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Welcome to Flog It! - where you learn and earn from antiques.
Auctions are exciting and give you a real buzz when selling your own items. That's when nerves creep in.
Hundreds of people will have their antiques valued by our experts and a few then go to auction
to make their owners a profit. But how much will they make? Will they stand the pace?
We'll find out how they do when their antiques go under the hammer.
I'm on edge at the moment.
How are you feeling? Positive? Yeah.
I don't believe this.
Dig deep. Yeah, dig deep, that's right.
We need 190, don't we? At least.
That's so good. That really is the excitement of auction, isn't it?
First, let's find out what the public have brought to the Riviera Centre in Torquay.
Most of these people won't mind selling thir antiques for cash
and, as always, they have to face the scrutiny of our two experts.
David Barby puts 25 years' experience to the test at valuation day.
I love Torquay. It's by the coast, on the sea, but I haven't had a dip yet.
It's a very affluent area, it's almost tangible in the atmosphere,
so I think some good quality things will come up.
And young Thomas Plant will keep an eye open for decorative objects.
I'm hoping to see a bit of deco ware, maybe ceramics, the odd bronze-and-ivory figure.
Arriving today, I noticed a few deco buildings and a very nice cinema, so I've high hopes for that.
They're both chomping at the bit, so let's go inside and see what surprises we have in store.
Mary, I've always... It's been my desire to buy a seaside villa.
This is the epitome of a seaside villa, is it not?
Yes. Do you have an interest in doll's houses? Yes, for years.
This is the first art deco one I've had. This is what we call Modernist architecture,
probably dating from the latter part of the 1930s.
What I like is the shape of the bay windows and the balconies. Yes.
But I don't like those net curtains. No.
They're net curtains of the 1950s. Terrible things. Yes.
If we open it up, we can see the interior.
So we have a kitchen, dining, lounge there, one bedroom
and this would have been the stairwell.
A nice feature is a little doorway
that goes through onto this balcony here
and then another staircase that goes to this suntrap area.
Then you have a balcony for sunbathing.
This is a Triang design,
probably made in 1937-1939, that sort of period.
Value of this. I would think at auction,
I'd like to see it go for possibly 150, maybe more.
But we've got to put a price to attract would-be purchasers. Yes.
So if say 120-150. It's the sort of thing people say, "Ah! We can start collecting doll's house furniture."
Has it always been in your family? No, I bought it at a fair.
How much did you pay for it? ?50.
Some time ago? Two years ago.
I thought it was a very good price. I did. I'd have gone to 150 for it at the time.
It's super and there'll be a ready market for it. You'd be happy if I auctioned it? Yes. Excellent!
Have you pushed this from home? Yes. Really? No, I stuck it in the car.
It comes to pieces. It's incredible. How long have you had it? Oh, um...
I can't remember. Quite a few years. I collect prams. Do you? How many have you got? About 100-plus.
That's not collecting - it's bonkers on prams, obsessive. Yes.
This is one of your oldest ones, is it? No, I've got some older, about 1860.
This is about 1890. Wow! So you're a bit of an authority on prams. No, I'm always learning.
Do you live in Torquay? No, I live in Okehampton. So you couldn't have pushed it here, could you?
No. It's incredible. Lovely, isn't it? Yes. Craftsmanship. Look at the hubs.
What did you pay for this? We were trying to remember.
I think probably about 500. I can't quite remember.
How long have you been collecting? 20-odd years.
The first one I bought was when my son was born. Have you still got that one? Yes.
And that's a Victorian one. Well, I think it's absolutely divine, it really is. Yes.
Talk me through these. They were among Mother's things when she died.
Yes. She died about 6-8 years ago.
And she was a big collector of artefacts.
She'd go to auctions, charity shops, bring-and-buy sales.
She'd just collect bits and pieces and had an eye for things. Now...
which items do you like and which don't you?
Um, I used to collect frogs. Yes. And I don't any more. No? No.
Where have your frogs gone? Oh, just been given away.
Given away? But I love your frog. Tell me a bit more about it.
It was one of two that she used as a doorstop, but my father broke one, so I got the other one. Shame. It is.
It's very light, so its fate was sealed when it was a doorstop. Yes.
I think it's something like a spoon warmer of some kind.
