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James Braxton v Catherine Southon - Showdown

Antiques challenge. Experts James Braxton and Catherine Southon face off for the big showdown - who will be the overall winner?


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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

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in an all-out battle for profit...

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Elementary, my dear dealers.

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..and gives YOU

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the insider's view of the trade!

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HE CHUCKLES

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Raar!

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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 Axeman cometh.

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Putting their reputations on the line...

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Argh!

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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, it's the ultimate antiques challenge -

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the moment our dealers have been waiting for.

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Audacious auctioneer James Braxton steps into the ring with

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the First Lady of Fine Arts Catherine Southon.

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They have decades of antiques experience between them,

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but that counts for nothing, because this is the mighty Showdown!

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Coming up...

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Catherine is outwitted at the car-boot.

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-Did you see that?

-Deal done.

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That was robbery!

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James gets carried away whilst bidding.

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That could present a problem for me.

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And emotions run high at the auction.

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Come on, it's cheap!

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40 it is.

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I give up!

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

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Well hold on to your hats,

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two sharp shooters are about to ride into town one last time,

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to fight for their honour

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as antiques experts of the highest calibre.

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This is their final chance to outwit the opposition,

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seal some killer deals, and lasso a profit to be awarded

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the Put Your Money sheriff badge of honour.

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Riding in from the West, it's the Sussex Saleroom Supernova.

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A polished professional with an eye for quality

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and impeccable manners to match.

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It's James "Bingo" Braxton.

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I've seen quite a few candidates.

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Look a little further round and I'll hone in on them.

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His opposition today is a true dealing diamond.

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This agile auctioneer really knows her onions,

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and her haggling skills are second to none.

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It's Kent's Queen of Quality, "Canny" Catherine Southon.

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I spy with my little eye...

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An avenue full of bargains.

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Today, our cowboys of the collectables

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have £1,000 each to spend across four very different locations -

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an auction,

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a foreign market,

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a car-boot sale

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and an antiques fair.

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Once they've bagged their bounty,

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they need to use all their expertise to sell it,

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and any profit they make will go to charities of their choosing.

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But there is of course a tricky twist!

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They have to sell half of their items at the Showdown Auction,

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where they'll be at the mercy of the bidding public.

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It could be where they win big...or lose it all!

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So, James Braxton and Catherine Southon, steady your nerves

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and think only of profits.

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

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-James!

-How are you?

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-Lovely to see you.

-Good to see you.

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Welcome to the mighty Showdown. Are you ready for this?

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Oh, yes, I'm ready. Read away.

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OK, the rules are simple.

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

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

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Goodness me!

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

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"The rest will be sold in the Showdown Auction

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"in direct competition with your opponent."

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That's you.

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"The winner is the expert who makes the most profit." Good luck.

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Mm-hmm. As you ready for this?

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-I'm ready for this.

-Good luck.

-Good luck.

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So our battling bargain hunters are poised

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and ready for their gargantuan challenge.

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Round One is the auction

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and they're at Tamlyns in Bridgewater, in Somerset.

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Both our expert auctioneers are on familiar territory in a saleroom,

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and Catherine has already found something worth writing home about.

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There's a real assortment of postcards here.

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Anything from lifeboats to Barbados.

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And I am sure amongst this lot

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there is a gem to be had.

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James has been marking his catalogue,

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but he's got a different tactic.

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If it's cheap, I'll go for it!

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Discerning then, Bingo(!)

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But now it's time to get those bidding cards ready

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as the sale is underway! First up, those postcards.

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Five, I have. At five pounds. Do I see eight anywhere?

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Bids at five.

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Eight. Ten.

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12? 12. 15.

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18? 18.

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No. On my left at £18.

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-£18.

-HE BANGS GAVEL

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So with auction fees,

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Catherine pays £21.89 for the postcards.

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Next up, Bingo is ready to make his first bid, too,

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on a rather unusual pigeon racing clock.

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£40. No, at £40.

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At 40. Standing at the very back at £40. You all done now?

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-At £40.

-HE BANGS GAVEL

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So the pigeon clock flies home with James for £48.64 with fees.

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But it seems ornithology isn't his strongest subject.

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The last time I had anything to do with pigeons

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was a pigeon breast salad. But this is not for eating.

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This is for racing. Nicely boxed. Here is the clock itself.

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In here. Don't know how it works.

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It's a highly interesting item that I obviously know

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absolutely nothing about.

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I'm going to put it back. I've got the case.

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I think I'm on a winner!

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Yes(!) So while Bingo gets in touch with his inner pigeon fancier,

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Catherine's won herself a nautical watercolour for £42.56 with fees.

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This could make me a very happy girl.

