Antiques quiz show hosted by Fern Britton. Antiques expert Charlie Ross assists Fern as the three teams compete for the prize.
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Hello, and welcome to For What It's Worth.
This is the show that tests your quizzing knowledge
and teases your interest in antiques.
We have three pairs of contestants who are ready to play.
Each team has a Quizzer,
who has to answer a general knowledge question correctly
so that their partner, the Picker,
has a chance to choose an antique or collectable
and build a collection.
Now, the aim of the game is to amass the most valuable collection.
Every good show needs a double act,
and here on For What It's Worth we're no exception,
and if I'm Morecambe, he is definitely more Wise -
would you please welcome our antiques expert, Charlie Ross?
-Oh, thank you, Fern.
It's a pleasure.
So what do we have for our consideration today?
-Ooh, I've got a galaxy of delicious items for you.
And for you, contestants, we have...
a garden set...
A stamp booklet...
a cigar lighter...
and a bust.
Now, one of these items is our top lot,
which is worth a whopping £2,500,
and that is, of course, the lot to spot,
because at the end of the show the winning pair
will walk away with the cash equivalent of one of their items.
But beware, because the lots decrease in value
right down to our worthless lot,
which is worth £10 or less. That is the lot to avoid.
So who's playing? Let's meet our teams.
Team one, who are you?
My name is Caroline, and this is my friend Suzanne.
Hi, my name is Suzanne, I like antiques,
and Caroline likes quizzes.
-The perfect mix for a team.
Well done. Welcome, team one.
Team two, who are you?
-My name is Clive, and this is my lovely daughter Laura.
I'm a full-time mum,
and I love looking at antiques
that my father brings back from his travels all over the world.
That's also pretty good for a team, don't you think?
And team three, who are you?
I'm John, and this is my housemate Darren.
He likes antiques, and I like London buses.
Welcome, team three.
So earlier, our teams got to inspect our lots,
watched over in secret by our expert, Charlie -
but could they separate the jewels from the junk?
Looks nice and bright, doesn't it?
-They look silver, don't they?
They look silver. Spotted.
Look beautiful, don't they?
Wouldn't mind them myself.
With gold, I assume.
Looks like a natural pearl.
It's got a sort of Art Deco look to it, hasn't it?
Ooh, that's nice.
That is rather modern, though, isn't it?
-I don't like this.
-I don't like it, but they're quite collectable.
It's probably late-Georgian.
It might give you a clue if you look at it, man.
Here's a signature. I reckon this is worth a lot of money.
Captain Scarlet, remember him?
Gosh, that brings back memories of my childhood.
It looks in good nick, doesn't it?
-There's no rips or anything.
-Free competition to win a holiday for four in sunny Majorca.
-This is in good condition,
because it's got its original box with it.
-OK, it's a Caravelle.
Air France, '50s?
I should think probably '60s.
Or is it '70s?
-Isn't she gorgeous?
Well, it's a woodcarving.
-What's it made out of?
-But she's ugly. I mean, look at the face on that.
That is one ugly child.
Oh, it's a cigar lighter! That's unusual.
That's wood, and then you've got silver at the end there.
-It's got, like, ruby eyes.
Are they rubies?
-Are they rubies?
I don't know, they look glass to me.
-This is a small Victorian writing...pad.
-It's got somebody's address on.
220 "something" Road...
-It's a book of stamps. How many are there?
-Bournville - just down the road from where we live.
Oh, it'd be...George V, wasn't it?
This little cup has got a maker's mark on the bottom.
I don't recognise it.
-It's not made out of China, though, isn't it?
Yes, it's made out of China.
Can you see through it?
You don't have to see through China.
-It's a key for a watch, and a fob.
I can't see any hallmarks on it,
but that doesn't mean to say it's not gold.
-That's something to look at, maybe that could be worth a bid.
I think my top lot would be the little bust,
and the bottom one the chairs.
Laura, your bottom lot?
It's got to be those goblets.
The top lot, for me, it has to be the bust.
I think the top lot's the cigar lighter.
The bottom, for me, is definitely Captain Scarlet.
I tell you, can we get out of here?
