Episode 15 Antiques Road Trip


Episode 15

Antiques experts travel across the UK searching for treasures. Anita Manning and Philip Serrell go head-to-head at an auction in Harrogate on this final day of their road trip.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts with ?00 each,

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-a classic car and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.

-That hurts.

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Have I got it the right way up?

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The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction but it's no mean feat.

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-There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.

-I look like the Mad Hatter.

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So, will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?

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I'm only in this programme to be Anita Manning's chauffeur.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip!

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Yeah.

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This week, the 1965 Sunbeam Alpine has carried experts Anita Manning and Philip Serrell

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across the north of England. It's been an eventful journey.

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I need somebody to help me. I need a mechanic.

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It's a great pity, as far as I'm concerned,

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that the government have abandoned the scrapping scheme, because that's where I'd put this.

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Auctioneer Phil, from Worcester, is a man who likes to buy big.

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How much is the tractor?

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Anita from Glasgow, also an auctioneer sometimes forgets to buy at all.

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She is bonkers, honestly, completely bonkers.

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Phil started this road trip with ?00

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and has built that up to a handsome ?75.86,

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employing some unusual tactics.

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I don't want to do boring antiques, I want to go and buy something really daft again.

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Anita also began with ?00

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and has turned that into an only slightly less impressive ?06.74.

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The bond between Phil and Anita has grown strong

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and, as their last road trip gets underway, they just take a moment.

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-It's the last leg.

-Yeah, I know.

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-Are you going to miss me?

-Yeah, I've enjoyed this trip you know, really I have.

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-You've been jolly good company.

-Ah, it's been great.

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-Are you going to catch me up today?

-Well, you never know. I can be a dark horse.

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So can I. I'm going to leave you here.

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Wait for me.

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This week the road trip started out in Ford in the far north of England,

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ventured into Scotland, before winding its way southwards

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and will conclude today at Harrogate in Yorkshire.

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The final leg takes our pair of experts from Eccleston in Lancashire

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across the Pennines to the grand finale in Harrogate.

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Eccleston sits on the River Yarrow,

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is one of the boroughs of St Helens and was once home to their rugby league team.

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Hoping of conversions of bargains into profits,

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our two experts both start their shopping together.

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-Here we are, eventually.

-This place looks massive, doesn't it?

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-Right, let's go then.

-OK.

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-I'll race you.

-No, no, no. Hey, no racing.

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Phil and Anita's first stop is Bygone Times in Eccleston.

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-Good luck.

-And to you.

-Not too much.

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A collection of individual stalls housed in an old weaving mill

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that used to make parachutes during the Second World War. Chocks away!

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The trouble with a place like this is that it's absolutely massive.

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And so you've got to just try and, you know.

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It really is a question of seeing the wood for the trees.

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Anita has beaten a path to this big boy.

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Philip thinks I make a lot of noise.

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With that big drum I could make a lot more noise.

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-It must appeal to her

-bass

-instincts. Ticket price, ?8.

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It's a bass drum.

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I don't know anything about it. I don't know how old it is,

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but I do like it and I think it's quite good fun, and it seems in perfect working order.

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I'm no expert on percussion but I'd say that's working.

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That's great fun, isn't it?

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Phil, meanwhile, is dancing to the beat of a different drum.

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Now, that is good fun, isn't it?

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The old melody's still there, isn't it? You know, I haven't lost it.

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So, that's a bit dodge.

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That clearly doesn't work at all.

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There's something missing here.

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The snare drum doesn't work,

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there's no bass drum pedal and the high-hat's broken.

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Apart from that, it's fine. Walk away, Phil.

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At the other side of this huge complex, Anita is getting into her rhythm,

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haggling down the phone with the absent owner of the bass drum.

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Can you bring that down to about 30 quid?

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?0.

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Oh, that sounds great.

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Now, what I want to do is to buy the wee music stand as well.

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You've got that in at 6.50.

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Could I buy that at ??

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The lot for 30? You are a darling.

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Interesting haggling technique, that. The owner has taken less than Anita offered.

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She's given me both of them for ?0. Isn't that lovely?

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Come on, Phil, time to start buying.

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I think that's a really nice thing.

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That's a scribe for marking out mortise and tenon joints

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when you're making a piece of furniture.

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It's in rosewood and brass.

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You look at the calibre of that and the workmanship in that.

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I think this one's got some cheap things.

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Phil wants a closer look. If we can just get this cabinet open.

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-Have you got the right keys yet?

-Have you got the right key yet?

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-I have.

-Are you sure?

-Definitely.

-Really?

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That's all right, I've changed my mind now, thanks. I don't want anything.

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That's lovely, isn't it?

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I just think that's a really lovely thing.

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And what happens is, that block should move.

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And then this thing here moves up and down there.

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And then you mark the piece of timber like that.

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This is a Stanley spirit level, isn't it?

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So this was made in 1896 and it's American, so... I never knew that.

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So Stanley tools must have originated in America.

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Phil's thinking of making up a job lot of tools.

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When did you develop this passion for DIY, Phil?

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Oh, look at that. Can I have a look at that thing there, please?

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Which is a... What is that?

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It's a Ward Payne mortise lock chisel.

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That's a serious taparooney-booney, that is.

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Ah! A taparooney-booney. You don't see many of those about these days.

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So can I have a look at that as well, please?

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And that's a mortise chisel. So, presumably, that would have,

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you'd have gauged the wood out with that, that you'd marked,

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so there's a bit of a connection between the two, isn't there?

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How much is that?

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That's ?9. What else have we got?

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19 and 9 is... How much is 19 and 9?

