Jonty Hearnden and James Braxton do battle at an auction in Dorset. James spends over half his £1,000 budget on one item, while Jonty struggles to buy anything at all.
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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,
the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts
against each other in an all-out battle for profit...
..and gives you
the insider's view of the trade.
Each week, one pair of duelling dealers
will face a different daily challenge...
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..putting their reputations on the line...
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Today's all-action extravaganza sets the duke of dealing, Jonty Hearnden,
against the squire of the saleroom, James Braxton,
at an auction in Dorset.
James blows a wad of cash.
480. Lady's back in. 480.
Jonty uses his nous to date a road map.
There's no M25.
-And if you look further west, there's no M4.
And James commits a crime of fashion.
I'm going to take it off before I get arrested.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Listen up and gather round,
prepare yourselves for a sizzling saleroom challenge.
We have two awesome antiques experts limbering up
ahead of a day of high drama.
They'll be bidding for the best to ensure they make prime purchases
that will go on to make whopping profits.
Let's meet them.
First up, a man who spots potential in the most unlikely places.
His laser-like vision and expert knowledge
make him the selling superhero.
From Oxfordshire, it's the commanding officer
of all things antique...
It's going to be tough buying, that's for sure.
Facing up to him, the Dark Knight of the deal.
He might seem like a rather charming fellow, but he's an antiques ninja,
always poised to show off his vicious skills.
From East Sussex, pumped up and ready to pounce, it's...
I'm looking forward to the challenge
and I'm sort of... Really want to try and beat him.
Well, that is the aim of the game.
Our battling boys are squaring up at Cottees Auctions
in Wareham in Dorset.
They each come armed with expertise, skill and wit,
along with £1,000 of their own money to spend
and that must include the cost of the saleroom's fees.
Once they've sold their lots on,
any profit they make will go directly to their chosen charities.
So, let's get down to business.
Jonty Hearnden and James Braxton,
the time has come to put your money where your mouth is.
-James, how are you?
-Very well. Good to see you, Jonty.
You're looking suitably dapper.
You're looking very a la mode, if I might say.
I'm kind of like dressed for the occasion
cos there's a bit of outdoors, a bit of indoors going on today
because not only have we got one auction,
we've got two other auctions going on at the same time here.
-Oh, what, all concurrently?
-It's going to be a lot of mayhem going on today.
-I like running between sheds.
-So, we've got £1,000 to spend.
-Have you got any idea what you want to buy today?
Obviously, bargains. And you?
Silly question really cos... JAMES LAUGHS
That's what I'm going to be looking for. Bit of a challenge.
-It will be.
-Enjoy your day.
-Same to you.
So, they're off, and they're going to need plenty of stamina
because it will be a long day.
Three auctions running simultaneously in three locations,
so there could be some legwork required running between them.
And, before the sales get under way,
they've already got their work cut out trying to view everything.
It all just adds to the tension.
There's an awful lot of stuff here that I think, I sense,
there's going to be an awful lot of competition, including James himself.
So, what do I buy? It's decisions, decisions.
Let's see where we go.
We're quite similar beasts really.
If I can steer him away from the furnishings, I might have him.
Yes, good plan, Bingo.
Don't draw any attention to the furniture.
Don't go near it.
Now, this has Mr Hearnden written all over it, doesn't it?
Hm, you're asking for trouble. He'll see you.
Oh, look, here he is...salivating.
We've got a three-seater sofa and two matching armchairs.
So, this suite would've been made in the 1930s.
It's never been recovered.
Art Deco suite. Very desirable,
but it needs a fortune spending on it.
There's stuffing coming out the arms,
there's legs missing on the back,
but the frame is quite extraordinary.
Well, he's definitely interested, which means James' plan,
much like the sofa, is already in tatters.
Oh, well, if you can't beat them, join them.
Here you are, lot 35.
Got a very nice velvet-covered armchair.
Tub-shaped armchair. Late 19th century.
We've got this sort of swirlingness here before the Art Deco period
of the early 20th century.
Hm, might be a good idea to get out of Jonty's comfort zone, James,
and find something that has Bingo written all over it.
What about a buffalo?
Now, in the whole saleroom, this is the best item.
Here we are.
We've got this fabulous Chinese figure made of hardwood.
The detail is just phenomenal.
You can see the swirls of its hair.
I think this is definitely not a reproduction.