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It's signed and it is dated.

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It's an Australian artist - Alcott - dated 1920.

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But I think I can easily sell it for £100 to £150.

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There's no way that I will be on a sinking ship.

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Aye-aye, Captain Catherine!

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So that's our canny collector's two lots in the bag.

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With the end of the auction approaching, Bingo's got one

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more lot to buy, and he's spotted a collection of bread tins.

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I've got £18 on here. It's 18. Do I see 20?

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22. 25. 28.

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30. 32. 35.

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38. 40. At £40. At the back there at 40. 42.

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Fresh bidder. 45.

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48. 50. 55.

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60. 65. 70. No, he's gone.

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At 70. On my right at 70. At £70 then. Are you all done at 70?

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-70 it is.

-HE BANGS GAVEL

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Get a man on the rope. I marked those £14.

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£70. The we are.

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That could present a problem for me!

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Yes, it just might. The 14 bread tins got Bingo bidding and bidding,

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and he ends up paying over four times what he wanted to.

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That's a whopping £85.12.

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Here we are, the most expensive bread tins in Somerset.

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There are three particular sorts.

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We've got Reynolds. We've got the Hovis tins.

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And farmhouse.

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I think farmhouse refers to the type of loaf that was baked in it.

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And it's a big fella. I am a secret bread-maker.

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I'm looking forward to putting some of Bingo's special bread in here

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and hopefully I can wriggle myself out of this one!

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Bingo baking his way to success. Possibly.

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And with that, Round One of this sizzling Showdown

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is done and dusted! Time for a quick look at the books.

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

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James has spent a good £133.76 so far,

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so has over just over 866 left to play with.

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Catherine has spent a much more frugal £64, leaving herself

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more than £935 for the rest of the game.

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Without further ado, it's onto Round Two.

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Our treasure hunters head

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to a foreign market

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in Tongeren, Belgium.

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They convert their cash into euros and hit the historic streets

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in the pursuit of their next potential profit.

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And is appears James is feeling pretty chipper about the challenge.

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There's lots of choice on these streets.

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The pound is strong and the euro is in my favour.

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So almost a 20% discount.

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There's nothing our dealers love more than a discount!

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And Catherine's hoping to get just that

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when she spots a games compendium.

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It's a games compendium.

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That's nice. How much is this one?

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Dominoes. Cribbage.

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Chess. Racing game.

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I ask 180.

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Can I give you 100 for this?

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I would like to say yes but...

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Oh, go on! As I am your favourite.

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-Yes, I know.

-110 and we are done. Go on.

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-115.

-OK.

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115.

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So, after conversion, that adds up to £94.26,

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and it's her priciest purchase yet. But she thinks she's got a bargain!

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Delighted with my Showdown purchase.

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This games compendium is going to win me lots of big prizes here.

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This is going straight off to auction as it is. Not doing anything with it.

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And I think it's going to turn a very good profit.

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And, after all, the winner takes it all!

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# The winner takes it all... #

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Canny Catherine has her sights set firmly on victory!

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And she wastes no time swooping in on her second purchase.

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Don't ask me why, but I had in my mind today

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I was going to buy an easel

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of some description.

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I thought maybe one of those tripod ones.

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Then I saw this which is rather nice.

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It's not old.

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I'm hoping this will probably be around £50 to £60.

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Then I will snap it up.

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Watch this.

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-Sir.

-Hello.

-Hello.

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How much for your easel?

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-75.

-What's the very best you can do on that?

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-60.

-55.

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-OK, 55.

-55? 55. Yeah?

-Yes.

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55. OK. I'll take that from you!

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That works out at a few pence over £45 sterling,

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and Catherine's two items are in the bag.

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But Bingo's been busy too,

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and he's just bagged himself a polo painting for just under £29.

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And he thinks it'll do well at auction.

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I am thrilled with this.

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Polo players. The auction's in Cirencester.

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This has got Cirencester written all over it.

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Cirencester...almost home of polo.

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There will be buyers for this. I think I'm in the money!

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Always thinking of the bigger picture is our Bingo!

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And he's on a roll as he quickly bags himself an unusual

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bronze leaf applique for a pricey £122.95.

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It is a heavy fellow, this.

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It's bronze. It's French. And it's by a J Rabillon.

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This is quite a risky piece. I've got the Showdown Auction.

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But really, at auction, this has got to make £150 plus.

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That's the biggest purchase so far from Bingo the Brave!

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And that brings us to the halfway point in our buying bonanza.

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So who's spent what?

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

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James's four purchases have cost him £285.40,

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so he's got over £714 left.

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Catherine has spent a bit less, parting with £203.79,

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leaving just over 796.

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Round Three is the car-boot sale.

