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Hello and welcome to For What It's Worth.
Now, if you know the meaning of tittle and you can separate
the antique tat from the treasure, then this is the show for you.
We have three pairs of contestants who are ready to play
and in each team, there's a quizzer
responsible for answering general knowledge questions
so that their partner, the picker,
can choose an antique item to add to their collection.
The aim of the game is to amass the most valuable collection.
Today's lots for your consideration
are 16 different antiques and collectables.
A bottle of beer...
A sewing machine...
A letter opener...
A golf club...
Spoons and forks...
And a pair of vases.
They are all very different with very different values.
One is worthless, worth only £10 or less,
and the rest increase in value to our top lot which is worth
a whopping £2,500.
That's the lot to spot, because at the end of the show, the winning
pair will walk away with the cash equivalent of one of these items.
First up we have David and Simon, who are friends.
-They live in London and David, you are today's picker.
So, when did your interest in antiques and collectables really begin?
Well, I grew up in the States
and both my parents were avid collectors
and so as kids we used to load in the car every weekend and go
to flea markets, antique shops and I sort of learnt it from my parents.
And sitting next to you is your friend Simon. Hello, Simon.
Simon is responsible for answering the questions today.
So, are you feeling pressure?
-I mean, has David giving you a bit of a pep talk?
He's certainly given me a bit of a confidence boost.
We were actually joking earlier
that you sort of mentally prepare yourself for this kind of thing
and you think of all the questions that could come your way,
but then when you actually get in the situation in the hot seat,
things start to sort of slip from your memory.
Right, you'd better get these questions right then, Simon, you are under pressure.
Sitting next to you are Cathy and Margaret.
They are aunt and niece from the Wirral.
Welcome to the show, ladies.
Now, Margaret, you're going to be picking the antiques to target today,
-so do you reckon you've got a nose for a bargain?
-I've found a few in my time.
-Have you? What was the best one?
We were in an auction house and my thing is ceramics, but I saw
this clock and I thought, "Oh, I love that, I've got to have it."
And I paid about £100 for it.
Went home, researched it on the internet
and found it was by a very well-known French maker.
Anyway, I eventually sold it, well, quickly sold it, for £650.
Oh, so your love for it... you're fickle.
You loved it, "Oh, it's worth money, goodbye."
Yeah, didn't love it that much! Love the money more.
Yeah, well, fair enough.
And Cathy, you are the quizzer.
How would you describe your relationship with your aunt here, Cathy?
I don't know, we're just...mad.
We just talk all the time and just laugh.
-Do you generally agree on most things?
-Yeah, we do, yeah.
Uh-oh, it could be trouble.
And finally, we have husband and wife team Brendan and Lynne
from the West Midlands. Welcome.
Now, Brendan, you are the picker for your team.
How long have you and Lynne been married?
We've just celebrated 30 years and, erm...we actually met...
at a New Year's party
in 1978 going into 1979.
How lovely. Lynne, that sounds marvellous.
Do you remember any of his chat-up lines?
-"Come and have a look at my fossils" was one of them.
-Well, who could resist that?
It was a really good fossil collection.
It must have been!
Lynne, you're going to be answering the questions for your team
today, so are you feeling confident?
I am only competitive when it comes to quizzes,
so that's where my competitive streak comes out,
so...I'm pretty confident, yes.
Well, welcome, all three teams.
We're looking forward to playing the game, so...
Earlier our teams inspected the lots,
but could they separate the lovely loot from the car boot?
OK, so where shall we start?
I think it's from a school.
It's like something I'd see in the physiotherapist's.
I think it's ugly.
You bought the tobacco and you got the pipes free.
-That belonged to George Best.
It looks like E Ward.
So, not Singer that you'd expect.
Although it's quite interesting, with their trademark look,
it's a Staffordshire Knot.
-What is this, a letter opener?
-A letter opener, yeah.
-You wouldn't open any bills with that, would you?
-It's a bit over the top, isn't it, really?
Hey, a bottle of beer, it might be something we know about.
Oh, the Royal Wedding.
-Well, put it this way, if the coins and things from then aren't worth anything, then...
Spalding Gold Medal, it's a big sports company.
They might even be American.
-I'm with Mark Twain about golf.
It's a good walk spoilt.
Ansini, so... Italian?
It has had cypress trees as well,
so could this be something to do with Italy?
Wife number one, wife number two, no!