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You should have bought a slide rule, Phil.

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28 and 12.

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That's, sort of, 40 quid, isn't it?

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Inner sanctum. Come on, in we go.

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Time for some tough talking, best done in the secrecy of the staff room.

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20 squid. You can't do any better than that? 20 squid.

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25?

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You're doing this job well, aren't you? Go on, 20 quid.

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-Go on then, it's a deal.

-You're a gentleman. Thank you very much indeed.

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The real joy of this is that if they do fail at auction, I've always got a new career, haven't I?

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Great, Phil is up and running.

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And Anita's money is obviously burning a hole in her pocket.

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-Look at those lampshades. They're fabulous, aren't they?

-Do you think so?

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-Yes. Is that modern, is that new?

-It will be, yeah.

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Do you like that type of stuff? I see it's got a sort of retro feel.

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I like it but I wouldn't have it in my house.

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I wouldn't have it in my shed, even for a mere ?2 asking price.

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It's the lime green, it's just so obscene.

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I like it because it's so in-your-face

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It's a thing that somebody will either love or hate.

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But it's a bit of fun about it.

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You know, it's looking back to the 1960s

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and I remember the 1960s myself.

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-Can you do me a deal on it?

-We can do it for 6.

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-You can do it for 6?

-Yes.

-That's a deal. Thank you very, very much. Thank you.

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-Do you think I'll make a profit on that?

-No.

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I think Phil will think that this is probably the most horrible thing

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that has been bought on the Antiques Road Trip.

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Well, I think that's a bit unfair

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but I still don't think he'll like it much. Oh, careful, Anita.

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Now, what's Phil messing about with?

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Well, this is a wool-winder and you're in the wool area

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and mills are prevalent.

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This is an old mill. And I just think this is just a real cool thing.

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Like an old, married couple, Phil and Anita are starting to think with one mind.

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Because on the other side of this huge emporium...

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And this is a wool-winder.

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And I think that this would be a nice thing

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to buy in this building.

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I think it must be Victorian. It's ?75, which is a lot of money,

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but I want to spend some money.

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If you're going to put something into auction,

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you've got to buy things that you can't put a price on.

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So if you buy a Worcester figure or a Doulton vase or a whatever,

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all you've got to do is look it up on any price guide site

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and it will give you the value of it.

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Go find one of those. Well, you might do,

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but it's going to be harder to find.

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Phil decides that his wool-winder is worth a punt.

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So it's off to the front desk

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to see if there's any give on the ?0 ticket price.

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The thing is, I've got to be tactically clever here,

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cos Anita's about ?0 or ?0 behind me,

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so I've got to try and box clever.

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Buy mean, but at the same time, buy things I like or are interesting.

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This is a real good bit of fun.

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Now watch my lips, Paul. 25 quid.

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-Go on, have a deal.

-Go on then.

-Good man! Right, I've got to get polishing now.

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Have you got any Brasso and a duster, please?

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Anita also wants to get a good price for her wool-winder.

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The dealer isn't around, so she must negotiate with Emma,

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one of the assistants at the centre.

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I can take 10% off that, then, without contacting them.

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Right, OK. It's at 175.

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10% off, that's taking me to about 160.

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Would I be able to buy that for,

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say...

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...130?

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-Yeah, I'll do it.

-You'll do that?

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-Yeah. No problem.

-You're a wonderful Lancashire lass.

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-No problem.

-Thank you very much.

-All right, thank you.

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I feel quite touched. I got it for 130.

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I don't know what it's worth. I don't know how it works.

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But it makes me think about Lancashire.

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Two antiques experts, two wool-winders.

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There's the robust, down to earth model,

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and the classy, elegant, but more expensive end of the market.

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-Did you have a nice time?

-I had a really good time.

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-Good, wasn't it?

-Clearly, you did well.

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I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it.

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Tell me a woman that doesn't enjoy shopping.

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Some money has been spent, some items bought.

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So I think Phil can take his foot off the pedal for a while

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and do a bit of sightseeing.

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Anita drives him the six short miles

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from Eccleston to Chorley.

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-That's a lovely house, that.

-I'm looking forward to this.

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See you later. Have a good one. Spend lots of money.

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I love that house.

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Phil is off to meet Pamela, who's going to show him round Astley Hall.

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And you've brought the weather with you.

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There's been a property on this site since the 16th century,

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with much of the current house being designed and built in the 1660s,

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when Richard Brooke married the heiress to Astley Hall, Margaret Charnock.

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It's famous for its plasterwork ceilings

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and, no doubt, Phil will be looking forward to seeing those.

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-Can I look at your kitchen?

-Yes.

-Which way do we go?

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Or the kitchen(!) I'm sure the kitchen is lovely too.

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This is a fantastic room. I love these things here.

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-That's a lump of sugar.

-It is, yeah.

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Because that's how, before granulated sugar...

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-And these are for cutting the sugar.

-They are.

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The social history of seeing that and that

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as your sugar is fantastic.

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It's the arrival, isn't it, of sugar during the Tudor period?

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Now, Phil. The ceilings. Can we see the ceilings?

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That's a fantastic door.

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The whole of the panelling in this room is absolutely fantastic.

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-Oh wow, let me look.

-The door is simply part of the panelling

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that fits into the whole of the room.

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That's just fantastic, isn't it?

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And now that the gilded work has been restored,

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doesn't it have a fantastic reflection against it?

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It's just, you know, a massively expensive timber, that.

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Absolutely, for the period, yeah.

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It's a very fine door, but the ceilings,

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they might be worth a passing glance(!)

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These magnificent 17th century ceilings

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are often said to be amongst the finest in England.