Because that thing's looking at me.
How has the valuation on the lots been worked out, Charlie?
Well, the values for each lot have been agreed
between myself and an independent valuer.
They're based on the hammer price we would expect them to reach
at auction - but with no auction costs added.
OK. Just to add an extra twist, we have our mystery lot.
It could be worth thousands, or it could be worth peanuts.
That is for our winners to decide a little bit later -
but, for now, it's time for Round 1.
I'm going to ask eight general knowledge questions.
Now, Pickers, before each one,
I will ask you to select which lot you would like to play for,
and then, Quizzers, if you buzz in with the correct answer,
you'll get to add it to your collection -
but beware, if you buzz in with an incorrect answer,
you'll be frozen out of the next question.
So Pickers, please make your first pick.
Let's see what you've chosen.
Caroline and Suzanne have gone for the bust.
As have Laura and Clive.
Darren and John have gone for the cigar lighter.
Quizzers, fingers on buzzers, here's question one.
Checkpoint Charlie was the crossing point of which notorious barrier?
Correct. The Berlin Wall it is -
the cigar lighter is yours.
Pickers, pick a lot.
You have all gone for the bust.
Here we go. Question two.
Singer Freddie Mercury was born on which island
now belonging to Tanzania?
Zanzibar it is - congratulations, the bust is in your collection.
Pickers, make a pick.
Caroline and Suzanne have gone for the goblets.
Laura and Clive the vase,
and Darren and John have gone for the goblets, too.
Here's question three.
In a calendar year,
which is the first month to be exactly 30 days long?
It is April, correct, the vase is yours.
-Pickers, make a pick.
Caroline and Suzanne have gone for the goblets,
Laura and Clyde have gone for the aide-memoire,
and Darren and John have also gone for the goblets.
Question four, Quizzers.
who did Sandi Toksvig replace
as the main host of the panel show QI?
Correct. It is Stephen Fry,
the aide-memoire is yours.
Pickers, make a pick.
Caroline and Susanne sticking with the goblets.
Laura and Clive have chosen the album,
but Darren and John are still sticking with the goblets.
Which 1964 Alfred Hitchcock film
starred Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery?
Incorrect, it wasn't the birds -
it was Marnie.
Laura and Clive, you're now frozen out of the next question.
Suzanne and John, please make your pick.
Caroline and Suzanne, Darren and John
have both gone for the goblets.
This is the battle of the goblets. Here we go. Question six.
Published in 1844,
which French author wrote the Count of Monte Cristo?
Time up - it was Alexandre Dumas.
Sorry, Caroline, you were too late.
Laura and Clive, you're now back in the game, so, Pickers, make a pick.
Caroline and Suzanne, the goblets.
Laura and Clive, the garden set.
Darren and John, the goblets.
The group of genetically altered superheroes mentored by Splinter
are what type of...? Yes, Laura?
Correct - as in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The garden set is yours.
Pickers, pick a lot.
Ha! Carolyn and Suzanne still with the goblets,
Laura and Clive still with the album,
Darren and John still going for the goblets.
Final question, Quizzers, in this round.
In which Central American country
are the ancient Mayan ruins Chichen Itza located?
It is Mexico!
The goblets are yours.
And they start off your collection.
Right, at the end of Round 1,
let's have a look what our teams are collecting.
Caroline and Suzanne, you have the goblets.
Laura and Clive, you have the vase, the garden set and the aide-memoire.
Darren and John, you have the cigar lighter and the bust.
Now, our teams have started to build their collections,
but have they chosen wisely?
Before they have the chance to add more of them,
Charlie is going to give each pair a fact about a lot of their choice
which should be everything they need to know
to make a valuation.
So, team one, you'll be up first -
and let's find out a little bit more about you. Caroline, what you do?
At the moment I'm a housewife
but I used to be a childminder and a teacher.
And how did you meet Suzanne?
We moved to West Sussex about 20-odd years ago
and my son was a baby and I met Suzanne,
whose daughter was the same age.
-So, we've been friends for over 20 years.
And, Suzanne, you used to be a biomedical scientist.
I was, yes, I was.
-What does that mean?
