that's it.
-That's the lowest, is it?
-Because I've only put it in this morning.
-Have you really?
Well, no point in rushing a decision when there's some enticing pieces of Staffordshire nearby.
Is that £15 the pair?
Well, I suppose to you, yes.
But anybody else, no.
They don't sell, do they?
That's the trouble with Staffordshire at the moment.
-Such a shame.
-Well, we seem to sell them.
-Do you really?
-We've only got those. We haven't got any more cos we've sold the rest.
So, these are the rejects?
Well, no, those are something else that's come in this morning.
Do you want to think about it? I'll put them aside.
-I'll put them in the office.
-Lovely. Thank you very much.
Well, he's not the only one getting excited.
See, that catches my eye. I really like Imari porcelain.
You know, the blues and the lovely colours.
Let's just have a look. Really pretty.
Imari porcelain was made in Japan and extensively exported
via the port of Imari between the 17th and 20th centuries.
Can you spot the slight problem?
Huge crack there.
-Very mendable problem.
If it's cheap enough, I'll go for it.
So, it's £10.
You said eight pounds on it.
It's going to have to be five.
Otherwise, I don't think there's any point in me trying.
You love your 50ps, don't you?
5.50, you're on.
Right. After all that, I owe you £9.
£9. Not bad for a cracked plate and a teacup.
So, off to find David.
I hardly dare tell him what I've bought.
He'd better not laugh.
Laugh? David's far too busy for that.
He's now got his eye on a copper coal scuttle
and has stallholder, Annie, in his sights.
Too much for the present state of the market.
It really is. Can you go down to 40?
No, no. No way, no.
-Could you split the difference between 40 and 50? 45.
That's a lot off.
But copper is not selling at the moment.
-Well, you know the market.
I'll believe you.
-Go on then, 45.
-45, yeah. OK, 45.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Looks like he's not finished yet, though.
Here comes that cracked tankard and the Staffordshire figures.
Right, now we've got that
and we've got those two pieces.
You've told me I can have those at 15. I hoped for 10 but...
No, it's got to be... They've got to be 15 each.
Those for 15 and that for 15, that's 30.
That's the worrying one, actually.
-I think you're...
-Could you do them for 20, please?
Well, I think that's a bit...
-Can we split the difference at 22?
-Beryl, look in my eyes.
Go on then, being as it's you, yeah.
The master of seduction. That hypnotic stare has worked a charm.
-Are you ready?
-My word, you're raring to go.
Have you had a good day?
-Have you had a good day?
Wonderful. Absolutely superb.
I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Reunited, David and Margie are back on the road
and are heading towards Rothbury in the heart of the Northumberland countryside,
where David's taking a break to recharge his batteries, literally.
Cragside! Do we go up here?
Cragside House is famed for being the first in the world
to generate its own electricity
and is so-called because it stands on a crag, of course.
My, oh my, what a splendid house.
-Hello. David Barby.
-Hello. Andrew Sawyer.
I'm longing to know about this house. It looks splendid.
So, what are you going to show me first of all?
I'm going to show you where the electricity was generated first.
-Well, lead on.
Cragside's owner, Lord William Armstrong,
thought fossil fuels would run out within 200 years.
Nicknamed The Geordie Genius, he pioneered green energy
by using waterfalls to drive in-house generators.
Well, all the equipment survives.
We don't run it any longer because it is very much a museum piece.
-And because of its great national importance.
Where did the idea about creating electricity and light bulbs come from?
Was it a variety of people?
Yes, it's a culmination of all sorts of people's thoughts, really,
and Lord Armstrong was very good at taking people's ideas
and evolving them.
He was a great innovator really.
Not just electricity but free electricity.
What about drought?
Well, this was one of the problems that he did encounter in the 1890s
and he added the battery room to try and take up that slack.
-But, eventually, he had to put in a gas engine
for those periods of drought.
So, he designed this for his own use?
-And his own use was to light the house.
Yes, to make it the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
But it was a bit of a juggling act
with the caretaker of the electric light and the butler.
-Because the butler had to turn off lights
out of rooms to put on lights in rooms that they were going into.
-Because they could only have 97 on at any one time.