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The plaster is made of a mixture of mud, horse hair and wine,

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with some of the figures made of leather and lead.

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You know, you say about the social history aspect of it?

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I feel that's the bit I like about it.

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It's just showing off the wealth of the Brooke family.

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This young couple, they get married and it does celebrate their marriage.

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You've got all the little cupids. You've got... I think that's a little dove that he's holding.

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The 3D 17th century magnificence couldn't fail to be appreciated

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by a man of breeding and culture such as Phil.

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He's in for a real treat.

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You know, hand on heart, genuinely, I don't like this.

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-Oh.

-I just find it a bit overpowering,

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a bit scary, and it's a bit the stuff of nightmares for me.

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-But that doesn't mean that you can't appreciate it.

-No.

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There's a corn on the cob over there, look.

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Exactly, and that is what the Brooke family are trying to say, aren't they?

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They're reflecting new foods.

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It's reflecting their wealth. They can afford...

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They're trying to show that they can afford this type of food that's come from the Americas.

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The work in it is unbelievable, isn't it?

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There's not that many buildings with this type of ceiling left in them

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-and that's why people come here.

-You say not many.

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I wouldn't profess to be the most travelled person,

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but I've never seen a ceiling like this.

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I tell you something, I mean, I can really appreciate this,

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but I'm definitely going to go to bed tonight with the lights on, let me tell you.

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Meanwhile, Anita has driven just over 12 miles, from Astley Hall to Darwen.

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She has already bought three items

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and is hoping to find a couple more in this Aladdin's cave.

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This is very, very interesting.

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-Oh gees, it's lovely to see you.

-Nice to meet you, lovely.

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This is...wow!

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This is fabulous. This is like an adventure playground.

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Anita has to generate ?0 on Phil

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to win this week's road trip.

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She needs to find something that will make some serious cash.

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There is stuff everywhere.

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Everywhere.

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If that's a watercolour, it's a nice watercolour.

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On the other hand, if it's a print, a copy of the original painting,

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it won't be worth nearly as much.

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Shop owner, Stephen, can give us some background on the artist.

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He lives in the same village as me. Adrian Rigby.

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-He's quite well known.

-Is this a watercolour or a print?

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I think so. I think it's a watercolour, yeah.

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I'm not sure. To be absolutely 100% sure, you'd need to have it out.

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Yeah, I know.

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-How much is it?

-?0.

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?0? For what might be a print?

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Be careful, Anita.

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There's so much stuff here. I'm going to leave that there

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and I'm going to think about that strongly.

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Shop owner Stephen can sense Anita is keen on the bird

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and comes up with an intriguing offer.

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A former colleague who actually bought this.

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He remembers, he bought it from a from a charity shop.

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He thinks it's definitely a watercolour and he said,

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if you buy it, he'll donate half back to the charity.

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-No pressure there.

-That sounds great.

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I'll tell you, there's another thing that I fancied.

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Something completely different.

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I looked at this wee darling here.

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It's got a lovely, naive quality.

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-The horse has a twinkle in its eye.

-Yeah.

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I quite like that as well. Is that very expensive?

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-No, he's buyable, I think.

-He's buyable.

-I think it is.

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-But you don't know how much money I've got left.

-No, I don't, no.

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-85.

-85.

-Yeah.

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-Doesn't cost a lot to feed.

-Doesn't cost a lot to feed.

-It doesn't, no.

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If I bought the two of them together,

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could I be in the region of 100 quid?

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GASPS

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-Is that sore?

-Very sore!

-Is it?

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-Is it lethally sore?

-Almost.

-Is it?

-Almost.

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165 and you've offered 100.

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So what about we split the difference at 135?

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What about 125?

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-Done.

-You are a darling. Thank you so much.

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So, Anita has now spent ?91 on five lots

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and is nicely positioned for the auction in Harrogate.

0:17:330:17:36

-It's all going very well.

-Thank you.

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Which is more than can be said for the car.

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-Got it.

-Hurray!

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That's better. Anita heads off to pick up Phil

0:17:470:17:50

and then it's off to the hotel for a well-earned rest after a busy day shopping.

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Oh. The car has other ideas.

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The clutch. Neutral.

0:18:010:18:04

The car is going nowhere fast. And it's rush hour.

0:18:050:18:09

She's not going to be popular. Uh-oh.

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Here's a nice young man coming along to her rescue.

0:18:110:18:14

-Do you know anything about cars?

-Maybe not.

0:18:140:18:16

I need somebody to help me. I need a mechanic.

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Meanwhile, Phil waits patiently.

0:18:210:18:23

Just when all seems lost, a white van man comes to the rescue.

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I can have a quick look if you want?

0:18:290:18:31

Come on. You're a pair of darlings.

0:18:310:18:34

I've got a friend who's a mechanic. Do you want me to get him here?

0:18:340:18:37

-Is that all right?

-Yeah, yeah, he'll be all right. I'll ring him up now.

0:18:370:18:39

They've got a pal who's a mechanic

0:18:390:18:41

and they're going to phone him

0:18:410:18:43

and see if he'll come up and give us a hand.

0:18:430:18:46

Aren't they nice? Quite good-looking as well.

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Meanwhile, Phil waits patiently.

0:18:510:18:54

What's it done?

0:18:540:18:56

-Has it just stopped?

-It's just stopped.

0:18:570:18:59

A pair of jump leads seem to be the solution.

0:18:590:19:03

This is like a wee party, isn't it?

0:19:030:19:04

-They look like they've been to better parties.

-There we go.

0:19:040:19:08

CHEERING

0:19:080:19:10

I don't know why it stopped but I know it's running.