This has a good late-19th-century feel about it.
And the animal kingdom becomes a bit of a theme with old Bingo.
Next, he's eyeing up a couple of figures.
Nice little model of a donkey.
Donkeys are rather sweet characters.
They have really sort of rather sorrowful eyes.
And then, we've got a lovely Scottie dog,
this time Royal Copenhagen.
So, Danish. And you just always check the extremities.
You check them for chips.
Sometimes the eyes can lie, so always use your hands
and you can feel them.
Two quite nice items. 286.
Gives no estimate, but a Beswick figure like that must be...
..£30, and the fellow 20-25.
So, anything under about £40 will be good news, really.
Yes. Quietly confident James marks out the catalogue,
hoping for something to bray about later.
Jonty has been scouring the main room
and he's found something large and shiny.
Now, you don't necessarily need to be an antiques expert
to know what this is.
It's a wedding cake stand.
So, you've got this mirrored top and you've got this shaped exterior.
And I suppose it has a feeling of being Edwardian.
Just going to see where it goes because if it's cheap enough,
it could be mine
and selling it could be a piece of cake.
There are hundreds of lots to choose from,
and our experts mustn't forget the auction will be split
over three areas.
James heads outside for a look and soon spots a wine rack.
What have we got? We've got ten across
and more than ten down,
so it's probably about almost ten cases' worth of wine
just disappears here.
It's quite a nice item.
I might have to rush out for that.
Yes, don't forget about it, mind.
Back inside, Jonty has navigated his way around the room
to an intriguing item.
Now, this is a really very early sat nav.
Have a look at this.
This is just absolutely wonderful. This is the Auto-Mapic.
Probably made in the 1950s,
so it's actually got a very early sort of plastic exterior to it.
But it's got 15 maps in one. Just extraordinary.
So, here we've got the numbers. If you were to press one,
you then end up, I hope...
There we go.
We've got Cornwall.
I just think this is really collectable.
Very desirable. Just something really quirky, something different.
Well, that's it, chaps. No more viewing time.
The bidding is about to begin,
and it's Jonty who's standing to attention first.
So, coming up is the Art Deco suite.
In the catalogue, it's estimated between £20 and £40.
If I can get it for that, I will retire straightaway.
Yes, you should be so lucky.
He bids, but the price goes straight up to £360.
He's still interested, though.
380. 380 bid. 380. 400.
-He soon reaches his limit. Poor old Hitman.
But James isn't gloating.
I can take small pleasure in Jonty not getting that item,
but it bodes rather badly for me.
Yes. If there's some heavy bidders in the room,
it could be expensive to get the good stuff.
And so, it proves for the 19th-century tub chair
that James wanted.
He starts off at £55, but it's soon out of his league.
It is bid at 130.
It's not going well, is it?
Dear, oh, dear.
No, James, it's not.
This is rather worrying, isn't it?
While Jonty holds his ground, James decides to nip outdoors
to make sure he doesn't miss the giant wine rack,
but he's worried about these prices.
(You know, I don't want to buy it too expensively.)
What is it worth? 30 or 40 quid.
And here we go. Lot 702, then,
next on the list, which is the large wine rack.
£10 there. We've got 10.
12. £12 there now. 15. 15. 18.
18 behind you.
James is soon competing against just one other person,
and our boy bids £40.
£40 is the bid.
45. 45 there. 50.
He's not going to risk losing it.
£50. 55. £55.
£60 now from the bid. All done at 60?
-HE BANGS PEN DOWN
-Yes, he got it,
but paid twice what he wanted.
I had to buy something,
and I certainly bought something expensive, but there we are.
We're in...we're in the market now.
Yes, and that usually starts momentum.
Let's not forget the auction room fees for the wine rack.
James pays a total of £70.80.
So, his campaign has taken off
and next he bids on a recent Poole Pottery plate commemorating
a display by the Red Arrows.
£60 bid. 65 I've got.
70 quickly, if you want it.
No, he doesn't. Put it down.
everyone loves the Red Arrows, don't they?
He lands the lot for £76.70 including fees.
It's a lovely design.
It's great fun, and it's nice and sound.
Lovely lettering of this lovely eggshell glaze.
Now, Jonty is not having much luck.
He's been bidding on lots of things,
but the prices keep going way too high.
Dear old Jonty's gone rather pale today, in spite of the sunshine.
