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James Braxton v Catherine Southon - Auction

Antiques challenge. James Braxton and Catherine Southon compete at an auction in Somerset. Catherine gets into deep water trying to sell some waders.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches

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TV's best-loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out

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battle for profit.

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Elementary, my dear dealers!

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And gives you the insider's

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view of the trade.

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Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face a different

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daily challenge...

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Catch me if you can!

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The axe-man cometh.

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..putting their reputations on the line...

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Uh! Ready for battle.

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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, trading tiger James Braxton goes head-to-head with dealing

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diamond Catherine Southon at an antiques auction.

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Coming up - James feels the pressure.

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I've yet to buy anything and I think Catherine's been

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as busy as a bee out there.

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I can feel this, like, hot flush going on, on me old head!

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Catherine buys wild and wacky...

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You may be wondering why and I am asking myself the same question.

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-And Bingo's faced with a whopper...

-James, could you fillet this for me?

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I don't think I can even lift it!

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

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Salutations, one and all.

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Welcome to a historic event in the making.

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A battle of bidding, bartering and banter, as two colossi of

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the antiques world come face-to-face

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in a clash of the south coast titans.

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Our two gods of the gavel are swapping their day jobs

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for a taste of life on the other side of the rostrum,

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descending to the pits of the sale room.

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First up, it's the Apollo of antiques himself,

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a man whose knowledge is only bettered by his burning desire

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for victory. God of bric-a-brac, it's...

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After all, I've got to try and make a profit on this.

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His rival leaves mere mortals lying in her wake.

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She's the goddess of strategy and queen of the saleroom,

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our own Athena of Kent, it's...

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Buying is easy. Selling is quite another matter.

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Today's prize-purchasing battle takes place at Tamlyns Auctions

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in Bridgwater in Somerset, where our gods of the gavel will be

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risking £1,000 of their own money,

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all in the name of making the most profit for their chosen charities.

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So, James Braxton and Catherine Southon,

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bidding cards at the ready,

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it's time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

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-Hello, Catherine.

-James! Always a pleasure. How are you?

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-Very well. How are you?

-Welcome to Bridgwater.

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I know, the sun is shining.

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-But it's a bit chilly, isn't it?

-It is a little bit nippy, yes.

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-Raring to go for the auction?

-Raring to go. I've read the catalogue.

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-And you?

-I've had a look.

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-There's about 15 things I've got my eye on, so...

-15?!

-I know!

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-That's pretty good, isn't it?

-That's very good, you've done your homework.

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-Well, I don't know. Who knows? We'll see what happens.

-Yeah.

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-And £1,000 to spend, James.

-£1,000!

-Impressive.

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You could almost buy the sale for 1,000.

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And have some left over for tea afterwards. Come on!

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Well, there's certainly no time for tea now,

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as the countdown to today's auction is under way.

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It's a general sale with only 465 lots on offer and no estimates,

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which means they'll need their best strategies to root out

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the profit. But it seems Bingo is in his element!

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There's a good lot of furniture - ceramics, decorative items.

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But the good news is there's no internet bidding,

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so whoever's here is my competition.

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Or whoever's been at the view day and has left a commission bid.

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So James is feeling pretty chipper. Canny Catherine,

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on the other hand, is already worrying...

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Looking around...I may struggle to spend three figures.

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I hope that James is having the same problems as I am.

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He looks like he's enjoying himself a bit too much for my liking.

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Well, you know Bingo, he's always got a smile on his face!

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# When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you

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# When you're laughing... #

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As our polished professional surveys the saleroom,

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he soon spots something that brings him to his knees - quite literally!

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Sometimes you have to get down on your knees to find

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all these little fellows. Now,

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Ladybird books. I was brought up on these lovely little Ladybird books.

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And they're just really nicely laid out books.

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These are books with content. They're not all flim-flammy. And they often

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had individual subject matters, people in history,

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or natural history. Look, really well illustrated.

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Just a really lovely book.

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And you collected them, you spent your pocket money on them.

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There's well over 100 here

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and I think they would be definitely worth a punt.

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Yes... Well, he may be the most dapper man in the business

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but he's not afraid to crawl on the floor in the hunt for profit!

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Across the saleroom, canny Catherine

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is eyeing up a copper tray.

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Looks sort of handmade.

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Looks almost Newlyn style.

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I like the fact that there is a sort of hammered quality to it.

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On the back of it, it says, "The Birmingham Guild Ltd."

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I just think it's got a real appeal to it.

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And I would say that it looks Arts and Crafts.

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So, Catherine marks her catalogue,

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and across the saleroom,

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her rival has spotted another potential profit maker.

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But he needs to put it to the trademark Bingo Test.

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The acid test of a chair, really,

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is if it can bear my weight,

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it can generally bear the weight of others.

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This feels quite sound.

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Let's give it a once over.

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It's Edwardian.

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This... Edwardians was the great housing boom,

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1900, 1910.

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A lot of those red brick terraces,

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coastal towns were developed then,

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and they needed furniture to fill them.

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It's made of mahogany, with this boxwood stringing round here.

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It all seems quite sound.

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If I can buy it cheaply enough...

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I want to buy if for about 40, 50 quid.

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..I should be able to sell it for 100-150.

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That's the spirit, Bingo.

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But time's up for viewing now,

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as the sale is about to get under way.

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So, we'll go straight through,

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starting at the back with Lot 1 in the cabinet.

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Now, there's no internet at this auction and the saleroom is packed.

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And it seems that suits Bingo just fine.

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There's lots of people here.

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So, you know, there is a world there without the internet.

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Yes, he obviously likes to look his enemy in the eye.

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So, our profit hunters are poised,

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bidding cards are at the ready,

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and it's canny Catherine who's first into the fray,

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as a collection of silk scarves catches her eye.