These grotesque things could be to warm spoons or maybe just a vase.
But it certainly caught my eye.
It's not a well-known factory. It's just got Leeds Pottery.
This mark, 1344, is just the series number when it must have been made.
I'd put between ?50 and ?80 on it. I think you've a good chance. OK.
Would you be happy? Yes.
Thank goodness I had my breakfast two hours ago, because this is the most fascinating, intriguing,
but gruesome collection of photographs I've ever seen.
This all came about... Tell me the history of it.
Chas Belcher was a detective inspector for Scotland Yard at the turn of the century. Right.
This is a compilation of the crimes he was involved in.
It was given to my grandfather who was executor of his will in 1935.
What crimes was he involved in? The most famous was the Dr Crippen case.
Before that, there were a tremendous amount of murders involved - the Temple Gate murders.
What I find fascinating is that there are photographs in here
that were never released before because they are so gruesome. Yes.
This one here, of Sipido, I find interesting, because he attempted to assassinate Edward VII.
Yes, in 1901. He was Prince of Wales then and became Edward VII in 1902.
We also have photographs of the Black Museum which haven't been seen before.
There's so much detail in this, including a card, engraved by hand,
by John Syndey Cottam, a bank note forger.
That's right, he did it with a pin and a thimble full of ink and gave it to my grandfather and his friend.
Whilst he was in prison? Yes. Gosh! This is a wonderful record.
In fact, this Mr Belcher was almost like the John Morse of recent fame. Yes, when I was a child,
I always called him my famous detective. It is a wonderful, unique album.
As I said, there's photographs in here that have never been seen by the general public.
So if these go up for sale, somebody's going to get a record
that is going to be historical, at the same time, unique.
I keep using this word "unique", but it IS. There's no other copy in existence, so it's important.
If it goes up for sale, I would think in terms of a price, because of its nature and subject matter,
of probably around ?5,000. Fine. And you'd be happy if we put it up for sale at 5,000? Yes.
With the right publicity, we'll get that. Right. Thank you. Thank YOU!
What have you brought in there? I knew someone would ask me eventually.
A Crimean War musket. You're not going to shoot me, are you? No.
Wow! It's got a broken stick to go with it.
For an early weapon, you don't need an arms licence, do you? No.
It's some weight. Can you imagine firing that? You only get one go as well. Yeah.
Where did you get it? A friend from Birmingham had it and I bought it from him about seven years ago.
So I've come to check it out and get the full story on what it is. Great.
Good luck. Thank you.
My favourite item is the pram, and I'm not alone. David and Thomas are fighting over it.
Thomas, what do you think of this? I was pooh-poohing to begin with, but it's nice looking at it closer.
I think it's fabby. It's got so much style.
The canopy's really smart. Does that go back and forwards? Yes.
You adjust these nuts at the side here. Yeah.
To angle for sun. You can change the handles for the basket? Yes.
What I like is the cross-stretchers underneath.
Look at the springing - incredible! If you're going on cobbled streets,
the child would not be necessarily disturbed. It is really wonderful.
It would be the most expensive pram available on the market.
I'd say the date is about the time of the Exhibition, 1862.
I thought about 1890. Oh, it's not as late as that, no.
Not with this springing underneath. It reminds me very much of early-19th-century carriages.
This would have been made by a carriage maker, it is of that quality. Yeah. It's really good.
The other thing I like is this basketwork here.
It's in lovely condition. Yes. Is it English? Or is it French?
It's American. No?
It could well be American.
Could it be American from New Orleans? Because of the canopy. Pretty, isn't it?
I love this structure under here. It's very good. I like it immensely.
Is this something you're going to sell? Possibly. Tell me a price.
I think I'd stick my neck out and say ?500 to ?650, that sort of price range.
I mean, obviously, the condition, I've always been told,
is so important with collector's items. You say this condition is...
If the condition was better, it would be well over 1,000.
Will you take it, Thomas? Or will it be a joint responsibility?
If Madam would like us to take it at that sort of value of between 500 and 600.
Right. It's going to have to be six rather than the five. I think we should take it in, Thomas.
I'll sign the paper and then it'll be joint at the day of the auction.
Have I got to wheel it all the way? No, we'll take it for you.
