Celebrities hunt for antiques across the UK. Fashion guru Gok Wan and much-loved actress Harriet Thorpe take the antiques world by storm as they shop around Sussex.
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-The nation's favourite celebrities...
-Got some bling here.
-..paired up with an expert...
-..and a classic car.
-Get your legs going, girls.
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?
-I've got 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: Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
Today, we're in foggy south-east England
with a couple of showbiz best pals.
It's actress Harriet Thorpe and fashion guru Gok Wan.
Oh, my gosh.
-That was quite scary.
-Your driving's the scariest thing.
Hey, listen, you don't have to drive around Selfridges.
That's what I'm used to, all right?
# Wheels on fire... #
Harriet is a much-loved actress of both stage and screen,
starring in hit shows like The Brittas Empire
and Absolutely Fabulous.
-I thought we might run something on the credit crunch.
-The credit crunch.
-The credit crunch!
# Wheels on fire... #
-Yeah, and you shop for a living.
-And I shop for a living.
Yeah, but you've got a clear advantage.
-You were alive when most of them were made.
# Cos he's a dedicated follower of fashion... #
Gok's been a professional shopper and fashion expert for over two decades.
He's an award-winning TV presenter and national treasure,
who became an overnight sensation
when How To Look Good Naked burst onto our screens in 2006.
You look gorgeous. Our cameraman's shaking right now. Hoorah!
-So, do you think we're getting somewhere?
I like the way you've coordinated your jacket
with the lining of this car.
But if we do have a crash, it'll take them ten weeks to find you.
-I'm just going to look like a head.
-A floating head.
Lordy! I'm sure they're perfectly safe in the 1980 Corvette Stingray.
I'm very excited about this
but this will be the first time in our entire friendship
that we are competing against one another and not working together.
-I know, darling.
-I think that we should take the experts on.
That would be great!
I think you and I should surprise them
-and say, "Actually, we're doing this."
-Spin on this. Yeah.
Well, Gok certainly knows how to shop,
but I'm not sure how today's two experts are going to feel about THAT!
Auctioneer Christina Trevanion and dealer David Harper
are making their way to meet the celebrities
in this pretty little 1969 Porsche 911...
in the fog.
-I can't believe who we've got today.
-Oh, I'm so excited!
Oh, I say, you've fashionistaed yourself up for Gok Wan.
-Please give him to me!
-OK. You need him more than I need him.
Ah, I think you two might be in for a little surprise.
Once paired up, our teams will kick off with £400 in their pocket.
Starting their journey in Eastbourne,
they'll shop around south-east England,
before heading to Southend-on-Sea for the auction.
-Ooh, look, we have a white Corvette!
-Ooh, very stylish.
-I like it.
-Did someone order a Chinese takeaway?
-Oh, my gosh, come back, come back.
-Good morning. Are you all right?
-No, I'm not. I need a surgeon!
-There we go.
-Good morning. Can you get out?
-Good to meet you.
-Nice to meet you. How are you?
-Oh, my gosh, Harriet, lovely to meet you.
-So good to meet you.
-This is amazing. Are you raring to go?
-We're very excited!
-Are you guys excited?
I can't wait to spend the next couple of days with you.
Christina needs all the fashion advise,
-so we've donated her to you, Gok.
-Bit of a problem there.
Well, Harriet and I were talking
as we were driving so casually down the road in that Corvette,
and we've decided that we think it would be great fun, maybe,
-if you two joined forces and you went up against us two.
-Instead of us splitting up...
-It's us against you.
Harriet, I was meant to be with you.
-I've been looking forward to this for ages.
-Hang on a minute.
That means I have to work with him.
We've never worked together. We always work against one another.
Which is why it would be so brilliant,
-because we genuinely do believe that we will win this.
-Just so you know. We do.
You might have auction houses,
you might know everything about vases, but...
Christina, come on, baby! Get in that car.
-Are we going to do it?
-Let's show them how to do it.
Well, we don't normally make exceptions,
but this celebrity duo are certainly confident.
Our celebs are heading towards their first shop in Hailsham.
So, do these two really have what it takes to take on our experts?
-Why are you so confident?
-You know me, I like to shop.
I've shopped for 21 years as a job, so I'm thinking, "You know what?
"Pair of shoes...sideboard - what's the difference really?"
-And I love to drive a hard bargain, as you know.
-You are best.
Yeah, they sound like a force to be reckoned with
and our duo are getting ahead of the game
and phoning the auction house to find out what's hot in their saleroom.
Canny move, that. PHONE RINGS
Hi, Trevor. It's Aunty Gok and Uncle Harriet. How are you?
-Hi, Aunty Gok and Uncle Harriet.
-We're fine, thank you.
Wonderful. Thank you so much for taking this call.
So, what are people looking for currently?
Are we going down the knick-knack, bric-a-brac, kind of aisle?
-No, we're not.
-Vintage? Are we doing vintage?
-Masculine now sells.
-I do all right on both counts.
Chinese market is faltering a little bit but it is strong.
-But the Japanese market is dead.
-You are adorable, you are fabulous.
-Take care. Bye.
-We miss you.
-Bye, bye, bye.
-We love you.
-You put the phone down first. Dooo.
-Hi, I'm Gok. Nice to meet you.
So, Mick, did you get all that?
Anything on that shopping list fit the bill in here?
We've got a very unusual item here.
-It's only just come in, so you've picked the right moment.
-It's Bakelite which is very collectible.
-Yes, we know Bakelite.
-And it's a shaving kit.
-It is absolutely lovely.
-It's the original box?
-The original box.
-Does it have its original blades?
-Probably find one or two whiskers in the bottom.
-How much is that?
-That should be £75.
-When you say, "Should be", I like that.
As you're on a mission, as it were, something quirky,
-I can do that for 40.
