Celebrities hunt for antiques across the UK. It is a battle of land and water as paralympian Ade Adepitan and swimming Olympic gold medal-winner Mark Foster hit the antiques trail.
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The nation's favourite celebrities...
Got some proper bling here.
Paired up with an expert...
And a classic car.
Get your legs up!
Their mission, to scour Britain for antiques.
All breakages must be paid for.
This is a good find, is it not?
The aim, to make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no easy ride.
Who will find a hidden gem? Who will take the biggest risks?
Putting my antiques head-on.
Will anybody follow expert advice?
I think it's horrible!
There will be worthy winners.
This is better than Christmas!
And valiant losers.
Time to put your pedal to the metal.
This is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
MUSIC: GRANDSTAND THEME TUNE
Today we're in south-east England with a pair of super sporty pals
cruising around in a snazzy 1989 Jaguar XJS.
Oh, yes, it's Olympian Mark Foster and Paralympian Ade Adepitan.
-I reckon I've known you probably about eight years, seven or eight years?
-We then crossed each other's paths and did a lot more events together since 2012.
2012, I had to put up with you all the time. Flipping heck.
Going on about, "Oh, I was so fast in the pool. I was pacy!
"No-one could deal with me!"
-You were a sea person and I was a land person.
-A land animal.
We don't mix.
You with your flipping flipper feet.
And what flippery feet they are, ha!
During an impressive 23-year career, Essex-born swimmer Mark won
16 world titles, competed in five Olympic games and broke eight world records.
What was your first Olympics?
When this car was built, about 1988.
-The Seoul Olympics in '88.
-You went to Seoul!
-Seoul in '88, yeah.
-Dude went to Seoul!
-I GOT "Seoul"!
Seoul! That was in black and white!
Now, I was in Sydney in 2000.
-So, how old were you, then, in 2000?
-2000, I was 26.
I was quite old for my debut.
Ade is a Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair basketball,
an actor and a TV presenter.
Among his many awards is an MBE he received in 2005.
In fairness, the first time I remember seeing you,
not meeting you, would have been adverts.
-I remember seeing all the adverts.
-Oh, here we go!
Spinning around on the chair, the dreads flowing.
Yeah, that's the one!
Do you know what? That was a BBC ONE ident.
-I did that back in 2002.
And when it first came out, I thought it was only going to be something really small.
It ended up being on 48,000 times.
Looks like today is very much a battle of land versus water.
Their guides are auctioneer Thomas Plant and dealer Mark Stacey,
who are making their way to meet them in this bright yellow Elva Courier.
The colour sort of doesn't go with my pink trousers today.
-Nothing goes with your pink trousers, Tom.
-Just because you're jealous.
-Not even your shirt and jacket.
-Oh, you're so cruel!
Shaping up to be a competitive jaunt, this one.
With £400 each to spend, our two pairs will be taking a journey around south-east England.
Starting in Otford, Kent, they'll meander around Kent and
West Sussex before heading to auction in Twickenham, south-west London.
Oh, wow! Here you go! Look at these two! Lovely, lovely!
-You haven't seen his trousers yet.
Go on, Mark, get out. Yeah, I've got to get out as well. Well, hurry up!
-I can't get out now!
-Pull yourself out there.
Nice to meet you. But you see, nothing goes with those trousers.
-Nice to meet you.
-How are you doing? Nice to meet you.
On this trip, Ade will team up with Thomas,
and Mark will go with Mark.
Do you know what I'd really like to see? The big Fozzy in that car.
That, I mean, that's made for you.
I think it's decided, though, Mark, actually, we'll have the Jag.
-Are you having the old man's car?
-We're having that, yeah, yeah.
-See you later.
-See you later, bye-bye.
-Buy some brown furniture.
I hope it doesn't rain.
-Right, let's go shopping.
-Yes, let's do it.
While the two Marks hit the road, Ade and Thomas's first shop is
just around the corner at Otford Antiques.
So, would this be your very first entry into an antiques shop?
I think so. Yeah, yeah, this is... Do you know what?
Already we're at an advantage against Mark,
-cos that giant will never get into anything like that.
-He'd be knocking everything down.
-Pleased to meet you.
Be gentle with me, this is my first time in an antiques shop.
I'm sure you're a natural.
-I think he is going to be a natural.
Well, the proof is in the buying. Any tips, Thomas?
-So, basically, there's a very simple rule...
You start left, and then... Honestly, it's that easy.
You've just got to be practical, because if you scatter-gun, you'll never get anywhere.
And Ade's already spotted something shiny -
an intriguing interchangeable silver ring.
So, do you want to look like a pro?
Yeah, of course I want to look like a pro, come on.
I will give you the magical Thomas Plant loop.
-My eye glass, my jeweller's class.
I have it on a thing so I can wear it around my neck.
-Right, so, you are right handed?
So, put that towards your right eye.
-This way, yeah?
-Yeah, or it doesn't really matter which way.
All the way up, further up, and then you bring this bad boy all
the way up, all the way up, further, further. It will happen.
-Oh, yes, yes!
-Then bring this really close. Closer. Closer, closer...
-Oh, yeah. I've got it. I've got it.
-And then it happens.
-We've got some proper bling here.
So, how does it work, Annie? Does it flip out and then you interchange the stones?
-That levers out.
-Yes, I see that.
-It clicks and it just comes...
So, it's just a little latch That's really ingenious.
-And you take out the stone.
-And then you can put any...
-I think this is amazing.
-The red ruby colour?
The mauve colour for amethyst.
The green for emerald and the blue for sapphire.
-Do you think it might have been a reps sample once?
