Episode 10 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 10

Antiques experts Anita Manning and James Braxton begin the final day of their road trip in the town of Needham Market in Suffolk, ending with a crowning auction in Greenwich.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts,

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with £200 each, a classic car and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.

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Going, going, gone.

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-BOTH: Yes!

-It's a bit like fishing.

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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.

-What have I done?!

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

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I'd better look out!

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This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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Yeah...

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It's the final leg of the road trip

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for treasure hunters Anita Manning and James Braxton.

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Glasgow auctioneer Anita has a passion for the strangest things...

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You're coming home with Mummy.

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..whilst James isn't afraid to take a punt in the hope to win big.

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I think I'll have it.

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I'm a gambling man.

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So far on this road trip, Anita has seen her profits take off.

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Last chance then, please, at £130.

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Yes!

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But a certain mahogany case made over £100 profit at auction,

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putting James out in the lead.

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At £190...

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-Well done.

-Are you pleased?

-Yep, pleased.

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Both our esteemed experts started this road trip with £200.

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Anita got off to a gallop, more than doubling her money to £452.86.

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Smiler.

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However, James quickly raced ahead and now has £525.44.

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That means there's just £72.58 between them,

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so a single shrewd buy on this road trip

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could decide the overall winner.

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Ha!

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They're cruising through Suffolk in a lovely Parisian princess.

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The 1986 Citroen 2CV6 Special, yeah.

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How's the car today?

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The car's lovely, she's behaving absolutely beautifully, as usual.

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-She has served us very well.

-I've loved this wee car.

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I've nicknamed her Tintin.

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-CHUCKLING:

-Tintin or Tin Can?

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I'll let you decide.

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James and Anita started this 700-mile road trip

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in Stamford in East Midlands, snaking their way through

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the glorious heartlands of East Anglia and Essex,

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en route to London's maritime borough of Greenwich.

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On today's final leg, they begin in the town of Needham Market

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in Suffolk, ending with a crowning auction in Greenwich.

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James currently has a narrow lead, but Anita isn't too far behind.

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-It's been stressful.

-SHE CHUCKLES

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Hasn't been easy, you've been there. You've been there, miffing away.

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Whether I can hold you back, I don't know.

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The lovely town of Needham Market

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is set in the Gipping Valley of Suffolk.

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The town grew around the wool-combing industry,

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which was a method of preparing wool for the weavers.

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Our dyed-in-the-wool experts are just about ready

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to start "combing" the area - ha! -

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to seek out a bargain.

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-James?

-Yeah.

-Very last leg.

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Are you going to spend a lot of money?

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You've been urging me to buy big all this time.

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-And you haven't paid a blind bit of notice!

-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Nice kiss.

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Whilst James thinks about whether to buy big for the bigger finish,

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Anita is off to her first shop,

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Bygones of Needham Market, where she's meeting owner Paul.

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-Hello, Anita. How are you?

-Hello, I'm Anita.

-Nice to see you.

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Gosh, he's a bit forward!

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And looking rather dapper too.

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-What a colourful and fascinating shop.

-Jolly good.

-Yeah.

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I love this.

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I hope that peck on the cheek

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means he's going to give you a discount

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rather than a tongue sandwich.

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This could be James when I make my next big profit!

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It's a big of an Aladdin's Cave of antiques

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and Anita's starting in the basement.

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That silk gown seems rather nice.

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It might be just your size, Anita.

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It's labelled as 1930s, but it could even be pre-First World War.

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It looks a bit moth-eaten but it's still in reasonable condition.

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It's got a ticket price of £55. Go on, try it on.

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I quite like that.

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Might have a go at it, but I'm going to keep on looking.

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Please do, and straightaway she's distracted by a big, cuddly deer.

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-Looks expensive.

-It's been hanging around this corner for far too long.

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Somebody needs to buy it.

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Oh, crikey, she's surely not thinking about buying that!

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Let's look at the price.

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£38.

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-That's too "deer".

-That's my line. You're not kidding.

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Looks like the moths have been at it too.

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Poor little deer.

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Nevertheless, Anita has her eye on it,

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along with that vintage gown with a ticket price of £55.

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I'm looking at two things that are not in great condition.

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But they amuse me. That poor wee Bambi over there needs a new home.

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It needs to get away from that big fox there

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before it's nibbled completely away!

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I think we may be a tad too late to rescue this particular animal,

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but Anita still hopes to save him.

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But is it really worth £38?

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I'd like to be buying him in the region of £12-15.

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-Mmm-hmm.

-If he was in good condition,

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I would have no problem at all and I would pay a lot more than that,

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-so could he be bought within, say...

-15?

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-Is 15..?

-Yeah.

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-Is that..?

-Would buy him.

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-Would buy him?

-Yeah.

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It's a deal.

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I think Paul might have been glad just to get rid of it, frankly.

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£15 for an old deer fawn?

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Let's hope at auction it proves to have been a good i-"deer".

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You're coming home with Mummy.

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Anita's back at that gown

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and is hoping that by pointing out the flaws,

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she can negotiate a good deal.

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-Cunning minx.

-We've got some little holes here.

-Yep.