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-AUCTIONEER ANNOUNCES BIDS

-Not amazing,

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but maybe worth a punt,

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if they're cheap.

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21 A, assorted silk scarves.

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£5 anywhere for it, please? £5?

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Five seated. Eight standing? Eight.

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Catherine bids, but she's got competition.

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Well done, keep going, sir.

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And again? 12 in the middle at the back.

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At £12, yeah. 15 it is. At £15.

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Selling at £15.

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We're on a roll now.

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And that's buy one in the bag for team Southon at just

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over £18 with commission.

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Bingo feels he's missed a trick.

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I didn't see them.

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You see, it always pays to look at everything.

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When you haven't seen something and your opponent buys it,

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you immediately feel very suspicious and envious.

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Well, you're not going to like this then, Bingo,

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as Catherine's slipped another one past you

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and is bidding on a box of buttons.

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£4.

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Winning them for just under £5 with commission.

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Sewing is the new baking.

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Forget cupcakes,

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think pincushions.

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And this little tin of buttons

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will soon be a pot of gold.

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How?

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I don't know, but I'm going to have a lot of fun trying.

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Turning buttons into gold?

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Is she some sort of auction alchemist?

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That's two buys in the bag for Catherine

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and she's got her rival rattled.

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I've yet to buy anything

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and I think Catherine's been as busy as a bee up there.

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Does that make me feel nervous?

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Yeah, I can feel a slight hot flush going on, on me old head.

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But there we are, stay calm.

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Yes, that's good advice.

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So, he keeps his nerve

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and goes straight in on a bid for a collection of seaside postcards.

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At £10, 12, fresh bidder.

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At 12 it's going to be, all done at £12.

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Not a lot of money,

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I thought it was going to make 40 or 50 quid.

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That shows you how little I know about postcards.

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Well, he may not be a postcard pro,

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but at £14.59,

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Bingo is off the starting blocks.

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But Catherine is well ahead,

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as she bids on the copper tray she had her eye on.

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Lot 63 A...

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This is the copper tray.

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Can I start this one away at £20? At £20.

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Do I see two anywhere? Bid's with me at 20.

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22, 25, 28, 30.

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-32, 35...

-It's going up.

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38. At 38, 40, away on my left.

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42, 45, 48, 50.

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5, fresh bidder.

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-60,

-5... Oh, damn.

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70, at 70. 75.

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80, 85.

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-This is so much.

-90, 95.

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No. At 95, in the room here at 95.

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I put 40 next to it, that's what I was going to spend.

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95 it is, then. Are you all done? It's going to sell at £95.

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It is nice. £95, plus commission.

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I'll be lucky to make a good profit on that, but I just had to have it.

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At over £115 with fees,

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that's more than double what she hoped to pay.

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And Catherine can't stop splashing the cash,

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as she soon puts her hand in the air

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for a mixed lot of telephone cards and coins.

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£70.

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Which takes a substantial £85.12 from her pocket.

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So, why did she splash the cash?

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I have gone way out of the traditional antique box here

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and I have bought something from the 1980s,

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I've bought a set of hopefully collectable phone cards.

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It's a really good, comprehensive collection here, from the 1980s.

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Some of these are very collectable.

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It's just a matter of trying to find the right people.

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In addition to these phone cards, we've also got...

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..this box of coins.

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Now, a little dickie bird has told me in the saleroom,

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one of the other buyers,

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that amongst these coins is a real treasure.

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I don't know what it is,

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but I'm going to find it

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and I'm going to make myself lots of money.

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Mm! So, Catherine gets a sneaky tip off!

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With four lots to Bingo's one,

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you might think she'd sit back and relax,

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but oh, no, she's got her eye on a pair of wooden boxes.

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At 28, 30.

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All done? It sells at £30.

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HAMMER STRIKES

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She quickly seals the deal for just over £36 with fees.

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Across the saleroom, Bingo's bidding card

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looks like it might finally be back in action,

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as a set of three framed tapestries have caught his eye.

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At 28, it's going to be, then.

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-HAMMER STRIKES

-28.

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He quickly sews up the deal for just over £34.

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This is after Lowry, the famous Salford, the Manchester artist.

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Coming From The Mill, it's painted after, done in 1930.

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This one is done considerably later. I rather like it.

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I think it's got a great sense of humour

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and I'm very pleased, £28.

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It's a bargain.

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So with our bidding buccaneers well under way,

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let's take a look at who's spent what.

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Our two experts each arrived with £1,000 of their own money.

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James Bingo Braxton has had a slow start,

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winning just two lots for less than £49,

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leaving a whopping £951 still to spend.

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Canny Catherine Southon has been a bidding whirlwind,

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bagging herself five lots for just over £260,

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leaving nearly £740 in her kitty.

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Now, Bingo may have taken it easy so far,

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but with wads of cash to spend, he's in prime purchasing position.

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And it's his set of children's books up next,

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but he's not the only one who's spotted them.

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I saw on the floor a big box of these hardback books.

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I used to have these when I was little.

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And I think...

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..I'm going to have a punt.

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I know Catherine has got this marked.

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So I had a sneaky look at her catalogue

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and I see that she's also marked 186.

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-CATHERINE WHISPERS

-James is going for it as well.

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And these I start straight in, I've got £22. At 22.

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Bidding card at the ready, Bingo bides his time.

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30, 32.

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No, 32. The bid's with me, then. 35. 38.

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40, either of you?

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£38, the bid's at 40. 42 still, 45...

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And when Catherine thinks she's home and dry, he swoops in!

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At £45.

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James has got those.

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So, James won the battle

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and the books cost him just under £55 with fees.

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I think I've paid the money for those.