-Oh, this is fascinating.
-So, the green energy generated
by this giant dynamo ended up here,
lighting the very first lamp, in 1880.
Oh, this is wonderful.
These are the cloisonne vases,
which were kerosene lamps,
and he converted them over to the electric light.
And he made the electric connection
by having them in a saucer of mercury.
Then he lifted them out of the saucer of mercury to turn them off
and put them into the saucer of mercury to turn them on.
But these were the first lamps to be lit in the first room.
He was known as The Magician, wasn't he?
The place was known as The Palace Of The Modern Magician.
And if you think that's magic, just wait until you see upstairs.
Lord Armstrong was keen to show off his electricity
to the great and the good.
That is stunning.
This room was entirely added
for the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1884.
Well, they came to see the electric light in this very modern home.
-And they did have a choice
of either going to stay with the Duke of Northumberland...
-Who had no electric light.
And actually chose to come here.
Now, this was modern living, wasn't it? But for the very wealthy.
Yes. This is the house, really, where modern living began.
So it was about 60, 70 years before the rest of Britain,
ordinary people, could actually enjoy electric light in the home.
But this is where it all began, here.
Yes. You're having a wonderful Armstrong moment.
-Does it happen to many people?
-Oh, it happens to everyone that stands in this room.
I'm sure it does. Andrew, can I honestly say,
this is one of the most exciting properties I've been in to.
It's wonderful. And thank you very much for taking me round.
You're very welcome.
Meanwhile, back in the old jalopy,
Margie has driven 30 miles south to Newcastle.
Historically a part of Northumberland,
Newcastle is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne.
It's the perfect place for our Margie to pick up an antique or two.
Right. We're here.
Margie's next shop is the Fern Avenue Antique Centre,
run by Giuseppe Anthony.
-Hello there. Pleased to meet you.
-Margie Cooper. Nice to me meet you.
-Are you all right? Pleased to meet you.
-I'm going to have a look round.
-Yeah, please do.
-And, see how we get on.
Margie's only spent a paltry £9 so far
but I sense a shift in strategy.
Well, my plan is to just try and find something.
I'd like to find a couple of things, you know, 40, 50 pounds each,
that I can make, sort of, 20 or 30 pounds on.
I do want to go for it a little bit, don't I?
These do well.
-It's a dough bowl.
-Eastern European, for mixing the dough,
come in various sizes, make a great sledge.
Looks Romanian to me.
Made out of a single piece of wood, in this case sycamore,
and, after being hollowed out, the giant bowls were used to mix dough in.
That's cheap and cheerful.
£38, which doesn't sound very dear.
So how cheap can this be, 'Seppe? Come on, you want me out of here, don't you?
35 quid and it's for nothing.
-35. You've knocked three quid off.
You've put sycamore there.
-I don't blame you. I'm sick of myself.
Come on, can it be, like...?
-Can it be what?
-Can it be 25 quid?
No, it can't be 25.
£32, but that is the bottom line.
-Don't even think about bidding me.
-Cos I'd offend you?
-I wouldn't be offended but you'll just get a "no".
£32, it's not a lot of money.
-We'll have it.
So that's one, two, three, £40.
-Thank you very much.
-The strategy's not working.
-You're not wrong there.
Wasn't the idea to buy boldly?
Never mind, there's still time.
Founded in 1179 at the mouth of the River Wear,
Sunderland grew from a humble fishing village
to become a thriving port, trading coal and salt.
Last shop of the day.
Oh, my goodness.
It's the head of a giraffe, isn't it?
It says, "Please do not touch".
Oi, can't you read?
Yeah, it is.
A weird and wonderful shop. Right, let's have a look round.
-I'm a bit fascinated by your giraffe.
This strange curiosity shop belongs to David Whitfield,
who is giraffe-daft.
Have a look round. Just help yourself. Feel free.
Right. That's an interesting piece of wood isn't it, your baluster here?
Er, newel post.
-Can I just unleash it?
-Course you can. Do you want a hand?
Yeah. I might just try and get him down a bit.
You don't want it to drop on your toes.
-So what did you say, darling?
And that's the least?