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We've got some staining on the front,

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but all these folds are in good condition.

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Anita really needs a reduction on the £55 ticket price.

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Is there movement to the 20s on that?

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25?

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-25?

-Yeah.

-Will we go with that?

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I'd take 25.

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-How much is the mannequin to go with it?

-45.

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And if I bought this as an ensemble...

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I tell you what, if you buy the whole lot, what would you say?

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Er...

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-50 quid?

-50 quid and I'll give you this.

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40, 60...

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That's a good little lot for just £50.

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65 if you include our fluffy four-legged friend.

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Now, steady, Anita. You've certainly got your hands full here.

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Meanwhile, James is across town at Station Yard Emporium.

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It has a range of antiques from a number of different dealers.

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-Hello, James.

-Hello, James, glad to meet you.

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-Hello, and your name is?

-John.

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Today, he's only looking for fresh goods.

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Come on, John, show me your fresh meat.

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That's fresh.

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-That's fresh, is it?

-Just this week, yesterday.

-Just this week?

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A nice piece of silverware in the form of a jewellery box

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from around the turn of the century.

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Anything that age could be expected to have a bit of damage,

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but this seems to have aged rather well. Ha!

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It's ticketed at £95.

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-Was it bought well, John?

-Indeed.

-It was bought well.

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Could this be a special price?

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-It's possible.

-It's possible?

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I'd have to talk to the dealer who owns it.

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Let me keep looking, but I like that.

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It really is a dog's life

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when you're trying to sniff out a bargain.

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Let's hope John has some good news.

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-What did they say, John?

-Well, at this stage, they're saying 85.

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85?

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£85...

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-It's jolly nice, isn't it?

-It is.

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-I'll give them £85. It's very nice.

-Very kind.

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Cor, he's off to a flying start with a confident purchase

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that could put him straight into the fast lane

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and ahead of Anita if it does well.

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James is eyeing up this medal,

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but with a ticket price of £5, is that too low?

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I think it'd be silly for me

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to fiddle around with £5-10 goods at this stage.

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I think I need to buy bigger chunks.

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It's not cat food, James!

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But we like what you're saying.

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Beautifully polished, but it's got quite a dusty bottom.

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Who hasn't?

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We've had a few dusty bottoms on this show already.

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Here's something that will blow the cobwebs away.

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It's a gold-plated, silken, mother-of-pearl fan.

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Nice, but it's got a big ticket price.

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135? The chancers! It's quite a nice one.

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You do get bigger ones and very often you see them now in cases,

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these nice-shaped cases,

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but saying all that, it's in quite good condition, this.

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It looks 19th-century,

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but, actually, it could be earlier.

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The condition will stand it in good stead,

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but can John take a few pounds off the asking price?

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If it were 60-65, I'd buy it.

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-Oh-ho-ho!

-It depends how well people buy these things.

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Mmm, at least if it doesn't sell,

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it could help cool you down after the heat of the auction, James.

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Here comes John with news from the dealer.

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Stand by.

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-Christine can't possibly take 65.

-OK.

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If you twist her arm, and her leg,

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she'll do it for 85.

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-Her very best, John, is it?

-Very best, 85.

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85? I think I'll have it.

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I'm a gambling man.

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A decisive James has confidently staked £170

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on his first two items.

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Let's hope it pays off.

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Anita, on the other hand,

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has headed through the glorious heartlands of Essex

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to Coggeshall, near Colchester, to find out about local cloth making.

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It's where we find the rather splendid Paycocke's House.

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Watch her go.

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Today she's meeting Ros Gurling from the National Trust.

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-Hello! I'm Anita.

-I'm Ros. Welcome to Paycocke's.

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Come and see our lovely house.

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The exterior of this building is absolutely amazing.

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-It is.

-Amazing!

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And we've got some even better things to show you inside the house.

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Paycocke's House was built around 1500

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for wealthy cloth tradesman Thomas Paycocke.

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It was his main business premises,

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where he could showcase the many fine examples of his cloth making.

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He only had an old-fashioned, open medieval hall

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and he wanted to build this brand-new range

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to impress people. He wanted the best to come here,

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buy his good-quality cloth,

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and so he threw everything he knew and the architects knew

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into this European-design house.

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The house was completely different

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to anything the locals had seen before

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and was designed to impress his clients

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and make Paycocke stand out from his competitors.

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What would this room have been used for, Ros?

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Following on from the fact that it was a showroom,

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his clients would have come in here

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and that was the first impression they would have had.

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There would have been samples here,

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there would have been a pretend painted fireplace on the wall

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and then, of course, these amazing beams.

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The unusually intricate linenfold panelling and wood carving

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reveals the wealth generated locally by the wool trade.

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You can see the initials of Thomas and wife, Margaret,

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within the intricate design.

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There is another little secret that's very hard to find

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in the ceiling again.

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Carpenters often left a unique symbol or mark

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to identify their work.

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In this instance, a smiling face looking down on all who look up. Ha!

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-Can you see it?

-I can see it. It's like a little mask.

-It is.

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After Paycocke died,

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the house was converted into a terrace of three separate cottages.