(I think he's in trouble.)
He's yet to buy an item.
I feel a bit like a swan,
sort of gracious on the top,
but, all of a sudden, I feel my feet are paddling somewhat.
Yes, actually, Jonty, you haven't even got a toe in the water.
But it's a different story at the back of the room.
James is firing on all cylinders and soon buys a pair of door pushes.
At £30 over there.
Adding the fees, he pays £35.40.
Got this nice pair of bell pushes.
They've got a ceramic boss here, which is a sort of pottery boss.
Sort of gives me the idea that they might be 1890, 1900.
They're in that sort of region.
It's got a very close grain here.
I would say they're mahogany surrounds.
So, when they're tidied up a bit,
these two might look a lot better than they do now.
While Jonty continues to flounder in the shallows,
it's not long before Bingo dives in again.
The 19th-century buffalo group and stand is up and this he loves.
-I'm bid £70.
-Bidding kicks off at 70 and Bingo's straight in.
85. 90. 95. 100.
But it goes up.
190. 200. 220.
280 over there it is. 300.
but James sticks with it throughout.
480. Lady's back in. 480.
It's 500 right at the back.
Wow, he spent almost all of his cash on one item.
I haven't bought a thing yet. Help!
Yes, James wasn't letting that beastie get away.
Including fees, he pays a whopping £590,
far and away his biggest purchase yet,
and the tension is getting to him.
-The old ticker's racing now.
His heart rate is up.
Maybe time to take a breather and catch up on the figures.
Both our experts arrived in Wareham
with £1,000 of their own money to spend.
James has made four purchases and spent masses,
so has £227 left in his kitty.
Jonty's game couldn't be more different.
He's bought absolutely nothing yet,
so still has his entire budget
left to spend.
So, how are they feeling at the halfway stage?
So, dear boy,
-you've spent almost all your money on one lot.
-Yeah. I know.
It's amazing, isn't it?
You know what it's like, when you get on the auction
you get on hook, don't you?
-They keep reeling you in.
You've bought everything, but I've bought nothing yet.
-Not a sausage.
-You'd better get going.
-You know, all the furniture's just gone, hasn't it?
Yeah, it's all gone.
OK. Go on, get in and get bidding, Jonty.
Well, there's plenty of lovely lots left,
and Jonty knows he has to buy something.
He jumps straight in
on a geographical directory of Scotland.
The first lot I'm interested in buying
is something called the Gazetteer Of Scotland.
It's two volumes and it's dated 1848.
It's really lovely.
They've got maps inside, so it's all about the history of Scotland.
You know, a good 150 years ago.
there's no estimate in the catalogue.
Goes to the highest bidder.
-10. And 15.
20. 25 in front.
40. 45 now on the net.
50. 55. 60.
And selling at 60...
GAVEL BANGS That's a relief. Phew.
I should coco! Jonty finally breaks his duck.
The Scotland books cost £70.80 with fees.
It's amazing what you find in auction rooms up and down the country
because this is a collection of books based on Scotland
and Scottish history.
This smaller book here is restored,
and you can tell it's restored just by looking on the outside here.
It's been rebound.
Almost 200 years old this book.
And we have another almanac.
Two books, two volumes printed slightly later, 1848.
So, who am I going to sell them to?
Well, I need to find somebody who loves Scottish history.
So, let's hope he's on a roll.
Next up, the wedding cake stand.
Can it be his to have and to hold?
It's in the room at 65.
-Yes, he gets it.
And, including fees, he pay £76.70,
but he doesn't stop there.
He outbids the rest of the room for a silver pincushion
in the shape of a jockey's cap.
Jonty pays £41.30 including commission.
Small is sometimes beautiful. That's... Have a look at that.
It's about 110-120 years of age. It's silver.
It's a little bit dirty, but that doesn't necessarily matter.
I may try and clean it a bit if I possibly can,
but, on the inside, the red parts here, is spongy,
so you actually apply the pins to this little, sponged area there.
Somebody's going to fall in love with that.
Hopefully, I can sell it to somebody who loves horses,
possibly even a jockey.
But I think that's just great fun.
Humour is really important.
Makes me smile.
Oh, good. It feels like he needs something happy to happen
and it means he's suddenly catching up with James,
three purchases to Bingo's four.
Mr Braxton could extend his lead again, though.