I shall take a bet on this. That'll be interesting. Thank you.
Let's see what our owners have decided to sell at auction so far.
Mary hopes her 1920s doll's house will find a new home...
and new curtains!
Angela's spoon warmer is the last in the line.
Definitely time to "Flog It!"
David's collection of gruesome photographs is unique,
but is it worth ?5,000?
We all loved Jan's pram, but she bought it for 500 quid.
So can she possibly make a profit?
Soon the hammer comes down on our items and we'll find out how much they'll make.
But first, let's hear what auctioneer Nick has to say.
His opinion counts, as he'll be doing the selling.
Mary's doll's house - how do you value something like this? It's such a hard job. We said ?150.
It's a difficult thing.
It's not your standard doll's house. It's far more stylish than most.
But, I think the builders have got a case to answer. Jerry-built. Yes.
They've left windows out here. It's in need of restoration and maintenance as well.
You can't enhance it by overpainting it. But the paint is a classic deco colour. Exactly.
They're difficult to predict and emotional, people that buy toys, dolls and that sort of thing.
As you can guess, I'm not a doll kinda guy, so part of me says it's not going to make it. Right, OK.
We've got a doll's pram here. Same sort of market again, I suppose.
Again, emotive market. It'll be a doll buyer that collects this,
rather than someone interested in Victoriana. French doll's pram?
I can't think of many people who'd want one apart from doll collectors. Janet paid ?500 and wants ?600-800.
I think she probably paid the market price. She should know if she's collected them.
To make a profit at auction in such a short period of time...
I'd like to be upbeat, but I think it's another failure. Falling short of reserve?
I think ?100 short, maybe even more.
Oh, well, it looks like she'll be wheeling it back home.
OK, I think this is a bit macabre - a New Scotland Yard archive album.
And it's Dr Crippen's book. Yes. This is going to be a difficult one.
Um, we've seen this one before. Here at this auction room? Yes.
We saw it some 18 months ago, where we put a provisional value on it.
OK, our expert David valued this at ?5,000, anything up to ?10,000.
Well, we certainly valued it considerably less than that.
What was that? ?1,000 to ?1,500.
We also know it has been offered previously in a London auction room and failed to sell at ?1,500.
So whilst it's macabre and interesting, it obviously doesn't have enough backup literature
or letters to really personalise it. So, macabre photographs alone...
and not being a new thing to the market, I think it will struggle.
The saleroom's packed, you can feel the nerves. The auction's about to start and our owners have arrived.
Let's see how they feel.
How are you feeling right now, Mary? It's exciting, being in an auction room again.
You look like you're up for it. Yes, I love it. It's so thrilling.
It's not a lot, but hopefully we'll get you ?100 to ?150. Hope so.
What will you do with that money? I was going to contribute towards a boat my son-in-law's buying. Is he?
Every little helps, because they're expensive. A motor launch?
Yes, not sailing cos we don't have any experience, but we live just yards from a tidal river.
A mooring at the end of the garden? Just about. A stone's throw.
A lot of money, but hopefully you'll get it. Yes. What will you do with it? Invest it for my girl.
I've a five-year-old girl and it would mean a lot to her in years to come, so I'll invest it for her.
We'll see how they do shortly as the hammer comes down on their lots.
First, Angela and Aubrey's frog spoon warmer.
How are you feeling - positive? Positive. Oh, definitely. Ready?
I've seen a few people looking at it. Oh, right. Oh, have they?
Either they've been thinking, "What is this?" Or, "I know what that is. Wow!"
"It's a toothbrush holder!" There aren't any others here, are there?
No, it's unique. Nothing else quite like it, is there?
Lot 282, a Leeds Pottery spoon warmer of slip-cast construction.
Interest here, and that's with me at ?22.
25. Yes. And 30, doorway bidder. Do I hear 35? ..38.
And 40. ..42. ..45. ..48?
No. Doorway bidder, then, at ?45. ..Below at 8.
And 50. Excellent. 5. ..And 60?
No, it's below at 55. ..60, do I see?
60, thank you. ..5.
70? ..No. Seated below still at ?65, ideally on a lemon-covered sofa.
Angela, how do you feel? That was your valuation. 50 to 70. Bang on.