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Meanwhile, Phil's called a cab. Night-night.

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The next morning, and on the way to the first shop of the day,

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Anita reflects on her car trouble of yesterday.

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She is being a little temperamental at the moment.

0:19:310:19:34

She's doing not too badly this morning.

0:19:340:19:35

That's cos we haven't changed gear yet.

0:19:350:19:37

Yesterday Anita spent ?91 on five items,

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including a wool-winder and this big bass drum.

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Phil spent ?5. He also bought a wool-winder,

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together with a collection of joiner's tools.

0:19:520:19:55

It's a serious taparooney-booney, that is.

0:19:550:19:57

The pair are ultimately heading to Harrogate.

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And the first drive today takes them from Darwen to Haslingden.

0:20:000:20:05

-This looks rather nice, Philip.

-It's lovely, isn't it?

0:20:050:20:08

Anita isn't planning to buy any more items,

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so she's on Easy Street this morning.

0:20:130:20:16

I feel very, very relaxed today

0:20:170:20:19

because I've bought five items,

0:20:200:20:22

I like them all. I'm under no pressure to buy any more.

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Phil, on the other hand, has only a couple of auction lots,

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so he needs to get cracking.

0:20:300:20:32

Phil Serrell is under pressure

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and that's exactly where I like him to be.

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That's an interesting thing. What on earth is it?

0:20:390:20:42

I quite like that but what on earth it is,

0:20:420:20:46

how old it is and what it does, I haven't got a clue.

0:20:460:20:48

Maybe shop owner Peter can help him out here.

0:20:480:20:51

-What do you think that is, then?

-We've had several ideas,

0:20:510:20:53

but the one that we're settling on, we think it's a viscosity tester.

0:20:530:20:57

Viscosity is the stickiness of liquid, for want of a better word, isn't it?

0:20:580:21:01

So you actually put the oil on, put the block on,

0:21:010:21:05

and then raise the gradient until, obviously, you get the movement

0:21:050:21:09

to give you the viscosity of that liquid.

0:21:090:21:12

I think you've got a very vivid imagination, sir.

0:21:120:21:14

Phil's found another item that's just the ticket.

0:21:140:21:17

Now there's a sellable lot, if ever I saw one.

0:21:170:21:19

It's a ticket collector's thingy, look,

0:21:190:21:22

off a bus or a train or something.

0:21:220:21:24

Oh, I think we've got to have a look at that.

0:21:240:21:26

How could you possibly live your life without having...

0:21:260:21:29

"any more fares?" I think those are fun as well.

0:21:290:21:32

Those carpet bowls, we better have a look at those.

0:21:330:21:36

They do what they say on the tin.

0:21:360:21:38

They're a set of bowls that you play on the carpet inside.

0:21:380:21:40

So when it was raining and you couldn't get onto the bowling green,

0:21:400:21:42

you got your carpet bowls out and you played on the carpet.

0:21:420:21:45

Phil lines up his three potential buys at the front desk.

0:21:450:21:49

Time to start bargaining.

0:21:490:21:51

Right, so we've got a real sporting lot here, haven't we?

0:21:510:21:54

-That looks like you've got a price on for ?8.

-Yes.

0:21:540:21:57

-That was priced up at how much?

-45.

0:21:570:21:59

Right, that's 45. And that's 42.

0:21:590:22:02

-Well, individually, I mean, that could be 15.

-OK.

0:22:020:22:06

-That's going to have to be in the region of ?0.

-OK.

0:22:060:22:09

And these, again, in the region of ?0.

0:22:090:22:13

Right. I'm going to pass on that. I think it's a great lot, that. But I just...

0:22:130:22:16

I think it's too much of a gamble at auction.

0:22:160:22:18

OK, so now we're down to two items.

0:22:180:22:20

The carpet bowls and the mystery slope.

0:22:200:22:23

I'm going to definitely buy that, cos I think it's lunacy, I mean,

0:22:230:22:26

how can you sell what you don't even know what it is?

0:22:260:22:28

So, now, can I give you 30 quid for the two?

0:22:280:22:32

No. No, I can't do that.

0:22:340:22:36

-If you do 35 for the two, I'll have the two.

-I can do 40 for the two.

0:22:360:22:40

OK. Put that one over there. What's the best on that one?

0:22:400:22:43

-15.

-OK.

0:22:440:22:46

-I'm going to buy that. I'm definitely going to buy that. I'll have just that, thank you.

-OK.

0:22:460:22:50

It looks like Phil is walking away with just one item.

0:22:500:22:53

Although, the last minute arrival

0:22:530:22:55

of the owner of the ticket machine could change things.

0:22:550:22:58

I would give you a tenner for it but I wouldn't give you any more for it than that.

0:22:590:23:02

Give us 15 quid and we'll call it right.

0:23:020:23:04

12 quid and I'll give you a first class ticket.

0:23:040:23:06

-Go on then.

-You're a gent. Oh, hold on.

0:23:060:23:09

Oh look, it's broken there, look.

0:23:090:23:12

-You've bought it now.

-You're a gentleman. Thank you very much indeed.

0:23:120:23:15

Once the deal is done, Anita returns to see how Phil's been getting on.

0:23:150:23:20

-Hi Phil, how are you doing?

-Yeah, really well. You?

-Good.

0:23:200:23:23

-I've got something for you. Yeah.

-Oh, bus tickets? Thank you very much.

0:23:230:23:27

-Is the car not going? 13 pence.

-That's second class.

0:23:270:23:31

-Cardiff?

-Yes, Cardiff. Bye-bye.