His Beswick donkey and Copenhagen Scottie dog are about to come up.
25. 30. 35. 40. 45 at the back.
50, anybody else?
Selling at 45.
What, an old donkey?
Hm, has he paid over the odds?
The lot cost £53.10 including fees,
and James thinks he's backed a winner.
Pleased with that.
So, Jonty's still behind in the buying stakes.
He's determined to up his game
and decides to have a go on an Art Deco vase.
He makes a single bid.
85. 85 first bidder.
So, that's his fourth purchase.
He pays £100.30 including fees.
Bit of Art Deco here. This is my 1930s flower vase.
I've got a stem support, which is loose inside there,
so I need to take care of that.
If you look round the outside, you can see how very simply
this has been decorated.
It has all the hallmarks of looking like Clarice Cliff,
very simple style of decoration,
lots of very simple brushstrokes there, but it's not.
The quality's not quite there. It's made by a factory called Myott,
which is collectable.
I'm hopefully going to sell that to either a dealer who sells similar
kind of ceramic wares
or, of course, anybody who collects Art Deco.
Jonty's soon back on his feet and it's for one of the items
he viewed at the start of the day.
-Oh, here's my map. Here's my map. Here's my map!
-20 bid now.
20. 25 I've got. 30.
35 right at the back.
There's a lot of interest in the room
and the map shoots past its estimate of £100.
In the room at 160.
So, Jonty holds his nerve and, including commission,
pays £188.80 for his sliding map,
far and away his biggest purchase of the day so far.
Absolute fortune I've paid for it. Absolute fortune,
but I love it to bits.
Well, that should make it easier to sell, then.
He's now back in the game, level with James at five items each.
Bingo has been quite quiet recently, clearly biding his time,
but Jonty is now on a roll.
He suddenly buys two brass Meiji period Japanese boxes,
and they're not cheap, no.
Add in the fees and the boxes cost even more, £306.80.
A lot of money. So, why did he decide to suddenly go for them?
Mid 19th century. Really very good quality indeed.
I just love the detailing on it.
Look at this first one here, for instance.
There is applied decoration to the top and to all sides as well.
Nothing on the interior at all.
It's really quite plain on the interior,
which is quite interesting really.
Just as the same as this box here. Look at the detailing on the outside.
This one is really exquisite.
So, have I paid too much money for them?
This is an area that I don't necessarily
spend too much time dealing in,
so it's going to be really fascinating.
Now, there's a challenge.
Ooh, we like a challenge.
Jonty Hearnden always pushing the limits.
Now, there's a more immediate difficulty.
We're getting into the last load of lots and the room has thinned out.
Does that mean all the good stuff's gone,
or is it the perfect opportunity to pick up the best bargains?
James tries his luck on a Victorian tapestry panel
that comes, oddly, with a silk kimono.
10 then. Thank you. £10 bid.
Hmm, no-one else bids. Could be ominous.
Anyway, including fees, he pays £11.80.
Time for a proper look.
I've come outside and it's such a lovely day.
It was getting stuffy in there.
But I wish I hadn't now because I suddenly see in the daylight,
you know, these big cracks here.
It's where the material has deteriorated due to sunlight.
This is an old pole screen.
It's got sort of rather nice Regency motifs here,
but a very Victorian tapestry scene.
A cornucopia here, a bird. It's all a bit sentimental in a way.
£10 and I got a nice, heavy piece of silk thrown in as well.
A silk kimono big enough even to fit me.
Bingo Braxton in a kimono, now there's an image.
But no time to give us a twirl, no, no,
he's straight back to the bidding.
He's been waiting for two
19th-century wooden boxes to come up.
£85. In the room it is.
Very cheap, isn't it? Two work boxes, 85 quid.
With fees, he pays £100.30 and it's his last purchase of the day.
He's all sewn up.
I've got two work boxes here.
This is the earlier.
Probably about 1820, 1830 by the sarcophagus shape here.
Nice hardwood fellow.
The weaker of the two.
This is the better, the inlaid fellow.
Nice marquetry, contra-marquetry,
hardwood and a lighter wood,
maybe a maple, mid 19th century, about 1850.
So, there we have it. Their trip to Dorset has borne fruit.
But what's the damage?
Both our experts started the day with £1,000 of their own money.
Jonty had one of the slowest starts in Put Your Money history,
but he pulled it back
and spent £784.70 on six items.