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And while Bingo wonders if he got carried away,

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Catherine throws her bidding card in the air

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for a pair of picnic baskets...

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Are you all done? It's going to sell then at £30.

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HAMMER STRIKES

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..and wins them for just over £36 with fees.

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These are my impulse buy.

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I bought these literally on a whim at the time.

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This is the best picnic set.

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I would say it's probably 1970s.

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I have got someone in mind for this.

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This is retro, this is funky, this is now.

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And I'm happy.

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Well, if you're happy then we're happy!

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She's not the only one making quick fire purchases, though,

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as Bingo has just bought himself a mixed lot of barrels and jars

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for just over £34.

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A good under-the-table auction lot here.

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I've got three sherry barrels here.

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These are pretty useless.

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All, sort of '60s, '70s, really out of fashion.

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This one, make a garden seat out of it,

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could've been a water filter, or maybe a bigger barrel.

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These jars, very often used for cider or other liquors.

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That one's a lead-glaze fellow,

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but this is the star, the salt-glaze fellow,

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it's got this orange peel glaze here

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and we've got a Bristol maker here.

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This will make a fabulous, rather splendid lamp.

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Get rid of those, left with the three, big profits.

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Up you get, old man!

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So, with that he has four buys to Catherine's six.

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But after hearing a mixed lot went unsold,

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she quickly puts in an offer at the sales desk

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and secures it for just £2.

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But what did she buy?

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You may be wondering why, and I am asking myself the same question.

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But for £2, we have life jackets, we have some waders,

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which I don't think have probably ever been used.

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And we've got some other safety equipment.

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£2, I paid for this. I'm going to sail away to sweet success.

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Well, the life jacket is certainly making her feel buoyant!

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That's £2.43 with fees,

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and, with that, Catherine calls it a day.

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She may be able to kick back and relax,

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but, with just four buys in the bag,

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Bingo's revving up for a grand finale,

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or so he hopes!

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This is a crucial stage,

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because I've got the bulk of my items,

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but I don't want to lose any and this is one of them.

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Nice little trunk and I've got £15 on it here. At 15. Do I see 18 now?

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18 and I've got 20 at the very back.

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22, 25,

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28.

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-No, 28...

-Hurry up.

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Hurry up. Get your card up quickly.

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A good tip - when the bidding's finished,

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and she's groping around for more bids,

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try and find somebody else to take you up,

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get your number up. That sort of focuses her.

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Ah, a bit of inside knowledge from the squire of the saleroom!

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So, once you add commission,

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the trunk cost Bingo just over £34.

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And he quickly bags himself

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a pair of framed maps, as well.

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Bid's in the middle at £15.

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-Come on, get your number on!

-15 it is.

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Map of Greece...

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Do I know any Greeks?

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I'm sure I do.

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Well, the maps cost our Greek god just over £18

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and, when he gives them a closer look,

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they really get his pulse racing.

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I bought these two maps. I've just taken them off the wall

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and it confirms that this one of North Devon is rubbish.

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But this one of Greece is better than expected.

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First of all, when I picked it up,

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I thought "Goodness, that's a good weight,"

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and the reason why it's a good weight is it's got the plate glass

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at the back, but the lovely thing about it,

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just reinforces my opinion about it,

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it's got this lovely ivorine plaque,

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so it's a sort of plastic thing, carrying the name of the retailer.

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Lovely item, beautifully framed and then here, in the corner,

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circa 1676.

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And that is old - Charles II.

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I'm really pleased with this.

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In fact, I'm very excited. £28 plus the bits,

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I think I can add a nought to this.

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Catherine, you'd better watch out!

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Bingo's last-minute spending spree is coming up trumps!

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And he has a final flourish when he wins that Edwardian chair

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he spotted earlier, too.

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It's going to sell then at 55.

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Taking a final chunk of £66.88

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out of his pocket. So that's it.

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Our duo have stormed the saleroom, brandished their bidding cards,

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and bagged themselves plenty of bargains,

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but how do the figures stack up?

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Our brave buyers arrived at the auction with £1,000

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of their own money. James had a slow start,

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but ended up with seven lots at a total cost of £256.58.

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Catherine also bought seven lots,

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but spent slightly more

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at £299.13.

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So what do they make of each other's efforts?

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Catherine, how did you find it?

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Interesting, different. But I'm very happy. What about you?

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-You are very happy?

-Mm.

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-Did you spend a lot of money?

-I didn't spend a huge amount, no.

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I think my biggest purchase

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was probably my Arts and Crafts copper tray

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but I am happy with it.

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Now, your first purchase, I noticed, was the scarves.

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Why the scarves?

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Well, I went for these purely because of the name.

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I saw in the catalogue that there was a name that jumped out at me.

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And now I have noticed that they came in this bag,

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-which isn't an ordinary bag, James.

-Isn't it? What sort of bag is it?

0:19:420:19:46

-No, no, no, no.

-It looks nylon from here.

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-It's a Prada bag.

-A Prada bag?

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So we have designer scarves in a designer bag.

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-Designer price, I feel coming on.

-That sounds very good. Well done, you.

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And from the sublime to the ridiculous. What is with the life jackets?

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Oh, James, I don't know.

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They didn't sell and then stupidly,

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I went and bought them for £2.00.

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-£2.00.

-But they have got waders.

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You must know something about fishing and wading.

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-Have they got studs on the bottom?

-Yes.

-That's for rivers.

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-It was impulsive but I am happy.

-£2.00.

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That is, to me, is my childhood in a box.

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-All those books, Ladybird books.

-I saw you bidding on that.

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-I really wanted those.

-Why did you stop?

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I stopped quite early on because I can't see big noughts...

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Big profits.

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I think you might struggle to make a big profit on them.

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-Anyway, I think my top item is my map.