0:23:310:23:34

Cardiff will have to wait, as Phil is offering Anita a luxury,

0:23:340:23:38

no expense spared, chauffeur-driven trip

0:23:380:23:41

from Haslingden to Burnley.

0:23:410:23:43

Oh, looks like they've put the flags out.

0:23:450:23:47

Our duo couldn't really visit Lancashire without at least one trip to a cotton mill.

0:23:490:23:54

And what a mill this is.

0:23:540:23:56

Queen's Street Mill, operated from 1895 until 1982,

0:23:560:24:00

and once housed over 1,000 working looms.

0:24:000:24:05

It's now Grade 1 listed

0:24:050:24:07

and has Scheduled Ancient Monument status.

0:24:070:24:10

Anita is meeting up with Conrad Varley.

0:24:100:24:13

-Hello Anita.

-Hello.

0:24:130:24:14

-Welcome to Queen's Street Mill.

-Oh, thank you very much.

0:24:140:24:18

I've been so excited about coming here because this is the last working mill.

0:24:180:24:21

The last working mill, as such, in the world.

0:24:210:24:25

I mean, at one period there was 100 mills of this size

0:24:250:24:28

producing plain calico.

0:24:280:24:31

So, at one period, there was more looms than people that actually lived in Burnley.

0:24:310:24:35

By 1982, calico production on such a scale was no longer financially viable,

0:24:350:24:40

and Queen's Street became a working museum.

0:24:400:24:44

Over 300 working looms are preserved in the weaving shed.

0:24:440:24:47

For once, Anita is not the loudest thing in the room.

0:24:490:24:53

Shame Phil's not here to see it.

0:24:530:24:55

What a noise!

0:24:550:24:57

You used to have to work in this eight hours per day.

0:24:580:25:01

-How did they communicate?

-Well, the method was called mee-mawing.

0:25:010:25:06

-Mee-mowing?

-Yes, but that was sort of like reading people's lips.

0:25:060:25:10

I would have said, "Hello, Anita".

0:25:110:25:13

-And I would say back, "Hello, Conrad".

-You've got it.

0:25:130:25:18

It's so loud that I've got to get out of here.

0:25:180:25:21

These looms are still powered by the factory's huge tandem compound steam engine.

0:25:220:25:28

The steam for that engine comes from the boilers, lovingly tended by boiler man Terry.

0:25:280:25:33

It's a Lancashire boiler. It's 30 foot long.

0:25:350:25:39

It's eight foot in diameter.

0:25:390:25:41

And, as you can see, the working level of water is water from there, right down to the base.

0:25:410:25:45

And we are, in fact, boiling 5,000 gallons of water.

0:25:450:25:49

So there's plenty of cups of tea or plenty of water for showers.

0:25:490:25:52

What we have...

0:25:520:25:55

-is that.

-Wow!

0:25:550:25:56

One man would actually run both boilers in his day.

0:25:580:26:02

And, if you just have a look at the coal there, that was a morning's work.

0:26:020:26:08

There's three ton of coal there, approximately.

0:26:080:26:10

And he went through six ton of coal per day, one man, all on his own.

0:26:100:26:14

Do you think if anybody can shovel coal, I could have a wee shot?

0:26:140:26:18

-Oh, yes, certainly. We've got some gloves here.

-All right.

0:26:180:26:21

What we'll do is we just go through.

0:26:220:26:24

Right. Small bit.

0:26:250:26:27

And try and swing.

0:26:290:26:31

Right.

0:26:350:26:37

Just a wee drop. Right.

0:26:370:26:40

Hey!

0:26:430:26:45

You've done it before.

0:26:450:26:46

That's the life of a Lancashire boiler man. They were very proud men,

0:26:460:26:50

all the brasses were always cleaned. They were very proud of what they did down here.

0:26:500:26:54

-You're quite proud of what you do?

-Oh yes. Yes. Yeah, it's mine.

0:26:540:26:58

-It's as simple as that.

-It's your baby.

-It's mine. Yeah.

0:26:580:27:00

As Anita struggles to build up a head of steam,

0:27:000:27:04

Phil is in much the same position.

0:27:040:27:06

Needing to buy and buy quickly for the auction in Harrogate,

0:27:070:27:10

he's heading to Whalley.

0:27:100:27:12

This large village is famous for the Whalley Arches,

0:27:120:27:15

a 48-span viaduct that crosses the Ribble Valley.

0:27:150:27:19

It dates from 1850 and contains 7 million bricks.

0:27:190:27:23

Phil will be hoping that Whalley has other old items of interest,

0:27:230:27:27

as he still needs to fill his swag bag for the auction.

0:27:270:27:30

So, a quick hello to shop owner, Philip Davies, and he's up and running.

0:27:300:27:34

And how much is that, there's no price on it?

0:27:340:27:36

I quite like those, how much are they?

0:27:360:27:38

-And what about all these corkscrews?

-They're a tenner each.

0:27:380:27:41

-Yeah, and those are?

-They're a fiver each.

-And how much is that one?

0:27:410:27:44

I say, Phil, steady on.

0:27:440:27:46

-OK, let's have a look round then.

-Do have a look.

0:27:460:27:49

And what would that be to a local collector? 3 and a half thousand?

0:27:490:27:51

And how much is that? How much is that?

0:27:510:27:54

And how much would a little wall clock like that one be?

0:27:540:27:56

Finally, Phil sees sense and calls in a little local knowledge.

0:27:570:28:01

Right, I'm going to need your help. I'm thinking that I need to go down

0:28:010:28:04

somewhere between the 20 and 40 quid route.

0:28:040:28:07

And I don't know, is there anything you would suggest to me?