1933. WA, Women's Artillery,
I still haven't seen anything yet that I think, "Wow."
This is one of these companies that put out like an annual issue
and then people would buy them each year.
Do you think this looks Scandinavian to you?
They have a real Scandi feel to me.
I think it's mass produced. And the detail is really good.
-I feel they're worthless!
The Pharisee and the Publican. 1877.
It's the kind of thing you'd imagine in a stately home.
-That hideous clock. Tell me that's hideous.
-You don't like the clock?
There's no markings to the inside of the clock or anything.
-It has a German feel, doesn't it?
She's definitely young there.
-It's the Queen?
And they are fully perforated, aren't they?
They're not perforated at the sides.
What do you think? It's not very heavy!
It's very lightweight, that's the only thing that worries me.
I think it's silver plate.
It's probably a famous statue. Someone made copies
that people bought so they could have it in their home.
For the Art Union of London, 1842.
Victorian ladies, if they were sat by the fire, they'd turn that
so it didn't melt the make-up.
Does the needlework look lighter to you?
-So, what are you top three, do you think?
-The two screens.
-The bronze statue.
-I think I'd go for the spoons.
-Definitely the silver, definitely the bronze. And...
-And you're going to go for the golf club.
-Clock. And I'm going for the stamps.
The least valuable...
I would agree with you. The bottle of beer.
The two vases.
The commemorative beer.
Go on! CATHY LAUGHS
Joining me is our resident antiques expert Charles Hanson.
Hello, Fern. Hello, all.
Oh, what did you think of their knowledge as they walked around the viewing room?
Knowledge, I think I can see it growing already, quite organically.
If I said to you, "Fern, what's an antique?" what would you say to me?
I'd probably says something over 100 years.
Exactly, because you're the collectable,
you get all evocative over that decade.
You've got that certain style...
-Are you saying I'm over 100?
-Far from it, you look radiant as ever!
That's better. THEY LAUGH
Behind me are a really intriguing bunch of items.
They do have years of experience. Are they evocative? Are they unique?
Are they battered or bruised
-or have they got that all-important pedigree?
And as always, we need to know
how you get to the valuation you've put on these things.
That's so important, because value can be so subjective.
What is it worth?
Well, importantly, all the values for each lot have been
agreed by an independent valuer based on hammer price.
That's that mid-auction estimate, so we take it down the middle.
OK. Well, as well as those 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,
it could be priceless, it could be worth nothing at all,
we're going to be unveiling it later.
But for now, it is time for round one.
OK, everybody, I'm going to ask you ten general knowledge questions.
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 will be frozen out of the next question.
OK, fingers on buzzers. Here comes question number one.
Who played the title role in the 1996 film The English Patient?
It was Ralph Fiennes, well done.
Brendan, your turn.
I think, Fern, I'm going to go for the statue.
It is yours. It's going into your collection.
Here comes question number two.
What animal appears on the flag of California?
It's the brown bear.
Cathy and Margaret, I'm so sorry. You're frozen out.
Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress,
became creative director of which fashion...? BUZZER
..creative director of which fashion brand in 2010?
It is Alexander McQueen.
Well done. David, would you like to choose something?
I think I will go for the stamps.
Stamps. They're on their way.
Cathy and Margaret, you're now back in the game. Question number four.
Gunnersaurus Rex is the mascot of which English football club?
BUZZER Yes, Lynne.
-It is Arsenal, well done.
I think I'm going to go for the bowl, Fern.
The bowl. It's yours.
Question number five.
In Greek mythology, everything King Midas touches... BUZZER
-Well done, yes, it is.
Everything King Midas touches becomes what precious metal?
The answer of course is gold.
Margaret, what do you fancy up there?
The spoons and forks, please.
The spoons and forks. Well done.
Question number six.
In 2000, comedian Larry David created which US television sitcom
in which he plays a semi-fictionalised version of himself?
BUZZER Yes, Lynne.
Ahh, you're frozen out.
No, the answer is Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Who wrote the 1979 novel The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy?
Nope? OK, it's Douglas Adams.
Lynne and Brendan, you're back in the game. Question eight.
What is the anatomical name for the voice box?
BUZZER Yes, Simon.
-It is the larynx, good.
-David, what do you want?
-I will go for the screens.
Building your collections very nicely.
Question number nine. Super Trouper was the last UK number one...
-You are correct.
The full question is, "..the last UK number one hit single
"for which Swedish group?"
And it was of course Abba.