James, however, found things much easier.
He leaves with seven lots
having spent a massive £938.10.
So, what do they make of each other's hauls?
That's a big fellow, isn't it? I didn't see you buy that.
It's seen few wild parties, hasn't it?
It has seen some wild parties, hasn't it?
It's very good.
-I saw you buy this...
-..and the whole room went silent.
And you were perspiring.
That was a lot of money, but the quality is outstanding, isn't it?
It is. So, it took me all the way to 500.
I must say, no need to go to the gym, my heart was racing.
I think my fun item today has to be this road map.
I think it's just great.
You've got not only one road map, but you've got 15 in there as well.
-Oh, I see! So, it's back and front?
-Isn't that clever?
Yeah. Well, I think we've done pretty well actually,
-but who'd have thought we would end up with this?
I didn't intend to buy any of this. Did you?
Absolutely not. I bought it because...
You bought it because you were a desperate man at one point.
So, all we've got to do now is sell it.
Yeah. Easy peasy.
-Good luck to you, mate.
-Good luck to you.
So, it's time our buoyant buyers became super sellers.
They need to seek out prime purchasers with deep purses
and bottomless wallets as they bid to outdo each other
in the search for stellar profits.
They must conduct research, hit the phones, use their contacts
and scour the country
to match all their items with potential customers.
Any profits they make will go to charities of their choice,
so they must really work for their money.
Time, then, to look over their wondrous wares.
And back at Hitman headquarters in Oxfordshire,
Jonty is under pressure.
Now, I've got a confession to make.
That auction sale was just so tough.
I think everything I bought was just a bit too expensive.
The vase I was hoping to pay for less.
Great object, very saleable, but will I make a profit?
And the road map here, just in front of me,
I wanted to pay half the amount of money that I did pay for it.
I love my little pincushion.
That's a great object. Somebody will buy that.
Now, my Japanese boxes, fantastic quality.
Really top draw.
The question is,
who on earth is going to return a profit for me
on those lovely things?
And my books...likewise.
Really interesting objects.
But I'm not really into antiquarian book-selling,
so that's going to be a real tough challenge for me.
My cake stand, what fun.
And also, I realised after the auction
that this lovely box was part of it too,
so not only have I got my cake stand and my knife,
but it comes in this lovely sort of travelling box.
So, I've got some great objects.
The question is, who on earth am I going to sell them to?
Oh, dear, he's worried. Better get his skates on.
Over at James's joint in East Sussex,
Bingo's piled it all up in his garden,
and he's feeling all positive.
This little lot cost me a lot of money.
That's my big fellow over there.
Over £500 for the buffalo and the figures.
But I think that's going to give me my big profit.
The wine rack, the most expensive at auction this year at about £70.
I think I'm going to have to go to London to sell that.
And then we've got the bell pushes. They were a nice, cheap lot.
We've got two lovely boxes there.
We've got this sewing box and the other box there.
Nice bit of parquetry. About £50 each.
Two little fellows here. We've got a lovely Beswick donkey
and Royal Copenhagen. This is porcelain,
the nice Scottie dog.
Slightly cheaper, the pole screen, the tapestry fellow,
and the Red Arrows plate,
that was over £70, made by Poole Pottery.
I'm going to have to work hard on that
and all the rest of these items.
Oh, come on, chaps, positive mental attitude.
If anyone can find buyers, it's these two titans of the trade,
but, remember, until they've shaken on it
and the money has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.
The Hitman is first to arrange an appointment.
His contact, James, runs an antique centre in Tetsworth
and he knows a lady who's visiting from China,
looking for items to put in her private museum over there.
James thinks she'll like the Japanese boxes
and, helpfully, has offered to translate.
So, do you think she'll fall in love with my boxes?
Well, we will see because she's an expert.
-OK? She was a very tough lady to a bargain.
-Shall we go and meet her? Come on.
A tough lady to bargain with? Uh-oh.
The boxes are Jonty's most expensive purchase as well,
-owing him just over £300.
-Nice to meet you.
So, here are my beautiful boxes.
Date-wise, they are about 120 years old,
and all of this has been applied to the box.
But this is the really good quality one.
What she said is it's a very fine quality.
It is. Yes, I'm glad that you approve.
Her idea is try keep it this one in the private museum.
Ah. Into a museum, OK.