0:28:090:28:11

The owner points Phil in the direction of a four-piece cruet collection.

0:28:110:28:15

-Are these old figures, these?

-1900, 1920s.

0:28:150:28:20

They're continental, aren't they?

0:28:200:28:22

Either that or Scottish, you know, Portobello.

0:28:220:28:26

Colourful little characters from Scotland? I'd have thought you'd had enough of them, Phil.

0:28:260:28:31

-And how much are those?

-They can be ?0 each.

0:28:310:28:35

I think I quite like those two, actually. There's a salt and a pepper.

0:28:350:28:39

-Can I give you 15 quid for those two?

-No, 20.

0:28:390:28:42

Go on then, I'll have those two off you.

0:28:430:28:45

-There we are.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:28:460:28:48

Thank you, Philip.

0:28:480:28:50

Just across the road is a shop that Phil simply couldn't resist.

0:28:510:28:55

The shop is called Country Furniture, but that doesn't really do it justice.

0:28:570:29:02

How much is the tractor?

0:29:020:29:04

This is a shop that will appeal to Philip's penchant for the big bits of stuff.

0:29:040:29:09

Those are lovely, those are hitching posts for horses.

0:29:090:29:13

So you'd have those outside your, sort of, country house,

0:29:140:29:17

and you just hitch up to them.

0:29:170:29:19

Phil's favourite items are those that take at least three people to lift.

0:29:190:29:24

These cast iron beauties are either hitching posts or stable ends,

0:29:250:29:29

used as decoration in construction of riding stables.

0:29:290:29:32

They have a ticket price of ?00, the pair.

0:29:320:29:36

I'm definitely going to have these, right.

0:29:360:29:37

I'm definitely going to have these cos I think they're great fun.

0:29:370:29:40

You'll have to be quick, Phil. Looks like there's another interested party.

0:29:410:29:46

I'd like to try and buy them for 80 or 100 quid, the two.

0:29:460:29:48

Phil has to pay the full 100 for the horses

0:29:480:29:51

but that could still be a good each-way bet.

0:29:510:29:54

He hands over the cash to the very shy shop owner and the deal is done.

0:29:550:29:59

Phil's hoping these two will be cast iron certainties at the auction.

0:29:590:30:04

OK, it's time for the big reveal.

0:30:040:30:06

-D'you want to see what I've bought?

-Yes, let's go for it.

-Right, you ready?

0:30:060:30:10

-A wool-winder.

-It's a tensioner.

0:30:140:30:16

Right, right. Well, I love this type of thing.

0:30:160:30:20

I really do like it. But what I'd like to know is what is that?

0:30:200:30:25

Well, it's a really well-made thingy.

0:30:250:30:28

Those, the gentleman in the shop told me they were Portobello, Edinburgh.

0:30:280:30:33

-Right, OK.

-But I've got no idea.

0:30:330:30:35

-What sort of prices did you pay? I paid ?5 for that.

-That's all right.

0:30:350:30:39

-I paid ?0 for these two.

-Good.

0:30:390:30:41

I paid ?5 for my tools

0:30:410:30:44

and I paid 12 quid for my On The Buses.

0:30:440:30:47

Philip! Why did you buy an old bus ticket machine?

0:30:470:30:51

I thought I could get rid of you with it.

0:30:510:30:53

-What, to go to Cardiff?

-There is one other thing.

0:30:550:30:58

-There's one other thing?

-I bought these.

0:30:580:31:01

-Oh, they're fabulous.

-And I paid a lot for these.

0:31:010:31:03

-What did you pay?

-Well, I paid ?00 for them.

0:31:030:31:06

-I don't think that's dear, Philip.

-I don't know.

0:31:060:31:08

-Come on, let's have a look at yours.

-Right.

0:31:080:31:10

Let's get...

0:31:100:31:13

Is this a case of great minds think alike?

0:31:130:31:16

No, I think it's more anything I can do, you can do better.

0:31:160:31:18

But I love these. I absolutely love these.

0:31:180:31:22

And this is typical of, sort of, mill area, isn't it?

0:31:220:31:25

Well, you see, I have fallen in love with Lancashire.

0:31:250:31:29

What is that?

0:31:290:31:32

-Are you going to wear it?

-It's a wee hat.

0:31:320:31:34

Widow Twankey. You didn't buy that?

0:31:340:31:36

I bought that. I couldn't resist it.

0:31:360:31:39

-How much was that?

-?.

0:31:400:31:41

Listen, it took me back to the '60s.

0:31:410:31:44

It took me back to the time of lime green and shocking pink.

0:31:440:31:48

I think you're absolutely right. No, it is shocking.

0:31:480:31:51

That is truly up there

0:31:510:31:53

with some of the worst things I've ever seen in my life.

0:31:530:31:55

-Philip.

-What?

-This is so bad that it's good.

0:31:550:31:59

Come on, let's see what else you've got. What's this?

0:31:590:32:01

It's a watercolour by a Lancashire artist.

0:32:010:32:05

I don't know very much about him

0:32:050:32:07

but I know enough

0:32:070:32:09

to know that that is a very competent work.

0:32:090:32:12

-Good subject.

-I paid ?25

0:32:120:32:17

for the horse and the watercolour.

0:32:180:32:20

-So that's 60 quid a piece or whatever.

-60 quid a piece, just about.

0:32:200:32:23

-And how much was your wool-winder?

-I paid ?30 for it.

0:32:230:32:27

-And Philip, you know how you think that I make a lot of noise?

-Yes.

0:32:270:32:31

Well, what do you think about...

0:32:310:32:33

-...this?