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Coggeshall continued its thriving cloth-making industry

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and, over time,

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it developed a reputation for producing exquisite lace.

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We have an example here of some Tambour lace.

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Local lace-makers would use a lace-maker's lamp like this one

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to shine a light on their intricate designs.

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What would have happened would have been each of these flasks

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would have been taken out,

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filled with water, and then inserted.

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A good-quality candle at the centre would have been lit

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and, therefore, you've got magnification of your light

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-and people could sit round.

-So would the women sit round?

-Yes.

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And, of course, it would enable people, women,

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to work and get more money.

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For over 500 years, Paycocke's House has stood as a constant reminder

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of the wealth created in Coggeshall

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by the 15th-century textile industries.

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After many years of restoration,

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it shines once more in its former glory.

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Ros, thank you so much for telling me all about it.

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I have really enjoyed this visit, so...

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It's been lovely to have you and I'm glad you've enjoyed,

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and do come back again.

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Thank you again. BOTH: Bye-bye!

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James hasn't the time to engage in such indulgences, however.

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He's off to the coastal town of Woodbridge

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to do some bold buying.

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Woodbridge is an ancient market town which has been

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a centre for boat building since the Middle Ages.

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Our James has set sail for Woodbridge Antique Centre

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to see if owner Natalie has any bargains for him.

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Hello, Natalie.

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-Hi, James.

-Nice to meet you.

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There are loads of antiques here, but with so much choice,

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will James find something to complement

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his jewellery box and fan?

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Thank you.

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He may be on his knees, but he's not down on his luck quite yet.

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Quickly spotting round... This mirror.

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And it looks like he may have browsed upon something interesting.

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It's a gilded convex wall mirror,

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possibly early 1900s,

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but tricky to date.

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Natalie, what price could that be? Could that be 40-45?

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Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to do that on that particular piece.

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I'd have to speak to the person it belongs to.

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If I carry on looking round, do you want to try and propose that?

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Yeah, I can give them a call.

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I don't want to be too cheeky, but I quite like that.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the cheekiest of them all?

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Surely not our James?

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Thank you, that's great. Bye-bye.

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He's kindly said he'll go down to 45.

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45? Natalie, I'll take it.

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-Lovely.

-I'll take that, 45.

-That's great.

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Now I'm going to keep looking.

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His cheeky low offer seems to have worked a treat.

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Pleased with my mirror. The gilding's very nice and bright on it

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and everyone needs a mirror.

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Mirrors are very popular at auction.

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That should do all right. £45, it's a good price.

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Leaves me the opportunity of profit, there.

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I certainly hope so, if you want to stay in the lead, that is.

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Three good items. I need another two.

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I wouldn't mind, I could probably settle at four.

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This is just as well, as he seems to be struggling to find anything else.

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All is not lost. It's only day one and there are more shops ahead.

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Lovely.

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It's been a busy day for treasure hunting,

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but as the shops close, it's now time to retire.

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Night-night, you two.

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It's the final day of James and Anita's road trip

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and our dynamic duo are up with the larks in the old 2CV.

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-Yesterday, I'm not sure how sensible I was.

-Did you buy...

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I think I had a mad half-hour.

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You bought humorous items.

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Oh, they made me laugh at the time.

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Whether they will make me laugh in the auction is another thing.

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So far, Anita has spent £65 on a one-eyed deer,

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and a Victorian silk gown with boa and a mannequin, as you do.

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Look at that mighty beastie.

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James, on the other hand, decided to think big,

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splashing out £215 on three lots -

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a silver jewellery box,

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a silk fan,

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and the convex wall mirror.

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They're looking forward to a busy day of shopping,

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but Anita isn't coping too well with the Essex traffic.

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Oh, James, I'm not sure if I'm very good at traffic jams.

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We don't have traffic jams in Glasgow.

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-You do.

-We don't have traffic jams in Glasgow.

-You do, I have...

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No traffic jams.

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What is she talking about?

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Of course there are traffic jams in Glasgow!

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But after battling through all those traffic jams,

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they finally made it to their first destination,

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Camden Passage in Islington.

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Most incredible of all,

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they've managed to find a car parking space in London.

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This could be a sign of good things to come.

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-That was a bit nerve-racking, James.

-It was very hairy, wasn't it?

0:18:280:18:32

-Last blast, James?

-Oh, let's go and spend some money!

0:18:320:18:36

Come on! Come on, girl.

0:18:360:18:38

Come on.

0:18:380:18:39

-Come on.

-Hang on, are they holding hands?

0:18:390:18:41

-One, two, three...

-Don't tell his wife.

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Camden Passage is a backstreet of curiosity shops and market stalls.

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That's a terrific big bit of bling.

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They've been selling antiques here for over 40 years,

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so surely the perfect place to pick up something unique.

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Anita hasn't found anything in the stalls,

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but she has found a little shop she likes the look of.

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ORIENTAL MUSIC

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Hello, I'm Anita. Is it all right to have a look around?

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-It looks lovely.

-Thank you.

0:19:220:19:24

This place has a lot of Oriental-inspired goods,

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but Anita has spotted another animal figure

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that could join her deer from yesterday.