Are you pleased? Yeah, jolly good. I hope you're pleased. Yes.
It's the end of the era for you. It's probably gone to someone who collects frogs, just like you did.
What will you do with the money? Goodness only knows. You've got to celebrate. I have, haven't I?
We'll have to think about that frog. Put the money towards a good cause.
Yes. Thanks for coming. It's been lovely.
The next lot is David's album of crime.
Now, which expert has got it right?
I'm getting excited. My knees are a bit, er... This is quite a big thing. We need five grand.
We're up now. A rather interesting album, rather macabre.
A Dr Crippen case containing photographs, cuttings and other topographical and safari material.
Thank you, Steven.
And we start here at ?1,500. It's with me at ?1,500.
50, do I see? It's here at ?1,500.
And 50, do I see? It's here at ?1,500. And 50, do I see?
No? If you're all done, it's with me.
Unusual thing, it's a shame to miss it. If you're all done, it's with me and stays then at ?1,500.
Disappointing. That is, isn't it? It is. That's a downer. Never mind.
one of those things.
Shame. Well, I hope it's plain sailing for Mary.
Mary, are the nerves creeping in? Yes, I'm quite excited about it.
So are we. You didn't take the curtains down. Oh, the net curtains.
No, scruffy house, I'm afraid. She's never washed them anyway. Ideal for renovation.
Interest here, we start this at ?50.
It's here at ?50. And five, will you?
We need a reserve of 120, don't we? That's what I thought.
I'm asking 55. ..Thank you, 55. ..60. ..And five. ..70. And five?
80. And five? ..90. And five?
100. ..And 10, madam? Great. It's with me at ?120. Shame to miss it.
The book is out, it's yours, in the doorway, at ?110,
unless I see 20. All done, then, and selling in the doorway at ?110.
He'll sell it just below reserve, but probably waive the commission.
You'll get the same money as if it went at 120. Right. Just crept in.
That's good news anyway. Yes. That lady walked in just as it came up.
We couldn't have been closer. Incredible. Very exciting. Thank you very much. It's my pleasure.
The auctioneer has to make a living, so there are a few charges built in when buying at auction.
Firstly, commission - this varies from 10% to 17?%. There's also VAT to be paid on the commission,
insurance, storage and sometimes photography for cataloguing.
So remember, when buying at auction, build those costs into the price.
Janet should be arriving soon or she'll miss her lot.
Thomas valued the pram. It was a shared responsibility, this one.
I put my innings in too. Yes, and Mr Barby came in as well.
Thomas put the price on it. Here we are, the Three Musketeers.
Things haven't gone too well, so maybe we're the Three Amigos. Talk for yourself!
Here we go.
ALL TALK AT ONCE
There's interest here. The commission bid is with me...
..at ?650. Yes!
The commission bid is with me at ?650.
And 60 anywhere? At 60, will you?
It's here at ?650. And 60?
If you're all done, I'm selling by commission bidder... That's ideal.
Oh, ye of little faith. Yes, I take it all back.
I've never valued a pram before, I'll be honest.
That was good. And your starting pitch was 200?
I started at two, and David came in and rescued me. Yeah.
And said, "Thomas, it's a quality item." At 650, it's pretty cheap.
It needs some restoration. It needs to be done by some doll collector.
I've never seen one like it. We'd sold late-Victorian ones for ?250 and ?300.
Using the maximum of the ones we sold, it's got to be worth double.
As a sort of base to work upon. It goes to show that in our jobs, I've never seen one sell before.
It's partly decorative as well and you can't arbitrate over that. In the King's Road, it'd be ?1,200.
As a window display. But this is auction. That is a museum piece.
Exactly. Indiana Jones said that. "That belongs in a museum."
'There you go. Valuing antiques is a subjective art.
'I can't wait for the auction to see how the rest of our owners do.'
There are hundreds of people here in Torquay and I'm going to dive outside for a quick beaver.
What have you brought in? A day bed? Yes, and I've also brought some art deco light fittings.
Those cushions go on this. Yeah.
It's been shut away for the last couple of years.
You haven't been using it, then? No.
I've no room for it. This would look stunning in the garden in summer.
It would, wouldn't it? Yeah. If it was galvanised. That's that.
It's very pretty. I've got four of these.