-Yes. I'm a bit jealous here.

0:20:410:20:47

-I wish I had seen those maps. The one of Greece is fabulous.

-Yes, it is.

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-That's a couple of hundred pounds, I think.

-I think it is.

0:20:500:20:53

It is going to be a lot of work, a real lot of work here but, er...

0:20:530:20:57

-Anyway, good luck.

-Yes. Good luck, James.

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So our twosome leave the saleroom behind and head home.

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Now they take on the challenge

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of finding buyers for all that auction booty.

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And it all comes down to profit,

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so they need to pull out all the stops to make the very best sales.

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At Bingo's pad in East Sussex,

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he's pondering his wares.

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Well, it was a funny day at the auction.

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On initial inspection, there didn't seem to be a lot there.

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It was a general sale.

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But the more I started bidding,

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the more I quite liked it.

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Barrels. People like these big, decorative barrels.

0:21:350:21:38

What would they suit? Maybe, possibly a pub. Ladybird books.

0:21:380:21:41

I've got a lot of books here but I am still unsure who to sell it to.

0:21:410:21:46

Postcards. Who will I sell that to?

0:21:460:21:48

There is quite a rare picture of Brighton fish market

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and what better place to sell it to

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than Brighton's oldest fish restaurant?

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Lowry. I will reframe that

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and it will look so much better. And then the map.

0:22:010:22:04

One map, pretty ordinary.

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But the other, the Greek islands, is a lovely map. I am going to get that

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in the hands of the end buyer, ie, a private collector.

0:22:100:22:13

Bingo also needs to sell his Edwardian chair and leather trunk.

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Over in Kent,

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Catherine's enthusiasm for her purchases appears to have subsided.

0:22:200:22:25

Now I am back and looking at the items I bought at auction,

0:22:250:22:30

I can't say that I'm overjoyed, because it is a bit of a mishmash.

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My first disappointment is these phonecards.

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I've done some research.

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Apparently, the worst thing that you could have collected

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over the past 20 years is phonecards.

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I don't know who I'm going to sell these to.

0:22:470:22:50

That's going to be struggle number one.

0:22:500:22:54

But the phonecards did come with this box of coins

0:22:540:22:57

and apparently in that box of coins

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there is something which is rather special.

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But I have yet to find it.

0:23:010:23:03

The buttons, I thought perhaps I could try

0:23:030:23:06

and contact somebody who does do some needlework and, you know,

0:23:060:23:12

really make something upcycle items.

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Probably one of the best buys, I think,

0:23:150:23:18

of the whole collection is the Arts and Crafts tray.

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I think it might be difficult to try and get a big profit on it.

0:23:220:23:25

I don't think people are going to get really excited about it

0:23:250:23:28

but I think it is probably one of the better items that I bought.

0:23:280:23:33

These waders are by a well-known maker and if you were to buy them

0:23:330:23:38

new, retail, you're looking at about £25-£30, apparently.

0:23:380:23:43

So I think they will definitely give a profit.

0:23:430:23:47

Nevertheless, there is some success here.

0:23:470:23:49

I've just got to find it.

0:23:490:23:51

She also needs to sell her picnic baskets, wooden boxes,

0:23:520:23:55

and collection of scarves.

0:23:550:23:57

So now our selling supremos need to track down the best buyers,

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and haggle hard for top prices.

0:24:010:24:04

Any profits will go to their chosen charities, and remember,

0:24:040:24:07

until they've shaken on it, no deal is ever sealed.

0:24:070:24:10

Catherine has hit the ground running

0:24:100:24:13

and has headed north of London in search of her first buyer.

0:24:130:24:16

I'm in Hertfordshire and I've come to see Mark,

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who's got one of the biggest collections in the world

0:24:180:24:21

of phonecards.

0:24:210:24:23

I sent him photos of the ones that I have got

0:24:230:24:25

and he is a little bit sceptical.

0:24:250:24:27

But I am hopeful that in here

0:24:270:24:29

is the one phonecard that he hasn't got in his collection!

0:24:290:24:32

Catherine bought the cards

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along with a box of coins for just over £85.

0:24:350:24:38

Oh, wow - this, this is the collection already.

0:24:390:24:41

-I've got a few out to show you, yes.

-Is this the entire collection?

0:24:410:24:46

-No, I have got about 80,000 cards, mostly up in the loft.

-Well, here we are.

0:24:460:24:50

Straight away, the thing that I am seeing is that

0:24:500:24:53

all of yours aren't sort of advertising ones.

0:24:530:24:56

-A lot of these are advertising.

-Yes.

0:24:560:24:58

The earlier cards mainly don't have logos.

0:24:580:25:01

From the very early '80s.

0:25:010:25:03

Most of the normal cards were fairly widely available.

0:25:030:25:07

It is getting the sort of older, rarer cards.

0:25:070:25:09

I'm still hoping to find one of those in the collection.

0:25:090:25:12

I will say, though, that I'm quite excited by that card.

0:25:120:25:16

I knew you would be. You haven't got that one, have you?

0:25:160:25:18

I am quite excited by that card. That is one of the rarer cards.

0:25:180:25:21

-I knew you would be.

-There are obviously quite a lot there.

0:25:210:25:24

-Certainly, maybe we can do a deal.

-Can we? Lovely.

0:25:240:25:27

-What sort of figure are we talking?

-£20, £25?

-£20, £25.

0:25:270:25:32

-Tell you what - 30 would be lovely. Can you do 30?

-I will do 30.

0:25:320:25:37

Will you do 30? That is wonderful.

0:25:370:25:40

So that's £30 in the bank,

0:25:400:25:42

which is less than half of what she paid for the lot,

0:25:420:25:45

so until she finds a buyer for the coins,

0:25:450:25:47

her profit is up in the air.