-Well, when you have a blood test
and your blood's sent to the hospital for testing,
that's what I trained to do.
Now, what would you like to know more about from Charlie?
I'd like to know more about the stamps, please.
This is a 1924 two-shilling booklet of stamps.
The postage-stamp booklet is made up of one or more small panes of stamps
in a cardboard cover.
It has an advertisement pane on the front,
which was, at the time, quite common.
Not many booklets from this period remain fully intact
as most were, of course, used - surprisingly(!) - for postage.
But this one doesn't have any stamps missing.
So does that make it something of real worth?
Laura and Clive, how very nice to meet you.
Laura, do you collect anything?
I have a huge collection of toy cars which are my sons
and I'm constantly going round the living room picking them up.
Yes, I can imagine that.
-How old is your son?
-He is two and a half.
Yes, that collection is going to get bigger and bigger!
And sitting next to you is your father Clive.
You've got a big coin collection, I think.
I have, yes.
I started off, as many children do.
It's a big passion and hopefully I can pass on that
to my grandson in years to come.
What would you like to know more about from Charlie?
I'd like to know a little bit more about the tankard.
It is a lovely piece.
It's a tankard is made by Longton Hall Pottery.
They were known for producing a soft-paste English porcelain,
which was made for a round about ten years
between 1749, approximately, and 1760.
The factory also produced figures,
which are widely considered to be their finest work,
so while Longton Hall porcelain
is considered to be highly collectable,
this isn't one of their most notable pieces.
So will this tankard be, if I may say so, your cup of tea?
It may well be.
I'll leave that thought with you while we meet Darren and John.
Darren, what do you do?
I'm a handling agent for a major airline at Manchester Airport.
You bumped into one of the most famous women in the world.
She was opening Terminal 3 and the press pushed me forward
so they could get a better photo
and she asked me what I was doing there.
I understand, John,
that you are very confident you will be able to spot the top lot today.
You're sorry you said that now.
-So what do you collect?
I like most antiques,
but I like specialist silver and any small, quirky objects.
Mm-hm. What would you like to know more about from Charlie?
The watch key fob.
A watch key is simply a key used to wind up the mechanism on a watch.
This is an unusual mid-19th-century folding watch key
with a concealed locket.
The frame is gold,
the body is set with a green coloured bloodstone on one side
and a red cornelian on the other.
That makes it pretty rare...
..but what's it worth?
Has that helped at all?
OK, time to play Round 2.
In this round, the Pickers will select a lot to play for
and the Quizzers will again try and secure it
by answering correctly -
but this time around, the lots come with their own question categories
and here they are.
So if you're going to go for the stamp booklet,
the Quizzers would have the choice to answer either a question
about cocktails or kings and queens.
At the end of this round,
the team with the least valuable collection will be eliminated,
so choose wisely.
Team one, you're up first.
So, Suzanne, tell me, what's your lot?
The stamp booklet, please.
The stamp booklet.
Caroline, cocktails or kings and queens?
Kings and queens, please.
Here we go.
The English King Harold II died at a famous battle in which year?
-Correct, of course.
The stamp booklet is yours.
There it is.
Clive, pick a lot for me.
Oceans and seas or Bollywood, Laura?
Oceans and seas, please.
Oceans and seas.
The Eastern Seaboard of the United States
borders which ocean?
Correct, it is - the tankard is yours.
John, please make a pick.
The watch key fob.
Darren, US sports or insects?
Here we go.
Because of the way it folds its legs when resting,
which insect is commonly described as praying?
-A mantis is correct.
The watch key fob is yours.
There it is in your collection.
Now, teams, have you missed out on that one lot that you really wanted?
Because, if so, here's your chance to get your hands on it.
From now on, you can either go for what's left on the grid
or you can try to steal a lot
that is in a rival team's collection.
Bit of strategy here but, Pickers, be warned -
if you choose to steal from another team,
they will get to choose which category your Quizzer must face.
There's only one rule here,
you cannot steal from a team who has only one lot in their collection.
Team one, do you want to pick or steal?
-What do you want to steal?
The cigar lighter.
The cigar lighter from Darren and John.
