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Hello and welcome to For What It's Worth,
where a cash prize waits for the cleverest quizzers
and the savviest antique shoppers.
We have three pairs of contestants who are ready to play,
and in each team is a quizzer,
responsible for answering general knowledge questions,
so that their partner, the picker,
can choose an antique item to add to their collection.
Here are today's lots for your consideration.
16 different antiques and collectables.
We have Roman coins,
a table, some tiles,
candlesticks and clock,
tobacco jars, fob,
pigeon, jewellery, stamps,
a vesta case,
a bust, firing glass
All very different, with very different values.
At the end of the show, the winning pair will walk away
with the cash equivalent of one of these items.
The aim of the game is to amass the most valuable collection
and first up, we have Audrey and Avril, sisters from Durham.
Avril, you are the team's quizzer. Yes.
Do you reckon you and your sister will make a winning team today?
We're really clued in with each other, we bounce off each other.
Are you good at the general knowledge questions?
There's been a mistake already!
Now, Audrey, you are the antiques expert on the team.
Do you think you've got a good eye for a bargain?
Yes, I would like to think so. I've made one or two decent buys.
Tell us. I bought a Masonic ball,
which I paid five or ten pound for, can't remember.
And I sold that.
What did you sell it for? I think ?80.
Well done. Yes.
That's very good, that's a huge percentage, isn't it, mark-up.
Next we have Jan and Carl, who are a married couple from Wiltshire.
Now, Carl, you are the questions person today on the team.
When did you and Jan meet and how would you describe your relationship?
We met at school.
Jan was the little sister of my best friend,
who ceased to be my best friend when I went out with her. Oh.
And became my best friend again when we got married.
Phew. So, er, relationship,
a marriage of opposites, yin and yang,
but we fit together very well,
we play to each others' strengths and weaknesses.
Jan, you are the antiques picker for your team.
What do you like to seek out in antique shops and fairs?
I'm very drawn to things that are useful.
I like, if I'm going to buy something,
I can take it home and use it.
If I can't use it, I like it to be very beautiful
so I can put it on a shelf and admire it and look at it.
Yes, well, I think that's a good criteria, don't you? Perfect. Yes.
And finally, we have Russell and Mark from Essex, who are work colleagues.
Hello and welcome, gentlemen.
Russell, you will be trying to pick those lots today,
the top lots, I hope.
When did your passion for collectables and antiques begin?
Probably from the first Star Wars film in 1977.
I got bought for me loads and loads of figures
and I've collected them ever since.
Every now and again I set them all up and just look at them
and put them all away again.
Tell me about your favourite Star Wars item, or person, character.
The favourite Star Wars item is the Slave I,
which is Boba Fett's ship,
and it also comes with it, the cryogenics box
that Han Solo was frozen in.
So, yes, that's pride of place on top of the wardrobe.
SHE LAUGHS Aw!
Mark, you are the quizzer for the team.
Tell us what makes your friendship with Russell tick.
Do you trust his judgment? I do.
And...yes, we share common love of music,
quite eclectic, and we share a similar sense of humour.
We make each other laugh and bounce each other, off each other.
We'll see how it goes today, eh?
Now, earlier our teams inspected the lots,
but could they separate the valuable from the valueless?
Ooh, which way round do you want to go?
Where shall we start?
I'm not keen on that.
What? A Victorian gentleman, would you say?
That's a shotgun, isn't it, hunting?
It's been repaired. Depends how old it is. 1920.
I just don't think it's worth money.
I like this.
I think this is only maybe early '50s, with the style.
I like it. It is good.
Plaster. Plaster, yes.
Candlesticks and clock.
Arts and Crafts, maybe.
It's poor quality, isn't it?
Quite like that.
I think the jewellery...
No, I don't, because I think it's only worth what it weighs.
I would say this was '50s, what do you reckon?
Norwegian steel. Norwegian steel? Silver.