-I can do that for 40.
-I thought you said 30.
Do you know how beautiful the colour of your eyes are?
-We'll do it for 30, yeah.
-Done it, done it.
Cor, this pair don't mess about. First lot bought for £30.
And Mick's got something else he thinks might fit their wish list.
-It's also just come in.
-So this is Japanese, isn't it?
-This is definitely Japanese.
But that looks like a Chinese haircut. However...
It probably would have been blossom if it was Japanese, wouldn't it?
To confirm the box is Japanese or Chinese,
Gok's decided to phone a friend.
-I'm just so windy today.
-I don't need to know that.
-Pooh, neither do it.
-Oh, look, Mick's got two more boxes.
-I might be able to tell from those.
Oh, no, that's a lotus. It's Chinese. They're carrying a lotus...
-We should get them.
-..which is very Chinese.
-These are great, aren't they?
But that is Japanese. No, that's Chinese, that top one.
Let's hope your Japanese friend has a better idea.
-Hi, baby girl. Listen, I'm with Harriet.
-Basically, we're on an antiques hunt, right.
-Oh, my goodness.
And we've got to try and find some Chinese bits and not Japanese.
Sorry, I know you're Japanese, but apparently,
-the Japanese market's dead.
-I'm putting the phone down.
Stay there, stay there! I'm going to show you these boxes.
Can you tell us whether they're Chinese or Japanese. Are you ready?
Ooh, I don't know. Ooh, gosh. They look quite Chinese.
I think they're Chinese. I tell you why -
because of their jackets, their shoes.
They're wearing traditional Chinese shoes and they're carrying a lotus.
-Have they got like Mr T haircuts?
-They've got Mr T haircuts.
-It's Chinese, isn't it?
-It's Chinese, yeah.
-I love you so much!
-We're going to win.
-You were right, Gok. So, time to talk money.
Ticket price is £140 for the three.
-I think they'll fly in an auction.
-Do you think?
-I really do.
-And what's your price, babe?
-I couldn't do them less than 80 quid.
-Oh, you can.
-I will do 75.
-Yes! Thank you.
-That's all right.
-You're dancing and I'm working the panpipes.
-That's not even...
-Oh, it is!
-Can you do 70? Cos 140, that takes us down to 50% off.
-You're going to ruin my reputation.
-You're going to get a kiss.
Ooh, he's ready. Mwah!
-Are you going to do 70?
-I'll do 70.
-Yeah, thank you very much!
-And a kiss seals the deal. Well done, everyone.
-Thank you so much.
-Thank you very much.
-Harriet, we're going to win.
-What's not to love about this?
-Can we have chips yet?
Well, they're getting on rather well on their own,
bagging two lots in their first shop.
Should our experts be worried or is it just a fog to them?
-This could really work to our advantage.
I don't think they know a huge amount about antiques.
I hope not, because if they're good and they beat us,
it means that we're rubbish.
-And that's not good.
-Could be interesting.
Starting to feel the pressure already, eh?
Perhaps nerves will ease once you get going.
Let's rock and roll, baby.
-You're looking good.
Ah, are you trying to be Gok?
Yeah, I'm just building your confidence.
What a gentleman. Although, I'd concentrate on the task in hand.
Their first chance to shop is in Eastbourne Antique Centre. Lovely!
-It does feel quite weird being in a shop with you.
Cos normally, if we have a shared shop, we kind of split up
and do our own thing, but we've got to work as a team.
-We are the dream team, Christina. We are a partnership.
-I hope so.
-I'm relying on you to win.
-I'm relying on YOU.
-We're working FOR one another here.
That's the spirit, guys. Give yourselves the best chance.
-Look at this. This is how I feel for you, David.
-Ah, my little angel.
-It's a love heart. Isn't that sweet?
-Isn't that sweet?
I see these quite a lot in the saleroom and look at this - £25.
It's no money for a little spinning chair.
The only downside, I think, of this is, it's a real antique,
it's solid oak, it's hand-carved, 1890, 1900,
but they made them by the bucket-load, didn't they?
I must have handled, without exaggeration,
-four million of those chairs.
-You're not exaggerating at all.
-I'm not exaggerating.
-I don't love it.
-With the heart?
I do love it a bit more with the heart, I must say.
I think that's rather nice.
Might be a good gift for somebody, wouldn't it, because of the heart.
They love it, but can Paul help them out with a good deal?
Now, this doesn't belong to me. This is one of my stallholders'.
-OK, can you do a deal on their behalf?
-I could do...
-I can always do, with him, 20%, so that could be £20.
It needs to be half that for us to make any money. That's what I feel.
-What do you think, Christina?
Would you think 20 quid's too much for that?
Well, in order for us to make a profit, I think David's right.
We'd love to secure it for the £10 region, if that is at all possible.
-Isn't she so lovely? "If that is at all possible".
-You have to be nice!
-I'll have to call the dealer and ask him.
Hold on there, Paul.
It looks like Christina has found something else.
-I don't think they're very rare....
-Is that a collection lot?
Bearing in mind this is a job lot of perfume bottles for £60.
-Do you know...
-Are these yours, Paul?
Do you know, I had 280 of them.
I think they've all got silver on them.
-A silver top, a sliver top, a sliver top...
-But it's the rest.
-Could you go and make our phone call
-and we'll have a quick chat about this?
-I will indeed.
-That would be splendid.
-So, what are you thinking, eh?
-I think it's fantastic.
Auctions, dealers, they're always looking for big job lots.
They'll buy this, separate them and sell them for a £10 note each.
They need to be 20 quid for the lot.
Here comes Paul.
What's the lowest the dealer's willing to go on that chair?
-OK, 20 quid and that's it?
-That's it, yeah. That one cost him £15.