Right, Darren and John, pick a category for Caroline.
The film Lagaan depicts Indian villagers and British soldiers
competing in which sport?
-That was lucky!
So, the cigar lighter is yours.
Clive, pick or steal?
I'll go for a steal.
We'll go for the bust.
The bust. Ooh - they're ram-raiding you, Darren and John.
-Here we go.
-Yeah, sorry about that, guys.
Darren and John, choose a category for Laura to answer.
-Yeah, US sport.
Laura, which American sport is played
on a surface commonly known as the gridiron?
Incorrect, it's football.
Well defended, Darren and John.
And now it's your turn - pick or steal?
..the cigar lighter!
Steal the cigar lighter from Caroline and Suzanne
who stole it from you.
Caroline and Suzanne, give Darren a category.
Darren, which spirit is used to make a Dark 'N' Stormy?
-Rum is correct.
You've won the cigar lighter back.
And there it goes.
Team one, pick or steal?
What would you like to steal?
-The cigar lighter.
-Oh, the cigar lighter(!)
Darren and John, what category for Caroline?
In a professional basketball match,
a team on court has how many players?
Well defended, Darren and John.
Laura and Clive, pick or steal?
I'll go for the bust.
Going for the bust.
Darren and John, a category for Laura, please.
Go for US sport again.
US sport again.
Laura, here's your question.
Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are professional teams
in which US sport?
Incorrect, ice hockey.
Well defended again, Darren and John.
-Pick or steal?
-Steal the vase, please.
Steal the vase from Laura and Clive.
Laura and Clive, a category for Darren, please.
Get their own back.
Darren, Bride And Prejudice
is a Bollywood-style interpretation of a book
by which author?
Pride and Prejudice...
Oh, Jane Austen!
Well defended, Laura and Clive, you're keeping the vase.
Well, that is the end of the round,
so let's see how the collections are looking.
Caroline and Suzanne, you have the goblets and the book of stamps.
Laura and Clive, you have the vase, the garden set,
the tankard and the aide-memoire.
Darren and John, you have the bust, the cigar lighter and the watch key.
Now, for one team it is the end of the road.
Charlie has been keeping tabs,
and the team with the least valuable collection will now be eliminated.
So, Charlie, who is having to leave us first?
Well, someone's got to go, it's the nature of the game.
The pair leaving us first is...
..Suzanne and Caroline.
Caroline and Suzanne,
we're very sorry to say goodbye to you so early.
Not only are you leaving the game,
but so are the two items in your collection -
but I'm sure you want to know
-how much they are worth, don't you?
Charlie, let us know.
Now, here we have a pair of mid-Victorian
sterling silver goblets.
They weigh 280g each and they are in good condition,
despite what one or two of you said about them.
Produced in London, 1863,
the are referred to as mid-Victorian.
Coming as a pair is good - but are they only two of a much larger set?
Well, sadly, they are out of fashion.
I've got a value here of £180.
Surprisingly low for such splendid objects, I think.
Now, the booklet.
The great thing about this lot, of course,
is that it's intact.
And, as intact, hugely collectable by philatelists.
Very valuable - and well chosen,
because £900 is their value.
So, Charlie, what's the total value of the collection?
Well, it's a jolly healthy £1,080 -
sadly, not quite healthy enough.
Oh, Caroline and Suzanne, you did do well, though, didn't you?
But sadly it is time to bring the hammer down
on your collection and say thank you for playing For What It's Worth.
And also the unclaimed items in the grid are now leaving the game,
so let's quickly find out from Charlie what they're worth
and if the top lot is still in the game.
Well, we will find out.
Let's talk about the toy.
It's in very good condition.
It comes with the original box.
There are some rubs to the transfers on the plane
and the box has wear and tear,
but this is a pretty good lot and it's worth £200.
Now, this is an Edwardian pearl and sapphire pendant and chain.
The pendant can be described as half pear drop,
meaning that the pearl itself has a teardrop oval shape to it.
The gold on this piece is 15-carat gold,
which only adds to the quality of the materials used.
Its geometric shape gives it an elegant and simple look
reflecting the Art Deco trends of the period,
and that will certainly add to its commercial appeal.