It's such a beautiful piece from Oriental style, you know.
This one is £450.
This box is free.
SHE SPEAKS CHINESE
-OK. What she said...
..she offers you the first price of 280.
425. I will come down.
SHE CONFERS IN CHINESE
She's going up to 300.
300... Ooh, no. You have to go up much more.
-That's a very good figure.
I say 380 and we shake hands.
OK? HE SPEAKS CHINESE
-I understand that.
-Thank you very much.
-You don't need me anymore.
-We do the deal, now you don't need me.
-Thank you very much.
Well, that's not a bad start at all.
The boxes close a profit of £73.20.
And who'd have predicted they'd end up in a museum in China?
Hm! From the Far East to the far southwest of England,
James is near Lands' End
and he's starting off with the wine rack
that he thinks he paid too much for,
so this could take some bottle.
Where do I sell a wine rack?
A private bar with a lovely cellar.
A wine merchant keeps everything in cases,
but who keeps everything in racks?
Well, publicans, of course.
And I've come to see Anita at Logan Rock Inn.
Blimey, O'Reilly, they don't get any lighter, do they? Hello, Anita.
-Good. Hello, James. Goodness me!
-Good to see you.
-It's got 12 going up and 10 going across.
120 bottles in all.
It should do a week.
It should do... Oh, you're busy here, aren't you?
Price-wise, we've got 120. It will take 120 bottles.
How about £1 a bottle?
That sounds pretty good to me actually, James.
-It does indeed, yes.
-Oh. Do you want it?
-Shall we shake on it?
Thank you, Anita. That's really kind.
Well, that proved to be very straightforward.
He found the perfect buyer.
James racks up a profit of £49.20.
Now, Jonty has moved onto his Art Deco vase that cost him £100.
He wants to try and sell it to Lorraine,
who owns an Art Deco-themed tea room in Henley.
And the Hitman has come dressed accordingly.
It's enough to put you off your muffins. Oof.
-What do you think?
-I think that looks amazing.
Now, Lorraine, this is the vase I wanted to show you.
I thought this would be perfect for your restaurant
because it's absolutely of the period.
Oh, it is. It's definitely Art Deco.
So, you can see how simply it's decorated,
which is the fashion of the time.
So, this is a vase made by Myott, which is a company based...
-They were based in Stoke on Trent.
-It's a good name.
What I find so interesting is if you think about the Edwardian period,
which was what, turn-of-the-century? This was made in the 1930s.
And if you think of the leap from that sort of heavy Victorian,
-highly decorated forms...
-Gild and everything.
Yes, to something very, very simple, very angular...
Yeah, I think that's lovely.
-Do you like it?
-I'm only asking £175 for this vase.
-I'd think around the 100 mark.
I can do 160.
What about 150?
-Go on, then.
-We'll do a deal.
-I'm happy with that.
Thanks, Lorraine, that's great! Excellent!
Now, what to think about my attire? Do you think it's really good?
I think it really suits you. And I've got a job for you.
If I, you know, can't sell any antiques anymore,
I can work here for you?
I think you'd make more money here, actually.
Hm, that sounds all right.
Because he didn't do badly on the vase - £49.70 profit,
but he does have some scrubbing to do.
Second thoughts, I think I'll stick to antiques.
Aw, not such a nice uniform, though.
In Cornwall, James has moved on to Penzance.
He sells his two wooden boxes to an antiques dealer.
-110 the two, then.
-110, you got yourself a deal.
-Come on, Tricia.
But that only brings in a profit of £9.70.
So, let's hope he does better with his 19th-century buffalo
and let's be honest if this does badly, he's done for.
Still in Cornwall, James has one man in mind.
I've come to see Chris, a respected dealer,
who I know likes a bit of oriental art.
Well, let's hope he doesn't mind paying for it.
The carving owes James £590.
Now, this... I took a bit of a punt on it. I like the fact...
..the sort of anatomical detail.
There's nothing sort of stylized or podgy about this water buffalo.
-He's very haunchy.
-I mean, the detail is fantastic, really.
However, the figures on top are not so good.
-The hands and feet are very naive.
-They are naive, aren't they?
More than one carver, do you think? I mean, it has to be, I think.
-I can't see...
-Do you think so?
I can't see the person who carved all that hair
carving those big, fat fingers.
My guess is 1820 onwards.