Margaret, pick something.
I'll go for the golf club.
The golf club. Mmm!
Final question here, question ten.
Which American pop artist is best known for paintings inspired by comic strips?
BUZZER Yes, Simon.
No, good go, but it was actually Roy Lichtenstein.
So, at the end of that round, David and Simon,
you have collected the stamps and the screens.
Margaret and Cathy, you have added the spoons and forks
and the golf club to your collection.
Whilst Brendan and Lynne have managed to collect the statue and the bowl.
Very well matched. Excellent.
Our teams have started to build their collections,
but before they have the chance to add to them,
Charles is going to give each of you a fact about a lot of your choice.
Now, these snippets of information should give you vital
clues about what it's worth, so choose wisely and listen carefully.
You can choose a lot that is one of yours,
one of another opponent's or something from the grid, OK?
So, David, which lot would you like to hear more about?
Could you tell me more about the clock, please?
This is a real Doulton Lambeth Ware clock,
designed by a gent called George Tinworth in around 1880.
Tinworth was given free rein to create pieces
featuring things he loved,
and George just happened to love mice.
This clock only came in brown.
Not a colour people rushed out to buy.
So, are these mice? Is the clock playing sweet music to you?
Margaret, what would you like to know more about?
The statue, please, Fern. Thank you.
Well, this one is by a gentleman called Edward William Wyon.
He was an English sculptor from 1811 and died 1885.
He created this bronze model of St Michael overcoming the devil
from a version by John Flaxman for the Art Union Of London in 1842.
This bronze is one of many models produced by the Art Union.
It was used as an example of the attempt to improve
the status and quality of English bronze sculpture.
Now, Brendan, what would you like to hear more about?
I like to hear more about the stamps, please.
Ah, that Simon and David have over there.
These are issued in 1958
in this ultramarine blue.
And of course, when you collect stamps that are still connected,
there can be a lot that affects value.
These ones are still joined vertically, which is more unusual.
You may have noticed that the perforations are imperfect, though.
The top one actually has three smooth sides, do note.
Originally, also, these would have come as a set of six.
OK, now that you are all a bit more knowledgeable about 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.
Three more lots are now available to each pair.
This time, pickers, you will target a lot,
and quizzers, you then have to secure it
by answering a question correctly.
But in this round, the lots come with their own categories.
OK, let's start with Simon and David.
Let's go for the vases.
'80s Cinema or Bestselling Books?
Here's your question.
In which 1984 film did the protagonists drive the Ecto-1?
Back To The Future.
Simon, I'm so sorry, the answer actually is Ghostbusters.
So the vases will stay on the grid.
Next up, Cathy and Margaret.
Margaret, what would you like?
I'll try the vases.
OK, Cathy, '80s Cinema or Bestselling Books?
What was the name of the pirate in The Goonies?
It is One-Eyed Willy, congratulations.
-The vases are yours.
-I love that film.
You love it? Best film...
Lynne and Brendan. Brendan, what would you like?
I think we'll go for the baton.
All right. Lynne, Kings And Queens or Opera?
Oh, I'll go Kings And Queens.
Yes, OK, your question is...
What was the maiden name of Henry VIII's last wife?
David, your turn again, what would you like?
Simon, Opera or UK Geography?
I think I'll go for UK Geography.
In which country of the UK is the Cairngorms National Park?
It is Scotland. The model is yours.
Cathy and Margaret.
Margaret, what do you want?
The shell, please.
Cathy. '80s Cinema or Celebrity Chefs?
Oh, yes, she's on it, isn't she?
In the John Hughes film, Claire, John, Andrew, Brian and Alison
are collectively known by what name?
Correct! Well done! THEY LAUGH
The shell is yours.
Brendan, what would you like to pick?
I'm going to go for the clock.
Kings And Queens or Bestselling Books, Lynne?
-Kings And Queens, please.
-OK, here we go.
Who succeeded Queen Victoria to the throne in 1901?
It was Edward VII.
The clock is yours.
So, teams, your collections are growing.
But now, remember, at the end of this round,
the pair with the least valuable collection will be leaving us.
So, have you missed out on that one item you want above all else?
If so, here is your chance to secure it.
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 someone else's collection.
But pickers, be warned,
because if you choose to steal from another team,
it's their quizzer who will get to decide your quizzer's category.
Right, David, do you want to target a lot from the grid
or have you got your eye on something in another collection?
I think I would like the statue.