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It's a figure of a Black Forest-carved cockatoo.

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It could easily have come from the end of an umbrella or a cane

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and has a ticket price of £35,

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but our Anita will be wanting something off from dealer Suki.

0:19:450:19:49

I quite like that.

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It's a wee bit dear for me, but I'll ask the trader

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if we can come down a wee bit on that.

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Would it be possible to buy that for in the region of round about £20?

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No? No? OK.

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What is the very, very best that you can do on it?

0:20:070:20:10

Well, I'd like to say 30,

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but I'll come down to 28.

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To 28? 28...

0:20:150:20:18

I like it. It's nice. It's smiling at me.

0:20:190:20:23

Yeah, but will he smile on your profits?

0:20:230:20:27

Could you come to 25?

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TRADER LAUGHS No, definitely not?

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-28.

-28? Yeah, uh-huh? OK.

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We'll go for that. Thank you very, very much.

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It's lovely. I'll call it Polly.

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THEY LAUGH

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Oh, yeah? So, joining Bambi now is Polly.

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Ha! Anita is building a Noah's Ark of treasures.

0:20:430:20:47

Bye-bye!

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James, however, isn't bothering with the shops.

0:20:500:20:52

He's nearby and he's going straight to the market stalls

0:20:520:20:55

to hunt out a bargain.

0:20:550:20:56

That is a mighty fellow, isn't it?

0:20:560:20:59

Just like yourself, James.

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But he has found a needle wallet and combo tape measure.

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It looks like it's from the 1890s and has a ticket price of £25.

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I quite like that.

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And so you should, but what about this jazzy pinwheel cushion,

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ticketed at £25?

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It you want it,

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you might need a better price than that from dealer Howard.

0:21:180:21:22

Hello, Howard.

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-Would you do the two at 40?

-Yes, I can do.

-Shake on that.

-OK.

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-OK, thank you.

-Bye!

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Hey, I thought you were going to try

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and buy big on this last leg of the trip.

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Both go in the same lot

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and they'll make a nice little lot in an auction room.

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I should bag 10-20 quid with those.

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With only £72.58 between them,

0:21:400:21:43

and the clock ticking, James might want to buy something weighty

0:21:430:21:48

that will help him maintain his lead.

0:21:480:21:50

-What's that, then?

-That's a nice Arts and Crafts thing.

0:21:500:21:54

Yeah, not quite what I had in mind.

0:21:540:21:55

It's a kettle stand with engraved copper skin.

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There isn't a price attached so, potentially,

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room to haggle with dealer Danny.

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Hello.

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-It's very inexpensive.

-What, a fiver?

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It is a fiver, exactly, spot-on.

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I like that.

0:22:090:22:10

-Yeah, I'll buy that, fiver.

-Oh!

-Come on, put it there, man.

0:22:100:22:13

-Thanks a lot, you've been really good.

-See you again.

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If it sells well, he could make a decent profit on that fiver.

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-There you go, young man.

-Would you like some change?

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I'd love some change.

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It's a good little thing.

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The sort of thing Anita loves.

0:22:250:22:27

She'll love it even more if you make a loss on it, ha-ha!

0:22:270:22:30

As James brings his shopping to a close,

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he's left a fashionable market for a place in Highgate

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that became fashionable in the mid-19th century

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for a completely different reason.

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Highgate Cemetery became the final resting place

0:22:490:22:52

for many of London's important figures.

0:22:520:22:55

James is meeting Ian Dungavell from the Friends Of Highgate Cemetery.

0:22:550:22:59

Let's hope he doesn't "corpse."

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-Hello.

-Hello, James, I'm Ian.

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-Very good, nice to meet you.

-Welcome to Highgate Cemetery.

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In the mid-19th century, Parliament passed a series of statutes

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creating new private cemeteries around London.

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Their aim was to ease the chronic lack of burial sites in the capital

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and to offer a safe resting place away from grave robbers.

0:23:220:23:26

With its stunning architecture and impressive landscape,

0:23:290:23:32

Highgate quickly became the final resting place

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of many famous scientists, politicians and entertainers.

0:23:360:23:40

Over here we've got the tomb of George Wombwell

0:23:400:23:43

who was a menagerist,

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and he's got his very docile Lion, Nero, sitting on top of his tomb.

0:23:450:23:49

The lion was so tame that children could come up and stroke him.

0:23:490:23:53

-It's a beautiful memorial.

-That is fabulous.

0:23:530:23:55

A "menagerist".

0:23:550:23:57

Yeah, or "wild animal proprietor".

0:23:570:23:59

There are over 50,000 graves at Highgate,

0:24:000:24:04

including that of chemist Michael Faraday,

0:24:040:24:07

author Douglas Adams and painter Lucian Freud.

0:24:070:24:11

Over 70 different monuments and structures pepper the cemetery,

0:24:130:24:17

such as the Terrace Catacombs,

0:24:170:24:19

an impressive Gothic structure with room for 825 people,

0:24:190:24:24

safe from pilferers, body snatchers and anatomists.

0:24:240:24:28

Here you are in a massive, vaulted, top-lit space.

0:24:280:24:31

This would have all been lime-washed,

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so it's quite light and bright.