FB. Frank Butcher? THEY LAUGH
Doesn't look anything like him, does it? Ugly, ugly things.
What about the Roman coin?
They're not going to be worthless, but they're not worth an awful lot.
They're still digging them up in fields by the millions now,
aren't they? Again, I don't know anything.
If it's the right one, this will be the expensive...
There was a mark inside, I can't remember what it was.
I'd have it. Would you? Yeah, I would. I'll get you one.
Tin car. This is fantastic condition.
But you normally have to have the box. That's pretty worthless.
What's that? Commemorating stamps at some castle, or castles.
I think they're a red herring.
These are flapper stockings, aren't they?
For robbing antique banks.
It's all together in a funny sort of way.
It looks very like Art Deco to me.
1930. No, 1980.
No. Put the glasses on again!
Moroccan. WD Morgan.
It's not Moroccan.
That says William D Morgan, so they're going to be worth a bit.
That's from the railways.
Lovely, isn't it?
Liverpool to Doncaster.
My old stamping ground, Doncaster.
It's like a man's version of a charm bracelet, I think.
There's a mason's fob, Audrey.
It'll be 80 to 100 quid.
What's this? Firing glass, it says.
That's what was a ceremonial thing, is it?
Right, top three, Avril, the bust...
BOTH: The Toby jugs.
And the paperweight. Right.
BOTH: The pigeon, the bust.
And the... OK. The rolled up... We'll go with that.
The glass, the fob and the horrible tobacco jars.
That was tough. That's easy.
Joining me is our resident antiques expert, Charlie Ross.
Charlie, what do you make of these lots?
Actually, there's a lot of things there
I would like to be able to put under my gavel when I'm auctioning.
And they range from worthless -
what we in the antiques trade say is worthless
is something less than a tenner -
right up to our top lot
How has that valuation been done, then?
All the values for each lot have been agreed by...
myself. THEY LAUGH
And... An independent valuer based on hammer price.
That means the price that a bidder would pay
when the auctioneer's gavel comes down,
not including any costs.
OK, well, as well as these little treasures,
we have our mystery lot, hidden under the shroud of mystery,
poised to be uncovered at the end of the show to tempt our winners.
Charlie, ooh, it's a little one today.
It's a little one today.
But might it be hugely valuable later?
Is that all you're going to tempt us with?
I'm saying nothing more, Fern, about that.
OK. It could be priceless, or it could be worth tuppence.
We'll be unveiling it later, but for now it is time for Round One.
I'm going to ask ten general knowledge questions.
So, quizzers, if you buzz in with a correct answer,
your picker gets to add a lot to your collection.
But beware, buzz in incorrectly
and you'll be frozen out of the next question.
Quizzers, get the question right
and your picker will have the chance to bag the top lots first.
Fingers on buzzers. Question number one.
The adrenal glands are situated above which organs of the human body?
Carl? Kidneys. It is the kidneys, correct.
Jan, you are first off the mark. Delightful! What would you like?
I think I would quite like to go for...
OK, it is yours, that starts your collection.
In the sport of fencing, what is the name of the manoeuvre intended
to deflect or block an incoming...
It is a parry, to deflect an incoming attack.
Russell, your chance to choose. Looking delighted.
I was delighted, yeah.
I think I'll go for the pigeon.
The pigeon, it's yours.
Question number three.
The fictional seven kingdoms of Westeros
Yes, Carl? Game Of Thrones. It is Game Of Thrones. Correct.
Jan, your second pick.
I don't know what it is, but I love glass and I think it's lovely.
In November 1992, a fire broke out in which British...
Windsor Castle? It is Windsor Castle. I was going to say,
Why's your head in your hands there, Mark?
Well, the jewellery is in your collection.
Right, come on, Avril and Audrey. I know! You're going to be fine.
Here we go, question five.
Quasimodo was crowned as
the Pope of Fools
in which 1831 novel?
Yes, Avril. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. You are correct. Well done.
Right, Audrey. What would you like?