-Oh, done it.
-That's terrific. Oh, I love it.
Love it, love it, love it.
I think we got the message.
I haven't spent long in the shop and I found something.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you so much.
-Thank you, Margie. Lovely meeting you.
And you, too.
Well, I can't believe I've just bought a newel post.
-Nor can I.
-But I think it's superb
and I'm really pleased and it's the best buy today.
So I'm off.
Wouldn't want to be you, not with that newel post.
Margie has splashed the cash on a piece of old staircase
but will she still love it tomorrow?
It's a brand new day and our experts are pushing south
in their 1979 Mercedes 350 SL, with David in the driving seat.
The thing that I'm worried about is it's automatic.
I have never driven an automatic before.
Now he tells us.
I feel as though I should be doing something with the left leg.
Just leave your left leg alone. Give it a rest.
These two are turning into a right old married couple.
So far, David's spent £67 on two lots.
A lovely pair of Staffordshire figures bundled together
with a chipped, old tankard and a copper coal scuttle,
which means he's still got £133 burning a hole in his pocket...
Margie, meanwhile, has managed to spend a total of £81 on three lots.
A pretty porcelain cup paired with a cracked Imari plate,
a mahogany newel post and a rather rustic dough bowl.
A porter would just stand there like that.
But will she rise to the challenge and prove to be a worthy winner,
with just £119 cash remaining?
Before he gets down to more shopping,
David is making a detour to Weardale in County Durham
to drop Margie off for a royal appointment.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty,
rolling hills and valleys,
and it even has a pony.
-Well, here we are.
-Now, you have a good day.
-I will do so.
-Don't buy anything special.
-I promise not to do that.
-I'll see you later.
-That's a good start.
-Margie is here to meet Anita Atkinson.
Union Jack mad.
A loyal subject with a right royal passion.
-Hello. You made it. Margie Cooper.
-I have made it.
-Pleased to meet you. Come on in.
Would you please be upstanding
for Anita's enormous collection of royal memorabilia.
Oh, my goodness me.
This is some of it.
Gosh, so when did you start all this?
I think my collection really took off in Silver Jubilee year
because that was the first big occasion of my lifetime.
I've now got over 5,000.
Anita used to be the world record holder for the largest collection
-but she recently lost her crown.
-I'm not bothered about it at all.
In fact, I'm over the moon that there's someone else as daft as me.
Right, well, I can show you my oldest piece,
-if you'd like to see that.
-I'd particularly like to see that.
Because the collection starts at Queen Victoria's coronation.
This is actually an original newspaper
and it's the coronation edition of the Sun,
-June 28th, 1838.
-That is a lovely thing to have.
The whole country was rejoicing, of course, because, you know,
this young queen, 18 years old, she was a teenager and the first female monarch for 100 years.
-And I think they had been a bit fed up with old men.
That's a really fabulous piece of memorabilia.
And from the oldest piece in the collection to one of the newest.
What's going on with this, then?
A mug celebrating the wedding of Kate Middleton and, er...
So who got this wrong then?
Well, the manufacturers.
Off with their heads!
I had to pay £10 for that mug.
-Oh, that's funny, isn't it?
-I had to get it imported from China.
-You see, in 30, 40, 50 years' time...
-Yeah. That is unusual.
That is the royal wedding mug to collect.
That'll be on the Antiques Road Trip.
Anita's collection is so big that most of it isn't even on display.
-So, here we go.
-Yeah, well, there's more up here.
This is where most of the collection is.
-Up here, in the loft.
With 36 boxes full, Anita has royals coming out of the rafters.
Don't you find it frustrating to have a lot of your stuff up here?
-Oh, it is, yeah.
-Cos you've probably forgotten half the things that are in here.
-You haven't got the room.
-Isn't that awful, Edward VII in the loft?
-Yeah, I know.
-And there's not many folk can say that.
I've got to get back to my shopping.
I've got to beat this David Barby.
And he's out now, shopping, and I'm here, up this ladder.
-Mind how you go down the ladder.
-I certainly will.
Cos that would be an easy win, wouldn't it, if I fell?
With a right royal wave to Weardale,
David has driven on to Durham,
where there's also a royal connection.