I think it's for people who want to change their outfit,
-to change their clothes.
-So, someone who likes to look different every day...
-Can you imagine saying to your friends, "Oh, yeah, I've just got the ruby out today?"
-Matches your eyes.
-I've got brown eyes, thank you.
-And you've got his little stones, these white pave set stones.
-On the sides, yeah.
-And, you know, on my sort of hairy little finger...
-Your hobbit hand.
-Yeah, my hobbit hand, yeah, absolutely.
Boys, are you buying, or what?
-Let's talk about the price, because it is marked at 125.
I was going to suggest...
Do you want to do some negotiations,
and I can sort of hold you back when you get a bit hard?
I haven't done this before. Where do I go?
I know I've thrown you at the deep end, so you ask Annie what her very best is...
-Don't mention her figure, though.
So, Annie, what's your best?
100 is my very best.
That's your very best? Sorry, I'm getting involved.
I shouldn't do it.
-It's just glass, though, isn't it?
Come on, Ade, you can do it.
Would you go lower?
I can't do much on it because...
Oh, you could do much! You could do so much!
Look at this handsome man!
Look at that.
I said you were a natural, didn't I!
-Seriously, I can't go any lower than 90.
If you can go a little bit more, we can deal.
All right, 85, and that's it.
-So you wouldn't do 83?
-I love this.
No, no, no, no, let's have a proper hug.
A top bit of negotiating there from antiques rooky, Ade,
has secured the first purchase of this road trip, so well done, chaps.
Mark and Mark, meanwhile, are on the road
and making their way to Brasted.
What first got you into swimming?
I learned because going back a long time,
my father got thrown into a lake and nearly drowned.
Petrified of water and he really turned his hate into my love.
He used to take me to the pool on Sundays with my sisters
and we jumped around and learned the water was fun.
Then, like you and most people, I went for swimming lessons.
I had swimming lessons and the person who taught me
was called Mrs Hardcastle.
She was the mother of a girl called Sarah Hardcastle who was
-Olympic silver and bronze medallist in the freestyle.
So, I had the right person.
After ten swimming lessons, she said, you're quite good,
-why don't you go and join the team?
-Wow! What did you think?
I was six years of age...
I loved it because I enjoyed being in the water and I was competitive.
At the age of 11, I was the fastest swimmer in the world for my age.
I pushed and I worked hard and then Duncan Goodhew came
to my swimming club and did a Swimalong with Goodhew one day.
I swam with him and saw his gold medal, this shiny gold medal,
and saw him swim and said,
-I want to be like him, I want to go to the Olympic Games.
My mum was the real driving force, the inspiration was Duncan Goodhew
and obviously my father had a part, teaching me to enjoy the water.
Mr Stacey, it's down to you to provide some antiques inspiration.
Their first shop is Courtyard Antiques,
where there's a rather unconventional welcome.
We just thought you might be a little hungry on your journey
and we have some Spanish tapas.
I love it. Is this Manchego cheese?
-I love Manchego cheese. Do you know Manchego cheese?
I would like to try some.
What a lovely, generous gesture.
Wouldn't count on this in every shop, chaps!
Well, Mark, here we are. Our first shop. What do you think?
Well, I'm guessing I'm avoiding a nice piece of furniture
-and looking at small bits and pieces?
-That's a good idea.
What does the London market like? I like Art Deco stuff.
Art Deco is quite good, depending on the name and the style of it
-and the price we pay, of course.
People like sort of vintage, funky, almost one-off pieces.
"That's a statement piece," or something.
Well, if it's a statement piece you're after...
-What about something like this?
-This is very attractive.
-Very stylish. There's good detail.
She's in a very typical Art Deco pose.
With figures, the less clothes they wear, of course,
the more popular they are.
She's nicely modelled. Difficult to put a date on this one.
It has got a little paper label there saying, Goldscheider.
That's the maker, is it?
That's the maker. They're a very famous maker of figurines.
-German. In the Art Deco period.
This one might be more 1950s but in the Art Deco style.
I think there's just something about her.
So do I. With a ticket price of £150,
the Art Deco figurine is put straight back for now.
What else do our boys like the look of?
This looks quite interesting.
-What is it?
-Can you see what's on there?
What's this, do you reckon?
Weasel or something? What is it? You can see a snake.
-That must be a mongoose.
-They're not frightened of snakes.
They eat snakes. I think that's wonderful. What does the label say?
19th-century white metal parasol handle,
probably Anglo-Indian, circa 1880.
Is that something, we're buying for sale,
is that something someone would use and put a parasol on it or
a walking stick on it, do you think they would use it?
That's a very good question.
I think there's a lot of people who collect novelty walking canes
and handles. This is just such a whacky handle to have.
I've never seen one like it.
We could try to get someone like Rory McIlroy
to put it on the end of one of his clubs.
There we are, you see, I'm sure he's a good friend of yours.
There's nothing wrong with giving him the date of the auction!
But I think that, photographed properly on the internet,
would attract interest throughout the world, actually.
Ticket price is £155. Is there a deal to be done with Hugh?
-We'd love to try and get it down a bit if you can.
Well, I'm afraid the best I can do on it for you would be 130.
It's getting close to where I wanted to be really.
-Is that even before I say nice things about you?
-If you make me grow a few inches, I'll feel better!
-Or I'll shrink!
-Yes, that's better!
Or maybe offer some swimming lessons or something!
-I could do with some swimming lessons.
-Doggy paddle, yeah?
I just think it's lovely.
-We couldn't get it down to 120?
-No, but I'll tell you what.