-Do you think it depends on what we can do with these?
As we can't be as flexible on this, can we be flexible on THIS?
-What's on it?
-It says £60.
-£60 the lot?
-How about 45 the lot?
-Paul, can we buy that job lot for 20 quid?
-Oh, come on.
-You're getting worse!
-20 quid... I tell you what, because it's you,
-I'll do it for £25. How about that?
-OK, £40 for everything.
-But we need 20 stoppers.
-I've got stoppers.
-Whether they'll all fit in those...
-We just need a box of 20. Have we done a deal?
-I've got some stoppers.
-Go on then.
-You're a gentleman.
Well, they're doing all they can to beat those celebrities.
Speaking of whom, Harriet and Gok have made their way
to Muddles Green in Chiddingly, East Sussex.
They've come to Farley Farm House,
the former family home of photographer Lee Miller,
a woman whose life was as extraordinary as her photos.
She went from being a supermodel
to being a combat photographer during World War II
and here to tell them all about this amazing woman
is her only child, Antony Penrose.
So, Antony, how did it all start for Lee?
It started in New York when Lee was a 19-year-old, in 1927,
and she stepped in front of a truck.
She should have been killed in that moment,
except a guy grabbed her and pulled her to safety.
And, actually, that was a wonderful stroke of luck,
because he was Conde Nast, the owner of Vogue magazine.
Before she knew what had happened,
she was on the front cover of Vogue and she wasn't yet 20 years old.
-Oh, my God, that's...
-And that brought her into contact
with the great photographers of the day, like Edward Steichen,
and she became a supermodel overnight,
-coat to coast, right across America.
And then she got bored of it
and she decided she'd rather make a picture than be one,
so she went to Paris to look for
the most exciting, avant-garde photographer, Man Ray,
-and became his apprentice.
-Did she become a sort of muse?
Oh, definitely, because she went there to be his apprentice
-and almost instantly, she became his lover and his muse.
And he taught her photography and she modelled
for some of the greatest pictures of his whole career.
Lee lived a bohemian life in Paris,
mixing with artists like Picasso and Max Ernst.
But her relationship with Man Ray was a tempestuous one.
He taught her photography but then, after three years,
his possessiveness and his jealousy drove her nuts
-and he just wanted to control her.
And she wasn't going to be controlled by anyone,
so she hopped on a liner
and went back to New York and started her own studio.
Lee's highly successful studio closed in 1934,
when she married a wealthy Egyptian businessman and moved to Cairo.
But she was yet to meet the love of her life,
surrealist artist Roland Penrose.
Tell us, how did your mother meet your father?
Well, she went to this amazing fancy dress party,
where all her surrealist friends were, and there she met my dad.
He was dressed as a tramp. And he said that, in that moment,
he felt like he'd been struck by lightning, because it was wham,
and he was never the same again. It was love at first sight.
-It does exist!
-It does exist, it really did it for them!
Although not yet divorced, Lee and Roland were living together
when World War II broke out
and it was then that Lee reinvented herself as a photojournalist.
In 1944, she became a war correspondent,
-accredited to the US army.
-She was a combat photographer?
Yes, as soon as she got over to Normandy,
shortly after the Normandy landings,
she crossed the line absolutely forbidden to women
and started photographing the siege of Saint Malo.
It was a tremendous battle and she photographed it for five days,
while the Germans slugged it out with the US 83rd Division.
Then here she is, a few days later, during the battle.
She's got the presence of mind to go into a deserted ballroom
-and photograph herself in a mirror.
There's something of the fashion model in her
that just wouldn't quit. And there was always this kind of dichotomy.
She knew, so well, how to be a beautiful woman.
At the same time,
she could survive an act perfectly appropriately in a man's world.
I think this came from when she was very young
because her father encouraged her to play boys' games
and do all sorts of crazy stuff and it made her very practical,
very self-reliant and very able to survive dangerous situations.
And survive she did.
During the war, Lee took many stark and hard-hitting photographs.
On 29th April, 1945, Lee spent a difficult day
photographing the newly liberated Dachau concentration camp.
She then accompanied the American GIs
and Time Life photographer David Scherman to Munich,
where they discovered Hitler's apartment exactly as he'd left it.
Here was this perfect opportunity - hot water, soap, towels, flannel.
-And then they realised they had the scoop of the century.
The thing is, they put this picture here,
which is actually a very famous Nazi image.
It's a portrait of Hitler by Heinrich Hoffmann
that became the, kind of, THE poster
and, by putting it there, on the edge of the bath,
that was really like saying, "OK, Hitler, you are finished.
-"We can do what we like in your house."
But the key is actually the boots, because the morning of this day,
those boots carried Lee Miller around Dachau concentration camp
and now she's stamping the filth of that place and the heartache
and the cruelty into Hitler's nice, clean, pristine bathmat.
She's not sitting there as a guest. She's a victor.
After the war, Lee married Roland Penrose.
They moved to this house in East Sussex
and went on to give birth to their only child, Antony.
It wasn't until after Lee's death in 1977,
that Antony actually discovered
what kind of woman his mother had been in her younger years,
after stumbling across her amazing career
she'd hidden away in the attic.
My late wife went upstairs, looking for pictures of me as a baby,
and she came down, actually,
with the manuscript of the siege of Saint Malo. Not images, words.
And I couldn't believe that my mum, who I had known in my lifetime
as somebody who had been so deeply affected
by post-traumatic stress disorder
that she'd been, practically, a useless drunk,
I couldn't believe that she had written this material.
Then we found the images and we could do nothing else
but put it all together and it's taken many, many years
to assemble it into the Lee Miller archive, which is now what it is.
-It's the most profound, moving, amazing story.
-Well, thank you.
You see, we discovered a collection of photography.
I discovered a mum that I hadn't known,
-and that's something that still feels good to this day.