But does the elegance of this piece seduce you?
Well, it obviously didn't.
More interestingly, what's it worth?
Now the album.
Here we have a Captain Scarlet mini album
relating to a lovely piece of British television history.
Between September 1965 and September 1967,
Century 21 Records issued 30 mini albums
which featured spin-off adventures of children's TV shows.
However, this one is special.
This is a brand-new adventure,
not featured on television and performed by the original team.
On its own it might seem inconsequential, easy to dismiss,
but to collectors looking to complete a set,
this mini album could be extremely desirable.
But, in fact, it isn't and is completely worthless.
-I'm afraid so.
So is the £2,500 lot still in play, Charlie?
Well, I think it probably is.
Good - and, also, don't forget, teams,
we still have the mystery lot to tempt you with
at the end of the game.
It may be worth even more or less.
Teams, congratulations on getting this far.
You now have one last chance to pick our expert's brains.
Which lot do you need to know more about?
This splendid item is a sterling silver aide-memoire
produced by the brothers David and Lionel Spiers,
"Aide-memoire", of course, literally translates as "memory aid".
These were basically early versions of notepads.
Produced in the late 19th century,
at the time, this would have been considered a luxury item,
reserved not only for those who could afford to buy one,
but who could actually read and write.
Although there are a few surviving pages
complete with the scribblings of a previous owner,
its value would be increased significantly
if the original paper and pen had survived.
That said, this item is as usable today as it was
when it was first produced over 130 years ago,
and people love an antique they can use.
What does that mean for its value?
Darren and John, what would you like to know more about?
The cigar lighter.
What an object.
This is a rather quirky cigar lighter in the shape of a snake,
made in London in 1884.
The silver head has been inlaid with red glass eyes
and mounted onto and impala-horn handle.
This cigar lighter was made prior to the 1947 controls
that were imposed by the CITES Agreement,
which governs that trade of endangered species.
And, in fact, impala have never been considered at risk -
but nevertheless it won't be many modern buyers' cup of tea.
That said, the idea of using an impala's natural curvature
to replicate the form of a writhing snake is inspiring -
if not a little disconcerting to some,
and it does make this an engaging - if divisive - object.
Well, it's now time for our final round
and, at the end of it, we will have our winners.
In this round, I'll show you a category and 12 possible answers.
Now, nine of those are correct, three aren't.
Each of you will then take turns to choose an answer
you think is correct and, as it's the final round,
both Quizzers and Pickers will play,
so there's nowhere to hide.
Pick a wrong answer
and your opponents will be able to steal a lot from your collection.
If all nine correct answers are given,
then the team who gives the final correct answer
will be the winners.
We will play three questions in total.
The pair with the most valuable collection at the moment
can choose to go first or second on this one -
so, Charlie, who is that at the moment?
I can reveal...
..that the team who currently has the most valuable collection...
..is John and Darren.
OK, team three, Darren and John,
your first question is...
Can you name any of the popular children's toy characters
which originally appeared on greetings cards
in the 1980s?
Would you like to go first or second?
First, OK. Here are the answers.
Darren, would you please give me an answer?
Erm, I'm remembering my next-door neighbour when we were kids.
Tenderheart, I think.
If this goes green, it's correct.
One of the ten original Care Bears.
Laura, give me an answer.
Take Care Bear.
Correct. Yes, she helps her friends.
Correct. He has blue fur.
She has heart symbols on her tummy.
I think Good Luck Bear, I think it was green with a shamrock.
Good Luck Bear.
Yes, he's green, indeed!
Well done. Laura.
Has sunshine yellow fur.
Incorrect. Let's have a look at the other wrong answers.
Happy is one of the seven dwarfs, of course,
so he wasn't a Happy Bear.
Jar Jar Bear - no such thing, but Jar Jar is from Star Wars.
The Running Bear - a song by Johnny Preston.
Well, Laura and Clive, you can steal from Darren and John.
OK, the bust, please.
You'd like to steal the bust.
Right, it's now team two's turn.
Laura and Clive, this is your question.
Species of spider.
