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Eric Knowles v Will Axon - Showdown

Will Axon enters his first ever showdown battle against antiques legend Eric Knowles. The showdown auction is a rollercoaster ride, but who will take the prize?


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - the show that pitches

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TV's best-loved antiques experts against each other in an all-out

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battle for profit.

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Yee-ha!

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And gives you the insider's view of the trade!

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Who's there?

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Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face

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a different daily challenge...

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The Axeman! Grr!

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..putting their reputations on the line...

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Ready for the ball.

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..and giving you their top tips and savvy secrets

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on how to make the most money from buying and selling.

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Get in there.

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Today, the roughest, toughest antiques challenge known to man.

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The formidable master Eric Knowles takes on the Put Your Money

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apprentice Will Axon in the climax of the week -

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brace yourselves for the Showdown!

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Coming up...

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Will's brewing up a profit...

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Tea's up. Tea's up. Milk, two sugars. Bye!

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A lack of auction etiquette upsets Eric...

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The boy is on the phone. Just having a chat.

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It's not the done thing in an auction.

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And Knocker's nearly moved to tears...

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Don't look at me, Will. You might see a grown man cry.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Take your seats and strap yourselves in, folks,

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the marathon money-spinning mayhem is about to begin.

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Two dynamic deal-makers are preparing for a titanic trade-off in

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a final attempt to prove themselves the ultimate antiques expert.

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But there can only be one winner as the new kid on the block tries

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to upstage the King of Knowledge. But who will reign supreme?

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First up, we have antiques royalty, a living legend.

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In centuries to come, schoolchildren will

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learn about the extraordinary wisdom of this humble man from Lancashire.

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It's the Captain of Crockery, the Baron of Breakables -

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it's Eric 'Knocker' Knowles.

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Remember, knowledge is power.

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But the pretender to his throne should never be under-estimated.

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A top tactician, he can sniff out a bargain from a mile away.

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Charging in from Suffolk, it's the Admiral of Artwork,

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the Lieutenant of the Lots, it's Will 'The Axeman' Axon.

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Let the battle commence

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Our experts each have £1,000 of their own money to

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spend across four different locations -

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a car-boot sale, a foreign market, an auction, and an antiques fair.

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Once they've amassed their antiques arsenal,

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they must use their wit and wisdom to sell it all - and any profit

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they make will go straight to a charity of their choice.

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But the Showdown has a nasty twist.

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At least half their items must be sold at

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the electrifying Showdown Auction -

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where our dealers lose all control over the buying public.

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Absolutely anything can happen - but one thing is for sure -

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only one man will emerge triumphant, crowned the King of the Showdown.

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The other will be banished from court.

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So, Eric Knowles and Will Axon, this is it.

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It's time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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-So here we are.

-Eric. You have your instructions.

-I have!

-So do I.

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It says...

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"Welcome to the mighty Showdown. The rules are simple.

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"You must each buy two items at every one of your regular

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"Put Your Money challenges. You have £1,000 to spend."

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-Of our own money.

-Mmm.

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"You can sell up to four items wherever you want.

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"The rest will be sold at the Showdown Auction in direct

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"competition with your opponent.

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"The winner is the 'expert'..."

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I see they've put it in inverted commas.

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"..who makes the most profit. Good luck."

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-This is your first Showdown.

-My first Showdown.

-It's a doddle.

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I'm not so sure. Hopefully the stuff will sell itself.

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-That's what I'm hoping. That's the joy of an auction.

-Yeah!

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-It sells itself. Good luck, mate.

-So naive.

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So Will is a little anxious and naughty Knocker's not helping!

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But no time for The Axeman to worry -

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because they leap straight into Round One -

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the car-boot sale.

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They're at Ford Airfield in West Sussex, and Eric can't

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wait for a good old rummage.

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If I can't find it here, I'm not going to find it anywhere.

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I'm full of optimism. I'm full of verve. I'm full of nonsense.

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Is this a sudden realisation, Eric?

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Anyway, how's Will feeling?

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I've really got to look for something that's going to put

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clear water between me and Eric. I've got my work cut out today.

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Keeping my eyes peeled.

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Both our boys get hunting - and after a quick shufti,

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it's Will who pounces first - he's found an Italian box.

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It's just nice quality, isn't it? Obviously Sorrento-ware.

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You can tell that from the top. This typical inlay here.

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This sort of Italianate scene. I'm loving the sort of book spines.

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You've got a sliding secret drawer there.

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Bit of age to it. It was how much? £40.

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Let's do a deal on that. £40.

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Oh, there you go - the new boy jumps in.

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That should boost his confidence.

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Across the airfield, Eric's preparing his own campaign,

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with a print of a famous battle scene.

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As a boy, I was fascinated with Waterloo.

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-It's the capture of the Eagle.

-Yeah, yeah.

-£10.

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-10 quid.

-Yeah.

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OK, I'll buy it.

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A quickfire decision from Eric. And whilst he's there...

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-I quite like that as well. How much is that one?

-20.

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At a push, 15.

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I'm not going to leave that behind because there is something

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macho about it.

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Oh, Eric. You're all man. He pays the lower price - £15.

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Despite the fact that it's actually dated 1789, the minute you pick it up

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and look at the decoration, you just know that it's relatively modern.