I really like the tobacco jars, so I'm going to go for them.
Lovely, tobacco jars are yours. You're off the mark.
Stay With Me and Money On My Mind...
Correct. I was going to say, "Stay With Me and Money On My Mind
"were UK number ones for which singer?" It is Sam Smith.
Panicking there! There's no stopping her now. Right, Audrey, your pick.
Now I'm lost, cos the other one has gone I fancied. Erm...
I think I'll go for the candlesticks.
They're in your collection.
What is the largest of the English Isles?
No, I'm afraid not. You're frozen out.
The largest of the English Isles is the Isle of Wight.
You cannot answer this next question.
Of what are Bonhams and Christie's notable examples?
Yes, Avril? Auction houses. Absolutely correct.
Audrey, go for it.
I think I'll have the paperweight, please. Excellent.
The paperweight is yours.
Mark and Russell, you're now back in the game.
Question nine. Decommissioned in 2003,
what was the world's only supersonic passenger jet?
Correct. Russell, go for it.
I'd better stick to the plan again.
LAUGHTER We'll go for the bust.
Go for bust. Go for bust, yes.
That's in your collection.
Final question, question ten.
Who played Edward Cullen
in the Twilight film series?
Yes, Carl? Robert Pattinson? It is Robert Pattinson. Correct.
Jan, this is your chance to make it all even,
you would all have three each. Oh, yes. Go for it.
OK, I think I'm going to go for the tiles this time,
cos I really do like them.
Good woman. Can't win them all.
Here's how the collections stand at the end of that round.
Audrey and Avril, you have the tobacco jars, the candlesticks,
and the paperweight.
Jan and Carl, you have managed to collect the fob,
the firing glass, and the tiles.
Last, but by no means least, Russell and Mark, you have the pigeon,
the jewellery and the bust.
Well, our teams have started to build their collections,
but before they have the chance to add to them,
Charlie is going to give each pair a fact about a lot of their choice.
These snippets of information should give you vital clues
about what it's worth. So, choose wisely.
Audrey, what would you like to find out about?
Erm, I think the tobacco jars, please.
In your own collection. Right, Charlie.
This is a pair of Victorian, English, salt-glazed tobacco jars
in the form of Jack Tar.
A common English term,
originally used to refer to seamen of the merchant or the Royal Navy.
CHARLIE: Figures like this were very popular.
But has it increased their worth?
Carl and Jan, what would you like to know about?
I'd quite like to know a bit more about the painting, please.
Right, this is a 19th-century oval portrait of a huntsman,
oil on board, in a carved gilt wood frame.
It is a gorgeous example of a Victorian portrait,
painted in the style of the great continental artists of the time.
There's no way of knowing who this person is,
or any signature to identify the artist, so what does quality
without provenance do to its value at auction?
Mark and Russell. Russell, what have you got your eye on
that you'd like to know more about?
I would like to know a little bit more about the vesta case.
Vesta cases, or vesta boxes were small, portable boxes
made in a great variety of forms
with snapshot covers to contain vestas -
short matches - and keep them dry.
Named after the goddess Vesta, the Roman deity of fire,
they came into use around the 1830s
and were produced extensively between 1890 and 1920.
This one dates to London, 1890,
and was made by Samson Mordan, in a way that is now very collectable.
OK, now that
you are a bit more knowledgeable about some of today's lots,
let's give you the chance to add more of them to your collections.
Bear in mind that at the end of this round,
the team with the least valuable collection will be eliminated.
So, three more lots are now available to each pair,
and this time the lots come with their own question categories.
And here they are.
So if you went for the vesta case, for instance,
I would offer you a question between fruit and veg or Meryl Streep.
It's a bit like Battleships. Audrey and Avril, you are up first.
So, Audrey, what's your lot?
I'm going to go for the painting, please. The painting.
Right, Avril, how are you on fruit and veg or soap operas?
Um, I'll go for soap operas. Soap operas it is.