This impressive castle is the ancient palace of the Prince Bishops,
who exercised extraordinary powers over the diocese.
In Durham's indoor market, it seems David has also caught the royal bug.
-Now, isn't that fun?
Isn't that fun?
This is a cameo portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh and Elizabeth.
Now, this was made by Crown Devon, a very good company.
So there's loads of local history there.
That's a very nice pot. I quite like that.
That's £16. A little bit on the high side but we can come back to that.
I'd like to have something that had royal connections
because of the, you know, the Diamond Jubilee.
And there's this Wedgwood tankard there.
That's a good design one.
That's the Silver Jubilee.
Have a look at these. They're two sailor dolls and they were produced as sort of souvenirs.
A little bit on the top side.
Sylvia, are these yours?
Yes. Yes, they are.
What's the best price you could do on the little dolls?
What's the best price you could do on them?
Oh, that's asking me to be both buyer and seller.
That's still too much, that's £20 for two.
-Are you going to stare at me for ages then?
-No, I'm not.
I wouldn't bet on it.
-15, final, final offer.
-For the two?
They're jolly cheeky chappies, aren't they?
Will you take £10 for the two?
£12.50, that's it.
Oh, go on, £10.
Whoever would have guessed that David had a thing for sailors?
I think they're great fun.
Thank you very much indeed.
With another purchase under his belt, David rejoins Margie
for their final shopping spree in Richmond.
Situated on the River Swale, this beautiful little market town
is dominated by the 11th century castle, a Mecca for tourists.
Time's running out now. We've only got another few hours.
Well, that's right. I'm getting into a panic situation, very apprehensive,
I just don't know what I'm going to find here.
Richmond has been described as the most romantic town in the North of England.
But will our experts fall in love with anything else to make them part with their cash?
-Best of luck.
-And you, too.
Don't worry about parking the car, guys, we'll take care of that.
David has found his way to Harry Thompson's shop
and immediately spies a lovely piece of Prattware.
Oh, my God. This, basically, is a paste pot.
And, around about sort of 1845, 1850...
..they used to present gentlemen's hair grease ointment
in plain, white pottery boxes.
And then somebody suggested, if we put a coloured picture on the top,
they'd sell more of the product.
David's quite right. Prattware elaborate polychrome images
were transfer-printed onto the top of hair grease and fish paste pots,
and they're now highly collectable today.
I think this one is of Strasbourg, is it not?
-I don't know.
-I think it's Strasbourg.
So I rather like that one.
-You've got 50 on it.
-Well, I know.
But that doesn't mean it's 50, does it?
What sort of price would it be?
Do I go up or down?
No. You go down, you go down.
Can you do it at 20 quid for us?
-Would you rob an old pensioner?
Look how weary and tired I look like, you know.
And, I mean, some day you'll get to be old.
Oh, I feel old today. I feel old today!
22 Harry, please?
Or 53, I aren't bothered. 53 or 23.
-Thank you very much.
-Are you going home now?
Oh, no. No, there might be something else lurking around.
I know. That's what's worrying me.
Not something, David, someone.
Look who's lurking at the door.
-Am I allowed to, or have you finished?
-Yes, come on in.
-Let me introduce you to 'Arry.
-Oh right, have you finished?
-Hello Harry. Well, I don't want to disturb you.
It's all right. I just want him out.
-You got rid of him.
-He's robbed me summat rotten.
Has he robbed you? That means he's bought something.
Well, if I stay up here. I'll stay out of your way. I'll just go in here.
David, he's bought something. Bully for him.
Oh, she's not bitter, that girl.
Come on, Margie, you're in happy Harry's emporium now,
where there really is something for everyone.
That's quite interesting. Shelley. Collectable.
The price is right.
Then you've got the lustre, which is very nice. 1930s.
Not a brilliant painting in the middle.
But purely because it's clean.
You know, it's not amazing, but I think it would sell.
Well, you'd better not dally then cos, down the road,
David is scenting success with a perfume bottle.
-I like that.
-It is nice, that, isn't it?
So we've got a hinge-top section there,
with the cork, which I think has been replaced, actually.