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But I tell you what, that is just one beautiful German tankard,

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despite the fact it's not of any great vintage.

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So, quick as a flash, Eric's got both his car boot bargains.

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Will is playing catch-up but maybe not for long.

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He's found a tea set...

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-You doing the whole lot as one?

-The kettle is quite hard to come by.

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-20 quid.

-How about 25 and we will be done?

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25, go on, then. Let's have a deal. £25.

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-You are a hard man.

-Right! Tea's up. Tea's up!

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Milk, two sugars. Bye!

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No time for a break yet, Will. Show us what you've got.

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I'm sure a lot of you at home recognise this from your childhood.

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A Picquot Ware tea set.

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What's unusual about that is this kettle. What is it?

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'50s, '60s, that sort of period.

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Hopefully there is a funky young couple who are setting up home

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and this will be the tea set of their dreams.

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Well, there you go - they've made light work of the car boot,

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but brought an intriguing start to our Showdown.

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Let's look at the figures.

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Both our experts started out with £1,000 of their own money.

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Eric bought both his items at the same stall -

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he spent £25, leaving £975 in his kitty.

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Will has spent a little more so far - £65,

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so he's got £935 still to spend.

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And there's no time to waste.

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It's straight on to Round Two - the foreign market.

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Our collectible connoisseurs convert all those pounds into euros

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and nip across to Paris - to the Porte de Vanves flea market.

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Knocker has been here before and he knows it's a challenge.

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The truth of the matter is...it's a lottery.

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Yes, but will it be you?

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Will is already considering the numbers.

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Looking at some of the prices on the few stalls that I've looked at,

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I think auction is not going to be my best option.

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I think I'm going to have to work what

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I buy here into a private buyer.

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But Will's also got a secret weapon up his sleeve...

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he can speak pretty good French.

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His dogged determination leads him to a bronze statue of a dog.

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The seller wants 70 euros but Will gets him down to 55...

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55. Allez! Good work, sir.

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..which when you convert it back into Sterling, works out at £45.83.

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It's basically a bronze, I'm hoping, Great Dane.

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Because the chap I've got in mind for this has a Great Dane.

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But, you know, he's not too Scooby, is he?

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So Will's happy.

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Now, they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, so Eric's

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relying on some of his old ones when he finds a French faience dish.

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-Combien?

-40.

-40.

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It's a pity it's so dirty. I have to buy things to wash it with.

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-30 if you want.

-30? It's worth asking. OK, put it there.

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Yes, he's probably got some washing up liquid at home

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that'll do the trick. Crafty old Knocker.

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After the currency conversion, the dish costs him £25.

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I'm buying something which looks as though it should be 18th-century.

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It's got a little bit of flaking here.

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That is quite acceptable on faience, believe it or not.

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Something like that is not major damage.

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I am a happy Englishman in Paris.

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And Eric's even happier

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when something else on the same stall catches his eye.

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-1920.

-Yep.

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-How much is that?

-50.

-Is that the best price?

-40.

-40.

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All right. We'll do that. OK.

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He didn't waste any time nailing that one. 40 euros is £33.33.

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It's a nice little thing.

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It's a shame it's got a tiny little chip there.

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It was actually made in Austria.

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For 40 euros, it was always going to come home with me.

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So Eric's taken the lead

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and yet again snapped up two items at one stall.

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Will finds himself chasing the master once more.

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Something caught my eye. It is this little inlaid panel.

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Pretty self-explanatory. Tintin Au Congo.

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I did enquire about the price earlier. They were asking 50.

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I thought it was a bit cheeky. Thank you, yes. They were asking 60.

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I've got the boss man here and I'm just going to finish the deal.

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Monsieur.

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-Pour le Tintin Au Congo...

-Oui?

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-Je peux vous payer 30 euro. Ca va?

-Parfait.

-Ah!

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Tres bien. Merci beaucoup, monsieur.

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Oh, he's such a show off. I'm sure you don't need me

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to tell you that the man instantly accepted The Axeman's

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offer of 30 euros - so the Tintin plaque costs him £25.

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I thought his pronunciation was a bit ropey, if I'm honest. Mmm.

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Tintin Au Congo.

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It's the iconic front cover of the book by the same name.

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Looking at the kind of woods that have been used

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here for the inlay, I think this has probably been made in Africa.

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I think I might have a buyer set up for this.

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He is only seven but he's going to fall in love with it.

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Well, let's hope he's got enough pocket money to buy it, Will!

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And that comic book caper brings us to the

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halfway point in our big buying battle.

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Let's tot up the numbers.

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Both our boys started out with £1,000 of their own money.

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Eric's barely broken a sweat in either round,

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paying out a thrifty £83.33 - leaving £916.67 in his kitty.

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Will has spent a little bit more, parting with £135.83.

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So he has £864.17 to spend.

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So, they bring lots of money back to Britain for Round Three -

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the auction.

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Our experts have rocked up at Gildings Auctioneers

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in Market Harborough.

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Both men earn their crust in the saleroom

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so it's home turf all round - but who will come out on top?

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They start scouring the room, looking for lots they like.

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And Will's in a combative mood.

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The room is filling up with buyers. That's competition.

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I've got to find that item that they miss, the saleroom has missed,

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and that I can make a profit on. Let the battle commence.