I do know this dealer. Another fiver off.
I think that's a deal for you.
-Thomas will absolutely love it.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much indeed.
I much preferred you being down there, you know!
So, that's their first item bought
and it looks like the Marks are on a roll.
I wanted to show you something here that I found earlier.
I know it's only a vase but it's a big piece.
It's quite a big lump, isn't it?
It is but I like the colour.
It's very simplistic, the style, isn't it?
This is not old, Mark. What is it priced at? £55.
I think if it's something you like, you ought to have a word with him.
Right, boys, time to do a deal.
We've gone from Mark's small piece to my large piece.
-Which is quite appropriate, really!
-And it matches his shirt.
But, I mean, it's modestly priced
but, of course, not quite modestly enough for us.
I can't really do much off, I'm afraid. I'm sorry.
-And you have set your heart on it?
-I know, we put it on £25.
Hugh's not laughing, Mark.
When you say there's nothing, there's nothing?
-Or there's a tiny amount?
-It's...a fiver, really.
I like it, I like the colour. I think it's a nice piece.
-I think we should take it.
-Well, I think you should shake hands.
Thank you very much indeed.
-Well, we were doing so well.
-Yes, we were, weren't we?
I think we've earned a little bit of light refreshment. Come on.
He's not kidding either. Hey, save some for me, chaps!
Mark, time to refuel.
Do you think the other team are getting lunch made for them?
Not like this. I've ever had lunch made before.
It's wonderful, isn't it?
And we've got two items.
Ade and Thomas are back on the road, making their way to East Grinstead.
I used to live there.
So, Ade, tell me about basketball.
When did you start playing?
Oh, I'm going to start feeling old now.
I started playing wheelchair basketball when I was 12.
I was spotted by some physiotherapists
who were based in East London and I was being raced
through the streets by my mates in a Tesco's shopping trolley,
seemingly because I couldn't keep up with them
when I was walking on my callipers and we thought the best way for me
to get from A to B was to jump in a shopping trolley
and they spotted me.
They pulled up in this Sunshine Variety bus and they said,
how would you like to play wheelchair basketball?
I looked at him and said what? What is that all about?!
I had never heard of it before and they took me
to a place called Stoke Mandeville.
-Yeah, we've all heard of Stoke Mandeville.
I saw the junior games,
I saw some guys from the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Team.
They had the biggest muscles in the world I'd ever seen
and they were in these cool wheelchairs and I thought,
yeah, that is the sport for me.
Are you still a player?
In what sense?
With a car like this, we're both players, bruv!
We're both in the game!
East Grinstead is renowned for the work of an inspirational doctor.
His ground-breaking techniques in plastic surgery at the town's
Queen Victoria Hospital helped transform the lives of thousands
of Allied Air Force personnel during the Second World War.
Ade and Thomas have come to meet local expert Bob Marchant.
Could you tell us about the Queen Victoria Hospital
and its role during the war?
Yeah, the Queen Victoria Hospital was set up by the
Emergency Medical Service.
It was envisioned that there was going to be quite
a lot of aerial injuries coming from the Second World War,
so the Emergency Medical Service set up these
units around the country and East Grinstead was one.
It was designated to look after the Air Force casualties.
What sort of types of injuries did they have to deal with?
Mainly they were head and neck flash burns, if you like, in the hands.
Was there a particular doctor who arrived on the scene to give us
the specialist knowledge?
Yeah, this is where Archibald McIndoe came in, because
he was a civilian consultant to the Air Force for plastic surgery.
So they drafted him in to look after the unit
and it would be all RAF casualties.
As war continued, limited resources meant that the focus
was on saving lives, rather than rehabilitation.
The future was very bleak for young airmen returning
with these types of injuries.
But McIndoe felt strongly about addressing these difficult issues.
They were returning with really bad facial injuries,
burn injuries with their flesh burnt away.
Bad hands as well, because they weren't wearing
their gloves properly.
So the main part of their body was the face and hands.
McIndoe could see that these were going to be the first areas
the general public, if you like, would see.
So there was a real need to reconstruct those areas quickly.
Would you describe him as bit of a maverick?
Oh, yes, he was, yeah. He wanted to do things his way, obviously.
You know, he had great ideas.
But the other thing, he had the vision as well.
It wasn't only the burns and the injuries
that you've got to treat these chaps for,
you've got to treat psychologically as well.
I noticed a little clipping that said,
"East Grinstead, the town which didn't stare."
Yeah, that's right, yeah.
He had all these young chaps and surgery was taking
quite a length of time in-between operations.
So he got them out into the local community.
McIndoe went out to the local community and said,
"I'm going to send these chaps out.
"They got their injuries through fighting for you,
"if you like, unfortunately.
"Please accept them in the town.
"Please accept them as they are and don't stare at them."
-Really forward-thinking, isn't it?
And this was another way that McIndoe brought the local
community in, if you like, and looked at their future.
So he didn't only repair their injuries,
he was repairing their minds as well.
It was during this time that McIndoe chanced upon
an unusual discovery that was to change the world of medicine.
McIndoe found that the airmen that were bailing out
and landed on the sea, their burns were a little bit different
than if you landed on land.
So he devised a saltwater treatment because he said it was
the sudden immersion of saltwater that did this treatment.
He then also got this technique into the other RAF hospitals
that he had control over.
So even the ones that couldn't come to East Grinstead,
they were getting the same sort of treatment as he was developing.
There was very little precedent for the work
that McIndoe was attempting,
much of it being by trial and error.
Do you think he and all his patients had a sense of how
ground-breaking what they were doing was?
-Oh, yeah, I think they did.