The statue, that is in Lynne and Brendan's collection.
Lynne, I want you to choose any category
of question up there for Simon.
Let's go rugby union.
OK, Simon, the Brumbies are a professional rugby team in which country?
-Oh, you were so close, it was Australia.
Lynne, you've defended that statue very well indeed.
Cathy and Margaret.
Margaret, would you like something from the grid
or something from someone else's collection?
The bowl, please.
The silver bowl.
That is in Lynne and Brendan's collection.
What question category would you like to give to Cathy?
I haven't heard anything about Plant Life yet,
so let's go for that.
OK, Plant Life.
Which fossilised yellow resin comes from tree sap?
-It is amber.
Oh, you've stolen the silver bowl!
And there it is, in its new home.
Lynne and Brendan, Brendan?
What would you like?
-I think we'll have a go at stealing the bowl back.
Stealing the bowl back, fair enough.
All right, Cathy, you pick a category for Lynne, please.
The aria Nessun Dorma is from which opera?
It is, it is, correct.
-Welcome back that bowl.
Well, it wasn't there for very long.
Let's see how the collections stand at the end of that round.
David and Simon, you still have the model, the stamps and the screens.
Margaret and Kathy, you have the vases, the shell, the spoons
and forks, and the golf club.
Brendan and Lynne, you've defended the bowl. It sits proudly
in your collection alongside the statue, the baton and the clock.
OK, that is it for round two,
and for one team, it is now the end of the road. Who's it going to be?
Well, we've calculated the combined value of your items, and the team
with the least valuable collection will be eliminated, taking their
lots out of the game. So, Charles has been keeping a tab on things.
Charles, who is going to be the first to leave us today?
The pair leaving us first today...
..is Margaret and Kathy. I'm sorry.
You've built a nice collection there as well, I'm so sorry to lose you.
Never mind. Listen, you want to know, before you go,
how much each of the lots are worth, don't you? Yes. Charles.
You built a lovely collection, you had four items.
We talk about quality, don't we? And quantity.
You had the quantity and, in my opinion, quality as well.
We will start with the pair of Japanese vases.
These are late Satsuma.
What we look for in Satsuma pottery, not the squeezy variety,
but the region of Japan where these were made,
is a tightly knit form of decoration.
These are quite loose and quite late,
made for the western souvenir market. I think they are great.
-They weren't worthless, their value was £130.
OK. So, not a bad start.
We then teed off with a delightfully, quite rare
Cran Cleek, wood face, Spalding,
gold-medal golf club, which is here.
Delightful object, very late,
made in the same year as the Diamond Jubilee, 1897.
The grip isn't original,
but the golfing memorabilia department is huge across salerooms.
It is worth £200.
OK, what's next?
These spoons are really well enamelled, they have a quality.
They are silver gilt, they are delightful, Danish, Scandinavian,
that was the vogue in that middle part of the last century.
By a great man called Anton Michelsen.
There they are. Although they were made in large quantities,
their quality is improving in value all the time.
They are worth £350.
And finally, the shell case.
This shell case, of course, this is trench art.
Made from cast-offs, particularly shells.
This is an older World War I shell.
Really interestingly, it's been inlaid when it's been sent to
an arts school in Jerusalem, so that lovely silver and copper wire work
gives it quite a rare artistry.
We see lots of shell cases, they can make £30.
This one, though, is particularly unique.
-And it's worth £1,000.
-That was a very good spot.
Margaret and Kathy, it is
time to bring the hammer down on your collection, I'm afraid,
but thank you so much for playing For What It's Worth.
Thank you for having us.
We were beaten by a better team.
They stole the bowl off me. When I think we would have been OK.
At one point we had five items,
-which is more than anyone else.
I think we did quite well.
It was just luck on the questions, but sadly, the bowl did it.
Now, the unclaimed lots in the grid are also leaving the game,
so let's quickly find out from Charles what they were worth
and if the top lot is still in the game. OK, Charles, tapestry.
Yes, Fern, we talk about pedigree and provenance,
and, Simon, I was so impressed.
I think your comment was the best comment I heard
in that viewing room.
You quoted, "It would look good in a stately home."
Well, hello, this tapestry came from Chatsworth.
-That jewel in Derbyshire's crown.
However, it is quite a mundane subject. It's religious.
We look for the more sentimental, more invigorating Victorian scenes.
It is 19th-century, it's not earlier, and
-although it came from Chatsworth, it's only worth about £80.