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Yes, you can tell he's in his comfort zone,

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he can't wait to get stuck in.

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Eric however seems a little underwhelmed.

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There is an awful lot of this and that.

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You can abbreviate this and that. Take it as you will.

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Come on, Knocker - get amongst it.

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There'll be a pot out there with your name on it.

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Our boys have had a good root around but viewing time is over.

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Deep breaths, everyone! Here we go. The master shows his interest first.

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The next lot is described as, "A continental porcelain

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"group of a classical maiden and three cherubs."

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If it goes for less than £50, you are looking at the buyer.

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Absentee bid, £40. Any advance?

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Eric is having a go on this lot.

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-One more?

-Yes, one more.

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55. With you, sir, at £55.

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Selling...

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Yes, he's done it.

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Add in the auction commission and Eric pays £64.90.

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This particular example probably dates to around about 1850.

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The gilding is in such nice condition.

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There are little bits of damage on it.

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But the money I paid was worth it.

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Eric gets back to main saleroom and just a few minutes later

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is bidding on a pair of Royal Doulton vases.

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Selling at 85.

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And they're his for £100.30 including commission.

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A pair of Royal Doulton stoneware vases which

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date to around about 1910.

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What you are looking at is entirely hand decorated.

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These are going to appeal to somebody who maybe has an

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Arts and Crafts house and is wanting something authentic from the period.

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Well Eric hasn't hung about - his work here is done.

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Will, however, hasn't bought anything.

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He's seen some silk scarves, but before bidding,

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he's getting some advice.

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Do you buy vintage Hermes scarf-type things?

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Oh, Will! This kind of behaviour is frowned on by the old school.

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NO AUDIBLE SPEECH

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The auction is in full flow. And the boy is on the phone.

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Just having a chat.

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It's not the done thing in an auction just to have a chinwag with somebody.

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Hmm. But Will thinks it's time well spent.

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Just double-checking that my friend's better half still

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deals in vintage clothes and so on, before I have a go on those scarves.

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But that is the sort of thing they buy.

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Four Liberty silk scarves. £70. I'm here to sell.

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Are you bidding? 75.

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80. I'm waiting. 85.

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-At £85...

-BANGS GAVEL

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Will makes an informed decision

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and gets four silk scarves for £100.30 with fees.

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What I like about them is that they are so different.

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Liberty is a good name. Good quality.

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Nice design. Maybe try and double my money. £50 per scarf.

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Oh, that'd be nice.

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A little while later, Will's waving that paddle again.

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His second auction item is a leather snuff box -

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he pays £29.50 including commission.

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What I like about it is that it's made of leather.

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In the top we've got this nice sort of leather pressed design.

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I don't think there is any great age to that. But even so, a quirky item.

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And with that, we reach the end of Round Three.

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Let's check on the money.

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Eric has suddenly trebled his spending.

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Overall he's paid out £248.53, leaving £751.47 in the kitty.

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And those are very similar figures to Will's.

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He's splashed out a fraction more - £265.63,

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so has £734.37 to spend.

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So, they've both got a lot of money left as we reach Round Four -

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the antiques fair.

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The final frantic buying session takes place at the

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East of England showground in Peterborough.

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And this place is enormous - 1,700 stands,

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so lots of ground to cover for this concluding competitive bout.

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I want to spend big.

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Having said that, I've got the best part of about 10 acres to cover.

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I'm going to have to put in a fair amount of legwork.

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And he's not the only potential big spender in town.

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Will is keen to splash the cash too.

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I've still got a lot of money in my pocket.

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I'd like to spend it if I can, but it's just finding the right thing.

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There's plenty here today.

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Hopefully I'll be able to get rid of all that booty

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and buy some treasure.

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Eric is first out of the blocks.

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He's struck by breakables. I know! Who would have predicted it?

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He's leaping in for another double deal.

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-£30 for the two.

-A fiver off that...

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-Four off that.

-OK. I'll do a double purchase.

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Yet again, two items from the same stall - it's his theme of the day.

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I know I always buy pots, I can't help it.

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First of all, I had to have that pickle dish.

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It's probably around about 1810. This is pearlware. It's transfer printed.

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Although it's priced at 15, I got this Minton plate for £10.

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But it's probably around about 1880. It's in lovely condition.

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Well, he said he wanted to spend big -

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and £30 doesn't really come close.

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So, that's an interesting tactic at such a huge fair.

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But, if he thinks he's bought well, that's the main thing.

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So, Eric can put his feet up - his Showdown is sorted.

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But Will is still all about the money.

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# It's not about the money, money, money... #

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My eye was caught by your little urn stand here.

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What I like about it is that it is quite nice and dinky.

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It's not too big, is it.

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What I didn't like about it was your ticket of 180.

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I would be willing to do a deal with you at 150.

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-How does that sound?

-160.

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Can we split the difference? Be really cheeky and say 155?

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-All right.

-Done.

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Well, cheeky seemed to work! And that's a fairly hefty spend.

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What I've bought myself here is a late 19th-century,

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perhaps early 20th century Chinese urn stand. I think it's rather fine.

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Beautifully carved and it actually makes a rather good stool.

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I've been on my feet all day. I'm knackered!

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I think I might just stay here and man the stall.

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Smalls for sale.

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Smalls!