-This is the last leg, isn't it?

0:32:350:32:39

And I bought a big bass drum.

0:32:390:32:42

And a big banger.

0:32:430:32:45

-Fantastic.

-Great minds think alike. Wool-winders, horses.

0:32:470:32:51

-Absolutely right.

-We have a theme.

0:32:510:32:53

Rubbish.

0:32:530:32:55

Get out of here. Do not hit that drum, thank you.

0:32:550:32:59

But what do they really think?

0:33:010:33:03

Well, I'm seriously underwhelmed by Philip's items.

0:33:030:33:06

I think they're all right, but they're just all right.

0:33:060:33:09

-But

-has been redeemed

0:33:090:33:11

by buying those wonderful cast iron horse posts. I really like them.

0:33:110:33:16

They might be the thing to get him out of a hole.

0:33:160:33:20

I like her watercolour, I think that's a good thing.

0:33:200:33:23

And I think the old whirligig, the wool-winder, I love that to bits,

0:33:230:33:27

so, you know, it'll be an interesting one, this.

0:33:270:33:29

After starting out in Eccleston in Lancashire,

0:33:290:33:32

the last part of our trip will end up in Harrogate,

0:33:320:33:35

soon to be On-Sea if this rain keeps up(!)

0:33:350:33:39

I got to tell you, I don't care if I'm never, ever, ever,

0:33:390:33:43

sitting in this car ever, ever, ever again.

0:33:430:33:46

-I love this little car.

-You love it? Well, you're more than welcome.

0:33:460:33:50

OK, Serrell.

0:33:500:33:51

-That's just fantastic.

-Stop moaning.

-Shut up.

0:33:530:33:56

Phil and Anita have entered their items into a general sale at Thompsons auctions in Harrogate.

0:33:560:34:02

It's a busy old place but, if you turn up early, you can usually find a seat.

0:34:020:34:06

As the regulars hunt for bargains, auctioneer Laurence Peat gives us his honest opinion.

0:34:060:34:11

Well, my initial reaction when the lots came in,

0:34:120:34:15

I was a little bit surprised with the standard lamp, to say the least.

0:34:150:34:19

I thought that might have been a freebie. But I don't know what they paid for it,

0:34:190:34:22

but we'll see if we can make profit for them.

0:34:220:34:25

The horses were very different, without a doubt.

0:34:250:34:27

Quite a unique item.

0:34:270:34:29

Let's hope we've got the right buyers here for them today.

0:34:290:34:32

Anita began with ?06.74

0:34:340:34:37

and she spent a total of ?91 on five auction lots.

0:34:370:34:41

D'you know, it's great when you buy things that you love.

0:34:410:34:44

Phil started out with ?75.86

0:34:440:34:48

and has spent ?92, also on five auction lots.

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You never know when a stretcher might come in useful.

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As they prepare for the last auction of the week, there's everything to play for.

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Anita only needs to make up ?0.

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-OK, Phil.

-Are you ready?

-Last one. Am I going to catch up?

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-It's just fun, isn't it?

-No. It's all about winning, this.

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First up, the ticket machine. Will this prove to be a first class bargain?

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I have to start on commission here at ?8. 40 anywhere?

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It is with me at 38, do I see 40? It seems cheap at 38. 40. 42. 45.

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-45?

-That's ridiculous.

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48 with me. One more, you might be lucky.

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-50, thank you. At ?0.

-?0!

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It's good value at 50. All done, I'm going to sell at ?0.

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Well done, you big chancer.

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Who says you can't make money out of public transport?

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It's not about winning, as long as I do,

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it's just about taking part. All right?

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Second up today are Phil's salt and pepper pots.

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Start here with me on commission at ?8. 20 anywhere?

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Bid is with me at 18, do I see 20? 20, 22 and 25.

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25 in the room at ?5. At 25, any advance on 25?

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I haven't lost any money on those. I'm happy with that.

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?5, I'm going to sell at ?5.

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That's what they deserved, they were a nice, sweet pair. You haven't lost any money.

0:36:110:36:14

Phil's salts away. A ? profit on the cruet set.

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It's your tools and that slopey-dopey thing.

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-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

-They've got "engineer's slope", not slopey-dopey.

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-No, I thought engineer's slope.

-It's a dopey that's bought the slopey.

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It's Phil's tools up next, sold as a combined lot of five.

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Starting on commission at ?8. 30, 32 and 35.

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In the room at 35, 38, 40, 42, 45.

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-You're in profit, Phil.

-52, 55. 55, sir?

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-55, 58, 60, 62.

-Go on, you beauty.

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65, 68. Are you sure?

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-Smile.

-65 at the back. At 65. 68, new bidder.

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70, 72, 75,

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78, 80, 82.

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No, 80 at the back. At ?0, at 80.

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Are we all done? I'm going to sell at ?0.

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-I'm pleased with that.

-That's a great result.

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Just the right tools for the job.

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Phil more than doubles his money there.

0:37:090:37:12

-Stop smiling.

-Stop poking me, please.

-Stop smiling.

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It's a shift change of the auctioneers.

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Kate Higgins takes over to try and sell the first of the two wool-winders.

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This is Anita's classy model.

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She's high hopes of making big money with this.

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Start the bidding at 50, 55 anywhere? 55 in the room.

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60 anywhere else? Gentleman's bid here at 55, do I see 60?

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In the room at ?5, selling now at ?5. 278.

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I bombed. I bombed.

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Ouch. That hurts.

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Anita's wool-winder winds up losing her ?5.

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What's the state of play at the minute?

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It's too complic... I'm too depressed to even count my money.

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Phil's cheaper lot is up now in the big battle of the wool-winders.