And then this end, which is a screw end,
that would have been, again, you've got a cork stopper.
And I think that would have been for smelling salts.
I think it's the sort of thing that, if people are collecting scent bottles, and they do,
that's quite a nice little item.
That's got 95 on it, which is a little bit high.
What's the very best you can do on that?
Right, well, I'm saying I'm not going to go any lower than 65.
That's a good drop, a really good drop. 65.
What about £50?
No. I'll do you 55.
Can we split the difference at 52, please?
-(Go on, then.)
-52, that's it.
And that's why some people call him The Master.
This is mild hysteria now because we're on the last knockings.
What's this? This footman's quite nice, isn't it?
-Ooh, God, it's so heavy.
-Oh, aye, that's nice.
By gum it's old, isn't it? Brass footman.
Interesting detail on the top.
I don't know enough about it but I quite like it.
In the early 19th century, fireside stools, or footmen like this,
were used to keep kettles and pans on.
Oh, God, we've got a floppy leg here.
No, I don't think that's... I quite like that, but...
Do you think I should buy this footman?
How much is it?
Right, so, if I buy that for a fiver.
It's that pretty little Shelley bowl.
-What would you want for the...
Right, because I want to spend my money and because I'm fed up
and it's too late now to go anywhere else, it's the end of the day.
-I'll tell you what I'll do.
If you look at it all, give me 45.
Bless you. Harry, you're a star.
So that's £45 for the bowl and the footman. Deal done.
Well done, happy Harry.
I'm sorry if I've tested your patience.
You haven't tested my patience. As long as I'm taking some money, I don't care.
-Charming young ladies like you.
-Young ladies. Here's another tenner.
No, my eyesight's going.
What a charmer! I'd get out while the going's good, Margie.
Thankfully, that's cheered her and him up.
With the final deals done, it's time for our experts to reveal their items to each other.
A bit like show and tell but for grown-ups.
Heads or tails?
-Which do you want?
-Heads. You ready?
Yeah. Oh, my...
-OK. It's tails.
-So it's my choice.
-It's your choice.
So you reveal.
Oh, dear, dear, dear.
Ooh. Oh, very David Barby.
Oh, I like... Oh, my goodness.
And there's the coin.
What do you think?
My eye goes to that.
Absolutely super and in extremely good condition.
-That's my most expensive item.
You paid 60 to 70 pounds for it?
I paid £52 for it and I think it has got a potential of making a profit.
Yeah, if it's right, you'll probably get just under 100 quid for it.
If not, you're probably talking, what, 70, 75.
-That looks interesting, at the back.
Oh, crikey, what's that big tankard at the back?
-Yes, but it's in appalling condition.
Oh, that's lovely, isn't it?
Isn't it nice? I love anything to do with politics.
I think that's a really good piece.
Margie's seems oddly impressed by that tired, old tankard.
Right, come on girl, let's have a look at yours.
Right, here we go. Don't laugh.
It's not often you see David Barby lost for words.
Is it a dough or is it a...
-Well, I don't know, it was sold...
-It's continental, isn't it?
-Yeah, it is, European.
And they would use it for storing vegetables.
Well, it's supposed to be a dough bowl.
-A dough bowl?
-That's hard to say.
I can see it filled with cabbage, at harvest festival,
-with turnips and things like that.
-I like the Imari.
Yeah, but turn it over.
-I just thought that could be repaired. Five pounds.
Oh, that's so cheap.
And then there's Margie's bit of staircase.
Now, do tell me about the newel post.
-I know you're dying to tell me.
-I love architectural stuff.
-You're obviously not keen, are you?
-I like this sort of thing.
-No, I'm not, I'm not.
-Have we done all right?
-I think we've got such diverse objects.
I think yours are more exciting than mine.
I think you've done very well.
Marge, best of luck at the auction.
Well, they're being nice to each other's faces
but what do they really think of each other's items?
I think Marjory has got quite an eclectic mix there.
The newel post, if anybody's restoring a house,
that's an ideal piece of Victoriana.
Out of the two of us, it's level pegging.
I think his old commemorative,
it'll be really interesting to see what that does
because it's so old and it's so damaged,
that could be a disaster.