0:24:330:24:34

You could see more than you can nowadays.

0:24:340:24:36

-These are glass-topped skylights.

-Very forward-thinking.

0:24:360:24:39

And then you would come in and visit the vault of your loved ones.

0:24:390:24:43

Like all aspects of the Victorian funeral,

0:24:430:24:46

they could be very expensive.

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Inside, the coffin itself would be lined in lead

0:24:480:24:52

and then the outer coffin would be wood

0:24:520:24:54

and often covered with a fabric with upholstery nails,

0:24:540:24:58

very heavily decorated.

0:24:580:25:00

The coffins were placed into one of these vaults

0:25:020:25:05

where they've lain undisturbed for over 150 years.

0:25:050:25:09

In the 1850s, the cemetery expanded eastward on a more modest scale.

0:25:160:25:21

Nevertheless it's still attracted the attention of the noteworthy.

0:25:210:25:25

This is the monument in Highgate Cemetery

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that everyone comes to see, that we're famous for internationally,

0:25:290:25:33

which is the monument to Karl Marx, was put up here in the 1950s

0:25:330:25:37

although he died in 1881.

0:25:370:25:40

This monument was paid for by the Communist Party

0:25:400:25:43

and this wonderful bust by Laurence Bradshaw

0:25:430:25:48

with Marx brooding down at us

0:25:480:25:50

is a real focal point of the cemetery.

0:25:500:25:53

Highgate is also the final resting place

0:25:530:25:56

of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren.

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You've never seen anything like this in a cemetery.

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He holds his own in the cemetery.

0:26:020:26:04

It's a catalogue memorial, it's not the same old, same old

0:26:040:26:08

sort of way of commemorating him,

0:26:080:26:09

it's something personal and individual,

0:26:090:26:11

and for that reason I think it's a fantastic addition

0:26:110:26:14

to our historic cemetery.

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Yeah, it is, the new with the old.

0:26:160:26:19

Today Highgate is managed by the Friends Of Highgate Cemetery

0:26:210:26:24

who've been restoring and conserving the site for future generations.

0:26:240:26:29

Ian, thank you very much indeed, it's been absolutely fascinating.

0:26:320:26:36

Amongst the living dead, really.

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-Yes. Come back again. There's lots more to see.

-I will.

0:26:390:26:42

Meanwhile, Anita has left Islington

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and made her way up to Watford.

0:26:500:26:52

She's visiting Croxley Antiques

0:26:550:26:57

and is hoping to find something that will give her the edge over James.

0:26:570:27:01

-Hello.

-Good afternoon, madam.

0:27:040:27:06

-I'm Anita, and it's lovely to be here.

-Thank you.

0:27:060:27:10

You've got a bit of everything in here.

0:27:100:27:13

-You can have anything from £2 to £2,000.

-Oh, right.

0:27:130:27:16

What would you like to spend?

0:27:160:27:18

What's selling well just now?

0:27:180:27:21

Silver. Top-end ceramics.

0:27:210:27:23

Yeah, a bit of local knowledge from dealer David

0:27:230:27:26

could really make a difference in buying right for the auction.

0:27:260:27:29

I'd like to buy a bit of silver

0:27:310:27:34

and hope that will do well down in Green-ich.

0:27:340:27:37

Green-ich!

0:27:370:27:39

That sounds like a medical condition.

0:27:390:27:41

I think you mean Greenwich -

0:27:410:27:42

or get some cream.

0:27:420:27:44

Anita is looking for something impressive

0:27:470:27:49

and it looks like she may have found it.

0:27:490:27:52

It is a rather interesting set of silver condiments dated 1889.

0:27:520:27:56

Now, silver can be a good buy, but it does depend on the price.

0:27:560:28:00

What I'd like to be paying in that

0:28:010:28:05

is probably around about 100.

0:28:050:28:08

That's too low. Can't do it.

0:28:100:28:12

-Is it too low?

-Yeah, can't do it.

0:28:120:28:14

Bottom price, it's got to be 125.

0:28:140:28:18

-I can't do it any cheaper than that.

-Could you bring that to 110?

0:28:180:28:22

I'll tell you what, cos it's you, I'll knock another fiver off.

0:28:220:28:24

But that's maximum. 120.

0:28:240:28:27

It can't be any lower.

0:28:270:28:29

It's make-your-mind-up time, Anita.

0:28:290:28:32

Let's go.

0:28:320:28:34

-That's lovely, thank you very much.

-Pleasure.

0:28:340:28:37

That's a nice set of condiments

0:28:370:28:39

that could shine the light on Anita's profits.

0:28:390:28:42

But she isn't stopping there.

0:28:420:28:43

Oh, yeah, that's lovely.

0:28:450:28:47

I like this little jug.

0:28:470:28:49

I'm not even going to look at the price.

0:28:490:28:52

Don't tell me. Can I buy that for 20 quid?

0:28:540:28:57

No, you certainly can't.

0:28:570:28:58

Nice try. It's ticketed at £90.

0:29:000:29:03

So, you better look for something else, girl.

0:29:030:29:05

You do have considerably more than £20 left you know -

0:29:070:29:11

£359.86 to be precise.