0:25:470:25:49

Meanwhile, Bingo has hit the road too,

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and decided that for his auction items,

0:25:520:25:54

he's going to do a grand tour of the south coast!

0:25:540:25:57

First up, he's in Horsham, East Sussex, to get his Lowry tapestry

0:25:590:26:03

reframed before selling it.

0:26:030:26:05

But he's hoping to kill two birds with one stone.

0:26:050:26:08

I've come to a local framer to see David.

0:26:090:26:12

I'm hoping he can transform my Lowry tapestry panel.

0:26:120:26:16

I think it needs a black frame, and who knows,

0:26:160:26:19

if it looks really good, they might even buy it.

0:26:190:26:22

James paid £34 for the Lowry, along with the two other tapestries.

0:26:230:26:27

Hello, David. You're keeping a very tidy place.

0:26:280:26:33

Well, we like to keep neat.

0:26:330:26:36

-Now, David, this is the thing I spoke about on the phone.

-OK.

0:26:360:26:39

But I thought, as I said to you,

0:26:390:26:41

I think it's been killed by the frame.

0:26:410:26:43

I would agree with that, yes.

0:26:430:26:45

I was sort of thinking that I might go for a black frame.

0:26:450:26:47

Black would certainly fit that bill.

0:26:470:26:49

-David, how much will it cost for that mount and frame?

-£25.

0:26:490:26:54

-Get on with it, David, then.

-OK.

-Thank you.

0:26:540:26:57

So Bingo got a good deal on the framing,

0:26:570:27:00

but will he manage to put the second part of his plan into action

0:27:000:27:04

and convince David to purchase his picture?

0:27:040:27:06

-Hello there.

-David, oh! Surprised! I am ready. Surely.

0:27:080:27:13

That is superb, isn't it? Look at that! That is transformed, isn't it?

0:27:150:27:21

-It certainly is, yes.

-What do you think of it?

0:27:210:27:24

I think it's a great improvement. Really sets it off well.

0:27:240:27:28

-Is it something you would buy, David?

-We may well consider it.

0:27:280:27:32

If I said to you, David, you could buy that for £100,

0:27:320:27:34

would you be grabbing my hand?

0:27:340:27:36

I think I would like that on my wall for £100.

0:27:370:27:40

David, you've got yourself a deal!

0:27:400:27:43

Smoothly done, Bingo -

0:27:430:27:45

after the framing costs, he gets £75 for the Lowry,

0:27:450:27:48

and then sells the other two tapestries

0:27:480:27:51

to an antiques dealer in Lewes for £10,

0:27:510:27:54

taking £85 overall and netting a profit of £50.95 on the lot.

0:27:540:27:59

And sticking on the coast, he sells his Edwardian chair to George,

0:27:590:28:03

a dealer in Eastbourne, for £110, topping up his profit pot

0:28:030:28:07

by £43.12.

0:28:070:28:10

Next up, Catherine heads to South London for her second sale.

0:28:100:28:14

She's hoping to press the right button with Inma,

0:28:140:28:16

a Battersea-based craft teacher.

0:28:160:28:18

Inma, hi. Catherine. Lovely to meet you!

0:28:180:28:21

Hi, Catherine.

0:28:210:28:22

-This is a super place you've got here.

-Thank you.

0:28:220:28:26

I don't know, I feel very creative as soon as I walk in!

0:28:260:28:29

-I'm getting inspired already.

-Thank you.

-Right.

0:28:290:28:32

-I have brought here a tin of buttons.

-Lovely tin.

0:28:320:28:35

So is this something that you'd be interested in purchasing?

0:28:350:28:38

Yes, I would be. I think the tin looks fantastic

0:28:380:28:40

and it has got really nice buttons inside.

0:28:400:28:42

I think we would be interested.

0:28:420:28:44

-There are some nice buttons.

-They are, yes.

0:28:440:28:46

What sort of value are we talking?

0:28:460:28:49

-I think it will range between £12-£14.

-I mean, 15 would be lovely.

0:28:510:28:56

-Is that too much for you?

-I will say 14.

-14? I'm happy with that.

0:28:560:29:02

-£14.

-Brilliant.

0:29:020:29:04

So that's £9.14 profit, and our expert's triumphant.

0:29:040:29:08

I don't think you were too impressed with those buttons, James.

0:29:100:29:14

But I have almost tripled my money. Who's laughing now, Bingo?

0:29:140:29:20

Mm! Fighting talk from canny Catherine!

0:29:200:29:23

And she's on a bit of a roll

0:29:230:29:24

when she also finds a buyer for her pair of picnic baskets,

0:29:240:29:27

selling them to an antiques dealer who runs a cafe in West Sussex...

0:29:270:29:32

-OK.

-Yeah? Happy with that?

-Shake on 55.

-Thank you so much!

0:29:320:29:37

..banking a tidy profit of £18.52.

0:29:370:29:40

So Catherine now has three sales under her belt,

0:29:400:29:43

but Bingo's never far behind.

0:29:430:29:45

And he's back on the coast in search of his next buyer.

0:29:450:29:48

I'm just outside Brighton with my little clutch of postcards.

0:29:490:29:53

One of which is rather special. It is of the fish market in Brighton.

0:29:530:29:57

I am about to see a man who I have bought fish from for many years,

0:29:570:30:00

who, had he been around in 1900,

0:30:000:30:03

would no doubt have been here.

0:30:030:30:05

Bingo bought the cards for just under £15,

0:30:060:30:09

but before he meets his favourite fishmonger,

0:30:090:30:13

he needs to dress for business.

0:30:130:30:15

Lovely hairnet, James!

0:30:180:30:19

-Hello, Michael. How are you?

-Very well. And yourself?

-Very good.