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Never mind his smalls,

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next Will's looking at something large...and expensive.

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It's an Art Deco tea trolley.

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-You've got 300 on the ticket. What would be your absolute death?

-250.

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Make it 240 and we've got a deal.

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Go on, mate. Give me a tenner for a luck.

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Good work, mate. Good work.

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Oooh! Another big ticket item. Very different game-play to Knocker.

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The Axeman chops 20% off the asking price,

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so is definitely smiling.

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How can you not fall in love with this Art Deco chromed glass

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tea trolley?

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Date wise, I would've thought 1930s certainly. A period piece.

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If you want quality, you've got to pay for it.

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But has he left room for profit? So, there we have it,

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four epic locations, eight superb items each.

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Before we catch up with our haggling heroes,

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let's see the final spending figures.

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Both our experts started the challenge

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with £1,000 of their own money.

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Eric Knowles spent just a quarter of that -

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£278.53 on mainly breakables.

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Will Axon bought a more varied mix.

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He finished his spending with a final flourish in Peterborough -

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his total outlay of £660.63 is more than double his rival's.

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So quite a difference in financial terms -

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but once they've sold it all on, who'll be soaking up the applause

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and who'll be getting a slow hand clap?

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-So...

-How are you?

-That's the buying done anyway.

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-God, it's hard work, isn't it?

-It is. Tell me, give me your top two.

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I like my Art Deco trolley. I think that's a really stylish thing.

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I'm going to chance my arm at auction with my Sorrento-ware

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box which, again, I really like.

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What two items really stand out for you?

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-The little silver overlay glass vase that I bought in Paris.

-Sounds nice.

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And the Minton dish that I bought here today.

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-Put it there. I'll see you at auction.

-I'm quite excited, you know.

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-Listen, there could be tears.

-Not mine, I hope.

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Yes, it's the stuff of nightmares. But that excitement is all to come.

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First, they must decide which items to send to the Showdown Auction -

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then knuckle down and find buyers for the rest of their hauls.

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And since the auction is so unpredictable,

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they must leave no stone unturned in their quests for victory -

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to ensure they make plenty of profit first.

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At Knocker HQ in Buckinghamshire,

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Eric has already made some decisions.

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When it comes to the auction, the Doulton vases will be going that way.

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So too my French blue-glazed figural group.

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The German 18th-century style, don't always believe a date,

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it says 1789 on that.

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I'm actually going to put in my silver overlay green glass vase.

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As you can see, it's cleaned up and looks absolutely first-class.

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As for the others, I've got my French faience dish.

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I've got my 19th century pearlware pickle dish.

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And the Minton dish, I think I'm onto a winner with that one.

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And finally, my coloured print.

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And I'm in search of a Napoleonic horseman.

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When it comes to finding a buyer, well,

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where's there's a will there's a way.

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The only problem is that I've got a Will in the way.

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I can only hope that he's going to meet his Waterloo.

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Yes, well, he's a long way from Waterloo just now.

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The Axeman is at home near Newmarket

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and he's quite chuffed with his bits.

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Here's my selection from all four days buying. My Liberty scarves.

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No great age, but they are Liberty.

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Then at the front here, Sorrento-ware box. £40 for that.

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Not dear. Then the Tintin inlaid hardwood cover.

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Then we've got Scooby-Doo, or the Great Dane over there.

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About 1920s, in bronze.

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Then I've got this nice circa 1900 Chinese hardwood urn stand.

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And then at the front, we've got the little leather snuff box.

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Unusual. Good shape.

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Then I think my favourite out of the whole lot has got to be this

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Art Deco tea trolley.

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They call it the Savoy, with that nice circular support.

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We've got the tea set. Picquot Ware.

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But what's unusual is, I have the kettle. I think auction items...

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Sorrento-ware box.

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I think the leather snuff can go back in to auction.

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I'm hoping the Chinese market will react well to the urn stand.

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And the tea set. Well, Eric, they call it the Showdown.

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And as they say in wrestling, you're going down!

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Oh, blimey. He's looking fierce.

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So, with the auction items decided, it's now time to shift the rest.

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But remember, until they've shaken on it

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and the money has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.

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Eric's launching his selling campaign in Central London

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with the Minton dish he bought in Peterborough.

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He's aiming high right from the start.

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I'm here to meet Patch Rogers.

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He usually operates out of his barn in West Sussex.

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But he also operates from this building.

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He's seen an image of my dish. He likes it.

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So I'm going to see if we can dish up a deal.

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Well, it cost him a tenner - let's hope it serves him well.

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-How are you doing?

-How are you doing?

-Good to see you.

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I'm here to see if we can dish up some business.

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-OK.

-Because there is one dish...

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It's Minton. It's that lovely blue, looks like it should be Dresser.

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-Yes.

-It's probably not provable.

-No.

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When we say Dresser, we're talking about Dr Christopher Dresser.

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That's him.

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Designs for Minton and lots of other potteries. Wallpaper.

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He did an enormous amount.

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With the enamel work, it's quite important to check that

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-and make sure it hasn't been restored or badly marked.

-Exactly.

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-It all looks fine.

-Make me an offer I can't refuse.

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-OK. 75?

-I'd be happy with 80, to be perfectly frank with you.

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-I'd like to round it up.

-All right. 80 quid.

-You're on.