0:29:110:29:15

But you might not want to spend all of that.

0:29:150:29:18

These look quite interesting - at the right figure!

0:29:180:29:21

Cos we've got a pair and because they're sweet,

0:29:210:29:24

I think I'll have a go at them.

0:29:240:29:26

These lovely rustic fellows

0:29:270:29:29

are being sold together at £55.

0:29:290:29:31

However, they've been badly restored and that will affect their value.

0:29:310:29:35

David, I had a look at these figures and I think they're quite sweet.

0:29:380:29:42

Could I buy them for £20?

0:29:420:29:45

There she goes with those £20 again.

0:29:450:29:47

In a word, no.

0:29:470:29:49

But considering the damage on both of them.

0:29:490:29:51

£30.

0:29:510:29:54

Could you take it to £25?

0:29:560:29:58

Meet me in the middle.

0:29:590:30:01

They're damaged, so I'll do it for 25.

0:30:010:30:04

-Thank you very much.

-It's my pleasure.

0:30:040:30:08

What a guy, eh?

0:30:080:30:10

£30 off, could they be the item that put Anita in front?

0:30:100:30:13

As the shops close and our road trip nears the end,

0:30:160:30:20

it's time for Anita to hightail it and meet James,

0:30:200:30:23

as we reveal who bought what.

0:30:230:30:25

Oh, looks like two coffins.

0:30:250:30:26

This is my favourite bit and I cannot wait to see what you've bought.

0:30:280:30:33

-You go first this time.

-This is my final batch.

0:30:330:30:37

-I love that!

-Do you like that box?

-I love it!

0:30:400:30:43

-Pick it up, go on.

-It's just my type of thing.

0:30:430:30:47

-I hate you.

-Eh, steady on!

0:30:490:30:52

-How much was it?

-85.

-I'm going home.

0:30:520:30:57

That's the sort of endorsement I like from you.

0:30:570:31:00

Is someone regretting the purchase of a cuddly deer?

0:31:000:31:03

I'd like you to meet a couple of pals of mine.

0:31:030:31:07

This is wee Bambi.

0:31:070:31:10

Wee? There's nothing wee about that.

0:31:100:31:12

I had to rescue Bambi, who's only got one eye.

0:31:120:31:16

-And much did you have to pay for that?

-£15.

0:31:160:31:19

I think that's a winner.

0:31:190:31:21

I don't think I could live with it, but I'm sure somebody else can.

0:31:210:31:24

The only problem is it's got mange.

0:31:240:31:26

My second lot is Miss Havisham.

0:31:280:31:31

Anita sure has some Great Expectations for this one.

0:31:310:31:35

It's a beautiful Victorian frock.

0:31:350:31:37

-She's not really filling that yet, is she?

-I hadn't noticed.

0:31:370:31:41

My next lot, quite a traditional piece,

0:31:410:31:45

-condiment set, silver.

-How much did you pay for that?

-120.

0:31:450:31:50

-That's not bad. You've got a lot of kit with that.

-I know.

0:31:500:31:54

So, James, he very last reveal.

0:31:540:31:56

I think we deserve a wee treat, are you paying?

0:31:560:31:59

Um, no, you're paying. No, I'll pay.

0:31:590:32:02

Always haggling, you two,

0:32:030:32:05

but before you head off for some light refreshments,

0:32:050:32:08

it's time to take the gloves off

0:32:080:32:10

and tell us what you really think of each others items.

0:32:100:32:13

Go on, be honest.

0:32:130:32:14

How did James Braxton do it again?

0:32:160:32:20

That box was to die for.

0:32:200:32:23

It should have been waiting there for me,

0:32:230:32:26

it was so beautiful and just the type of thing that I love.

0:32:260:32:30

But not only did he buy it, he bought it for £85.

0:32:300:32:34

That's a bargain and that thing is going to sail.

0:32:340:32:38

Anita - some fun lots, the fawn, the fawn with mange.

0:32:380:32:43

That will do well, so will the dress.

0:32:430:32:46

Her case lot, now that is a grand silver cruet

0:32:460:32:49

has many items, all the original spoons, it's all there.

0:32:490:32:53

It's been an eventful concluding leg for our two excitable experts.

0:32:550:32:59

After a mammoth journey,

0:33:010:33:03

they're making a B-line for the Meridian Line of Greenwich

0:33:030:33:07

and a deciding auction showdown.

0:33:070:33:09

Greenwich has played a key role in the story of Britain's sea power

0:33:150:33:19

for over 400 years.

0:33:190:33:21

The royal borough is home to the Cutty Sark,

0:33:210:33:23

the National Maritime Museum and, famously, time as we know it.

0:33:230:33:28

The final one.

0:33:290:33:31

Getting out of this car doesn't get any easier, does it?

0:33:320:33:35

Come on, slow coach.

0:33:350:33:37

Greenwich Auctions, one of the largest in the southeast,

0:33:390:33:42

and it's the place our winner will be anointed.

0:33:420:33:45

Auctioneer Robert Dodd will be on the podium today.

0:33:470:33:50

Last time at £18.