I think I might just have the edge.
With both our experts feeling confident,
it's time to test their metal as they head out
into the open road and off to auction.
BOTH: # Wish me luck As I wave you goodbye
From Alnwick, it's been an eventful first leg of the road trip
with one final push on to the auction at Leyburn,
in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
-Moment of truth.
-Can be told.
Well, all I can say, Marge, is best of luck.
Today, our experts are doing battle at Tennants,
one of Yorkshire's most highly regarded auction houses.
It attracts buyers from around the world.
But will David and Margie's items have a global appeal?
We'll ask auctioneer Jeremy Patterson.
I think the Victorian double scent bottle's a decent lot.
I mean, it's small, condition's OK on it as well.
Quite desirable. I think that should sell OK.
The newel post. Not quite sure what you actually do with that.
Who knows? But certainly quirky anyway.
Sounds to me like a bit of a mixed bag then.
A cross between could-do-well and could-do-better.
But have they spent their money wisely?
David began the road trip with £200 and spent £152 on five lots,
leaving him with £48 cash in hand.
Margie also started with £200 and also bought five lots
but she only spent £126,
leaving her with £74 in the kitty.
And, as the auction gets under way, the tension is beginning to show.
First up is David with this pretty,
if unfashionable, little piece of Prattware.
£50 for lot number 68. 50, 20, bid.
£20 I am bid. 30. 30 and you're in.
Any more bidders on this? For the pot, got to sell.
Any more bidders? 40. Against you, sir.
£40, the lady's bid.
On my right for the last time, 40'll take it, thank you.
Well done, mate, you've got a profit.
That's nice, isn't it?
Very nice indeed. Not a big profit but a profit nevertheless.
-I'm always happy once we've made a start.
-Don't worry, you'll make a profit on your footman.
-Are you sure?
What, even with its wobbly leg?
Lot number 73, this 19th century footman.
£20 to start me. Bid, 20 at the back.
30, 40, 50, 60.
£60 I am bid in the room.
Bid standing against you, Madam, at 60.
Going to sell this. Any more bids? Don't want you to lose it for one bid.
£60'll take it.
That's 20 quid profit, Marjory.
So, Margie takes an early lead with a profit on her first piece.
You've made £20.
-I'm three ahead of you.
I'm getting worried now, I'm really getting panicky.
Which is more than can be said for some in this auction room.
Wakey-wakey then, it's time for the next lot.
David's Victorian glass scent bottle.
-Here we go.
-Isn't that lovely?
What am I going to say, £50 to start for that, 50?
30, bid. £30. Good scent bottle this.
40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90.
£90 back row, lady's bid.
-100 if you wish anywhere? £90 right at the back row.
Don't miss it for one bid. With the lady at 90'll take it.
I told you you'd get 80, you got 90.
-Thank you very much.
How much profit is that, Marjory?
Another profit for David.
£38, which is definitely not to be sniffed at.
Next, Margie's two pieces of porcelain.
A bargain at nine pounds.
£30 on the two. £20, thank you. 20 I am bid at the back.
155. £20 the starting bid.
Any advance on this? 20. 30. 30 to the lady.
At £30 at the back. 40 new bidder. 50. 50 on the back row against you, sir.
£50 at the moment. Any more bids on that? Going to sell.
All finished at 50.
I'm coming to this room again.
I am going to give him a kiss after this. He's brilliant.
Well, what a result, eh?
That is incredible. £41 profit.
And that definitely puts Margie back in the game.
-Oh, dear. Oh, dear. Oh, dear.
-My nerves are going.
So are mine.
Now, can David do any better with his Staffordshire pottery figures
and that cracked commemorative tankard?
-He's giving it a good build-up.
£50 to start me. 50 bid, thank you, sir.
50 straight in, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100,
110, 120, 30, 140,
150, 160, 170, 180, 190.
Two bid, 220, 240. 240 I am bid.
Room bid at the moment. Rare mug there.
-It is rare.
-Any more bids on this? For the last time.
Back right the bid. All finished at 240.
Well, who would have thought that. A £218 profit on £22 of outlay.