-It must have been terribly exciting.
They could see that nothing else was being done like this.
They were only 18, 19 or 20.
They said he really didn't know what he was doing.
"He is just practising on us. We're just a load of guinea pigs."
It was this true British grit in the face of adversity that
led to the formation of the now legendary
Guinea Pig Club.
So what was the Guinea Pig Club?
The Guinea Pig Club was formed in 1941 as a drinking club, really.
They could see...
-A good British tradition.
-A good British tradition.
They all could see that this was going to be a long transition to
get back into society as well.
So the formed this group of themselves.
The extraordinary thing about these pictures, when you
look at all of these faces, most of these chaps would have probably
thought that when they sustained those injuries that that was it.
-That was it.
They were never going to have normal lives again.
-And McIndoe changed that.
-He changed it all.
It was really the first patient self-support group, really.
It was formed by the patients for the patients.
The fascinating thing about this is, you know, war is so negative
and the damage it does to societies, but from it
comes people like McIndoe and then
Ludwig Guttmann did the same thing for paraplegics at Stoke Mandeville.
There is so much positivity.
It is happening now with people coming out of Afghanistan.
They say surgery develops through war, unfortunately,
and the techniques through war.
What we are seeing coming back now into this country from Afghanistan
is changing the whole aspect of accident and emergency work.
But McIndoe had the vision.
He'd got to look at these chaps psychologically.
In 1947 Sir Archibald McIndoe was knighted for his work.
Sadly, he passed away in 1960 aged just 59.
McIndoe's incredible legacy lives on, not only through the Guinea Pig Club,
whose existing members still meet today, but also in the type
of life-changing surgery that he helped to create.
And on that uplifting note,
we say toodle-pip to the first day of the trip.
The next morning our celebrities are back on the road
and preparing for the shopping day ahead.
# Hallelujah.. #
# Haaaa... #
Buy me, buy me, buy me! Have some of that!
And it looks like our experts are raring to go, too.
I am thoroughly looking forward to today.
I'm up, I'm ready, I'm in the yellow banana.
I'm clashing with the colours.
-I love this car.
-I love this car. It's a proper car.
-Well, I love...
Well, that's because you're, sort of, old, isn't it?
Right, pull yourself together, you two,
your sporting heroes are waiting.
You'd find it difficult to clash with that car,
but you've done it.
Thomas, that's what I'm talking about.
-Mark, how are you?
Nice to see you.
-How's it going, Ade?
-Winning team, come on, come on!
-Dressed to kill.
So far the Marks have bought two lots, the 19th parasol handle,
and the contemporary Chinese vase.
They have £225 left to spend.
See you later, bye-bye.
Ade and Thomas, meanwhile, have bought just one lot so far,
the silver interchangeable ring,
which means they still have a massive £316.50 to play with.
For their first shop of the day,
Ade and Thomas are making their way to Chart Sutton, in Kent.
What do you think of my haggling skills?
Do you think I went in too hard on the 50 pence?
No, I don't think so. I thought that was brilliant. I loved it
because you got that little bit off and that little bit might save us.
-Let's just go hard.
-Go hard or go home.
-That's it. That is the phrase.
That is such the phrase.
We've got tactics here.
What's this shop like?
The fellas' first shop of the day is Chart Sutton Antiques Centre.
-What have you done?
-I've broken the door.
-What are you doing?
-No, no, no, that's it.
You free, you're free, you're free.
Thank goodness for that as there's buying to be done.
With 25 dealers under one roof, this space is bursting with potential.
Oh, look, look!
What have you seen? What have you seen?
-I've seen Mark.
-You've seen Mark.
Mark with a moustache.
He would look like that, wouldn't he?
That's what she would look like.
Time to get serious, chaps.
A photograph album. It's what they did back in the day.
I love that. That's so cool.
-Open it up and have a look.
-It's so heavy, as well.
-It's so heavy as well.
-It is heavy. Leather-bound.
-Look at that.
Hand-painted and photographs in there.
-You like that, do you?
-It is pretty cool.
-It is cool, isn't it? It is lovely.
Look at her on the bicycle. That is a lovely shot, isn't it?
It is. It's got spokey dokeys.
Victorian. So you're thinking photography,
a relatively recent invention from about 1840.
-Staged... They all look quite serious.
We've progressed from this to selfie sticks.
Selfie... Yeah, absolutely.
-What do you think of this then?
-I quite like it.
-I like the way you reacted to it.
-I like it.
-I like that. It's a good thing.
-How much is it?
-You know what you're like.
-You've been there.
-Shall we keep hold of that?
Let's keep hold of that.
So that's one potential buy.
Now, what about a WMF vase?
That's quite a nice vase, isn't it?
-What do you think of that?
-Yeah, it looks shiny.
It is shiny, isn't it?
-I've got the top hat on again.
-You love that.
-Like the Artful Dodger.
-Feel the weight of that.
-Oh, wow, that is...
-Turn it over.
-This... how old do you think it is?
-It doesn't look that old.
-It doesn't, does it?
It looks '70s, maybe.
-'70s? Maybe even
-'80s. Do you like that? Even
What would you say if I told you that this was 1910?
-Shut the front door.
-Yeah! Shut the front door.
Close it tight.
It is quite reasonable as well. 58 quid.
-And we can do a bit more on that.
-I reckon we could, yeah.
Time to have a word with Carol.
-Now, we've got ourselves an album.
-An old album.
-So have a look at that.
-And the question is...
What's your best?
-How did I guess?
-We've also got this vase here.
-What's your best, or what's your worst?
..photo album. I can do 58.