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Start the bidding at 100, 110 anywhere?

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On commission at 100, do I see 110?

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110, 120. No, still on commission at 120, 130 now.

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-Have they got the right wool-winder?

-On commission at ?20.

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I'm just absolutely flabbergasted.

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No, it's not a wind-up. Phil's wool-winder wins.

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Actually, I'll tell you what, you've got to laugh, haven't you?

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So my wool-winder, my grotty little wool-winder,

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has just made double what yours has made.

0:38:380:38:40

Maybe this will drum up some much needed profit for Anita.

0:38:410:38:44

-Start me at ?0. 10 anywhere?

-I've just...

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15 with the lady. 20 anywhere else? Lady's bid here at 15. 20 now.

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In the room at ?5. Selling now, on my left at ?5.

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You're having a good sort of day, really, aren't you, so far?

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Anita is looking well and truly beaten.

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I think this is the one that I've got to put all the money on.

0:39:030:39:07

-Is it?

-Hi-ho Silver. Let's hope he gets away.

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Maybe the rocking horse will be a better bet.

0:39:110:39:13

His name is Silver, start me at ?0. 20 anywhere?

0:39:130:39:17

?0, surely. 20 we have, do I see 25?

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Gentleman's bid here at 20. 5 anywhere?

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In the room here at 20. Are we finished? 25, 30. 35.

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40 here. 45 anywhere else? Seated bid at ?0.

0:39:300:39:33

Are we finished? Selling in the room at ?0.

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-Oh, Philip.

-Silver trails in at the back of the field.

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And that's another loss for Anita.

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That was the one that I was counting on.

0:39:440:39:47

-So I'm going to struggle here.

-That's sad.

0:39:470:39:50

It's going to have to be green lamp to the rescue.

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Standard lamp with lime green shade, ?0.

0:39:550:39:58

10 anywhere? ?. 5 do we have?

0:39:580:40:01

Anybody at ?? 5 we have, at the back of the room, do I see 8?

0:40:010:40:05

In the room at ?, selling now at ?.

0:40:050:40:09

-Is that everything's just dived?

-Everything has not just dived,

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it has sunk to the bottom.

0:40:140:40:16

Look on the bright side. At least you won't have to take it home.

0:40:160:40:20

-Are you ecstatic?

-No, I'm not,

0:40:200:40:23

I'm getting very anxious about my bloomin' horse posts.

0:40:230:40:25

Back to Phil now, and the hitching posts.

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Start me at ?0. ?0 surely?

0:40:290:40:32

50 we have. 60 anywhere?

0:40:320:40:34

Gentleman's bid here at 50.

0:40:340:40:36

60, 70, 80, 90.

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-On my right here at 90.

-It's a result, I think.

0:40:390:40:41

100 anywhere else? In the room at ?0.

0:40:410:40:44

Selling, gentleman's bid at ?0.

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I know that in the right place,

0:40:470:40:51

I think those are ?-400's worth.

0:40:510:40:53

Ah, you won't be the first punter to lose a tenner on the horses.

0:40:540:40:58

My last lot is coming up, my very nice watercolour.

0:40:580:41:01

And it's a good subject and I really like it.

0:41:010:41:04

This really has to fly if Anita is going to catch Phil.

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Signed Adrian C. Rigby, watercolour of an eagle,

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and 40 bid, 45 now.

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On commission at 40, do I see 45?

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With me now at ?0, are we finished? 45 in the room.

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-50 anywhere else?

-(Come on!)

0:41:200:41:23

Gentleman's bid at ?.

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That's every single one.

0:41:260:41:28

The eagle has failed. And Anita's last hope has gone.

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Well, we better go and start the sieve up for the last time, hadn't we? Come on.

0:41:330:41:37

Not Anita's best day. She lost money on every lot.

0:41:380:41:42

She started this leg with ?06.74

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and, after auction costs, has lost ?59.80,

0:41:460:41:50

leaving her with a total for the week of ?46.94.

0:41:500:41:54

Phil fared a bit better. Starting with ?75.86,

0:41:560:42:01

he has made a profit of ?07.30,

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giving him a total for the week of ?83.16.

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That makes Phil Serrell the overall winner of this week's road trip.

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All the profits our experts make will be donated to Children In Need.

0:42:160:42:20

Well, Phil, I really thought I had a chance of catching you up on that one.

0:42:200:42:24

Do you know, at the end of the day,

0:42:240:42:26

it doesn't matter who wins or loses, does it?

0:42:260:42:28

SNORTS

0:42:280:42:29

Well, what a week this road trip's been.

0:42:310:42:34

-Let me have a look at the back.

-Yes!

0:42:380:42:41

This feels a bit like a romantic assignation.

0:42:430:42:47

...peace and quiet.

0:42:480:42:50

Off you go, off you go.

0:42:500:42:52

Watch it! Go, Phil.

0:42:520:42:55

Does that give me a certain look?

0:42:550:42:57

You're not going to be this smiley, cheery person the whole week, are you?

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I can't help it. All I need now is a man.

0:43:000:43:04

I don't think I should have bought this.

0:43:060:43:08

-No.

-It's been one of those days, hasn't it?

0:43:080:43:10

-Drive on!

-Hold my hand, hold my hand!

-I am not holding your hand.

0:43:100:43:14

-Oh, no.

-Can we go again?

0:43:150:43:17

Next week on the Antiques Road Trip, we're on a remarkable journey,

0:43:200:43:25

as Mark Hales is quick on the uptake.

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I'm looking for antiques.

0:43:280:43:31

And Mark Stacey dives for a bargain.

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