Flipping heck, what am I congratulating you for?
How much was that?
So can the auctioneer wield his magic
with Margie's pretty £5 Shelley bowl?
£30 for it. Good design, that one, 20.
£10 I am bid, thank you. Lot number 217 for Shelley.
-£10 bid on this one, 20, you're in.
-It's worth more than that.
£20 I am bid on the Shelley bowl.
-30 anywhere? 1930s example as well.
Bid's there, all finished on the gent's bid, £20.
Well, it's still a tidy profit for such little outlay.
-This interesting newel post.
-The next item could be the answer to Margie's prayers.
But only if she can salvage a profit from it.
I'm not sure where the rest of the staircase is.
-Have I come late?
-You cheeky monkey.
We'll see anyway. £20 for the post.
20, tenner. £10. Thank you, sir. £10 starts me.
£10 in the room. Shall I sell this? At 10 only.
15 bid. £20 you're in, sir.
-20 against, madam.
-Don't miss it for one bid.
-All finished for the post.
-£20'll take it.
Well done, sir. Do you want to take it now?
Well, he's got an absolute bargain.
Would you believe it?
It posted a loss(!)
But that, that is a scandal. That is worth a lot more than that.
I admire your guts in buying it.
All aboard for David's next lot
and his slightly scary-looking sailor boys.
These two charming 1930s Nora Wellings style.
Oh, for goodness' sake, don't start whipping up enthusiasm.
Start me at 20, sir. Bid. £20 at the back.
-40. Bid's at the back now with 40.
Take the five if you want, sir. All finished at £40.
-40 quid, well who would've...
-Any advance at 40 for the two?
-Thank you. £40.
-You can't go wrong.
Who would've thought?
David's riding on the crest of a wave
with his two sailor boys and that profit.
But he's still not home and dry.
-We've both got one lot left.
So, if you make a profit on your next lot,
you've scored on every single one.
Here we are, here we are.
David's final item is this decorative 19th century copper coal hod.
But will it set the auction room ablaze?
£20 bid thank you, sir. £20, got a commission bid on this.
20. Any more bids on this? 20, 30, 40.
On commission, it's my bid at the moment. One more, sir.
-40. No buyer. My bid'll take it, then.
Any advance £40 and going?
-Oh, what a shame.
You've not swept the boards.
No need to be a drama queen, David. It's only £5.
You've lost a fiver. I'm sorry for your loss.
Margie may yet have the last laugh.
She's still got her European dough bowl,
but will it rise to the occasion and give her the bread she needs to win?
£20 for a good piece of country furniture there.
£20 surely. Bid, thank you, sir. 20 starting bid.
-20, 30. 30 front row, 40, 50.
-You're in profit.
-Frank, one more, sir. £50 I am bid.
-It's not enough.
-60 anywhere for that large bowl?
-You're in profit.
-You are in profit.
-Don't be condescending.
-That's disappointing again.
-No it's not. It's a profit.
Sadly, Margie's dough bowl hasn't risen enough.
David Barby has triumphed.
-Well, congratulations, do you want to shake my hand?
-Well done on your first day's success.
-Don't worry about that newel post.
Margie started the show with £200 and, after auction costs,
has increased her spending power to £238.
David also started with 200
and, with some canny buys, he's more than doubled his cash.
So, after auction costs,
he has an impressive £417 going into the next leg.
-Oh Margie, wasn't that good? I really, really enjoyed that.
-It certainly was.
-I thought I was driving?
I'm a little bit concerned in your present state.
Are you going to be in control emotionally?
-Of course. I'm driving.
-Oh, dear. Right, there we go.
Why do I always give way to women?
Ah well, David might be in the lead
but it looks like Margie's in charge going into the next round.
Next time on the Antiques Road Trip, Margie pops up in Richmond.
Here I come.
-And David meets his match in Yarm.
That's it, shabby chic.
Not that shabby.
Well, there's plenty of chic.
There's plenty of cheek!
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Veteran road tripper David Barby joins up with silver expert Margie Cooper for a mammoth journey from Northumberland to Lincolnshire in their classic car, as they aim to buy antiques to make a profit at auction.