Can you spot any of these species of spider
found in the UK?
Would you like to go first or second?
-First. Let's have a look at the answers.
Laura, give me an answer.
Of course, that's the tiny little spider. Darren.
They have a wolflike habit of chasing their prey.
They have wasp-like markings on their abdomens.
Is that correct?
Yes. One of the largest spiders in the UK.
It's a character from Lord Of The Rings.
OK, let's have a look where the other wrong answers are.
There's no Dumbo Spider,
because, of course, Dumbo's an elephant,
and there is no Porsche Spider because I believe that's a car.
Darren and John, you may steal from Laura and Clive.
Difficult, but I think the bust.
OK, the bust is going back into your collection.
This is like ping-pong!
Yup. This is the last question in this round.
Team three, Darren and John,
it's your question,
so let's have a look at it.
Cabinet Office Departments.
Can you tell us which of these are genuine ministerial departments
headed by a UK Cabinet minister?
Do you want to go first or second?
Here are the answers.
Darren, give me an answer.
-Work and Pensions.
-Work and Pensions.
Correct. Laura, give me an answer.
Well done. John.
Energy and Climate Change.
Correct. Darren, give me an answer.
Minister for Health.
Culture, Media and Sport.
Future Technologies and Research.
Let's have a look where the other incorrect answers are.
There is no Royal Liaison Office
and there is no Civil and Religious Affairs Office.
Oh, my goodness, Darren and John.
Laura and Clive are going to steal from you,
and you are going to steal...
-The bust, please.
-I'm not sure...(!)
-It's coming back to you.
And there it is. That's it,
your collections are complete and fixed
and will determine which team is victorious.
Charlie, who are today's winners?
I can reveal that the pair with the most valuable collection
and the winners today are...
-Laura and Clive.
Very well done, Laura and Clive.
My goodness, that last round.
Darren and John, commiserations to you.
You didn't create a valuable enough collection
but, before we say goodbye,
let's find out how much your items are worth.
Well, the watch key.
We've talked about the watch key.
It is gold and it's such an unusual object, isn't it?
To have not only the key
but to have the locket within the same mechanism.
I think it's a fabulous item and is worth £350.
Now, the cigar lighter.
Didn't the Victorians create some extraordinary objects?
And this is pretty extraordinary.
Partly charming, partly rather horrible.
But it's a pretty valuable thing,
and, of course, it went backwards and forwards -
you all wanted it.
It went pinging and ponging to and fro -
and I'm not surprised, because it's worth £700.
Darren and John, thank you so much for playing For What It's Worth.
Well done, Laura and Clive,
you are today's winners and now all that remains
is for you to claim your prize. All you have to do
is pick one of the lots in your collection
and we will give you its value in cash.
Which one do you want to choose?
The very first thing I picked
was the bust, because it's...
Also one of the things I kind of considered
in the room earlier was the vase,
but I think I've got to go for the bust.
Definite that you're going for the bust?
-We'll go for the bust, yeah.
Before we tell you what the bust is worth, Charlie,
would you please tell us what they haven't won?
I certainly will.
They haven't won a garden set.
This rather charming lot is a mid-20th-century garden set
in teal green.
It's wrought, it has hoop chairs.
Wouldn't look out of place in an English country garden.
It's likely that the set has been repainted
and it shows signs of being well loved and well used.
The turnings on the table legs differ slightly from the chairs -
this could be a genuine design feature,
or the result of somebody putting this table and chairs together
to make a set themselves.
Either way, I don't think it makes much difference,
to be perfectly honest,
because we're looking at £75.
So pleased you didn't keep that lot.
Well, we've talked about the aide-memoire,
and it's visually splendid, and it's delightfully tactile.
-Really not a lot of money for such a charming object.
This is absolutely delightful,
and it's got a really fascinating history.
If you look the bottom of it,
and I think it was John had spotted the bottom of it,
he said it's got a little anchor on it.
That would tell you it's Chelsea -
but actually it's Longton Hall,
and Longton Hall was only made for a small period of time,
and because Chelsea was so popular at the time,
they thought, "Let's make it more valuable
"by putting an anchor on the bottom,"
but, of course, nowadays, there's far more Chelsea about
than there is Longton,
so, actually, it's worked the other way round,
and there would be very few people that could spot that -
hence the value of it.