Tamwar and Shabnam are members of which EastEnders family? Um...
It is the Masoods. Of course. Of course it is the Masoods. Oh!
The painting stays on the grid. Carl and Jan. Jan, what would you like?
I'm going to go for the vesta case. What question would you like, Carl?
Fruit and veg or Meryl Streep? I think I'll go with fruit and veg.
OK. Fruit and veg.
What is the Indian word for cauliflower?
Saag aloo? I think that is spinach. This is gobhi.
So, incorrect answer, I'm afraid.
Well, the vesta case stays where it is.
Mark and Russell, can you at least get one of them? We'll try.
Russell, what would you like?
After Charlie's great advice, I'll go for the vesta case.
The vesta case. Right, Mark. Fruit and veg, Meryl Streep?
Ah. Fruit and veg, please. Fruit and veg.
Which poison can be extracted from apple pips?
It is not arsenic, it is the other one, cyanide.
But there is only a very, very, very small trace of cyanide in any pips,
so no-one can go around, really,
doing anything too terrible with that one.
Here's the second pass. Are you ready, Audrey and Avril?
Audrey, what would you like to have a go at?
I think we are going to go with the painting again, please.
The painting again. Fruit and veg or soap operas?
Avril, what would you like? We'll try soap operas again.
Soap operas again.
Which Australian soap opera character has been played by veteran
actor Ray Meagher since 1988?
Ray Meagher? Mm-hm.
I can't think of any soap opera characters in Australia.
The answer is Alf Stewart from Home And Away. Yeah.
Right, Carl and Jan.
Jan, what are you going for? I'm going for the vesta case once again.
Vesta case. Fruit and veg or Meryl Streep? Meryl, you've got your way.
OK. Here is your Meryl Streep question.
For which film did Meryl Streep receive her first
Academy Award nomination?
Kramer vs. Kramer? No. The Deer Hunter.
A long time ago now. Sorry, dear. Russell. You've got carte blanche.
Choose what you want.
I want the vesta case, but nobody seems to know anything about
fruit and veg or Meryl Streep. LAUGHTER
But I will go for the vesta case again. OK.
Mark... Oh, you're cruel.
..Meryl Streep or fruit and veg? Oh!
Fruit and veg, please. Fruit and veg.
Which fruit is used as the base for guacamole?
Avocado. It is avocado. Yes!
Oh, well done. The vesta case held out for you, I think.
And it is now coming to your collection.
So, there's one last lot available to each team,
and this time you can either go for what's left on the grid
or you can try to steal an antique that is in a rival team's collection.
But, pickers, be warned.
If you choose to steal from another team,
their quizzer will get to decide your quizzer's category.
Audrey, do you want to target a lot from the grid,
or have you got your eye on something in another collection?
No, I'm going to target a lot from the grid. Go for it.
I'm going to go for the stamps. The stamps.
Fruit and veg or outer space? Well...
I'm going to go for fruit and veg.
In the USA, what is the official state fruit of Georgia?
Melon. Incorrect. It is the peach.
Oh, dear, the stamps stay on the grid.
Jan, what would you like?
I'm going to be a little devil,
and I'm going to try and steal something from someone else.
With Carl's help, of course. And he liked the bust.
A-ha. And I like it, as well. The bust is with Mark and Russell.
So I think we are going to go for that.
Which means that Mark, you pick a category -
any one of these now for Carl.
I'm going to go with soap operas.
Soap operas. Carl, brace yourself.
Which British soap was set in a Midlands motel?
The bust is yours. Got it at last?
Benny. Benny, I'm channelling Benny. FERN LAUGHS
Mark and Russell, what are you going to do?
Take something from the grid or steal something from your opponent?
I'm going to take something from the grid,
because I thought that was quite cruel.
That won't win you the game. It was terrible. It was cruel.
You can play to take it back. No, I think I'll go for the stamps.
Going for the stamps. Fruit and veg or outer space, Mark?