I think 58 is a bit steep.
-Still going to be too much for you, is it?
Well, usual thing, it's not mine.
So what we'll need to do is ring the dealer
and see what we can do for you. OK?
-And something else as well?
Obviously, I'm just carrying this for fun.
He needs the exercise.
Again, without a phone call it's going to be 52.
-Oh, we need to make some calls.
-Make some calls.
So it sounds like phone calls are in order.
As luck would have it, both items come from the same dealer.
The combined price is £110.
Ade, you're up!
How about 90?
I mean, we will take them both off your hands
and they'll go to a great home.
And we love them.
People will know that you are a wonderful person.
We've got to beat the other team. We've got to beat Mark Foster.
He's a swimmer. You know, don't worry about swimmers. Come on.
Oh, Fiona, you're a superstar!
-Fiona, thank you very much.
-Thank you. Thank you so much.
Ade's really getting the hang of things.
A great deal done for the album and the WMF vase.
Taking a break from shopping, the two Marks
have made their way to Rochester.
They've come to the Huguenot Museum to learn about the first mass
influx of refugees into Britain
and the lasting effect they've had on British society.
In 1685, Louis XIV ended religious freedom in France,
ruling that you must be Catholic to live there.
This meant that French Protestants, also known as Huguenots,
were forced to make a difficult decision.
Here to explain more is museum director Hannah Kay.
So what did they do?
Well, the choices were actually very stark.
You either converted and became a Catholic, or you were persecuted.
-So they basically fled here?
-Well, it's not quite that simple.
It was actually, at times, illegal to leave France
if you were a Huguenot.
Many did make the illegal escape to England,
but many did also convert.
There were around half a million Huguenots
living in France at the time.
Many took the risk of hiding their faith from the authorities.
This Bible has a really unique story.
-It's actually from the late 1500s.
It's a family Bible and it belonged to the Fasquest family.
In the back and front of the Bible are lists of the births, marriages
and deaths of the family.
It was very, very precious.
I don't know if you can see around the edges of this book?
-Yes, I can.
-Those are watermarks.
And that's because it was baked inside a loaf of bread to hide
-it from the government soldiers.
It was so precious to the family that they wanted
to hide it and keep it safe.
Some Huguenots did make the difficult decision to escape.
In the 1680s about 180,000 made their break for freedom,
50,000 of whom ended up in Britain.
When the Huguenots settled in this country,
they created lots of organisations to help them establish a community.
They had a strong sense of family and of helping each other.
They created... They built French churches,
and a French school in Westminster.
The museum has many objects that relate to those early organisations.
We have these beautiful battered pewter tankards that were
used by the early inmates of the French Hospital,
which was established to help Huguenot refugees
and the early descendants.
If you come round, I can show you some more of our collections
which help to illustrate the array of crafts and trades and professions
and skills that the Huguenots brought with them to this country.
They were wood-turners, silk-weavers, glass-makers,
-Silversmith, of course.
-And, of course, Silversmiths.
Silver and goldsmithing was one of the trades that the
absolutely excelled in.
This object is a beautifully worked gold chatelaine.
It's from the early 1700s.
-It was made by a goldsmith called Francis Harache.
He was a very important goldsmith.
His family came over in the 1680s to escape persecution.
It's a really good example of how
French design influenced British design.
This influx of French Huguenots,
they brought with them French style for furniture, textiles
and luxury goods, such as this.
When the Huguenots fled to Britain, around half of them
settled in London, which was a huge influx in comparison
to the population levels in London at that time.
It is estimated by academics that if you take those population figures,
there would probably be about
one in six people in Britain today
-who has Huguenot blood in their veins.
-As many as that?
And the Huguenots were Britain's first refugees.
They brought the word refugee into the English language with them.
Huguenots have made a huge contribution to British
society over the centuries and, according to the museum,
descendants include the writer Daphne du Maurier,
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards
and, perhaps most famous of all,
actor Laurence Olivier.
Back on the road, Ade and Thomas have made their way to Teynham and
Wildwinds Antiques and Collectables.
Let the games begin!
Everything's gone off. All the clocks.
What's going on?
Housing 12 traders in three rooms,
they should easily find something smashing to take to auction.
So far we have bought quite small things.
Yeah, and we need something that says, "Ta-da!"
What about this model of our illustrious HMS Victory?
Nelson's flagship. What a statement.
-I like it.
-Yeah? I don't think it's that old.
-It's made out of ply, look.
You see it's not that old but it would have taken somebody
some time to make it.
-Do you think Victory will give us victory?
-We need to work on that.
-(150. We've got about a couple of hundred quid, haven't we?)
What would you take that down to? What do you reckon?
(Well, we'll try and get it down to two figures.)
If you want that much off,
you'd better get on the blower and talk to the owner direct.
You wouldn't do 80?
What about 83.50?
Only because... Yes?
What's that? As long as we make some money for you, 83.50.
-You're happy with that? Boom!
Right, you've got a sale. Thanks a lot.
-We've done that.
No, fist pump. There you go.
-What's this?! What's this?!
-Get all complicated!
-It's getting all complicated.
-£83 and 50 pence.
Just like you did! Just like you did!
You're liking the 50 pence! Come on.
The boys have still got £226.50 in their pockets
and it looks like some colourful glassware has caught their eye.
-What we could do is build up a lot.
We could build up a lot of all of these wonderful Whitefriars.
-What, and sell them altogether?
-Sell them as a lot.
We could do something like that.
Like tangerine, willow pattern,
amethyst, frosted, dwarf candlesticks.
We could do that or get tumblers or we could...