0:30:210:30:25

What are you tucking into there?

0:30:250:30:27

I am just putting some scallops on the half-shell

0:30:270:30:30

for an order that has got to go out later on today.

0:30:300:30:33

Now, here is the little collection of postcards.

0:30:330:30:35

-Brighton fish market.

-This is the one. Isn't that amazing?

0:30:350:30:39

-So that was the West Pier, wasn't it?

-That was, yes.

0:30:390:30:41

The rest of the cards you might as well, really,

0:30:410:30:45

put a stamp on and use them. They have absolutely no value.

0:30:450:30:49

-They're very generic. What would be a fair price? £35?

-£25?

0:30:490:30:53

-No, I would like £35.

-Say we meet in the middle at £30, then.

0:30:530:30:58

£30. I am very happy with that.

0:30:580:31:00

So that's a very tasty profit of £15.41.

0:31:000:31:03

But Bingo doesn't get off that lightly.

0:31:030:31:06

James, you couldn't give me a hand with this order?

0:31:060:31:09

-Of course I can, Michael. Make the most of me.

-OK.

0:31:090:31:13

-Can you start scaling and gutting the sea bass for me?

-Scaling.

0:31:130:31:16

-I'll have a go. I am a fisherman, you know.

-You get 7/10.

0:31:160:31:20

Right, James, you seem to have coped quite well there.

0:31:200:31:23

-I will go and get you a bit more to get on with.

-OK.

0:31:230:31:26

Bingo may be happy tackling the tiddler,

0:31:290:31:32

but there's something else in the water.

0:31:320:31:34

MUSIC: THEME FROM "JAWS"

0:31:340:31:35

James, could you just fillet this for me?

0:31:350:31:39

Blimey! I don't think I could even lift it!

0:31:390:31:43

Maybe it's time to head back to the world of antiques, eh, Bingo!

0:31:450:31:48

Now while he changes out of that hairnet,

0:31:480:31:51

Catherine has been hard at work.

0:31:510:31:53

She's headed to Hungerford

0:31:530:31:55

and sold her pair of wooden boxes to dealer Rita for £55,

0:31:550:31:59

topping up her profit pot by £18.52,

0:31:590:32:03

and then heads next door

0:32:030:32:05

to meet specialist dealer Pete with her box of coins.

0:32:050:32:07

-Had a good rummage?

-I did.

0:32:080:32:10

Are there any gems in there, first, because I... One gem?

0:32:100:32:15

That one.

0:32:150:32:16

That's German, three marks,

0:32:160:32:17

and it's aluminium but it's in quite good condition.

0:32:170:32:21

-And my offer, just on that one, would be £15.

-Oh, really? Is that all?

0:32:210:32:25

£15, just on that?

0:32:250:32:27

-So what is the offer for everything?

-£48.

-Oh, really? £48.

-Yes.

0:32:270:32:33

Well, that's fair.

0:32:330:32:35

Oh, dear - not a great outcome there.

0:32:350:32:37

When she adds in the £30 for the telephone cards,

0:32:370:32:40

Catherine's made a loss of £7.12 on the entire lot.

0:32:400:32:44

Well, not quite the result I was hoping for but you win some,

0:32:460:32:50

you lose some.

0:32:500:32:52

Well, whilst Catherine heads home to formulate her next

0:32:520:32:55

plan of attack, let's take a look at the scores so far.

0:32:550:32:59

James has sold three of his auction buys,

0:32:590:33:01

and his profits stand at £109.48.

0:33:010:33:03

Catherine has found buyers for five of her lots,

0:33:030:33:06

but taking her loss into account,

0:33:060:33:08

she's only made a profit of £39.06.

0:33:080:33:12

So James is making headway in this selling frenzy,

0:33:140:33:17

but it's Catherine who wades into the next sale.

0:33:170:33:20

She's meeting

0:33:200:33:22

ex-employee and keen fisherman Peter in Nuthurst in West Sussex.

0:33:220:33:25

She's hoping to shift her lot of wet weather gear

0:33:250:33:28

but as her life vests aren't up to safety spec,

0:33:280:33:30

she's decided not to sell them,

0:33:300:33:32

so has to make over £2.43 on the waders to make a profit.

0:33:320:33:37

-Hi, Peter.

-Hello, m'dear.

-How are you?

-Fine.

0:33:370:33:40

You haven't got any wellies on. Where are your fisherman's wellies?

0:33:400:33:43

-Oh!

-And for that I have brought you these. What do you think?

0:33:430:33:48

-They're very good.

-What are you after? £25?

-20.

0:33:480:33:54

Go on, then. £20. And I expect you to catch something.

0:33:560:33:59

-On one condition.

-What?

-You put them on and test that there are no leaks.

0:33:590:34:02

I think...no, come on, I think £25, if I go in there.

0:34:020:34:07

That's fair - come on, Peter.

0:34:070:34:09

-All right.

-Yeah.

0:34:090:34:11

If they've got a hole in, I'm going to cry.

0:34:110:34:13

The profit is tantalisingly close -

0:34:130:34:15

the boots just need to pass the test.

0:34:150:34:18

-Pete, I've got some bad news.

-What's that?

0:34:190:34:22

I think this one's got a hole in it.

0:34:230:34:25

-Look at that.

-Uh...oh, yeah.

0:34:250:34:27

How do you repair something like that?

0:34:270:34:30

Put a bit of rubber along, like a puncture repair kit.

0:34:300:34:33

-Dip your foot in and see if you feel water coming in.

-Right.

0:34:330:34:37

-Can you feel any water coming in?

-Oh!

0:34:370:34:39

Give it a little while. SHE GROANS

0:34:390:34:41

-Right, we'll see.

-Right...well, confession.

0:34:410:34:45

I think a little bit seeped in.