What I'm really looking for...
I'm looking for to try and get around about sort of...
800, 900 for this fellow.
I was just looking at it as sort of a £500, £600 level.
Would you touch left hands because I see you're rather damaged
on your right at £800?
No. I'm going to make a final offer.
-Don't back yourself into a corner, Chris.
-But that would be... That's an absolute final,
This is why I didn't want you to back yourself into a corner.
I will give you a final offer of 750.
Oh, I don't like to go back on my word when I've said...
You didn't go back on your word
because I gave you the let-out clause.
-Come on, Chris, put it there.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Bravo, Bingo! There were little hints of desperation there,
but he held his nerve and his big investment paid off.
James makes a very healthy profit of £160.
So, let's see what that's done to the figures so far.
Jonty started his selling well.
He's only sold twice, but has brought in a profit of £122.90.
James, on the other hand, is flying high.
Three lots down
and he's sitting on a very comfortable profit of £218.90.
So, Jonty needs to pull his finger out.
He makes his way to Wallingford with his cheapest item,
the silver pincushion in the shape of a jockey's cap.
He drops in to see Yvonne in her sewing shop.
-Yvonne, how are you doing?
-I'm very well.
-Great to see you.
Now, I brought my little pincushion to show you.
Yes, you said you were coming along with something.
Would you like to have a look at that? That's silver
and it's in the shape of a jockey's hat. Do you like it?
-It is gorgeous.
-Yes, it is great.
During the late 19th century,
there was a fashion to produce silver pincushions.
Often, they were in the shape of animals, for instance,
and they're very collectible.
Some can easily reach sort of top hundreds.
And what you don't know is what the real draw about this is for me...
Is that my grandfather used to ride horses in Ireland point to point.
No! Well, I want £80 for it.
-How about if we sort of... 70.
-Go on, then.
-Let's go for it.
The pincushion makes a profit of £28.70.
Not massive, but every little helps
particularly as Bingo starts to have some issues.
He hits turbulence with his Red Arrows plate.
A man in Berkshire pays about half what James paid himself,
so it lands with a bump,
a loss of £38.70.
And things don't get any better with the Beswick donkey
and Copenhagen dog.
A lady in Oxfordshire gives him £50,
which chalks up another loss,
although this time it's only £3.10.
So, this is Jonty's chance to pull it back.
He's brought his map to a classic car showroom in Kensington
in London to meet the owner Graeme.
It's in its original box, so I'm going to unravel it to him
to see whether this is the kind of object
that he would want to sell along with these beautiful cars.
The map owes him nearly £190.
Will it put him streets ahead of Bingo?
Well, here's my map. The Auto-Mapic.
-It's a road map of southern England and the Midlands.
So, you've actually got... It's 14 different maps in total.
Also, what I find quite interesting
is that I think this is glove box size.
Yeah, for cars of that period whether it had a reasonable size...
-Yes, everyone had a glove box.
-I do think it's a brilliant piece.
I like the way it looks.
I like the tactile sense of the fact it's all within this plastic case.
Probably, the most...
interesting part is probably sort of London and the surrounding area
because you can probably date it much more readily
if we just sort of skip up to London.
Here. And you can see very clearly that there's the North Circular.
-The beginnings of.
-But of course, there's no M25.
And if you look further west, there's no M4.
You've just got the Bath Road, the A4.
Yeah, and there's no beginning of the M1 either,
so we can date it as pre-1960...
Well, price-wise, I'm looking for £280 for it.
-I thought that's what you said.
I was going to give you £200
when I had seen the photographs,
but having actually seen it now
and the fact it's got a box, which I didn't notice in the photographs,
but was probably there and it's mint,
I would give you 225.
Could you do another 25? 250?
A gentlemanly haggle and the map navigates a profit of £51.20.
Well, that's another great sale, but time to move on.
Left here, Graeme.
Jonty soon finds his way to another sale.
His Scottish books are bought by a Scottish friend
who pays £120, bringing in another decent profit £49.20.
Now, remember the silk kimono that came with James's tapestry panel?
Well, Bingo has finally got round to trying it on.
Ooh, and he looks lovely.
So, will this help sell it to fashion student Millie?
Don't be alarmed by my attire. It is slightly worrying, isn't it?
I think it suits you. Yeah.
A middle-aged gentleman in a sort of kimono.