Oh, I've had enough of fruit and veg.
I'm going to go outer space, please.
Which planet in our solar system is closest to the sun?
It is, correct!
The stamps are yours and are on their way to your collection.
OK, that's it for Round Two, and for one team it is the end of the road.
We've calculated the combined value of your items.
And the team with the least valuable collection will be eliminated,
taking your lots out of the game, too.
Charlie has been keeping tabs, so, Charlie, who is leaving us first?
I don't want anybody to go... Never. ..Fern.
But I can reveal that the pair leaving us first is...
..Jan and Carl. Oh, dear.
Oh, I'm so sorry.
You've played brilliantly, and thank you for being here.
But before you leave, we need to find out about the lots
that are leaving the game with you. How much is each lot worth?
Where are we starting, Charlie?
We are going to start with the firing glass.
Interesting how it got its name, isn't it, firing glass?
You'd toast it and then you banged it down on the table,
and if you all did it together,
it sounded like a volley of muskets going. Hence the "firing glass".
They are sometimes called shot glasses.
But it has got a crack, someone has done...
HE BANGS ON DESK .."cheers" a bit too hard,
and there is a crack running through it, which has affected the value.
It's a nice object, it is late 19th century.
And we've put a value of ?100 on it.
Oh. Not bad. That's more than I thought.
What about the fob?
It's 19th-century, it is gold and white gold.
And white gold is gold with a bit of nickel in it,
or a bit of platinum in it. And it gives it a different texture.
And because it is gold content, it is
limited in terms of value as to who would buy it, being Masonic.
But ?200. Wow.
What's next? Well, we've got some tiles.
Carl, I think you knew the name, didn't you? William De Morgan.
William De Morgan.
And you might think that unless you've got a whole packet to
do your bathroom, or your kitchen, they wouldn't be worth a great deal.
But because they are William De Morgan, they are indeed.
We only have two tiles, but we have a value of ?400 on these tiles.
They've gone. And we've got one more item, haven't we?
Oh, I love this little girl.
Comments about the hairstyle being perhaps early '50s.
Well, this is quite possibly '50s.
It's by Benno Schotz,
an amazing sculptor.
He was influenced by Rodin, influenced by Epstein.
A lot of his works are in museums. This is top stuff.
You did very well to get this lot and to steal it back.
Sadly, it didn't give you quite enough, but it's still worth ?1,000.
So, well done. Not too shabby. Not too shabby.
Which brought your collection up to ?1,700, which is laudable.
Mmm. Jan and Carl, it is time to
bring the hammer down on your collection, I'm afraid.
But thank you for playing For What It's Worth. Thank you. Thank you.
I don't know what happened, really. I think it was the fatal flaw.
We chose the things we like the look of,
rather than the things of great value.
We all swear at home we won't do that, but we did.
The unclaimed lots in the grid are now also leaving the game.
So let's quickly find out from Charlie what they were worth,
and if the top lot is there or still in the game somewhere.
Russell, we liked your comment... "for robbing antique banks."
They were made by George Brettle. What a stocking-maker was he.
He made stockings for Queen Victoria. Oh! Oh!
Were these worn by Queen Victoria?
And therefore we are missing that word, aren't we? Provenance.
And without provenance, these stockings are worth ?25.
Ah. Now the toy.
Avril. Yes. I think you said it would be worthless
without the box. Yes. Good point!
Not worthless... No, but. ..but it's the Louis Marx USA tin plate
This is a model of the car that won Indianapolis,
probably the most famous American race, in 1948. Wow.
It's in good condition, but you are right. No box.
But it's still worth ?250.
Never! Blimey. Now, the painting. The painting.
Audrey, not keen on the painting, were we? I wasn't a lover of it.
Mark, well painted, the Victorian gent.
But there again, provenance.
Who painted it? Haven't got a clue.
Who's it of? Haven't got a clue.
So as a nice, attractive decorator's painting,
?300. Really? Next.