0:33:500:33:53

But what does he make of James and Anita's choices?

0:33:530:33:56

Probably the items that will create the most interest

0:33:590:34:03

will be the silver.

0:34:030:34:04

The Art Nouveau box, the jewellery box is lovely.

0:34:040:34:07

The fawn...now that's interesting.

0:34:070:34:10

Really, really interesting.

0:34:100:34:12

I hope they didn't pay any money for it

0:34:120:34:15

and I hope whoever bought it...got that thrown in with something else.

0:34:150:34:20

Maybe buy-one-get-one-free.

0:34:200:34:22

Hey, he doesn't mince his words.

0:34:220:34:24

Anita started this leg with a respectable £452.86

0:34:280:34:33

and has gone on to spend £238 on five auction lots.

0:34:330:34:38

-There it is.

-Thank you.

0:34:380:34:40

James meanwhile kicked off with an impressive £525.44

0:34:400:34:44

and has parted with £260,

0:34:440:34:46

also for five auction lots.

0:34:460:34:49

There's just £72.58 between them.

0:34:490:34:52

So, without further ado, let the final auction begin.

0:34:520:34:56

First out of the trap is James' gilt convex wall mirror.

0:34:590:35:03

Bid remains on this at £22.

0:35:030:35:05

Good start.

0:35:050:35:08

£30. Two with me. Five. I'm out.

0:35:080:35:10

Yeah.

0:35:100:35:12

45. 42 with you, sir. Last time. At £42.

0:35:120:35:18

After costs, it works out as a loss for James.

0:35:200:35:22

Let's hope it doesn't reflect too badly on the other items.

0:35:220:35:26

That was my charity buy.

0:35:260:35:29

They say charity begins at home,

0:35:300:35:32

so can we find a home for Anita's carved Black Forest cane handle.

0:35:320:35:37

The bid's with me at £22 on that.

0:35:380:35:40

25. It's worth more than that.

0:35:400:35:42

25. 28. 30. 32. 35. I'm out.

0:35:420:35:45

35. Looking for 38.

0:35:450:35:47

38 on the telephone.

0:35:470:35:49

£40. Looking for 42.

0:35:490:35:50

42 I've got on the phone. 45. Looking for 48.

0:35:500:35:54

48. Looking for 50. £50. I'll take 52.

0:35:540:35:57

52 on the telephone. 55 in the room. 58 I've got. 60 I'll take.

0:35:570:36:02

Are we all done? Last time. £58.

0:36:020:36:05

Yes, she did well there.

0:36:050:36:07

More than doubling her money and narrowing James' lead.

0:36:070:36:11

-58 quid. Ah!

-Double bubble.

0:36:110:36:14

-Happy with that.

-I would be.

0:36:140:36:17

Things are hotting up. Let's see what James makes on the silk fan.

0:36:180:36:23

Start with 55. 60. 65. 70. 75. 85.

0:36:230:36:28

90. Looking for 95 anywhere.

0:36:280:36:31

95. 100. And five I'll take. 105. 110.

0:36:310:36:35

115. 120. 125.

0:36:350:36:37

130. 135. 140. Last time at 140.

0:36:370:36:44

James gets right back in front with an impressive £55 profit.

0:36:440:36:49

-You happy with that?

-Steady work.

0:36:490:36:52

Good profit.

0:36:520:36:54

Next up, could the damage spell disaster for Anita's ornaments?

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£18 on these. 22. Five.

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£30, I'm out. Looking for 32 on these.

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They're worth that. £30 on these figures.

0:37:050:37:09

After costs, she's just about broken even.

0:37:090:37:12

James started with a lead over Anita of just £72.58.

0:37:120:37:17

She's got to do better if she wants to win.

0:37:170:37:20

-No loss.

-That's the game.

0:37:200:37:22

Next under the hammer are James' two Victorian gems.

0:37:240:37:27

£32. And that is cheap! Looking for 35 on these.

0:37:270:37:31

35. 38. 40.

0:37:310:37:34

You were getting there.

0:37:340:37:36

-42. 45 I want. 45. 48 I need. That's it.

-Go on.

0:37:360:37:40

You've got another chance.

0:37:400:37:42

55 I've got. 58 I want. You sure? At £55.

0:37:420:37:47

£55 makes a small profit for James. He's still ahead.

0:37:470:37:51

-I got away with that.

-Good.

-Well done.

0:37:530:37:55

We're on to Anita's Victorian silk gown with mannequin and boa.

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Let's see how popular it is with Greenwich's fashionistas.

0:38:010:38:06

£50 on this. Looking for 55.

0:38:060:38:09

Hello, is there anyone out there?

0:38:090:38:11

55. 60. 65. 70. 75 I need. 75. 80 with me.

0:38:110:38:18

Looking for 85. Are we all done? £80.

0:38:180:38:22

That's a good result for Anita.

0:38:220:38:24

It was a bit of a gamble, but it paid off.

0:38:240:38:26

-Yes.

-Well done. 80.

0:38:270:38:32

Can James make a similar impact with his kettle stand?

0:38:330:38:37

Bid is straight in at £10.

0:38:370:38:39

Looking for 12.