It is fairly out of fashion in the current market.
Well, he's gone, we don't care. Next.
And then, and then it may have not blown your mind away,
but this was this interesting-looking clay pipe,
and, really, they were mass-produced in the late 19th century.
Not overly clever but for one thing.
Look at the ball and the boot.
It's got this early rugby association,
and you'll see the figures holding the balls in their hands.
Rugby union goes back to 1845.
This is very early in the founding of rugby, circa 1818.
-What's it worth? £100.
-There you go.
-What's the next one?
The next item on the board now, you'll see,
and again, Lynne, you were quite right in its practical purpose.
You said you would use it to open bills. Quite right.
It is a letter opener.
It's a gorgeous object, and it's based, in style,
on a 17th-century Scottish basket hilt sword.
Importantly, hallmarked for Edinburgh,
so with Scottish love, 1880s.
And these small collectables are so good today.
What's it worth? £250.
Is it? It's lovely, it's got charm, hasn't it?
It has got charm. Real charm.
-OK, what's next?
-This is by a fairly important name.
It is an Edward Ward Arm & Platform sewing machine,
made in around 1875.
Important for its mechanics within, it was innovative,
it was revolutionary.
Brendan, you said it was interesting,
it bore the Staffordshire knot, you're quite right.
Midlands-made, but with a London retailer attached to it.
Importantly, made by Edwards with this Arm & Platform device,
which was so invigorating to a market.
Hold tight, this is expensive.
Wow. But it's still not the top lot. So that's good.
Top lot, as far as we know, is still there.
But there's one more for you to come.
Yes, one more. Is this it? I'll tell you.
This, again, bottle of beer,
was made for that wedding of July 1981.
-Where were you, Fern?
-I was working on television, reporting on it.
-There we are, hey. History.
-Charles and Diana's wedding.
-This, luckily, Fern, never opened and drank...
..on the day in celebration of that day. This is a bottle of beer
celebrating that great wedding day of '81.
It hasn't been touched by royalty.
They were made in their hundreds of thousands.
Many are still in chests of drawers,
because we tend to keep raw commemoratives for what they are.
As a memory.
You wouldn't drink it now. What's it worth, Fern?
What would you pay for it?
It's either the top lot, or I would say it's the worthless one.
It is absolutely worthless. On a good day, £10.
So, now we know that the top lot, worth £2,500,
is sitting somewhere in your collections right here,
and you've got rid of the bottom lot, which is even better.
OK, just two pairs of contestants left, but before we go any further,
Charles is going to give you another fact about a lot of your choice.
It could be yours, it could be theirs. David, you can go first.
What lot do you really need to know more about?
I think I'd like to know a little bit more about the bowl,
since everyone was so eager to get it but me.
OK, let's have a look at the bowl.
It's a silver punchbowl.
The decoration, you'll see, is very neoclassic,
harking back to the great Grecian designs.
With the acanthus, very stiff leaf side handles.
Made by Elkington & Co in Birmingham, in the year 1919.
This company also invented the process of electroplating.
Very interesting. It's solid sterling silver.
All the hallmarks are present.
But the question is, is it packing a punch to you?
Or is it bittersweet?
-I just don't know.
-Brendan and Lynne.
Brendan, what would you like to know more about?
-I'd like to know a little bit more about the screens.
Brendan, these are pole screens.
They were screens used by Victorian ladies in the day
to ensure they didn't get too flushed whilst
sitting in front of a hot, warming fire.
They were able to move them easily around the room.
Although the market for things like this has plummeted over the last
few years, it's always important and attractive to have a pair.
And this pair, a particularly
fine example in mahogany.
Are they en garde for you?
So, those are all the facts that are available to you.
It's now time for our final round,
and at the end of it we will have our winners.
I'm going to give the quizzers a category,
and then they have to take turns to say answers in that category.
For example, if I said "types of pasta", you might say
fettuccine, you might say spaghetti, you might say fusilli, and so on.
If you fail to give an answer, or 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.
OK, there are three categories of questions.
And the pair with the most valuable collection at this point goes first.
Charles, who is that?
I can reveal that the team who currently has
the most valuable collection is...
-..Brendan and Lynne.
Quizzer Lynne, you will start us off, and the first category is...
According to the 2015-16 QS World University Rankings, this is.
Lynne, give me an answer.
Incorrect, Lynne. Durham is not on the list.
David, get ready to steal.