-You know, we got enough money here...
..to really play around with.
-That's Whitefriars again, this one here.
-That's cool, isn't it?
-It's really clean, isn't it?
-It's clean, isn't it?
-It would look nice on a table.
-Can't we get a couple of these?
-Yeah, we've got more money, you see.
-We got so much money.
-Yeah, well, let's do that.
Let's get as many of these as we can with the clear.
-But there is also that vase there.
-Right, OK, you like the blue?
That is by James Powell and Sons and that's...
Look at his knowledge.
So much knowledge from that brain!
Stop! So this is by somebody called James Powell and Sons.
-James Powell and Sons became Whitefriars.
-So they're the same...?
-This is earlier.
-This is 1930s.
-They call it optic moulded.
-It's cool, isn't it?
Yeah. Right, will it sell?
It sells but you've got to buy it at the right price.
They've decided to try and go for a job lot,
for the colourful Whitefriars candlesticks,
the James Powell blue glass vase and the clear Whitefriars vase.
Dealer Richard's ready to negotiate.
So what's the damage as it stands, Thomas?
Let me see the figure. Oh!
Now, we've got not very much money left.
Why are you making that face for?!
-Come on, give us a figure.
-What do you reckon?
-Is that the best price?
-I can't go any less than that.
-I mean it's a good...
-Good, sort of...
-That would be the most expensive thing we've got.
-Two lots, though.
Come on, then. Let's do it.
Let's not dither. Hold on, hold on do that again.
-You're a star.
Come on, I need a handshake. Don't leave me hanging.
-Don't leave me hanging.
-Again, again! Ready!
-I love it.
-Right, that's it.
Yes, let's get the dosh out.
That's a total spend of £223.50,
bagging the HMS Victory model,
the glassware that they intend to split into two separate lots,
one for the vases and one for the candlesticks.
Meanwhile, the two Marks are making their way to Faversham
and their final shop, Squires Antiques,
to see what Conon and his mother Ann have on offer.
There's a tiny little cigarette lighter there, which is a bit rare.
-The smallest cigarette lighter in the world.
-Oh, my gosh.
That is tiny, isn't it?
That's most unusual.
I don't know why on Earth you'd have one that small.
I guess back then people didn't have big pockets on their handbags
-to put these things in.
-Possibly not, no.
-It would be a bit of a faff to light your cigarette with it.
You'd have to be lighting it out of the wind.
With a ticket price of £65, what kind of a deal can Conon do?
So on the lighter, the best price would be?
I really need 55 for it.
But I would do a little bit better on that.
I can lose another fiver.
Oh, gosh. Well, I think... I will tell you what I'm going to do, Mark.
-I think we should go with the lighter.
And you really couldn't do that for 50?
-He said 50.
-Oh, you said 50?
-You can have that 50, yeah.
-Oh, I meant 45.
-You really can't do that for 45?
-Thanks very much indeed.
With that deal done they still have £180 in their pocket.
And with yesterday's Art Deco lady still playing on their minds,
they've called Hugh to see if he'll go lower than the £150 ticket price.
The very, very, very best will be 95.
Very, very, very best with 95.
Are you sure you couldn't do it for 90, Hugh?
-I think we would be happy.
-I think we'll take it, yeah.
-We'd like to take it, if we can.
-Thanks very much, Hugh.
-Thanks very much indeed.
-All right, then.
-That's a result.
-That has completely shocked me.
-That is awesome.
-That's it, we're done, Mark. It's over.
-You see profit, don't you?
-I hope so.
-I've not seen them smile so much all week.
-It's trapped wind.
Hey, and on that lovely thought, they're all bought up.
Time for a bit of show and tell.
-So have you had an amazing time?
-I've had a brilliant time.
I've enjoyed it. I've loved it.
I'm going to love it even more when I see the pure chintz that you have.
Is that your new word?
Right, enough hilarity. On with the serious business.
-I love the box. What's the box? Would you show us?
-I'd love to.
An interchangeable ring with all those stones.
Look at that!
-Look at that!
I can see it sparkling in your eyes, guys.
Did you find that in Wendy house or something?
-No, that's actually very nice.
-It is very, very nice.
I'm trying to knock it, though.
That was £83.50.
£83 and 50 pence.
-That could do very well.
-It's a cool thing.
-That could do 84.
What about Victory? It will lead us to the promised land.
I think it has already sunk, isn't it?
No, no, with Nelson on there.
Now for the Marks to reveal their hoard.
Oh, what have we got?
We've got three items.
We can't see anything. I need a magnifying glass.
Where's that glass that you've got?
-It does look a little bit skewed here, doesn't it?
-Bring the loupe.
-Ade, have you been using that loupe?
-Yeah, of course he has.
Still cat see anything. Still can't see anything.
Let's have a look. What have we got? It's just three things?!
No, we have got one more thing but we had to do a little phone deal.
-And it's being collected tomorrow.
-It's being collected!
What is it?
It's an Art Deco lady.
-An Art Deco lady.
-Can I have look at the cane handle?
-Tell us about it.
-This looks quite cool.
This looks like a parasol or cane handle.
-God, that looks nice quality.
-It is lovely quality.
That does look lovely.
-That would have gone on your parasol.
-Can I take it?
Yeah, have a look, hold it.
That looks like a nice thing.
What about the tiny Art Deco lighter?
That fell off my chair.
That's it! It's off my chair. We need to put it back on.
-I've been looking for that!
-Actually, it is quite interesting.
It's a Dunhill lighter. Anything Dunhill is quality.
I think, you know, you've gone for three individual statements.
This is Mark's purchase.