I've got four of these. Light fittings? Yes.
And the thingy that goes on the back. The brackets. Yes.
I really love this. It's great. Oh, thank you.
Hello. Hello. Oh, that's quite nice.
Do you want to sell that? Yes. Why? Frightened we'll chip it.
That's a good reason. Is it a family heirloom? Oh, no. I bought it from a car boot sale.
How much? It was a pound. I don't believe it! It's true.
I can't believe anybody could be so stupid! Don't you feel guilty that you did the person?
I didn't know it was valuable until I looked in the Doulton book and I thought it might be. So I came here.
He was happy with the pound anyway. Was he really? Dear, oh, dear!
This is a lovely piece of Doulton. What's fascinating is that you've got...
two interesting aspects for sale. You've got the golfing subject - and I love the motto.
"Every dog has his day and every man his hour." That's wonderful.
So you have the golfing interest, and there's a great interest in golfing ephemera and objects.
It will interest people of that ilk. Then you've got Doulton collectors.
This piece has a nice silver-plate rim all the way around.
And at the end of the day, forgetting the pound you paid,
we've got to project a price that's going to interest golfing and Doulton collectors.
I would think that we could put a figure in the region of about...
?250 to ?350. Oh, very nice.
Because of the golfing interest. Yes. Yes. I hope it might make more.
That'd be nice. Are you interested in selling? Yes, we are. Yes.
We'd be interested in selling it for you. Thank you.
Tell me about what you've brought here. Right, I bought these at a local auction 16 years ago.
One of the local hotels was being demolished to make way for flats and they were selling off the contents.
We were doing up an old house and I thought they'd look really good in the dining room. So I bid on them.
Where were they in the hotel? They were still on the walls, so we had to use screwdrivers.
How much did you pay for them? ?5. ?5? ?5. That's pretty good.
Pretty good. I was quite chuffed. I bet you were! All excited.
Briony, do you like them? No. No? Not really. Not really.
When we moved house, they went on her bedroom walls but she wasn't impressed.
That's mean of your mum to put them there, isn't it? Inconsiderate.
Well, I think you'll get a profit from your ?5. Lovely. Yes.
I think we can put them in quite easily at ?200 to ?300. They're great. That would be jolly nice.
I'm pleased you say that, because I think they're wonderful things, and when lit, they'd look fantastic.
They look wonderful, but I haven't got the setting for them now.
It'd be nice if they were somewhere where they could really be shown off.
What else have you brought? The other thing I brought was this, just a novelty thing stuck in a corner.
It's a Victorian garden day bed, I think.
Mm-hm. I think that's what we should call it. Something like that.
It's quite a nice wide size.
Good brass legs and nice original casters. Mm-hm.
How much did you pay for this? I paid ?13 for that.
?13? Yes, again 16 years ago.
I think that's reasonable. How much do you reckon it's increased? I'll put you on the spot.
20 quid? I think a bit more, actually. Up to about ?80 to ?100, but it might do a lot better.
Mm-hm. When we sell these things for you,
what will you do with the money? Will you split it with Briony? Yeah.
Well...I get disowned regularly by my daughter cos I love car boot sales and jumble sales and skips.
So it depends how much she sweet-talks me, really.
D'you want to sell this? Yes. You're definite in that? Yes.
Yet your husband bought it. For himself. For himself? Yeah. OK.
What about you, sir? Do you want to sell this? Well...in a way, yes. I think we've had it long enough.
Where did you get this from? In an antique shop.
For how much? ?20. ?20.
That was a good buy. How many years ago? 22 years ago.
22 years ago, right. This is a very nice piece. You know it's Belleek?
Yes. The mark on the bottom, which is that black mark there, is pre-1900,
but after after 1891.
So it's latter part of the 19th century. Very good porcelain.
We've some other pieces. You know, the one with a fretwork bowl. We daren't touch it.
This is extraordinary. Belleek normally comes in ornamental wares, rarely for use, cabinet display,
but this piece was made to hold a pot. Yeah.
What I find extraordinary is all the detail round the rim,
these heavily embossed and raised flowers.
They are incredible! How do you keep this clean?
Soapy water, toothbrush and a hairdryer.
No wonder you want to sell it. Did you offer to help? I won't touch it.