What do you want?
I think, based on what I've learned,
I think I'm going to go for the bowl.
-Everybody loves that bowl.
-The bowl. It is yours.
Simon, this is your chance now, and the next question is...
Simon, please give me an answer.
-That is incorrect.
That is a book from the New Testament.
Well, Brendan, is there anything in that collection over there you
-might be interested in?
-I think I might be interested in the bowl.
The bowl. You surprise me.
OK, well, that is going back to your collection.
-Got to get it back.
And we have one last question left,
so get ready to do some more stealing.
And, Lynne, can you give me an answer?
Paloma Faith is not on the list.
But here are some of the people you could have had.
Gloria Gaynor, Celine Dion,
Britney Spears, it goes on and on and on.
But for Simon and David, this is a lifeline you've grabbed, Simon.
David, is there anything you've got your eye on in Lynne
and Brendan's collection?
I'm going to go with my instinct and I'm going to go with the bowl.
The silver bowl is yours, David.
It's going straight into your collection.
-Oh, Lynne and Brendan, that really hurts?
-It really does.
Now, let's take another look at our teams'
collections at the end of that round.
David and Simon, your attempts to steal the coveted bowl
have paid off. It has now joined the stamps, the screens
and the model in your collection.
Brendan and Lynne, you've managed to hang onto the statute,
the baton and the clock.
Well, that's it, your collections are now fixed
and will determine which of you is the victorious team.
Charles, who's got the most valuable collection?
I can reveal that the team with the most voluble collection,
and the winners of today's show, are...
..Brendan and Lynne!
With the silver bowl.
Well, commiserations to you, David and Simon.
My goodness, you did your best.
You didn't create the most valuable collection, but before we say
goodbye, let's find out what items are also leaving the game.
Charles, what did you make of their collection?
It all began with that male model with muscles.
Made by the German company SOMSO, and Adam, Rouilly,
he distributed this figure around many a retailer.
It was quite amusing. David, you thought it was ugly.
Not quite the David of Michelangelo, but David over there.
Lynne, you thought it would be used by physiotherapists.
Very well done in that regard, it clearly is a teaching aid.
This market of scientific research and the body is all the rage
now amongst a certain pool of collectors.
Fern, it is worth £550.
-Oh! What's next?
The evergreen antique, which was all the rage back in the '80s.
And I love these, these are a fine pair of pole screens.
What's interesting, they are,
and we mentioned Victorians enjoyed them, but they are slightly earlier,
or early Victorian, circa 1814.
Importantly, their finish was so good.
They are in that Gillows manner,
rich regency style.
-Value, £800 was their market value.
So, great choice.
-Right, what's it going to be? Stamps or bowl?
They weren't sticky, they weren't flat...this lot.
Again, we had some very amusing comments.
Simon, you thought the Queen looked young.
Well, you're quite right, certainly we are going back to the late
'50s, five years into her great coronation.
And this is quite a rare, unused stamp,
issued in '58 in this quite,
again, unusual ultra marine blue.
Of course, the world record for a stamp
was set only a couple of years ago when a British Guiana stamp
made £5.6 million in New York.
Not this... Not this collection but, even so,
these two are still worth -
hold tight, Fern -
Oh, now, this bowl, it's got to be up there, surely?
Oh, absolutely, and I can see...
It's like a trophy, isn't it?
It's a trophy cup, almost like a...
It is for us. We've enjoyed it.
Yeah, like an FA Cup,
and I thought, at the end,
you were going to fill it with champagne and salute,
thinking the deed was done for the day.
This is the finest quality of silver you will see,
by Elkington's most important manufacturer
in a really important time,
reviving a very desirable style,
but what was it worth? How near were you to taking the game?
You weren't far at all,
because it had a handsome price, Fern...
-Is that it?
-Your collection totalled £3,200...
..so, it was no mean sum.
Simon and David, thank you so much.
-You've been wonderful contestants...
..and thank you for playing For What It's Worth,
Simon and David.
I think we... We gave it a good shot.
It's amazing, when you're out there, you get the easiest question
and you just freeze or you think about it too much,
and before you know it, someone's beat you to the buzzer.
Simon set us up in a great position.
He answered the questions.
He gave me the chance, at the end, to steal the game,
but I was distracted by everyone's love of that bowl.
-Well done, Brendan and Lynne.
My goodness, they have built the most valuable collection,
and you are today's winners.
Now, all that remains is for you to claim your prize.