-Lovely.

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A high-class sale right from the off.

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A profit of £70 on a plate for Eric.

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Will's battle for selling supremacy starts close to home in Suffolk.

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He's come to see his pal Jimmy who's a carpenter -

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and Will knows his young son likes a certain comic book hero.

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Being the master craftsman that you are, a carpenter of distinction,

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you can surely appreciate the quality of the African inlaid panel.

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-And of course, I thought of your son.

-That is his favourite story.

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That is a result.

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It's taken someone a long time, cos it's all been hand done, hasn't it?

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All the different types of timber separated,

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and they way they've put it all together, it's very well made.

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-How does £50 sound?

-50 quid sounds very good.

-Yeah?

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-Are we on?

-Yes.

-Jimmy, let's shake on it.

-OK.

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-Good work.

-It's been good fun.

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The Axeman begins his Showdown selling spree by doubling his money

0:26:110:26:15

- £25 profit for the wooden plaque.

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I love it when a plan comes together.

0:26:180:26:21

I had Jimmy in mind for that panel from the moment I saw it in Paris.

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And he's come good.

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He certainly has - buying with someone in mind

0:26:260:26:30

often pays big dividends.

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So, they're both off to a good start and Eric's pressing on.

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He's in Bournemouth to see collector Vernon -

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and he's brought his blue and white pickle dish.

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There's something about blue and white printed pottery that

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just presses the right buttons for me.

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It does for me too. A lot of them have got a good picture in them.

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That's what's always drawn me to them.

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I'm holding something of relatively small size.

0:26:520:26:55

What attracted me initially was when I turned it over.

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You've got this lovely leaf design on it. I've got to come clean.

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When I was looking at these veins, there is one vein there which

0:27:040:27:08

I think there's a little fissure of sorts, rather than a crack.

0:27:080:27:12

I'm going to take that into account.

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I thought it was worth at least 50 quid or something.

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With that sort of mark, I would say 40.

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Yes, because I think it's coming home, that piece.

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-Put your hand there and we will do a deal of £40.

-OK.

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A slight defect in the pickle dish diminishes its price.

0:27:280:27:31

But Eric still doubles his money with a profit of £20.

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But what's Will up to?

0:27:350:27:37

He's still bidding to be top dog - he's in Little Downham

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in Cambridgeshire to meet Adrian and his Great Dane, Luca.

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And guess what he's brought...

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I told you about the bronze Great Dane that I bought in Paris.

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-And here he is.

-Definitely a he.

-Definitely a he.

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The ears, cos Luca has got these lovely, floppy Great Dane ears.

0:27:550:27:59

-What's going on here?

-Cropped.

-It's pretty much outlawed now, isn't it?

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-Illegal.

-Illegal.

-In Europe.

-Really?

-Yes.

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But we must stress that this is a period piece. This is Art Deco.

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Probably 1930s. At that time, it wasn't really frowned upon, was it?

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No. It was typical.

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I was a bit worried about the ears but we can live with the ears.

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-What about £100?

-I'm thinking more 60, Will.

0:28:210:28:24

-£60?

-Yes.

0:28:240:28:26

-Can we say £80?

-70 and we've got a deal.

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-I'm going to be really cheeky and say £75 on the nose.

-On the nose.

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-Go on. Good work, fella.

-Thank you.

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A bit of ruff haggling

0:28:380:28:40

but Will's bronze Deco dog collars him a profit of £29.17.

0:28:400:28:45

Well, that's me out of the doghouse. Eric, you still in the kennel?

0:28:460:28:50

Actually, Will, he's gone walkies -

0:28:500:28:52

and pitched up in Bristol to see Chris, who deals in militaria.

0:28:520:28:56

Eric's brought his £10 print of Waterloo

0:28:560:28:59

and he's hoping it won't be too much of a battle to sell it.

0:28:590:29:03

I think the original would probably date to around 1880.

0:29:030:29:07

I thought it would look good in a gentleman's office.

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-Behind a desk or something like that.

-Yes.

0:29:100:29:13

Just to contemplate...if somebody is knifing you in the back for

0:29:130:29:16

your job, you could look at that and say, "Well, that's real, that is."

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It's a nice looking print.

0:29:200:29:22

I was hoping for somewhere around about the £50 mark.

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If that was in a local auction then I would mark my card at £25-£35.

0:29:250:29:29

Would you be happy at £35?

0:29:290:29:32

-I will go with 30.

-30?

-Yes.

-Put it there.

-All right.

-You are a star.

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The print of Waterloo gives Eric a less than historic

0:29:380:29:40

profit of £20 but it all adds to the total.

0:29:400:29:44

And every penny counts, as Will has been finding out.

0:29:440:29:47

He's taken a big hit on his Liberty scarves.

0:29:470:29:50

After quite a bit of work, he sold them to a vintage dealer

0:29:500:29:53

in Cambridge for £60, which means a chunky loss of £40.30.

0:29:530:29:59

And while he's found someone he thinks wants the tea trolley,

0:29:590:30:02

it's not straightforward.

0:30:020:30:03

The only time I could find to sell my Art Deco cocktail trolley

0:30:050:30:08

is on the actual day of the Showdown Auction. Which isn't ideal.

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Because if he doesn't want it then I'm stuck with it.