I think you were very brave, madam. I'd leave it.
My only reservation with this - if it were perfect, we'd be looking at well over ?1,000.
But it's not. There's a crack inside that you can see.
You can see a star crack on the bottom. This will affect its value.
We do not normally take in cracked items.
Mmm. But it's such a beautiful piece of Belleek
that a collector might say, "I'll never afford a perfect one, but I can afford this."
So it's a collector's piece. And you only need two people in the auction room. Mm-hm.
I would project a price of about 150 to 250 and hope that it goes for more.
We've got to put a reasonable price to attract buyers. If you put ?500 on it... Won't sell. No.
So if we take it in for sale, you'd be happy at that figure? It's got to have a reserve on it.
It will. We wouldn't take anything in without a reserve.
You've brought something which I particularly like, because I could still use it on the breakfast table.
It's a honey pot, designed, as you know, by Clarice Cliff. Yes.
Instantly recognisable because of these crocuses.
Thankfully, no yellow and green, but orange, purple and blue.
That makes it more appealing. You have designs like fantasy landscapes, cottage designs,
chrysanthemums, all applied to this basic shape, and all hand painted.
She had ladies who decorated these pieces. I like the fact
that the finial on the lid is still complete.
Is it the first bit to go normally? Yes, it's easily knocked off.
I've got to look very carefully to see if there's any damage, and there's not.
No chips, no breaks, it's in remarkably good condition.
It looks so fresh. It's never been used, has it? No.
It's been in a sideboard, and that's where it stayed. How long? I don't know. Quite a long time.
Where did it come from? My mother. She's 84 now. How did she get it?
Um, I think my uncle gave it to her as a wedding present. That's super!
Will she mind you selling it? No, I'll give her the money. A lovely thought!
It's quite a valuable bit of pottery. The mark's on the bottom for the Newport Company.
So it's fairly late in the 1930s.
Price range, I'd like to see it go for between 80 and 150.
Mm-hm. Probably hovering around 120.
So I'd be comfortable if we put a reserve of ?100 on it. Ooh!
Would you be happy? Yes. Right, let's hope it goes for about ?100.
We'll put this up for sale at Bearne's at Exeter.
I'm sure they'll get a good price for us.
While David and Thomas have seen a myriad of antiques in Torquay and met some wonderful characters,
let's see what the rest of the owners have decided to sell.
Peter and Joyce will make a profit on the biscuit barrel bought for ?1.
But the question is - how much?
Hazel's mum never used her honey pot.
Let's hope it causes a buzz at auction.
I hope someone rescues Marian and buys the Belleek jardiniere,
although Derek won't be too happy.
Karen loves her wall lights and day bed,
but Briony never wants to see them again,
so let's hope they sell for the sake of the family.
We're about to see the last few lots go under the hammer.
But they'll only do well if our auctioneer is behind them. Let's see what he thinks.
We've got four art deco uplighters which Karen and Briony brought in.
Our valuation experts put ?200-?300 on the lot.
I think that's a fairly safe estimate. 50 quid a light, really.
They're a standard example of a period light fitting. Nothing to write home about. No.
Diffused frosted lighting. But in a narrow hallway, they'd look good, four in a row, petrol-blue wall,
a bit of gold there. Just doing my Laurence bit. You need the cuffs.
Get a light bulb in them and they'll look different.
They look lifeless on the table. So we're nearly... Yeah.
Karen also brought in this day bed. Whoever buys it has got to get rid of those, cos they stink.
I think it's cheaper than buying a teak one. And it adds a touch of class to your conservatory.
What you could buy for brand new... It is good value. We're looking for ?80 to ?100.
It should get there. OK.
Lastly, Joyce's biscuit barrel. Again, Doulton, easy seller.
People like the golfing cartoons. Plenty of people in the market for that. Should make 200, maybe more.
It'll walk it, then. She paid a quid in a car boot.
Makes you sick. I should go to more car boot sales.
Some of our owners can't wait to get going, but others are less optimistic.
Karen, how are you feeling? A bit nervous, but excited too.
I don't think you should be nervous because your two quality items should hopefully sell well. Good.
Briony, what do you think of this? A day off school? Boring. Boring?!
You don't like antiques? No.