With her hidden work finally revealed,
Lee Miller will forever be remembered
as the stunning supermodel who went on to document
some of the most profound moments of the 20th century.
Back on the road, though,
Christina and David are making their way to Lewes.
I think, if Gok were here, he'd be telling me...
-..that maybe my jeans are a bit short.
-Do you think so?
Actually, for my self-confidence,
-maybe it's a good idea that he's NOT here.
-And do you know what?
You've never beaten me on the Celebrity Road Trips.
-No, I haven't, have I?
-Now's your chance to win.
Our experts have arrived at Emporium Antiques Centre.
-Would you please get in?
-Look at that.
With £360 burning a hole in their pockets, what will they find in here?
-Let me show you something.
I am in love with Michele.
-Oh. You poor woman!
-Don't say, "Poor woman."
-The customer is always right.
Yeah, to a certain extent. I don't think I'd wish that on anyone.
-That's pretty cool, isn't it?
-It looks like majolica.
That is a big chunk of majolica, full of colour, design...
That's nice. You've got the George Jones mark on there.
-George Jones & Sons.
This is late 1890s, circa 1900,
but you've got the Art Nouveau thing going on, haven't you?
To be perfectly honest, this has seen better days -
-much like yourself.
-It's the size.
-But you see,
-some things get better with age.
-Are you telling me that you're a fine vintage, darling?
Michelle, this is what I've got to put up with.
-I love that you're so delusional.
-It's very difficult.
It's very difficult indeed.
-What's the price on it?
Michelle, trade on that to Christina and myself, how much would that be?
-The very best would be 15.
-To be honest, I absolutely love it.
If we don't pay £15 for that, I think we're bonkers.
-All right, I'm happy with that.
-Michele, put that on our account.
-Thank you very much.
-You're an angel.
Right, can you find something interesting?
-I found all the last things!
-You just gas on all the time.
Now, now, you two. You're on the same team, remember.
Ah, the shop has a backyard.
-Those are nice, aren't they?
-I like them!
-Look at all those creepy-crawlies.
-Oh, my gosh.
-Shall I bring the other one out?
-Look at all those woodlice!
-That adds a bit of age to them, doesn't it?
-I love woodlice.
-They just look so prehistoric.
-Right, so a pair of those.
-What are they?
-They're hernia-inducing, aren't they?
Late 19th century? Got to be, haven't they?
Victorian, cast-iron, really heavy, really good.
-Look how crisp that is as well.
-Yeah, good detail.
In reproductions, you just never get anything like that crispness.
Nice gadrooned border. Good decoration.
-Egg and dart, actually, my darling.
-It's also called gadrooned.
-No, egg and dart.
-Egg and dart gadrooning.
-No, gadrooning is very different.
-Oh, is it?
-You're sure you couldn't call that gadrooning?
I'm a gadrooning specialist, darling.
-Listen, I'm going to gadroon you.
-Hey, David, listen to her.
It is egg and dart.
Ticket price is £195 for the pair.
Can Michele, ma belle, do them a deal?
-What's your absolute def on them, darling?
-120 is the...
-I think 120's got to be good, hasn't it?
-I think so.
We're at 120 for those and 15 for the pot.
Could we say 130 for the two?
-130 for the pot and the urns?
-All right then.
-Would that be all right?
-As it's the end of the day.
-Thank you, Michele. I'm sorry about Christina.
-Don't worry, I won't come back, I promise!
-Lovely to see you!
So, that deal means that they've spent £15 on the pot
and £115 on the cast-iron urns -
a marvellous end to a busy day of shopping.
So, nighty-night, chaps.
The next morning, our celebrities are back on the road
and preparing for the shopping day ahead with no fog - hopefully.
So, what are we going to do then? Cos those two are going to win.
-No, they're not.
-No, they are not going to win.
-We are going win.
-Mrs Vase and Mr Pots.
-I know, I know.
-I think the only thing we can do is find out what they've bought.
-Why don't we steal their car?
-We'll steal their car.
-I'll offer her a makeover...
-And then you should faint.
Yeah, pretend you're ill, I'll take you outside for fresh air.
-I'm an actress. I can do that.
-You need some fresh air,
take you outside, we'll get in the car, we'll drive off
and then we'll go through the boot
-and find out what they've bought.
Hey, will they stoop at nothing to win?
They're doing quite well already actually, because yesterday,
they picked up two lots - the Bakelite gentleman's kit
and the three oriental trinket boxes,
leaving a massive £300 available to spend.
Christina and David are ahead on the shopping front
with four lots bought - a selection of glass scent bottles,
the wooden spinning chair,
the majolica planter pot and the pair of garden urns.
They have £230 to play with.
Our celebrities and experts are starting today in Bexhill-on-Sea.
-That looks so horribly tempting.
-How are you?
-Oh, look at that.
-Oh, my God!
-I didn't move my leg.
-How are you?
-Good to see you.
-Good to see you too.
-Hello, you're both so colourful!
Hello. Ooh, I say.
-Is that good or bad?
-Can I see?
-Can I see?
-The kimono is a triumph. Let me see. Turn around.
Oh, it's great, honestly. And those jeans - great for the rear.
-Great FROM the rear?
-For the rear.
-FOR your rear.
Right, enough of the fashion critique.
Let's shop and less hand-holding. You're on opposite teams, you two.
With a bit of catching-up to do,
what can our celebrities find in Eras Of Style?
-Right, so what are we looking for?
-What about those little funnies?
There's something quite nice about that. I like the colours in it.
They look rather extraordinary. What the hell are they?
I love these! So, these are traditional trunks,
-turn of the century.
-Let's do it.
Property of District Ky Son in Vietnam.
-Asian - let's do it!
-OK, let's go.