I love this. You might just call it a tripod table.
Audrey, you thought Victorian, Georgian.
No, it is earlier than that.
Look at those slender lines. I think, Russell,
you thought '20s or '30s. Yes, but 1820s,
not 1920s. Actually a little bit earlier.
I think we can go back to 1800.
I love this table. ?350. Oh!
Were you all thinking, "Uh-oh"? THEY LAUGH
Very clever. OK.
What a beautiful table, but no, thank you. What's next?
We finish up with a rather interesting collection of coins.
I don't think any of you knew what these coins were, did you? No.
No. I think Audrey spotted that thousands were found.
2,000 years old!
Come on, team!
They're worthless! Oh! Yay!
Yay! That's simply because there are so many of them? Exactly, Fern.
Well done, teams,
you did not fall into the trap of picking up the worthless lot.
Very good. Well, those are some very interesting and valuable lots
that are leaving the game, but, as you've seen,
and much to your relief, the bottom lot is now out of the game,
but thankfully the top lot is still in play.
Oh! Who's got it?
So just two pairs of contestants left.
Before we go any further, though,
Charlie is going to give you another fact about a lot of your choice.
Audrey, what lot do you need to know more about? The pigeon.
Charlie, the pigeon, please.
This pigeon is an early work by Arnold Machin,
made in 1937.
Machin was a British artist, sculptor, coin- and stamp-designer.
In 1964, he was chosen to create a bust of the Queen
that was to appear on coins until 1984.
Animals particularly interested him,
and he produced quite a few single studies of animals.
So where does this all leave our pigeon?
A one-off piece by an influential British sculptor,
but not created during his peak,
but as part of his studies.
What does this mean for the value?
Hmm. That was a good story, Audrey, wasn't it? Yes, very interesting.
But has it been helpful? Yes, I think so. Oh. Yes.
Russell, what would you like to know more about?
I'd like to know a little bit more about the paperweight,
please, Charlie. It's a Clichy paperweight.
Made between 1850 and 1860.
And Clichy was the third of the principal French
glassworks in the mid-19th century.
Very few Clichy weights are signed.
This one has no signature... and doesn't feature any roses.
But it is full of millefiori.
OK, thank you very much, Charlie.
Russell, has that given you any idea what it's worth? None whatsoever.
Those are all the facts available to you, so now it's
time for our final round, and at the end of it
we will have our winners.
Concentrate on this one.
I'm going to give the quizzers a category,
and then they take turns to say answers in that category.
For example, if I say, "Famous people called Jane," Avril,
you might say Jane Austen.
Mark, you might say Jane Fonda, and then Jane Seymour and so one.
If you fail to give an answer, if you repeat an answer,
or you give a wrong answer, you lose that category.
And the opponents' picker will be able to steal
a lot from your collection. Mmm.
Remember, it's the
total value of your collections that matter at the end of this round.
One high-priced lot could be more valuable than your opponents'
entire collection. There are three categories.
The pair with the most valuable collection at this point goes
first, so, Charlie, who is that?
The team who currently has the most viable collection is...
..Russell and Mark. Oh. Really?
OK, Mark, you will be going first. OK.
The first category is Acts That Have Headlined On The Pyramid Stage
At Glastonbury Festival Since 2002.
That is when the term headline act became an official
feature at the Glastonbury Festival. Here we go.
Mark, would you please give me your first answer?
The Rolling Stones.
Of all the people, you'd have thought she would have,
but she hasn't yet.
You could have had Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Kanye West,
The White Stripes or U2, amongst many others. OK.
Russell, you can steal from Avril and Audrey's collection.
What would you like? I think I'll take the tobacco jars.
The tobacco jars. They're yours.
Avril and Audrey, here's your category.
English Cities That Have Church Of England Cathedrals.
Here we go, Avril. Please give me an answer.
I'm afraid we can't accept Westminster.