I'd love to take home that day bed, but I'm not allowed to.
I want to find something I like.
This has caught my eye. It's only a general sale and it's two sales a month, so we won't get much quality.
But this is a nice piece of country furniture. It's catalogued as a butcher's cutting block.
Looking at it, I don't think it is. It's got a lovely slab on top, but the feet are tenon through the top.
That's not right for a butcher's block - too hard to clean blood off.
There's no evidence it's been chopped. I don't know what it's made for, but I'm going to bid.
There's no reserve, so it's worth going for.
My lot is later, but first, Hazel's honey pot goes under the hammer.
How are you feeling, Hazel? Fine. Nervous. Are you really? I am.
This is a surprise for your mum, isn't it? Yes, she won't know until it goes on the telly.
What comes out of today, she'll get. You're going to spend the money?
Yeah, I'll let her have a day out down the coast. Aw! That's nice!
Now she can't travel much, it'll be a surprise. How old's Mum? 84.
That's a great age, isn't it? It's a lovely honey pot, isn't it?
I like the way the bee finial's tucked on the side of the lid. Yes.
It's bold colouring and not just the conventional crocus pattern, but purple and blue as well. Yes.
It's nice to see Clarice Cliff that's not yellow or green. Yes. And it's in perfect condition.
I love the aperture for the bees to go through. Yes. Did you use it? No, not as far as I know.
It was always in a cabinet? Yes, in a sideboard. It'll probably end up in a cabinet as well. Probably!
Number of commission bids very close together. With me at ?100.
And 10, anywhere? It's here at ?100.
There's a fight going on. Yeah. The book is out. ?110 in the doorway.
And 20 anywhere? It's in the doorway, 110. And 20, will you?
Dig deep. Yeah, dig deep, that's right. 120. ..130. ..140. ..150?
160? No, it's in the doorway still at ?150.
If you're all finished, we sell at ?150.
There! Lovely! Excellent! You were bang on. Yes, you were good.
Congratulations. Thank you, madam.
He's been like that today so far. Got one dead right. I'm so pleased for you. Thank you very much.
Have a great day out in Worthing.
Karen, coming close to the lot number now, how are you feeling?
Very sort of on edge at the moment.
Briony's taken you off shopping. Yes. Have you bought anything nice?
Listen. Oh, this is our day bed. Oh.
At ?60. ?60, and five, will you?
Doorway bidder at 65. And 70, do I see?
In the doorway at 65. And 70, do I see?
If you're all done, we're selling, make no mistake, at ?65.
Yeah, brilliant. He's waived the commission. You get the same anyway.
Right, OK. That was quick. Short and sweet.
Big smile from Briony? Shopping now. Has she still got a strop on?
We bought a record, didn't we? Yeah.
When you buy at auction, first you register at reception. Fill in your details and you get a bidding card
or a paddle, like this. You hold it up and wave when you want to bid.
This ensures you get the bid and no-one can go home with it.
I'm going to bid soon for that oak "chopping block". So I'm going to use my paddle.
Lot 1001, an oak butcher's block on splay legs.
Thank you very much. Someone start me 20.
20, I have. And two anywhere? 20, I have. And two, will you?
I'm looking for two. ..22, thank you. And five, madam. ..28. ..30.
32. ..35? Gentleman's bid, then, at ?32.
If you're all done, we're selling at ?32.
?32 - a bargain! So it pays to go to general auctions sometimes, not specialist auctions.
At an oak auction, it would have cost ?80. So I'm pleased.
I did well. Let's hope my luck rubs off on Karen for her wall lights.
I love these, they're great... I do as well.
If you had a rich, deep-hued colour on the wall, like petrol blue, with those on it in a long line...
Yes, just on one wall. Not convinced, Briony?
No. Smile to the camera. I bet your smile could light the world up.
Completely wrong! Briony, ignore him. He's been like this all day.
You're lovely, Briony. She's up for adoption if anyone's interested.
Right, here we go. Right. We need to get some money back. Yeah.
Interest here. Commission bid with me at ?130. Nice decorative items.
It's here at ?130. And 40, will you?
Come on, we need 190. It's here at 130. And 140, will you?
If you're all done, it's with me and it stays at ?130.
Aw! Gutted(!) Gutted?