0:30:120:30:15

In the meantime, I'm going to get it looking its best.

0:30:150:30:19

Hmm. It's his most expensive item too - a risky position to be in.

0:30:190:30:24

Is Eric doing any better?

0:30:240:30:25

Well, he's in Tunbridge Wells with his French faience dish

0:30:250:30:28

to meet dealer and collector Alan.

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-You have a look at that.

-That's what we want to see.

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-It's got that mark of Joseph...

-Olerys.

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That's the man. I love these Chinoiserie type figures.

0:30:360:30:39

-I like these.

-You only get one chance to paint this.

-Yes, you do.

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You've got to paint it right first time.

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I think it's really nice. I like it very much.

0:30:440:30:46

What sort of money are we talking about for it?

0:30:460:30:48

Must be worth at least £100 of somebody's money.

0:30:480:30:50

I think somewhere around the £60 mark, Eric.

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Faience doesn't sell as it did ten years ago.

0:30:530:30:57

-If we said £65, you think we've got a deal?

-Yes. I'd be happy with that.

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-Put it there, mate.

-OK.

-Excellent.

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Sold! The French faience fetches a £40 profit for Eric

0:31:020:31:06

and he's in a feisty mood.

0:31:060:31:08

It's always a pleasure doing business with somebody who knows what

0:31:080:31:11

they are talking about. Somebody who is a kindred spirit.

0:31:110:31:14

And obviously very knowledgeable.

0:31:140:31:17

If you are watching, Will, remember, knowledge is power.

0:31:170:31:20

With Will having to off his trolley later,

0:31:220:31:24

our boys now gear up for the mighty Showdown Auction.

0:31:240:31:27

The tension is palpable, I tell you.

0:31:270:31:30

But before the excitement gets too much,

0:31:300:31:32

let's see how our boys are doing so far.

0:31:320:31:35

Eric Knowles has sold four of his items

0:31:350:31:37

and made a pretty steady profit - £150.

0:31:370:31:41

Will is not faring so well.

0:31:410:31:43

He's not yet been able to sell the trolley - and he's taken a loss.

0:31:430:31:47

His profit currently stands at a measly £13.87.

0:31:470:31:51

And this is the point at which our experts lose all control.

0:31:530:31:56

No more smooth-talking and cajoling of contacts.

0:31:560:31:59

They're now at the mercy of the Showdown Auction.

0:31:590:32:02

Both our boys are auctioneers by trade - but for once,

0:32:020:32:05

they'll be sitting back and watching from the side-lines.

0:32:050:32:08

For today, their fate rests with the staff

0:32:080:32:10

and bidders at Bulstrodes saleroom in Christchurch in Dorset.

0:32:100:32:13

So, how are our prized pair feeling?

0:32:130:32:16

-Hello, mate.

-Well met, Will.

-How are you?

-I'm fine.

0:32:170:32:21

Showdown Auctions, they are...

0:32:210:32:23

-It's my first one.

-I've suffered one or two casualties here.

0:32:230:32:27

Listen, I'm not going to talk negative.

0:32:270:32:29

I understand we are in the hands of a lady auctioneer today.

0:32:290:32:32

I'm pretty sure she's going to be able to eke out any

0:32:320:32:35

-bids from the buyers.

-And make us a decent profit.

0:32:350:32:38

Let's hope that Lady luck is smiling on us.

0:32:380:32:40

I'm going to check my lots, Eric. Make sure they are all tiptop.

0:32:400:32:43

-Catch you later.

-Take care.

0:32:430:32:45

They both seem fairly chipper at this stage,

0:32:450:32:47

but anything can happen here.

0:32:470:32:49

One thing is for sure - both our boys will be paying the saleroom's

0:32:490:32:52

standard seller's commission, plus some house fees.

0:32:520:32:55

So, before the auction kicks off,

0:32:550:32:57

there's time to check out each other's lots.

0:32:570:33:00

I think that's a bit of a niche market.

0:33:000:33:03

Somebody who collects snuff boxes and is into entomology.

0:33:030:33:08

The study of insects. But you knew that.

0:33:100:33:12

It is reproduction, but even so, it's got the look.

0:33:120:33:15

So who knows, someone might take a fancy and it could fly.

0:33:150:33:19

This is Will's Sorrento box. It has got some age.

0:33:190:33:24

Probably around about 1910. I think he might be quids in with this one.

0:33:240:33:27

Eric's Royal Doulton vases. Decent pair, good size, nicely decorated.

0:33:270:33:33

They've got to be worth £100, but who can tell at the auction.

0:33:330:33:36

In all honesty, Will, I think you are going to struggle with this one.

0:33:360:33:40

It is its size that goes against it. The quality is good.

0:33:400:33:43

I remember this from auction and I was tempted to have a go to myself.

0:33:430:33:47

But left it to Eric.

0:33:470:33:49

I'm hoping he hasn't discovered a rare factory, an unknown maker.

0:33:490:33:54

I know Will paid £25 for this and they have estimated it at 30 to 50.

0:33:540:33:59

The one thing that is different about what I'm looking at is

0:33:590:34:03

the fact that there is a kettle.

0:34:030:34:05

I think you might be onto an earner with this little lot.

0:34:050:34:08

I can see why he has bought that. Nice quality. Didn't cost a lot.