-No, don't lift it, darling. Your back.
-Look, 195. No, it's fine.
No, it's not. Ooh, out of the way.
-Oh, my God.
-Yeah, I said.
It's wooden. I thought it was made of hay!
-Oh, my God.
-Do you think we should do both, though?
I think one. Who would buy two of these?
They're so extraordinarily big.
All right, let's open it up to make sure it's in good nick.
-Oh, hello, paperwork.
-What the hell?
-"Rue de Joux..."
-So, it's French. Mon Dieu!
-"Le pomme de deux cent vingt..."
-So that's money.
-Shall I give this a go with Andy?
-Give it a go.
-I'm your backup.
-OK, right. Andy!
Gok's keen eye has struck again with this 19th-century travel trunk,
complete with an interesting collection of documents.
Can they get it for less than the £195 ticket price? Stand by, Andy.
-I think we probably should start around the 100 mark.
-We have to.
-100 is a beautiful number.
-That is cut in half. I can't.
-Pretty much, pretty much. You can do it.
-At 195, it's not.
You can do anything in this world. Come on. High five.
-I love your hair. Have you been growing that for a while?
Cos it's beautiful. Do you know, salt and pepper...
-Oh, George Clooney!
-George Clooney, in Venice, at the wedding!
-No-one would ever know!
-One. Say one.
-What about 120 and we're done?
-Go on then.
-Phew. Love it! Thank you. We'll have it wrapped.
With a bow, if that's all right.
Well, now, who said compliments don't get you anywhere?
First deal of the day done.
What will they unearth next? These are a bit more modern.
If I was doing someone's interiors, I would easily put those on the side
with a couple of brandy glasses and fill them up.
-Prepare yourself, Andy.
-OK, so here we go. We've got two decanters.
-Ticket price, £33 each.
So, we're going to appeal to your beautiful side and think...
Every side. Every side is beautiful.
-What can we do? Cos you are incredible.
-Oh, dear. Um...
-For the pair.
-50 quid. 50 quid for the pair.
35 to 40? I know that's painful.
-That gives you a chance then.
-Thank you. Both.
-Andy, you're the kindest man in the world.
-We love you.
-Thank you, darling.
-I've never sweated so much in my life!
Our celebrities have been getting some generous deals from Andy.
But what of their rivals?
-Christina, how do you feel about art deco pieces?
-Art deco - do you like it?
-Oh, I love a bit of deco.
Check that out for a desktop art deco piece of kit.
That is a good-looking piece, isn't it?
Let's have a look. So, this is some sort of weather...
-It's a barometer, isn't it?
-Yeah, so we've got a little gauge there.
-That's a clever bit of kit.
-And what's that?
Oh, a perpetual calendar. That's good.
So we've got Fahrenheit symbol there.
I think the thing we've got to look for here is,
-it original or is it a copy?
-And is it complete?
And I think we're absolutely sure that is original, isn't it?
-That's circa 1930.
-Yeah, I like it.
-It's in good order.
-Nice angular shape.
-I like it but how much is it?
-I don't know.
Let's find out. You keep admiring, keep counting,
and I'll go and find out.
At the beck and call of both teams, Andy's up again.
I think the best, really, is 40 quid,
-and that's just to give you a chance.
-Andy, look me in the eyes.
Andy, I'm warning you, do not look in those...
-Andy, don't look in those eyes! Andy, look in her eyes.
-I've just been looking in Gok's eyes.
-And we're a happy, happy girl.
-She's done it. He's looked into the eyes. That's it. 35.
-Andy, look into the eyes.
-£30. Look at me, go on.
-I dare you! Seriously.
-How can you refuse?
-You're an angel. Thank you.
Andy's certainly being kept on his toes today.
Meanwhile, it looks like Gok's got his fashionista hat on again.
-Oh, my... They are gorgeous!
-Oh! Oh, look at that!
I mean, what a hat! I'm thinking that's probably '30s, I think.
Maybe, actually, a bit earlier than that. Maybe late '20s, '30s.
Oh, God, Harriet, you have found... I think we should do this.
-I tell you why.
-Because it's theatre...
..for you and it's, obviously fashion.
-But this one, for me.
-Shall we get Andy? Shall we find out?
-Ah, you've got hats.
-Andy, what do you think?
-They're fabulous, aren't they?
-What are the prices of them?
They're 55 each.
OK, let me just model this for you for a moment.
A little lower pour moi? Oui?
-For you, Harriet...
-I'm putty in your hand.
-I think we'll take them for 110. I feel that way.
-Thank you very much.
-You've been incredible.
We love that. We should give you some money now.
Now, this is a present from me to you.
-Harriet, can we have the money, please?
I was expecting 50s there, Harriet.
Ooh, saucy! I think Gok's eye for fashion
may have unearthed a real gem with these 1930s pheasant feather hats.
Try saying THAT quickly!
-Hang on, what are they up to?
Are they actually nicking the experts' car? That's terrible!
-That was all right, wasn't it?
-It was good. Well done, you.
-Where's the Porsche?
-Yeah, where's our...?
With their car AWOL, Christina and David have hopped into the Corvette
and are making their way to Hastings.
Look at this. We've got a castle.
That's fab, isn't it?
They've come to Hastings Museum to learn about Lady Annie Brassey,
one of the most celebrated Victorian travel writers,
who toured the world collecting both stories and artefacts as she went.
The Brassey family were multimillionaires
and, like many upper-class people at the time,
they were bitten by the travel bug.
Their overseas adventures are captured
in Annie's extraordinary collection.
To show them round is education officer Catherine Harvey.
She had the most amazing eye, the most amazing interest.
She was interested in people and how they lived,
so there are lots of everyday items
and she collected ethnographic material, fine art,
oriental art, textiles.