We've obviously all heard of the City of Westminster and there is
a cathedral there, but I'm afraid it is not Church of England.
Oh, dear! Never mind. I am sorry.
Russell, prepare to steal.
What do you want? I think I will take the candlesticks. The candlesticks?
They are coming to you. Avril and Audrey, don't worry. Here we go.
Official James Bond Movies.
We will only accept films made by Eon Productions
and will not accept, for instance,
Never Say Never Again, as this is not an official James Bond film.
Mark, give me an answer.
From Russia With Love.
Man With The Golden Gun.
Correct. Well done. Mark?
Diamonds Are Forever.
You Only Live Twice.
Incorrect. I'm so sorry, Avril.
You could have had Spectre, Skyfall... Skyfall.
..On Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, etc, etc. Yeah.
Well done, Mark and Russell.
I wonder what you might have your eye on over in Avril and Audrey's corner.
I think I need some paperweights, please.
The paperweight is coming over to your collection right now.
Well, teams, it's obviously very clear who are our winners today.
Congratulations, Russell and Mark.
Audrey and Avril, we are so sorry to be losing you,
but, unfortunately, the questions just didn't fall your way
at the crucial moment, but thank you for playing For What It's Worth.
Thank you. Thank you.
To be honest, the candlesticks, I just picked them
cos they were really ugly. And the clock.
And I thought, God, they've got to
be worth something or they wouldn't be here cos they're so ugly!
Well done, Russell and Mark.
You built the most valuable collection
and you are today's winners.
And now, all that remains is for you to claim your prize.
All you have to do - simple - is pick a lot from your collection
and we will give you its value in cash. OK.
As you will have deduced,
that top lot is hiding somewhere in your collection, but can you spot it?
Have a little chat and decide which you'd like to choose.
Come on, then, Chewbacca! You choose.
You choose - what do you think it is?
I'll back you all the way, until you're wrong.
When we looked around, the pigeon interested us, didn't it?
I think, as you can tell, it's quality. It is quality.
I do like it.
If I had to break it down, I'd say pigeon and the paperweight
and the Vesta case are the three. The others I would get rid of.
But you liked the jewellery?
I did like the jewellery, so I'd put that instead of the paperweight,
but I think the pigeon is what we've both been saying we went for.
Are we going to stick with that?
I think we're going to stick with the pigeon.
You're going to stick with the pigeon? Catch the pigeon.
So they have chosen the pigeon.
Before we tell you what it's worth, Charlie,
please can you tell us the value of the lots the boys have rejected?
I love your jewellery. I think it's splendid.
It is Norwegian, David Andersen. Wonderful, wonderful silversmith.
Silver and enamel.
?450 worth. Wowee! The excitement! Good.
You quite liked those clumpy tobacco jars, didn't you?
I think if you had one of them,
they really wouldn't be worth much at all.
To get a pair of this size in that condition is really quite rare.
And they're quite fun.
And they're ?600 worth.
THEY SIGH WITH RELIEF
Good. Sigh of relief.
What's next? Trench art. Oh! Yeah.
A lot of trench art is simply getting an old shell
and embossing it crudely.
This is extremely well done
and it is a signed piece of trench art, hence the price.
We're glad it's gone, though. OK. Next.
There was a bit of banter, wasn't there, about this paperweight? Yeah.
Well, it's Clichy. Only just behind Baccarat as a top brand.
But I can't afford it because it's ?900 worth. Ooh! OK.
Well done, boys. We're getting closer. Oh, we're climbing now.
Well done. What's next? Well, the Vesta box, Sampson Mordan.
You liked that, too, didn't you, chaps? Yeah.
And to think that this was probably a personal
commission by Sampson Mordan and the quality of the enamelling.
Anyway, it's 1890, so it's got age, it's got everything we need,
hasn't it? And it's 1,250 smackers' worth!
Excellent. Now... Beautiful piece.
OK, where are we going? Stamps or pigeon? Are you a philatelist?