It's got a whopping value.
Well, the vase is a Royal Worcester
blush-ivory twin-handled baluster vase circa 1900,
painted with a cattle scene
and signed by none other than John Stinton, Jr.
The Worcester Stinton dynasty is renowned
for their famous Highland cattle and game-bird scenes.
Probably the best-known of all Royal Worcester artists,
with members of the family painting at the various Worcester factories
for almost 160 years.
And this is a valuable vase.
Do you still wish you'd gone with it?
-Not sure now.
-You're not sure?
-It was a toss up to begin with...
-..and it still is,
but I still prefer the bust.
You still prefer the bust - and, may I say,
you've made the right decision!
This is £1,500.
The mouth's gone open.
You can draw one conclusion here.
That's worth more.
Laura and Clive,
you have won the value of the bust, which we now know is the top lot.
You have won £2,500 in cash.
So can we tempt you to swap it for the mystery lot,
which may be worth even more?
Come and join me.
-And here is your lot, Laura and Clive.
You fell in love with this straightaway.
I did, yes - the quality and workmanship in it is just wonderful.
It was just so good.
As things stand, you know you've won its value in cash,
which is £2,500 - the top lot.
But the game is not over yet.
Charlie is going to tempt you with today's mystery lot.
Charlie, what have you got for us today?
I am indeed.
I've got to be very delicate with this.
Now, do you want to know all about it?
-It's a Chinese porcelain figure of a lady.
It is what is commonly called a biscuit figure,
with the porcelain having been fired without a glaze.
It was created during the Qianlong era of the Qing Dynasty,
-and dates from between 1736...
And, as it happens, it is in perfect condition.
But does this lot cut a fine enough figure to tempt you?
That's very interesting.
I know that the market for Chinese figures and for Chinese work
is very high.
There's lot of demand on it - and it looks a superb...
-What do you think, Laura?
It's certainly thrown a spanner in the works.
It's a very, very fine piece of porcelain.
I trust your judgment.
I'm going to stick with the £2,500 of this bust.
Right, so your final decision is...
But, Charlie, please tell us what they've thrown away.
You know, there's been a huge explosion of interest
in all oriental artefacts, and porcelain in particular,
and I go to salerooms up and down the country -
the other day I went to one
and there was a piece of Chinese porcelain
and it was estimated at £100-£200.
The bidding stopped at £82,000.
That's the way the Chinese market is going.
I've got to tell you that this figure that you have thrown away,
-You shouldn't do that, Charlie.
-I know, I shouldn't.
-I'm a rotter, aren't I?
We have to make sure these people go through medicals
before you do that kind of thing!
£425 for something that is so old and so beautiful
-and has travelled the world in somebody's socks, or who knows?
-So, Charlie, we've never actually heard about the bust -
so, tell us about it.
Nobody's asked us about the bust.
It's a carved bust of a young girl, as you can see,
made by the Austrian sculptor Hermann Klotz in 1898,
and he worked in bronze, marble, porcelain and, here, in wood.
He is perhaps best known for his invention of a new technique,
creating polychromatic wood
by soaking the wood in stained resin over and over again
until it was saturated with colour.
Klotz's work certainly attracted attention,
and attracted so much attention that some of his work
was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.
So, you couldn't have chosen anything better, really.
You couldn't have chosen a better man, a better subject,
a better technique - really, You've made the right decision,
-Thank you very much.
-You, today, Laura and Clive, are going home with £2,500.
Very, very well done.
Charlie, thank you so much for leading us your expertise.
-A huge pleasure.
-As usual, look forward to seeing you again soon -
and we look forward to seeing you next time
when more teams will be trying to spot the lot to win the lot
on For What It's Worth. Goodbye for now.
-That was fantastic!
Charlie Ross assists Fern Britton, giving his expert insight into the wonderful world of antiques and collectibles as the three pairs of contestants answer general knowledge questions, hoping for the chance to add antiques to their collections and win the game.