She even collected animals, plants, and they all travelled with her,
as she went around collecting on their steam yacht.
Annie was keen to share her experiences
with people who couldn't afford to do the same.
She exhibited her collections, charging the public for entry
and donating all the money to charity.
I think what's unusual about Annie, is they had a young family
-and they all went with them.
-They took the children?
-So, they had...
One of their children, their second daughter, Constance,
-died from scarlet fever aged four.
-On one of the tours?
No, before that, but the boat that they did their big journeys on,
is called the Sunbeam and it's named after her.
Her nickname was Sunbeam
and the figurehead is a likeness of Constance on the front of the boat.
-Oh, my gosh.
-So she still went with them.
-She did, in a way, didn't she?
-And so, they had one son and three other daughters
and their adventures and their day-to-day activities
are all recorded in the books that Annie wrote.
-She wrote about her journeys, did she?
It started by her writing letters home to her father
and they were passed around a widening circle
of friends and family, I suppose,
and were soon published by Longmans.
She wrote seven books in all
of different voyages that they went on,
but the one that really made her name was A Voyage In The Sunbeam,
the one that described that round-the-world trip in 1876.
It was fantastically popular.
It was a best-seller and it went into multiple reprints,
was translated into numerous languages
and there's a lovely quote in one of her later books
about how it felt to be travelling
in these really unknown parts of the world
and to find that she was known. People knew all about her
and her family because they'd read her books.
During a trip to Australia, in 1887, Annie died of malarial fever.
She was buried at sea, aged just 47 years old.
Her husband, Thomas, finished the book
Annie had been writing at the time, calling it The Last Voyage.
Although long gone, Annie left the world a beautiful legacy
in her wonderful journals and amazing collections.
And what of our celebrity car thieves?
-On the open road towards Sedlescombe.
-Gok, can I ask you something?
-Do you like this car better?
I can't believe we stole this car and we had a much better Courgette.
-Can I make a suggestion?
-We steal the other one right back.
I think we have to. We want the roof off and do you know what?
-None of their stuff's IN the car!
We only stole it so we could see what they'd bought
-and none of it's in here!
-Tough luck, chaps!
Having been bold shoppers on this trip,
our celebrity team have just £30 left to spend.
Will Bridge Garage Antiques and Collectables Centre
and dealer Paul have something on their wish list?
We're looking for something British and silver, if possible.
-And something which is beautiful ornate, decorative.
-Eye-catching. Something that's going to give us the wow factor.
-Yeah, to win.
-Not asking for much then, are you?!
-That's a very nice little vesta box, but it's £68.
-How much have you got?
-We've got 30. We've got no more.
-And a vesta box, just so I know,
it was a box that you put matches in?
-You see the striker on the bottom?
-And was it sailors that had them?
-Oh, it was everybody.
They had it on their chain.
Cos everyone smoked, back in those days, didn't they?
-And they all had them.
And just the idea that that was a gentleman's accessory, for me,
-it feels so beautifully historic.
-Do you think that would be good?
-I think it would be good.
So, Paul, when it gets to auction,
I'm assuming that that E and there's an S around it,
-are the initials of someone.
Would that put somebody off buying a product
because it was so personal to someone?
I don't think so, because it's so old.
-I think that's...
-And it's a quality piece.
-It's very nice.
-It's a nice thing.
But will the owner do a deal for 30?
-So, where are we then, Paul?
-Well, I can't get hold of the guy concerned,
but I have made an executive decision
-and I'm going to charge you £30.
-Thank you so much!
-Give me your hands.
Thank you so much. You adorable man! Money, you're going to have to pay.
-It's a pleasure.
-There we go.
Now, would you like this wrapped or how would you like it?
-I'll do it like this, babe. Thank you.
-Thank you so much,.
See you later. Bye. Love you.
And just like that, Harriet and Gok have spent every single penny.
But have our novices bought well?
Time for the experts to get an eyeful.
-Who wants to go first?
-Harriet Thorpe, show us your wares.
-I think you should reveal. Reveal, Harriet.
-Sorry, sorry! My mistake!
-Here is our stuff.
-Look at those!
-I love the hats! I LOVE the hats!
We knew you'd go theatrical, we knew it.
We had to because they're so beautiful and creative -
-like our good selves.
-And I love, my gosh, the carrier.
-Whatever it is - is it straw?
-We have to open it.
-We have to open it.
-It's got original paperwork in there.
-Which is travel... So, it's basically dated.
It was obviously done by somebody who travelled.
-So, what date is that? 19...
-It is 1921, this one.
-This is a letter. So, the reason we liked this is,
it's not only a fabulous piece, it looks great,
it would look great in anyone's home now,
so it's a great aesthetic piece.
Also, it comes with so much more history than wood ever would do,
because it's got a human thought, a human story to it,
-and I think that is actually quite desirable.
-I think it's fascinating.
You actually have bought with passion, haven't you?
You bought the things that you really love.
And that's part of the enjoyment, with this business.
-Have you spent everything?
-Every single penny.
-If you're going to shop, you've got to shop!
-Oh, my gosh!
-I'm really, really interested. You've spent every pound?
-Good for you! Now for the experts' lots.
-Oh, they're beautiful. Look at those.
-Look at that!
-I'm shopping now.
-Oh, I say!
Did you nick them from the garden out here
cos there's loads of them out there? Have you nicked them?
-Did you see the two patches on the lawn?
-That's where WE were sitting!
I have to say, I love the urns. They're incredible.
I would use them in any fashion shoot that I was doing
and I would use them in my own home as well.
I think they're beautiful and I love the proportions, I love the size.
-Do you like the big pot?
-I love her. She's got a chip though.
-It's got several chips.
-I do like it. Is it a potty?
-So, she's chipped...
-It might turn into a potty.
-What is it for?