Stamp collector. Philately will get you nowhere.
But this will because this is quite a valuable collection of stamps.
Do you know why? No.
I think it's the investiture of Prince Charles
as the Prince of Wales. That's exactly right.
And which castle is that? Um...
Caernarfon. Spot on. 1969.
That is not why they're valuable, chaps. Have another look at them.
Price? There's no price on them!
There's always a price on a stamp
unless it says first or second class.
We did notice that, but... You did, but you thought that was irrelevant?
Well, that makes them... I was going to say priceless. Oh!
These are seriously valuable.
These are worth over ?1,000.
These are worth over ?1,500.
These are worth over ?2,000. No!
These are, in fact, worth 2,250.
Get in there!
What a tense moment! Can you draw a conclusion from that, chaps?
I have done, yes. Yes. OK. You have won the top lot.
The pigeon is the thing.
So, Russell and Mark, come and join me to take a closer
look at your chosen lot and see if we can tempt you with our mystery lot.
There is that beautiful pigeon.
You won him as your first lot and defended him
cos no-one was interested. You just hid him away somehow. Yup.
A bit lucky there, I think. But we know how much he's worth.
You already have ?2,500 on the table for you.
However, let's see if we can tempt you with today's mystery lot
which, as I said, could be worth even more than the value of the pigeon.
Charlie? I'm going to reveal it.
Oh. A letter.
There we are, Fern. Open that envelope. OK.
And it says "Private Confidential"
from 10 Downing Street, Whitehall.
31st of October, 1931.
And it finishes, "I am yours, always sincerely..."
Is that Ramsay MacDonald? It is. Oh, my goodness!
Tell us about this letter.
This is a letter from the former
Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald on Number 10 Downing Street
headed paper, dated just four days after the general election of 1931.
The election was a landslide victory for the national government
after the collapse of MacDonald's previous Labour government.
The letter, addressed to one of MacDonald's friends,
berates the Labour Party in passionate language.
So, interesting, political, but is it collectable? Wow.
So, all that's left for you to decide is whether to stick
with your pigeon, or to dump it in favour of today's mystery lot.
Have a little chat and then tell us what you'd like to do.
I'll be honest.
They are really collectable, but I don't ever remember
hearing, on any of the programmes I've seen, letters with value.
It might be, though, because the rarity of its content.
You happy with the pigeon, then? I'm happy with the pigeon.
I'll stick with the pigeon. I'll have to go with what you say.
Er... Oh! We're going to stick with the pigeon, then, in that case.
Absolutely sure? Absolutely sure. OK.
So they're going to stick with the pigeon,
and that means you have won its worth in cold, hard cash.
But, Charlie, please tell us what
they have thrown away with your letter.
To have a letter like this, that is so personal...
..addressed to a great friend of his...
Can you imagine if the newspapers of the day had got hold
of something like that, berating his own party and all they stood for?
And, of course, this makes it so interesting, so collectable.
Have people that collect political memorabilia got money?
Well, of course they've got money! Oh, dear.
Do they spend their money? And if so, how much do they spend?
I'm going to need a lie-down in a minute. Like me.
On this, they would spend, in the right sale to the right person...
..?400. Oh, yes! Oh!
Oh! Thank you, Fern. Well done, lads!
Well done, guys. Well done, well done! Well done, sir.
Thank you. Well done. Thank you so much. Tremendous! Congratulations!
Thank you. You've done so well today.
Russell and Mark, they're going home with ?2,500.
Charlie, you've given us such shots of adrenaline, fear,
excitement and everything else. Thank you, Fern.
I'm looking forward to seeing you next time. Thank you so much.
So looking forward to seeing you again next time
when three new teams join us to play For What It's Worth.
We'll see you then. Goodbye.
Mark's knowledge in the show... I thought he nailed it.
I mean, when he said that Ireland was one of the biggest...
..British Isles, I thought I was in trouble here!
But he picked up at the end with the James Bond.