0:34:080:34:11

I think the estimate is 80 to 120.

0:34:110:34:14

I think he's going to be quietly confident about this.

0:34:140:34:17

Who can blame him?

0:34:170:34:18

Well, let's see what happens.

0:34:180:34:20

Eric's bohemian vase is one of the very first items in today's sale.

0:34:200:34:24

How do you feel about that? Is that a good or bad thing?

0:34:240:34:26

I don't like that. I like to be at least 20 to 30 lots in,

0:34:260:34:29

and then you have established a rhythm by then.

0:34:290:34:32

I think you are going to do well.

0:34:320:34:34

The vase owes Eric just over £33.

0:34:340:34:37

I'm going to start low estimate at £80.

0:34:370:34:42

And 90. 100. And 10.

0:34:420:34:44

120. 130.

0:34:440:34:46

Yeah, all right!

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150. Any more bids? We will sell at £150.

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What a start! Knocker knocks it out of the park!

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Take off the fees and Eric's profit is £84.27.

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But he's not celebrating just yet.

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I don't want to come across as being negative

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but I think I'm already at the top of the hill

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and I think we be may well be going on a downhill trajectory.

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I'll catch you at the bottom.

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Well, let's see if he's right.

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Eric's pair of Royal Doulton stoneware vases is up next.

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He paid just over £100.

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You always take a gamble buying something at an auction and

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-putting it back into another auction, don't you?

-This is them, look.

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Start at £30. A pair of Doulton pots. 30. 40.

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50 on the internet.

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55 in the room.

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Internet bid now at 70. £70.

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GAVEL BANGS THEY GROAN

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Oh, dear!

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Maybe he was right about the downward trajectory.

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The Doultons take a dive.

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After fees, Eric makes a loss of £47.34.

0:35:490:35:54

-I'm feeling it for you, Eric. I'm feeling it.

-Yeah (!)

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Will's turn next - and after his pretty disastrous private sales,

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he needs everything to sell well.

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Can the snuff box sniff out a profit?

0:36:030:36:05

No bids at all then? Thank you. That's unsold.

0:36:050:36:09

Oh, that is a massive blow! No interest at all.

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And there's still some fees to pay - Will's total loss is £33.10.

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Next up is his Sorrento-ware box.

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It cost him £40 and both Will and Eric rate it.

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The auctioneer predicts a small profit. Let's hope she's right.

0:36:250:36:30

-£30 please. Somebody? 30?

-I hope so at that sort of money.

0:36:300:36:35

I'm tempted to put my own hand up.

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-Internet buyer at...

-Come on!

-Go on, Kate. Work your smile on that man.

0:36:370:36:42

Thank you.

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It's a fiver more than he paid for it, but with auction fees

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the Sorrento-ware box makes another loss - £7.24.

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Will The Axeman be felled by his first Showdown Auction?

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Luckily, he's got time for a breather

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while Eric's next lot comes up - it's the French porcelain group.

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It says, "Scantily clad female in turquoise and blue."

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A scantily clad maiden is better than a fully clothed old man.

0:37:040:37:08

That's true.

0:37:080:37:09

£20, please, surely. Turquoise blue figure group...

0:37:090:37:12

Ouch!

0:37:120:37:14

Anyone want this at all today? No? OK, thank you. Unsold.

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Hmm. Scantily clad or not, the naked truth is the porcelain group scores

0:37:190:37:23

a £68.50 loss for Eric.

0:37:230:37:26

Don't look at me, Will, you might see a grown man cry.

0:37:260:37:30

Well, let's see how his last lot goes.

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It's the German tankard that cost £15.

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So, will he be drowning his sorrows or toasting success?

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£10 for the pottery stein. 15. 20.

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And five is bid. At £25.

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Sells to the room.

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A sobering moment for Eric - he makes a profit,

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but after fees, the tankard pulls in just £1.60.

0:37:520:37:57

-That's me done.

-Is that you out?

-That's me done.

-You are out of jail.

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Will still has two lots left, and he's desperately in need of profit.

0:38:000:38:05

-Send me some good karma.

-I'll channel it to you.

-Yeah, man.

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THEY HUM

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Try anything you like, but it all comes down to the bidders.

0:38:130:38:16

Will they like his Chinese urn stand?

0:38:160:38:19

I've got £155 at risk here. They've estimated it at £30-£50.

0:38:200:38:26

I noticed that. I think the only thing going against it is its size.

0:38:260:38:30

20, I've got 20. 25. 30.

0:38:300:38:33

There's a fair bit of interest in the room...

0:38:330:38:36

-100 bid. 10.

-Go on!

-130.

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-Little stand all done.

-Go on, a little bit more! It's worth more!

0:38:410:38:44

HE GROANS

0:38:440:38:46

So Eric was right, size did matter. The urn stand provides

0:38:460:38:50

Will's third loss of the day - after fees, it's £53.56.

0:38:500:38:55

Surely, he must make a profit from his final lot -

0:38:550:38:58

the Picquot tea set with its rare kettle.

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He paid £25.

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-£50 to start.

-Surely.

-£70. 80.

0:39:020:39:08

-Come on, come on.

-90 bid. Give me 100.

0:39:080:39:11

-100 I've got.

-Hang on. Just let...

-£100 for this set now.