-What's it for?
-It's a planter. It's a jardiniere.
But it's by somebody called George Jones.
-So it's got a name on it?
George Jones was a very famous maker of majolica.
-Yeah, definitely Dior.
-Chanel or Dior.
Weren't these the last hats that Coco Chanel ever made?
-Ever made or wore.
-They're the hats that made her have a bobbed haircut.
-Yeah, that's right.
-We hoped they were going to buy a load of tat
-but they haven't, have they?
-No, very impressed.
-I feel really proud of that, don't you? Honestly?
-Just a little bit.
-No, good job.
-Well done. We'll see you at the auction.
-See you there.
So, out of earshot, what did they REALLY think?
-You look a bit deep in thought, Mrs.
-I AM deep in thought.
I love that they bought everything with absolute passion.
-They love every one of the things they've bought,
-but I'm really worried about those hats.
-£50 or £500 - you can't value the hats.
-They are beautiful.
Even though I like a couple of their bits,
-a barometer on your desk - who's going to use that?
-20 broken vases?
I really thought that Gok was going to hate our majolica
and he just loved it.
-Apparently, we are bang on trend.
-You know what else is happening?
-We're taking back that Corvette.
From starting in Eastbourne,
our two teams have shopped around south-east England
and have now motored their way to Southend-on-Sea for the big finale.
-I love this place.
And I love this place even more now we're back in THIS car
-and not that rickety thing.
-That was hideous. Why did they want that?
-Well... You know, suits their buys.
-I think we've got a good fighting chance.
-I hope so.
I do like them, but I think we could probably give them a hand
-the next time they're out buying some antiques.
-Do you think we're going to win?
-I hope so.
-Well, we have to.
-Time will soon tell.
Here they are. Wahey! They look cool.
GOK AND HARRIET CHEER
-Oh, we got the clothes right, Gok.
-We got the clothes right. We got it!
-I'll open the door over this side.
Our teams are about to go head-to-head at Chalkwell Auctions
and the man with the gavel is Trevor Cornforth.
My favourite item today is definitely the hats.
They're absolutely superb.
They're some of the best hats I've seen in the last five years
and if they don't do well, I'd be extremely surprised.
There are two strugglers, as far as I'm concerned,
and both are down to condition -
that's the box of perfume bottles and the planter.
They're both damaged and in the current market,
people simply do not want to buy damaged goods.
They don't want to buy an awful lot at all,
but if it's damaged, there's no point.
That'll worry our experts.
They spent a total of £200 on five auction lots.
Our celebrities' clever buys could stand them in good stead here.
They shopped boldly, spending the full £400 on six lots.
Right, it's the moment of truth.
Our experts' reputation all rides on this auction
which has buyers online and in the room.
-Have you been to an auction before?
-No, I'm very excited.
First up, it's our experts' biggest spend - the cast-iron garden urns.
Start me at £50, get them going. Any interest at £50 on the garden urns?
-50 I'm bid here.
-You've got one, you've got one.
-We need a long way to go yet.
-60 on the net. 70, sir?
-No, against you then at 60 on the net.
-We're at £60 at the moment. Surely more than that.
Any interest beyond £60? This is a pair you're buying. At £60.
-Nobody with a garden? 70 with the gentleman.
-Someone's got a garden.
-You got another one, same guy.
-Any advance on 70?
I need 80 on the internet. We're at £70 at the moment.
-All done at £70.
-That's a big hit.
Fear not! There's plenty more to come.
We should be used to it.
Even though we are your competition, I do feel really sorry for you.
-Don't you feel bad for them?
-I'm so sad!
-Isn't that awful?
-Can you feel the sincerity?
Yeah, that's how bad we feel right now.
-No flies on me, baby.
Let's see how the experts' spinning chair fares.
I love this. I've found my new hobby.
-I love this!
-£20 to get it going.
Any interest at £20? 20 I'm bid.
-It's on the net at the moment at £20.
I've got £20 at the moment. Where's 25 on this one? 25 in the room.
Gentleman's bid there at £25. I need 30 on it.
At £25 in the room and I need 30 on this one.
-All done at 25?
-No, no, no.
-One time at 25...
-Go on! Who hasn't got a spinning chair?
-Put your hands up. No!
Hurrah, a profit. That's more like it.
It's amazing, actually,
because all that love that went into finding the pieces,
-spending the money on them, you want them to do well.
-Of course you do.
There's a certain amount of ownership
I've got over those products.
-You, the most competitive person in the room...
-How can you say that?
-I didn't know that.
-Are you competitive? Really?
-She's so bad. So bad.
Right, settle down.
It's time for Harriet and Gok's first lot - the silver vesta case.
Let's get the bidding going, shall we, at £20.
Any interest at £20 on the little silver vesta?
I've got £20 bid at the back of the room. Any advance on £20? 25.
-Oh, they're going.
-That colour looks great on you!
-£30 in the room at the moment.
-Any advance on £30?
-It's a room bid at the moment at £30.
-Are we all done at 30?
-All done at 30, no?
-Thank you very much!
-We love you! Merry Christmas!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Gok's certainly thankful.
This is actually harder than getting women naked in a shopping centre.
I say! Will their glass decanters prove more popular?
Start me at £10. Get them going. I've got 10. 15.
35 in the middle of the room.
-35. Oh, you need a bit more.
-At 35, all done?
-They're my pair, come on!
-Final time at 35.
-I've squeezed as far as I can.
-We lost a fiver.
-It's not bad.
-Lost a fiver.
-Lost a fiver but, hey, we're still in the game.
Someone has bagged a bargain with that pair of decanters.
Up next is Christina and David's majolica planter pot.
Can this damaged jardiniere pull in a profit?
Start me at £20 on it.
£20 to start. £20 I'm bid.