This is what I wanted to show you. Come on, you fashion student.
Beautiful, isn't it? It's really beautiful.
Is it something that you might wear to possibly a fancy dress?
Not fancy dress. I think it's kind of...
It's more like a dressing down.
-Something you can just chuck on in the summer...
..and sit in the garden with a coffee or something.
-Would you buy this for a fiver?
Would you have it for a fiver? It's now yours.
I will definitely have that for a fiver.
And I'm going to take it off before I get arrested.
Well, Millie clearly doesn't think it's a crime of fashion.
So, what about the tapestry panel?
He takes that to an antiques shop in Bexhill to meet the owner Andy.
But will the rips in the panel be a problem?
Have a look at that.
-What, half a pole screen, James?
-Half a pole screen.
Somebody's obviously whipped the stand for a...
What happened there? A little bit damaged as well, unfortunately.
What I love about these is I'd love something...
I like the complete contemporary package.
I like it when you've got a panel in its original frame.
And it's a really sweet frame, isn't it?
Yeah, it's nicely carved, isn't it?
-This is the cornucopia, so symbol of plenty.
And I want to try to get 20 quid for it.
It's a tenner for the frame really, James, isn't it?
-How about 15, Andy?
-No, I need 10 on this, James, I think.
Yeah, it's... Otherwise I'll pass it on by, let someone else have a go.
-Yeah, it's a tenner's worth.
Tenner's worth. God, you are a hard man, Andy, aren't you?
-Yeah, go on, then.
-OK. You can have it.
-OK. Thank you, James.
So, add that to the fiver he got for the kimono
and James's profit is just £3.20.
Whilst he's there, Andy also buys the pair of door pushes.
-Go on, then.
-Well done. Thank you.
And that rings in a profit of £9.60.
So, the second half of this selling spree
hasn't really gone James's way.
Could Jonty cook up a win with his last item?
The wedding cake stand cost The Hitman nearly £77
and he's staying local, taking it to show Rob
who manages a hotel in Shillingford that caters for weddings.
This is a cake stand.
Because of its wear, I suppose,
it has to be probably just before the war this was made.
And it's also sort of plated silver we've got here.
It comes with a knife as well attached.
You can see it's definitely got some age to it.
Yes, genuinely nice piece. Nice to see it in its original box.
Now, price-wise, I'm looking for £140.
-I'm looking more in the region of paying around £100.
Well, if we do a bit more than that, I'll be happy. What about 110?
-I'm happy with that. 110.
-It's all yours, sir.
-Thank you very much.
Excellent work. Jonty cuts a deal and gets a profit of £33.30.
Well, James, that's how to do it. Another sale, another profit.
It's a piece of cake.
So, there we have it. Everything has been sold.
We'll find out our winner in just a moment.
First let's remind ourselves of what they spent in Wareham.
Both our boys arrived at auction with £1,000 of their own money.
Jonty had a hard time but eventually left with six lots,
spending nearly £785.
James however spent much more.
He bought seven times and forked out over £938.
But, now it's all about the profits.
All of the money that Jonty and James have made
from today's challenge will go to charities of their choice.
And it's now time to reveal who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Champion.
-James. Now, that auction sale, it was tough!
It was tough. It's very hard to buy well with that premium.
You name it, it's all there, isn't it?
I got really excited at the beginning of the day. Walked into the room.
-I thought there was so much to buy...
..but when the auction sale started,
-it was just more and more difficult to buy.
-Should we see how we've done?
-Should we see? I'm interested!
There should be a nought after that one.
HE LAUGHS Oh, dear! Yeah.
-Well done, well done.
-Well, one for me.
Bit of a surprise there for James, it seems.
He clearly thought the Chinese group had carved out a win,
but Jonty's solid consistency wins through.
How did slip away? My Chinese water buffalo make me a good profit.
And I did all right on the rest, but Jonty has it.
Wow! Got some great sales there. I had needed an interpreter for one.
Road map, what fun that was.
Well, I won this one James. Maybe, you're going to get me next time.
Hm. Maybe he will. Our boys do battle again tomorrow
when they go rummaging around at an antiques fair in Leicestershire.
HE BLOWS HORN
Jonty Hearnden and James Braxton do battle at an auction in Dorset. James spends over half his £1,000 budget on one item, while Jonty struggles to buy anything at all. Once they've sold all their items, who will come out on top?