0:39:110:39:14

Thank goodness for that. He finally makes a profit,

0:39:160:39:19

and a decent one at that - £52.20 including all the fees.

0:39:190:39:24

-Think it's all done bar the shouting.

-Actually, no it isn't.

0:39:240:39:29

-I've got one more Showdown sale.

-Have you now?

0:39:290:39:32

-Eric, keep my seat warm.

-I will do.

-Sir, it's been a pleasure.

0:39:320:39:36

Yes, I'm sure it has.

0:39:360:39:38

-All right, you be good.

-OK.

0:39:380:39:40

The world loves a trier.

0:39:400:39:43

So Will legs it quick smart -

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he can't afford to miss his final potential buyer.

0:39:450:39:47

He drives to the small town of Wilton near Salisbury

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to see antiques dealer Allan.

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The tea trolley owes him a lot - £240.

0:39:530:39:57

Allan, here I am in, may I say, your wonderful looking shop.

0:39:570:40:02

The ideal setting to show you what I understand is a Savoy

0:40:020:40:07

-cocktail trolley.

-That's correct, it is.

0:40:070:40:09

The round ones are all called Savoy. It is actually of period.

0:40:090:40:12

The one way you can tell, if you didn't know,

0:40:120:40:15

is because of the mirroring.

0:40:150:40:17

When they actually found that these were damaged,

0:40:170:40:20

they replaced the shelves. They sprayed them all black.

0:40:200:40:24

I'm going to ask you how you feel at around the £300 mark.

0:40:240:40:28

I'm looking at around about 250.

0:40:300:40:32

Shall we cut to the chase and say 275?

0:40:320:40:35

-OK.

-Go on, then.

-Happy there.

-I was going to shake above or below?

0:40:350:40:39

-Right in between.

-Go on, then.

0:40:390:40:40

The trolley wheels in a profit of £35.

0:40:400:40:43

But is it enough to shake up the Showdown?

0:40:430:40:46

We'll reveal the winner in just a moment - first,

0:40:460:40:49

let's remind ourselves of what they spent in total.

0:40:490:40:51

Both our experts started out with £1,000 of their own money

0:40:510:40:56

to spend on their eight items.

0:40:560:40:58

Eric spent just over a quarter of that - £278.53.

0:40:580:41:02

Will splashed the cash in comparison, spending £660.63.

0:41:020:41:08

But now it all comes down to profit.

0:41:080:41:11

All of the money that Eric and Will have made from today's

0:41:110:41:14

challenge will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:140:41:16

So, let's find out who is today's

0:41:160:41:19

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Showdown Champion.

0:41:190:41:21

-This is it!

-The Showdown!

-I'm a bit nervous, Eric.

0:41:230:41:27

-What have you got to be nervous about?

-It's my first one.

0:41:270:41:30

I took a hit at the auction.

0:41:300:41:32

But I was pleased with my Picquot Ware tea set.

0:41:320:41:34

If I've learned anything on this series it's to look

0:41:340:41:37

out for a Picquot kettle.

0:41:370:41:39

I was quite pleased with my silver overlay bohemian vase.

0:41:390:41:43

-That did very well.

-Let's see where it takes us.

0:41:430:41:45

-This is...

-This is it. One, two, three.

0:41:450:41:49

-Oh my goodness!

-Excuse me. I think there must be some mistake

0:41:510:41:56

No mistake, Will, your Showdown Auction losses hit you hard

0:41:560:42:00

and Eric rules the day.

0:42:000:42:01

But both our experts have been building up their profit pots

0:42:010:42:04

over a week of challenges, so who will take the crown?

0:42:040:42:08

-Ready?

-One, two, three.

0:42:090:42:12

Oh! Oh! Hello!

0:42:120:42:15

There is honour in defeat here.

0:42:150:42:17

You are sharper than the axe blade to which you are now related.

0:42:170:42:21

It has been great fun.

0:42:210:42:23

I couldn't say I could have done it with anyone finer than yourself.

0:42:230:42:26

You are probably right there. You are probably right.

0:42:260:42:29

-You are a legend, sir. You are a legend.

-I am, in my own underpants.

0:42:290:42:33

Yes, and with that brief thought, Will is the winner.

0:42:330:42:36

But together they've made some serious money - well over £2,300.

0:42:360:42:41

And every last penny will go straight to their good causes.

0:42:410:42:46

My chosen charity is Sightsavers.

0:42:460:42:49

Their work involves travelling the globe,

0:42:490:42:52

helping to eliminate avoidable blindness in young people.

0:42:520:42:57

My chosen charity is Sophie's Smile Fund.

0:42:570:43:00

Part of the Brain Tumour Charity.

0:43:000:43:02

Set up in memory of my daughter's best friend, Sophie Bell,

0:43:020:43:05

who sadly succumbed to a tumour 18 months ago.

0:43:050:43:08

It's been a week of no-holds-barred combat.

0:43:080:43:11

Our excellent experts have really put their money

0:43:110:43:13

where their mouths are - and showed they can make a convincing profit

0:43:130:43:17

from buying and selling antiques when their own money is on the line.

0:43:170:43:21

Will Axon enters his first ever showdown battle against antiques legend Eric Knowles. The showdown auction is a rollercoaster ride, with highs and extreme lows. But which expert will take the prize?