-I like it. I like the way you just dumped that...
-Do you like that?!
He just threw you out there.
You know when you're standing up there and about to do your relay
and the other one is like, "You're on your own?!"
"This is Mark's!"
Can I just ask you? What have you been doing for two days?!
We've been having fun, haven't we?
To be fair, carrying that stuff around was difficult.
Just eating paella, weren't you?
Right, I'm feeling smug. Let's go.
So out of earshot, what did they really make
of each other's offerings?
-The biggest item I saw was the ship.
-The Victory. I think not.
-Do you see victory?
-Not with that ship, no. Absolutely not.
Are you worried?
-That cane handle, that looks good.
-It's a good thing.
-But it's just a cane handle.
-You have to do something with it.
-It's not as good as our ring.
Mark, little Mark, he was going for it. He was winding us up.
Don't get intimidated. I promise you, we have got great items.
-I feel confident.
I wasn't sure before the reveal, but after seeing the reveal
-I think, yes.
-Great. Well, let battle commence.
After starting in Otford, Kent,
our two teams have travelled almost 200 miles and are now motoring
towards Twickenham, in south-west London, for the big finale.
When it comes to the moment when that auction starts,
-are you going to get a little bit competitive?
Not even a little bit.
I must admit, when we did the reveal, you started...
your chest came out.
I am like, "Ade has suddenly got..."
It's like... I thought it was the
-Olympic Games play-off final something.
-I can't help it.
I can't help it, Mark. It's terrible.
I reckon when I watch this back I'm going to be cringing.
-I'm going to be like, "Calm down, Ade."
-Calm down, yep.
Do you know what, though? Have you prepared a celebration.
I've been thinking, when I win it's going to be
the single punch.
Come on! Come on!
Are you going to do a Djokovic?
Are you going to take a little bit of the floor and put it in your mouth and taste it?
Yeah, I think so. I think I'll eat some antiques.
Oh, dear. Please don't.
-So I drove you... Oh, here they are.
-I did offer.
Hey, hey, hey!
How's it going, winning team(?)
-Let's do it.
-Oh, get over yourselves.
I'll give you little handshake.
The battleground is High Road Auctions and David Holmes
is the man with the gavel.
So what does he make of our celebrities' lots?
The interchangeable ring, it's a bit of fun.
It's a silver ring with different gem coloured stones
that you can interchange depending on the mood you're in.
I think the nicest piece today will
be the Dunhill lighter, for my money.
You don't see many of these on the market at all. Good internet lot.
It's got everything going for it.
I think that could be the one to surprise today.
Mark and Mark spent £315 on four auction lots.
While Ade and Thomas almost blew the lot, spending
£397 on an impressive six lots.
Our teams are taking their seats in the sale room, which has
buyers in the room and online.
Ade and Thomas's first lot is up.
It's the WMF vase.
I'm feeling a bit nervous. My heart's beating.
-Is it? Is it? Are you getting the adrenaline?
-Yeah, I am.
It's got a bid. Start it off at £20 for this lot.
Thank you, sir. Take five again at the back.
At 25, 30. 28, sir.
£28. I'll take 30. I'll do the same for you.
I have a gentleman's bid, standing in the middle of the room.
-I'll take 30 for the lot.
It's selling. 30 with the lady. Take two again, sir.
At £30. The lady has bid.
He is trying.
Was that a bid? Are you nodding to say yes?
At £30, the lady has bid in the seating.
I'll take two on the internet.
The bid is in the room. No mistake, selling at £30 only.
-Don't worry, we've got...
-You cut me so deep.
Yep, a bit of a disappointing start there, but it's only the first lot.
Onwards and upwards, eh?
Next, the contemporary Chinese vase.
£20 for the lot. Come along quickly.
£10 for it. Cheap.
-I'll take 12 for the lot.
That's all we've got, guys.
I'll take 12 for the lot. A big decorative vase.
I've got to sell it. At £10 only.
Oh, dear. That didn't go down very well there, did it?
How are you feeling, Mark?
-Oh, you've got...
-A tenner! A tenner!
Well, at least Ade's enjoying himself.
Obviously, this is a very knowledgeable lot
and they knew that what you had up there was pure chintz.
Now, now, Ade.
Can the leather photo album, complete with pictures, fare any better?
We've got to start this one at £20 on commission.
-25. Is that a bid, sir? I've got 28.
-I'll take £30 in the room.
-£30, thank you. 32 behind.
Was that a bid? 35. And 8. 38. 40, sir.
Go on! One more, one more!
-£38. The bid is behind you.
40 bid with the lady. Take 2 again, sir.
£42. The gentleman has bid 45. 8 again.
£50, madam. £48. The gentleman has bid behind you.
It's your last chance. I am selling it. Are we done at 48?
Are you building, sir? No.
-We didn't get...
After auction costs, that will certainly result in a small loss.
Speaking of small. It's time for the Marks'
teeny Dunhill lighter.
65. Internet has got it. 75 bid.
It is still cheap. 90 bid. Take 5, internet.
I don't think we're there yet.
-At 95 bid. 100 bid.
At £100, the bid with the internet.
Let's have a £10 bid, internet.
Come along. At £100.
110, thank you. Give me 120, internet.
I think we're done. I've have got to sell it.
Was that a bid? Nope.
At £110 with the internet.
That's more like it.
A whopping big profit there for the smallest lot.
Can the colourful collection of Whitefriars candlesticks do the same?
I'm going to start them at £45.
I'll take 48, the lot.
48, I beg your pardon. 50 bid.
5. Thank you, 55. I need 60, the lot.
Are you bidding? At £55.