All you have to do is pick a lot from your collection,
and we will give you its value in cash.
We know that you do have the top lot in there,
but can you find it?
The clock is unusual, in that, I've seen a lot of Doulton,
but I've never seen that clock, but it is damaged.
And then we go to the statue,
which I've felt, all the way through,
has got something about it,
and then, we've got the baton.
-It's a nice lot but I don't think it's the most valuable.
-So we're up to the clock and the statue.
Erm, I'm going to have to go with my gut instinct
and stay with the statue.
So, you've chosen the statue, very good,
but before we tell you what it's worth, Charles, can you please
tell us the value of the rejected lots, starting with the baton?
I can, indeed. What was interesting, Brendan and Lynne,
you thought this may have been a swagger stick at first -
of militaria interest -
but you're quite right, a baton is what it is.
Lynne, you mentioned that all-important inscription,
"Mrs VE Smith, take a bow."
How important was she in 1933?
We don't know.
-So she has no pedigree.
It's a fairly standard baton without a box.
Lovely object, full of the thrills and spills of the theatre,
but it's worth £50.
-So, well done.
Now, the clock?
Lynne, you're quite right. It had its condition issues.
That delightful little mouse is missing its instrument,
so he's not blowing a horn, is he?
But, don't forget, this goes back to the all-important "A" in antique.
Tinworth was the most important designer at Doulton.
He was famed for his humorous types of figures.
He was given free rein to take the Doulton factory on this journey.
It was, Fern, our top lot, at £2,500.
-Oh, my goodness.
-It's sad, but...
-I did describe it as hideous.
-You did, yeah.
-Well, there you go.
-Brendan and Lynne, come and join me,
to take a closer look at your chosen lot,
this beautiful statue,
and see if we can tempt you with our mystery lot,
which may be worth more.
There is that beautiful statue.
You may be very confident that you have something that is
worth a small fortune, but before we tell you its value,
we are going to tempt you with today's mystery lot.
Charles, would you like to reveal?
-Ah, what do we have here?
-There we go.
This, before me, is a signed WG Grace note.
You'll see his signature, all-important,
on London County Cricket Club paper,
dated June 26, 1908,
seven years before he died,
and what price would you pay for a signature by such a founding father?
The content of the letter isn't overly invigorating, Fern,
but the signature is so important.
You must remember,
when it comes to this great market for sporting ephemera,
a shirt worn by a 1926 New York Yankees pitcher -
someone called Babe Ruth - made 4.4 million.
Frightening, but this goes back. This is earlier -
in period and, hopefully, charm.
So, all that's left now is for you to decide
whether to stick to your guns,
keep to the statue,
or simply dump it in favour of
what looks like the most fantastic letter,
from the very famous WG Grace, the cricketer.
We've stayed with the statue
all the way through. We've had belief in it.
-Sporting memorabilia, we know fetches a high price...
..but, in terms of worldwide,
-is WG Grace known outside of...?
-It is, do you think?
I think this was close on, value-wise, to the top item.
I think I'm going to stick with the statue.
-Are we coming down to this? Yes.
-You both feel that, don't you? OK.
Well, the WG Grace letter has been rejected.
You're sticking with the statue.
Whoa, that means you have won its worth in cold, hard cash.
Charles, will you please tell us
the value of the letter they've rejected?
You turned down the man with the greatest hand
who penned that letter
but even so, you went with your heart,
and the letter, today,
on the open auction market, Fern,
would sell for...
-Oh! All right.
All right, so, now, Charles,
what is the value of the lot that they have chosen,
this beautiful statue?
It is a wonderful bronze.
It is beautifully patinated.
It has an all-over rich patination.
It's no base metal. It's a true bronze.
A really, really nice item,
and you stuck with it,
and it's worth...
and I can tell you...
we can double up to £700.
Fantastic. Fantastic. Phew!
Congratulations, so, today, you go home with £700.
And you've played so well and you've been such lovely contestants.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much, indeed. Fantastic.
Charles, thank you so much for lending us your expertise...
-..and also, thank you so much for being here.
Join us next time, when three new teams try to spot the lot to
win the lot on For What It's Worth.
We'll see you then. Bye-bye.
Really well done.
We were one step away, weren't we?
From the big money, but we're happy where we are.
No regrets about the clock.
Yeah, we stayed with what we felt was right all the way through
and, yeah, fantastic experience.
Yes, we've really enjoyed today.