0:34:450:34:47

What's the discount?

0:34:470:34:49

SHE SIGHS

0:34:490:34:51

-15?

-Well, as I did go in - go on, then, 15.

0:34:510:34:53

-15, OK.

-15?

-15.

0:34:530:34:55

£15 for a pair of leaky boots?!

0:34:550:34:58

Maybe Peter took pity on her.

0:34:580:34:59

Either way, she makes a £12.57 profit.

0:34:590:35:02

Just goes to show - you should try before you buy.

0:35:040:35:07

But I made a profit - that's pretty good for me!

0:35:070:35:12

So whilst Catherine goes home to change her socks,

0:35:120:35:14

Bingo is still on his south coast adventure -

0:35:140:35:17

this time heading to Weymouth with his mixed lot of barrels.

0:35:170:35:20

He heads straight to the oldest pub in town

0:35:200:35:23

and manages to sell one of them to landlord Kevin.

0:35:230:35:26

-I'll give you £35 for that one.

-£35 for that one.

-Yeah.

0:35:260:35:31

You've gone and got yourself a deal. I'll take the other ones away, Kevin.

0:35:310:35:34

He had thought about turning the salt-glazed jar into a lamp,

0:35:340:35:38

but instead decides against it

0:35:380:35:39

and sells it with the rest of the collection

0:35:390:35:41

to two separate dealers in Weymouth and Southsea

0:35:410:35:44

for a total of £60, taking his profit on the lot

0:35:440:35:47

to an impressive £60.95.

0:35:470:35:50

And his coastal adventure doesn't end there,

0:35:500:35:54

as he heads further west with his map of Greece.

0:35:540:35:57

I've trundled along the Devon coast

0:35:590:36:01

to see artist Peter, who's spent a little time in Greece

0:36:010:36:05

and I hope this map may navigate me to profit!

0:36:050:36:09

James bought the Greek map, along with one of Somerset,

0:36:090:36:11

for just over £18.

0:36:110:36:13

-Hello.

-I see the master at work.

0:36:140:36:17

Well, not master, but working.

0:36:170:36:19

JAMES LAUGHS

0:36:190:36:21

Now, this is the map,

0:36:210:36:22

which I'm sure you know considerably more about than I do.

0:36:220:36:27

Ah, yes - well, we lived a long time in Greece, as you probably know.

0:36:270:36:31

And it's a very interesting map if you know Greece well,

0:36:310:36:34

because it's actually moderately inaccurate.

0:36:340:36:36

-JAMES LAUGHS

-How old is it?

0:36:360:36:39

Well, it's early - they think about...

0:36:390:36:41

It's late 1600s.

0:36:410:36:43

-Interestingly, if we look at the back as well...

-Yes?

0:36:430:36:46

..you can see the sort of title page, the description of Greece,

0:36:460:36:50

and I'm sure this will have an enormous amount of inaccuracies.

0:36:500:36:53

-Say...circa 1676.

-Yes.

0:36:530:36:57

I'm very happy to take a fair offer. What is your offer for it?

0:36:570:37:03

Well, I'll try an offer on you. I'll try £55.

0:37:030:37:07

I am very happy for you to have it at £55.

0:37:070:37:10

Good - well, that pleases me very much.

0:37:100:37:12

Well, that was quick!

0:37:120:37:14

And Bingo sells the other map for £15

0:37:140:37:17

to a gallery in Dorset,

0:37:170:37:18

so banks a tidy profit

0:37:180:37:20

of £51.76 on the pair.

0:37:200:37:24

James is streaking ahead

0:37:240:37:25

but in Kent, Catherine is on the hunt for a buyer

0:37:250:37:28

for her most expensive item -

0:37:280:37:30

the copper tray that cost her a whopping £115.

0:37:300:37:33

She's hoping Arts and Crafts specialist John

0:37:330:37:36

will take a shine to it.

0:37:360:37:37

-Hello, John, lovely to see you!

-Hello, Catherine.

0:37:380:37:40

I've brought you an Arts and Crafts tray.

0:37:400:37:44

-OK, so...

-It's Birmingham Guild, it's stamped on the back.

0:37:440:37:48

I'm guessing this is late 19th, early 20th century.

0:37:480:37:52

Yes, that's what I'd expect it to be. Um...

0:37:520:37:55

And this is all handmade, isn't it?

0:37:550:37:56

Yeah, that it is the great thing about the Arts and Crafts period -

0:37:560:37:59

as you know, it's all about being handmade.

0:37:590:38:02

But, yeah, no, that's straight-up Arts and Crafts, Birmingham Guild.

0:38:020:38:06

Before we get to the crunch, I did purchase this at auction.

0:38:060:38:11

-And I did have to battle a little bit to get it.

-OK.

0:38:110:38:15

Well, I'm thinking in the region of around...150, 160.

0:38:150:38:20

I was hoping for a bit more, John.

0:38:200:38:22

Would 200 be too much?

0:38:220:38:24

I understand you asking for that...

0:38:240:38:26

How about 185?

0:38:280:38:29

-OK - 185.

-Is that all right?

-That's good.

0:38:310:38:33

It's a massive sale for our diamond dealer

0:38:350:38:37

and banks her a very shiny profit of £69.48,

0:38:370:38:41

more than doubling her total so far.

0:38:410:38:44

And she crosses the finishing line

0:38:440:38:46

when she sells her scarves and handbag to a shop in Kent,

0:38:460:38:49

bagging herself a final profit

0:38:490:38:51

of £31.76.

0:38:510:38:53

Meanwhile, Bingo's been retracing his steps along the south coast

0:38:530:38:57

and has sold his cube-shaped trunk

0:38:570:38:59

to an antiques dealer near Portsmouth for £40,

0:38:590:39:02

making him a modest profit of £5.95.