The lady has bid right in front.
-I need 60 on the internet. We'll give the internet a chance.
It's selling in the room. Are we done? At 55.
We're having a nightmare, aren't we? We're having a nightmare.
They really are a tough crowd to please today.
But least that lovely lady walks away with a bargain.
Well, well done for buying something good.
Let's see if Mark and Mark can increase their lead with
their Art Deco figure.
Give me £30. It's a very decorative items. £30 with the internet.
Take 35 in the room.
We have a bid online at £30 only.
I'm looking for 5 in the room.
I'm sorry. It's £30. It's with the internet.
I'll take 5 in the room. Are we done selling online?
Last chance at 30. Internet buyer.
-It's nothing, is it?
Those online bidders are getting some great deals today.
That loss closes the gap between the teams.
Do you know what I love about this? It's the highs and lows.
It's like sport. One minute you're up and the next minute you're down.
Next up, it's the joint lot of the Whitefriars
and James Powell vases.
Bid me £20 for the two vases there.
£20 with the internet. I'll take 5 in the room.
£20 on the internet.
At £20 only. I'll take 5 in the room. Thank you, madam.
£30 with the internet.
It'll be worth a fortune in a few years' time.
£25. The bid is in the room. I'll take 30. Online bidder.
The back of the room with the lady. £25 only.
I'll take 30. I'm selling at 25.
Oh, gosh. That's a bad loss.
It's definitely not been a good day for the vases.
We haven't finished.
-We've still got...
-Still all to play for.
That's the attitude, Thomas.
Can you and Ade win the battle with your model of HMS Victory?
This has got £20 to get it started. Any good to you, sir? Thank you.
-Take 5, internet.
-30, thank you.
-35. New buyer. 40 in the door.
-Come on, come on!
£40 in the doorway. I'll take 5 on the internet. Come on, internet.
£40. The bid in the room.
I'll take five. Internet buyer.
£50, sir? 50 bid. 55, sir.
55, thank you.
Bid me 60 on the internet.
£55, the bid in the doorway. I'll take 60 online. 60 bid.
Take 5 again, sir. 65 with the internet. He's had enough.
-Has he had enough?
-Have you had enough?
-He's had enough.
At £60. The bid with the internet.
Anybody else want to own it?
Are we done at 60?
That loss will keep the Marks happy, as the gap widens again.
There's a lot riding on their final item,
the most expensive buy of the trip, the silver metal handle.
At £60, commission bid is straight in.
I'll take 70 with the internet.
The bid is 60. 70 bid. 80 on commission, sir.
I'll take another 5 in the room. At £80. The bid is on commission.
I'll take 5 in the room.
Are we done at £80? It's a commission bid.
Any interest with the internet? It's going to be sold.
It's your last chance. Are we done at 80?
-£80. I mean, it could have been worse.
-It could have been worse.
-I could have been worse. Sorry, Mark.
-Don't be silly.
The boys' loss is someone else's gain.
A nice little item there, gone for a steal.
It is neck-and-neck and time for the final lot,
Ade and Thomas's interchangeable ring.
Give me £30 for it. £20 for it. It must be worse that.
£20 to get it started. £10. 20 bid.
I've got £20 with the internet. I'll take 5 in the room.
It's worth that. Thank you.
I'm going to cry.
30 online. 5 again.
35 with the internet. 40 with the internet.
At £40 with the internet. I'll take 5, the lot.
-45 with the internet.
-Oh, come on, come on!
50. Bid. 55.
£50 with the internet. I'll take 5 on the internet.
I'll take 2 in the room.
-Are you sure?
5 again. 55 with the internet.
8 in the room. £55 with the internet.
Are you sure? At £55 with the internet.
It's selling online.
This time are we done at 55?
Guys, I am really sorry.
Well, if it is any consolation, chaps, some lucky lady
has bagged herself a fine piece of jewellery.
Do you know what I have learned though, actually?
You can pick up proper bargain at auction because
all of that stuff has gone for real cheap.
And do you know what I think of auctions?
It's all so chintz. Come on, let's go.
I'm pleased to see you're all still smiling.
But the big question is, which team has come out on top?
Ade and Thomas started with £400.
After paying auction costs, sadly they made a loss of £173.14.
So they end the trip with £226.86.
The two Marks also kicked off with £400
and they made a slightly smaller loss dropping £126.40 after auction costs.
Meaning that these finish with £273.60
and are crowned today's winners.
You might be surprised at this but none of us
actually made overall profits.
-I know, shocking.
Ade and Tom, you lost around £173.
-100 and how much?
-How much did you lose?
It was quite close, but we won!
-Only by losing the least.
-It doesn't matter. It's still a win.
-Fair play, fair play.
-Listen, well done.
-Every event we go to.
-Yeah, yeah, listen to this!
Ade, thank you.
Thanks for taking part.
-A total pleasure.
-See you later.
-Nice one. Thanks, Thomas. Thanks, Mark.
-It's all Thomas's fault.
He said, "It's all Thomas's fault."
I'm surprised at how much I have enjoyed it, actually.
Do you know what?
I'm all about recycling and, for me, antiques is cool recycling.
You should get him on the basketball court soon, Thomas.
We'll take them to our world.
Yeah, that's what we should do.
Now, that I would pay to see.
Until next time then, Road-trippers, Ta-ta!
It is a battle of land versus water as paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan MBE and swimming Olympic gold medal-winner Mark Foster hit the antiques trail. Aided by experts Mark Stacey and Thomas Plant, they shop around Kent, and the competition heats up as they head to auction in London.