0:38:390:38:41

12. 15. 18. I'm out. £20 I want.

0:38:410:38:44

It's worth that. £20 there, I'll be back.

0:38:440:38:47

22. Five I need.

0:38:470:38:48

Oh!

0:38:480:38:50

£30. Are we all done?

0:38:500:38:52

A spur-of-the-moment decision to spend a fiver

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has paid off handsomely for James.

0:38:550:38:57

-Well done.

-There you are.

0:38:590:39:01

-Steady work, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:39:010:39:04

Speaking of handsome, here comes Anita's cyclopic cuddly dear.

0:39:050:39:10

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I know what I see,

0:39:100:39:13

but what do they buyers see?

0:39:130:39:16

Bid with me at £10 only on that.

0:39:160:39:18

Looking for 12.

0:39:180:39:20

12. 15. 18 I need anywhere. 18.

0:39:200:39:24

20 there. Looking for 22.

0:39:260:39:28

22. 25. 28.

0:39:290:39:31

-It's racing up.

-If you don't like it, sir, you can make it into a pig.

0:39:310:39:35

Looking for 32.

0:39:370:39:39

35 in the back of the room.

0:39:390:39:41

38 there. 40 I've got in the back of the room. Looking for 42.

0:39:410:39:44

42. Take 45. Are we all done? Last time.

0:39:440:39:48

At £42 on a fawn...

0:39:480:39:52

..with one eye.

0:39:530:39:55

A remarkable result for Anita.

0:39:570:39:59

She was confident it would sell and she was right.

0:39:590:40:03

Had it had two eyes it would have been a tenner.

0:40:030:40:07

Anita is definitely just closing in on James

0:40:070:40:09

and it all comes down to a battle of the silverware.

0:40:090:40:13

Looking for 90. 90. Five.

0:40:130:40:15

100 I need. 105.

0:40:150:40:18

110. 115.

0:40:180:40:20

120. 125. 130. I'm out. 140 there.

0:40:200:40:25

Looking for 150. 150. 160.

0:40:250:40:29

165. 170.

0:40:290:40:30

175 I've got. Looking for 180.

0:40:300:40:33

180. 185 on the phone. 190 in the room.

0:40:330:40:37

Take 195.

0:40:370:40:39

At £190...

0:40:390:40:41

Over £100 profit. James is stretching out in front.

0:40:410:40:46

-Yes, well done.

-Well done.

0:40:460:40:49

Anita needs to make a big profit on the silver condiments to win.

0:40:490:40:53

£100 on that. 110.

0:40:530:40:57

120. 130.

0:40:570:40:59

140. 150. 155 there.

0:40:590:41:02

160 I've got.

0:41:020:41:05

165. 170.

0:41:050:41:08

175. 180.

0:41:080:41:10

At £175.

0:41:100:41:13

£55 profit is a good result, but is it good enough?

0:41:130:41:17

Will we get a cup of tea and do the sums?

0:41:170:41:19

Cup of tea, sums, and it's all over.

0:41:190:41:23

Anita started this leg with £452.86.

0:41:260:41:31

After auction costs she made a profit of £77.70,

0:41:310:41:36

ending the week with an outstanding total of £530.56.

0:41:360:41:41

I think she's happy.

0:41:410:41:43

James started with £525.44,

0:41:450:41:48

but after costs made a profit of £113.10,

0:41:480:41:53

winning today's auction with a meritorious £638.54

0:41:530:41:58

and also winning this week's road trip.

0:41:580:42:01

Well done, Jimmy!

0:42:010:42:03

Remember, all these profits go to Children In Need.

0:42:030:42:06

James, congratulations. You were wonderful.

0:42:060:42:09

-Thank you.

-But I want you to take me for a typical London lunch.

0:42:090:42:13

Is that these jellied things...

0:42:130:42:16

Eels, love. Whelks and eels. Come on, get in there, love.

0:42:160:42:21

Ah, they deserve a celebratory lunch -

0:42:220:42:25

after all, it's been an eventful week for our talented duo.

0:42:250:42:28

It started out rather heavy-going.

0:42:300:42:32

And for James things got even harder.

0:42:340:42:37

I'm concentrating and trying not to stick my tongue out

0:42:370:42:40

which I normally do when concentrating.

0:42:400:42:43

They picked up bargains, going for a song.

0:42:430:42:45

Rock'n'roll, man.

0:42:450:42:46

And empires rose and fell at the drop of a gavel.

0:42:480:42:51

I'm awful tempted with Napoleon.

0:42:510:42:54

I think a lot of women were.

0:42:540:42:55

But most of all they had some unforgettable memories.

0:42:550:42:59

-Oh.

-Oh, mind your head.

-Getting attacked.

0:43:010:43:03

-You're coming home with Mummy.

-Aw.

0:43:030:43:06

Next on Antiques Road Trip...

0:43:080:43:10

GEARBOX SQUEALS

0:43:100:43:11

Oh, good lord. That's reverse by the way.

0:43:110:43:13

Charlie Ross and Margie Cooper,

0:43:130:43:16

a Highland caper... in a Sunbeam Rapier.

0:43:160:43:20