-25. 30. 35.
-I love the fact she was so shocked.
-I've got 30 bid here.
-What did you pay for it?
35. 40? 35 in the room then.
It's on my left at £35. Are we done at £35?
-Final time at 35.
-A gentleman of excellent taste.
Fantastic profit there for our experts.
Harriet, Gok, you're playing catch-up now
with your Bakelite gentleman's kit.
20 to start anywhere? Good piece of Bakelite.
It's in very good condition. 20 I'm bid in the room. We're at £20.
-Can you bid, Gok?
-No, no, no.
At 25 here. Are you 30, sir?
No. At 25 again to you on the front row. All done at 25.
-Original blades and everything.
-Thank you very much.
The Southend crowd are getting some good deals today.
How are you feeling about this auction experience?
-It's the best day of my life!
Will you still feel the same
if Christina and David's selection of scent bottles do well?
Start you at £20, see where we go to. 20 to start.
-20 I'm bid, here on my right.
-At 20. 25.
30 in the room. I've got 30 in the room. I need 35.
Are we all done at £30? Surely not at £30.
-It's in the room at 30.
-All done at 30? He's sure he's going to get them, isn't he? At £30.
-It's a £10 profit.
-That's all right.
-Indeed it is.
That profit pushes our experts further into the lead.
Here come the hats - a very clever buy
and the auctioneer's favourite lot. Can they help close the gap?
Let's start these at £50.
£50 to start, surely, on the three hats.
-I have a bid of 50.
-Any advance on £50? 60.
-She hasn't bought them yet.
£70 to the gentleman? At £60 with the lady at the moment.
£70 to the gentleman with the wonderful smile.
-At £60 at the moment. Any advance on 60?
-Thank you, sir.
-Thank you, you gorgeous man!
-We love you!
-You are amazing. You get a kiss.
-Oh, good lord!
-Well, it's been nice knowing you.
-Amazing! Kisses for free.
-Oh, dear. Here we go. £80 for the lady.
80, sir? Harriet will kiss you.
-Any advance on £80?
-Don't make THAT face!
£80. Are we all finished at £80?
I hope not because they're worth far more than that.
-I can see your fingers twitching.
-Are we all done at £80?
For the final time. I can't go any longer,
-I shall fall off the rostrum. £80.
Thank you very much. You look beautiful.
I think they're lovely.
That lucky lady got herself a fabulous deal there.
Hopefully, Harriet and Gok's 19th-century travel trunk
will do a bit better.
Start me at £50 and see where we end up. £50 to start.
-Any interest at £50?
-I've got a bid of 50 in the room.
60, sir. 70 in the room? 70 in the room?
At 70 in the room. Looking for 80 on the net.
This is exceptionally cheap at £70.
Back in on the internet. We squeezed them at 80.
Are you out, sir? I've got £90, seated in the room now.
Internet, are you out? I've got £90 bid.
-Are we finished?
Well done, sir! Whoo-hoo!
Great to see that loss hasn't dampened Harriet and Gok's spirits.
Time for Christina and David's final lot.
Can they push further into the lead with their art deco barometer?
Start me at £20 on it? 20 bid on the front row. Gentleman here at £20.
At 20. 25. 30.
At £30 in the room. At £30 in the room.
35 surely? Are we all done at £30?
-No, 35 against you. Are you out?
-Oh, go on!
-Are you out?
I've got 35 on the internet at the moment.
Are we all finished at £35 on this one?
-You got a fiver on it.
That will actually result in a small loss after auction costs, I'm afraid.
Following the auction house advice on what to buy,
let's hope Harriet and Gok's oriental trinket boxes prove popular.
-It's our last chance.
-Start me at £20 for the three of them.
-We've got 20 here. Go on.
That's three boxes you're buying for £20. 25 on the net.
-30 in the room. I've got 30 in the room.
-That's only £10 apiece.
-We've got to get to 100 and we're there.
-£30 at the moment.
Any advance on £30? In the room at £30.
Can I squeeze you any further?
-35 at the back of the room.
At 35 at the back of the room. Looking for 40.
-All done at 35. Are you done?
-They are stunning, let me tell you!
-35, thank you.
-Well, it's more good news for our experts.
-That's it. Are you feeling a bit better now?
-I'm shattered. Do we get therapy after this?
Seriously, we need to be talked down.
-I'm going to have to carry you out.
I need two weeks in the Himalayas to get over today.
-Come on, let's go and do some sums.
So, who won today's battle -
our celebrity antique novices or our well-versed experts?
Harriet and Gok started with £400.
After paying auction costs, sadly, they made a loss today of £158.10.
So, they end the trip with £241.90.
Christina and David also kicked off with £400 and also made a loss -
albeit a lot smaller - of £40.10 after auction costs.
Which means, they're crowned today's winners - thankfully -
and end with £359.90.
-We all know... We think we've all lost a bit of money.
-So, it's all down to scale of losses.
-Not starting well, is it?
-you and I lost about £40.
Gok and Harriet... you lost about £160.
-Get in the car!
-Does that mean we won?
We're going! Nothing to us!
-I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Because we've won?
-Don't even look at them! You mean nothing!
-What's all this about?
You and your vases and your broken perfume bottles!
-Thanks for the experience!
-Nice seeing you.
-Bye. Don't crash.
-Keep in touch!
-You know what?
We may have lost, but let me tell you this, babe -
-we are taking the car!
What a pair of jokers.
-Look at that hat.
-I love that hat.
Ooh, can we have the car back, please?
Fashion guru Gok Wan and much-loved actress Harriet Thorpe take the antiques world by storm in this episode of Antiques Road Trip. These confident celebrities give experts Christina Trevanion and David Harper a run for their money as they shop around Sussex and head for a nail-biting auction in Southend-on-Sea.