0:39:020:39:06

Now, with one item left to sell,

0:39:060:39:08

he ends his grand tour of the south coast back on home turf.

0:39:080:39:11

I'm here on an East Sussex farm, not to see a farmer, but to see Nick,

0:39:130:39:17

who runs a nursery school.

0:39:170:39:19

What better place to sell these books than a place that has story time?

0:39:190:39:25

Well, the books cost Bingo nearly £55,

0:39:250:39:27

so let's hope there's a happy ending!

0:39:270:39:30

Nick, what valuable tome are you reading there?

0:39:300:39:34

-I'm reading all about Sir Walter Raleigh.

-Really?

0:39:340:39:36

-Yes, yes.

-My vast array of Ladybird books.

0:39:360:39:40

The lovely thing about Ladybird books is they were very well illustrated.

0:39:400:39:43

-Yes.

-I liked them and reading...key to learning, is it?

0:39:430:39:48

It is the key learning, isn't it? For everybody.

0:39:480:39:50

And at this age, they are really interested in books.

0:39:500:39:53

Nutty business - price. Now, how do you value learning?

0:39:530:39:57

-I want to try and get about 55p a book.

-How about...

0:39:570:40:01

..£45 for the lot?

0:40:030:40:04

I tell you want, 55, and you've got yourself a deal.

0:40:040:40:08

Why don't we split it in the middle, then? 50.

0:40:080:40:11

Go on, put it there - 50. Thank you very much indeed

0:40:110:40:13

and I hope you put them to good use.

0:40:130:40:15

We will indeed.

0:40:150:40:16

They may have found a good home,

0:40:160:40:18

but that sale makes a loss

0:40:180:40:19

of £4.72.

0:40:190:40:21

But, as Bingo said, you can't put a price on learning.

0:40:210:40:24

Now children, are you sitting comfortably?

0:40:240:40:27

Hello - I've got the most fabulous story for you!

0:40:270:40:30

I've got Piggly Wiggly Plays Truant.

0:40:300:40:33

And I know children love hearing about naughty children, don't they?

0:40:330:40:37

"Lazy little Piggly Wiggly often stayed in bed to snore

0:40:370:40:43

"after Mother Pig had called him, for he always snored before.

0:40:430:40:48

"Piggly washed and gobbled breakfast, packed his school books in a rush.

0:40:480:40:53

"Hurried round in getting ready, never gave his clothes a brush."

0:40:530:40:59

I think you've found yourself a new fan base there, Bingo!

0:41:000:41:03

And with that tall tale, our selling story is over

0:41:030:41:06

and it's nearly time to reveal who'll be walking away

0:41:060:41:09

with today's Put Your Money crown.

0:41:090:41:11

But first, let's remind ourselves of what they spent at auction.

0:41:110:41:15

Our duo took £1,000 each

0:41:180:41:20

to the Somerset saleroom.

0:41:200:41:22

James bought seven lots

0:41:220:41:23

and, including the new frame for the Lowry,

0:41:230:41:25

spent £281.58.

0:41:250:41:28

Catherine also bought seven lots

0:41:290:41:31

and forked out just slightly more,

0:41:310:41:33

at £299.13.

0:41:330:41:36

But of course, it all comes down to profit.

0:41:360:41:39

All the money James and Catherine have made from today's challenge

0:41:390:41:42

will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:420:41:44

So now it's finally time to find out

0:41:440:41:46

who is today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion!

0:41:460:41:51

-Hi, James. How are you?

-Hi, Catherine, how are you?

0:41:510:41:53

Good to see you. You well?

0:41:530:41:55

-Auction.

-How did you do?

0:41:550:41:58

Well, I have to say, tricky in many ways -

0:41:580:42:01

tricky because even at the auction,

0:42:010:42:02

I couldn't find anything I really, really wanted to buy.

0:42:020:42:05

I bought one thing that I loved, which was that copper tray.

0:42:050:42:08

-That was all right.

-Did that do well?

0:42:080:42:10

That wasn't bad. Everything else was patchy.

0:42:100:42:13

What about you?

0:42:130:42:14

I had that Lowry

0:42:140:42:15

and I transformed it with a new frame.

0:42:150:42:18

-It did look good.

-Good for you.

0:42:180:42:20

So, that did well.

0:42:200:42:22

The map! The map - I was jealous of the map.

0:42:220:42:25

Yeah, the map did all right.

0:42:250:42:26

-Well, shall we see?

-Shall we see?

0:42:260:42:28

-Moment of truth.

-One...two...three...

0:42:280:42:32

Oh, James! Well done! You did really well in the end.

0:42:320:42:35

That's not bad, is it?

0:42:350:42:37

-Champagne on me!

-I think that sounds good.

-This way.

0:42:370:42:41

So it's a resounding victory for Bingo,

0:42:410:42:44

with over £70 in it.

0:42:440:42:47

I knew I'd done quite well at the auction,

0:42:470:42:49

and so did Catherine do quite well,

0:42:490:42:51

but in the end, I had it and, you know...winning is the key.

0:42:510:42:55

Well, there we have it. Well done, James.

0:42:550:42:59

Not too bad a difference there, but you just pipped me to the post.

0:42:590:43:03

So...congratulations.

0:43:030:43:06

But Catherine gets another chance

0:43:060:43:08

to knock her opponent off the top spot tomorrow,

0:43:080:43:10

when our duo go into battle at an antiques fair in Sussex.

0:43:100:43:14

Everywhere I go, there's opportunity after opportunity.

0:43:140:43:17

James Braxton goes head to head with Catherine Southon at an auction in Somerset. James decides to do a selling tour of the south coast, while Catherine gets into deep water trying to sell some waders.