We all are. I'm really surprised at that. So am I.
Wrong sort of auction for them. It is. End of story.
Just have to find an auction with specialist deco or lighting sales.
It's just taste and discrimination.
It's arbitrary. No-one here wanted those lights, but they're worth ?50 of anybody's money. I think so.
Briony's got a big smile on her face. It's like, "Told you so!"
Now, you do not like your jardiniere you're selling. I don't like it, he likes it.
But you have to clean it. Yes.
It's an interesting piece. Yes.
It's the sort a collector on modest means will buy because it's a nice example.
It's cracked. I advise collectors not to buy anything cracked, but this is so attractive
that I think it'll find a good home.
Lot 204, a Belleek porcelain jardiniere with peaked rim.
It's had a few knocks unfortunately. Nonetheless, some interest. ?75.
100. And ten? ..120.
130. ..140. Seated bidder at 140. And 50? ..160.
170. ..180. ..190.
No? Seated left at ?200. 210, do I see?
All done, then? We're selling at ?200.
Brilliant! Great! Excellent, isn't it? 200, that's wonderful.
I'm pleased for you. If it didn't have the crack, what would it have realised? Probably as much as 800.
?800. Yeah. Did you put the crack in it? No.
It was like that? It was bought like that. It's late 19th century, early 20th century, an early example,
but a beautiful piece. If you like that sort of thing. The epitome of that period, all the rich detail.
Thanks very much. Thank you. Congratulations. Thank you.
No more cleaning! Regardless of what he said, go and spend it. YOU wanted us to sell it!
Take her for a meal. Definitely. We'll have to find somewhere to have a sandwich, then. Oh!
It's a shame Joyce can't be here. She's stuck in traffic.
It's just coming up for sale as well. Yeah. Here we go.
Pretty piece, this. And the bid's with me at ?85. 90 anywhere?
95. ..100. And 10? ..120.
130. ..140. ..150.
And 60, sir. The book's out. Yours at 160. ..170. ..180. ..190. ..200.
We've sold this. 210. ..220. ..230.
240. ..250. ..260. ..270.
280. ..290. ..300.
320. ..340. ..360? ..No, in the corner at ?340.
It's immaculate. 360. There's someone else. 380. ..400. ..420.
440? ..No, it's in the corner still at ?420.
And 40, new place. ..460.
480? ..Against you, then.
It's in the corner at ?460.
It's brilliant! Wonderful!
New place at 480. ..500.
I don't believe it. 520.
I wish she could be here to see it. Yes. She bought this for ?1. At...?
A car boot. Car boot sale. A pound! And only a few weeks ago. 660.
680. I don't believe this.
700. It's mental money, isn't it?
I suppose it's the golfers. 740. ..760.
760! 780. ..800.
And 20. ..840.
880. It's a marvellous price. It almost sets a record.
900. ..920. ..940.
Oh, this is so good! This is the excitement of auction, isn't it?
And 50. It's against you, sir. It's in the doorway at ?1,100. ..And 50?
You can feel the tension. It's selling in the doorway at ?1,100.
BANG! Sold, ?1,100! Well done!
That was brilliant! We must ring her up. We've got to celebrate!
That is brilliant. Dear, oh, dear!
Well, another roller-coaster ride at the auction.
Family conflict when Derek and Marian sold a Belleek jardiniere.
I'm absolutely delighted that it's gone. It doesn't bother me.
It doesn't bother me one bit. That's it.
I don't think Karen and Briony felt the same way about their fortunes.
I don't really care. But it'd be nice to get more money to go out...shopping. Shopping.
David's album of crime didn't sell, but he's looking on the bright side.
I'm a bit down, but still pleased it's with the family, and who knows what'll happen in the future?
But the big surprise of the day was Joyce's biscuit barrel. She only paid ?1 for it at a car boot sale,
but it made over ?1,000. I couldn't wait to tell her.
It did sell. Yeah. Your Doulton biscuit barrel, what do you think it sold for? What would you...?
About a couple of hundred. That's what David valued it at.
Yeah, about two to three. It went for 1,100. You're joking!
No, I'm not. It was ?1,100. I don't believe you. I'm not winding you up.
I don't believe you. And we're filming this conversation. Are you?
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