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Our battling behemoths are back in Blighty

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and getting some sea air at Brighton Marina, and savvy Southon can't

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wait to get stuck in.

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I have only spent a few hundred pounds of the Showdown money.

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I know this place has great potential. I've just got to find it!

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So Catherine says she's ready to splash the cash,

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but when she spots a vintage hairdryer with a £120 price tag...

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I can't pay you anywhere near what you're wanting though.

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-Honestly.

-That's all right, then you can't have it!

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Oh. Well, what...do you want to negotiate a little bit?

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Negotiate?!

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All right, I would accept £80.

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-What about 60?

-I'm sorry. Tell you what I'll do, young lady...

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-I think I'm mad, actually, aren't I?

-No, I think you're mean.

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But I will take 75 off you. And I shouldn't do.

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-£70.

-75 will do nicely.

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-This hand says 70, this hand says 75.

-Correct.

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-So there is a fiver in it.

-75.

-SHE GASPS

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-Did you see that? That was robbery!

-Deal done!

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Yes, that was a canny move worthy of you, Catherine.

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But luckily, she's still happy with her purchase.

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This is a super cool 1950s hairdryer!

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I can imagine this, once upon a time, in a rather smart salon in France.

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What I like about it is, it's got all its original paintwork

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and the original maker's badge there.

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This thing is, it will need to be PAT tested and I need to make sure

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that all the electrics are working fine before I sell it.

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I'm very happy with £75 because I think really it's worth about 300.

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Cor! That's a pricey blow dry! Across the boot sale,

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Bingo's just bought himself a pair of gates for £50.

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I like the fact that they are different sizes.

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They are the same design but they are different sizes.

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This is to get the wheelbarrow through.

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This is to allow the lady of the house to go through.

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Ah, Lord Braxton, always thinking of the ladies.

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And with the gates opened, he's soon treading in Southon's footsteps,

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heading towards the dealer that sold her the hairdryer.

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Watch out for his handshake, old boy!

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What is this strange spiky thing I see there?

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In France, they call it la herisson.

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La herisson. Why la herisson?

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-Pour la bouteille.

-Pour la bouteille?

-Yeah. Drying bottles.

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What does la herisson mean?

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Hedgehog.

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-Ah, the hedgehog. Mini spikes.

-Mini spikes.

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-Combien, s'il vous plait?

-Le prix?

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-My normal price for this is approaching £100.

-No!

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-Yes.

-Really?

-It is.

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-God, I wasn't expecting that!

-It's possible I could negotiate.

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I was going to... I thought it was going to be around 50, to be honest.

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-Go on, then, 70 quid.

-65.

-No, no, no.

-65, chief.

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-70. Put your hand there.

-I've got terrible tennis elbow.

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-No, you haven't.

-Be gentle with me.

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-Put your hand there.

-65.

-No, no, no.

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-70. £70.

-Oh! Oh! Be gentle with me.

-That's right.

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Ah, the handshake trick again. We did warn you.

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And his bottle drier means Bingo's all bought up.

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A few stalls away, Catherine has honed in on her second buy.

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I've spied this in a cabinet.

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I think it's a pretty smart item.

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We've got a page turner in the form of an owl.

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And it is really nicely modelled.

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Beautifully carved throughout, with the feathers on the back there.

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Lovely glass eyes. It's got lots of black splodges on it. Ink splodges.

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But that's what I like because that makes me think that it's

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probably late 19th century and it gives us that real age.

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It's a little bit broken at the end there.

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But I'm not really bothered about that.

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The lady is asking £50 for it.

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If I can get it at around £30, it'll be a very wise purchase.

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I see you are asking 50. I would love to offer you 30.

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Would you be happy with 30?

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Uh... 40.

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30, I think, is probably going to be my limit

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because I've got to try and sell it on and make a bit of profit on it.

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35?

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-I've got to make sure...

-OK, I'm happy with that! 35.

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-Thank you very much.

-We'll give that a go. £35.

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And with that birdie bargain,

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Round Three and the car-boot comes to an end.

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Before we move onto the final round, let's take a look at the figures.

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Both our agile antique hunters started

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with £1,000 of their own money.

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James has now spent £405.40

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so still has a sizeable £594 left to spend.

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Catherine has spent less than a third of her budget,

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paying out only £313.79 so far,

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meaning she has a whopping £686 to take through to Round Four.

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So the final leg of their Showdown

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steeplechase is the antiques fair.

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Our profit pioneers are poised to hit the ground running

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at Ardingly in West Sussex, and with over 1,500 stalls to plunder,

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there's everything to play for.

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Bingo, it's the final round.

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With just two spaces left in their Showdown hauls,

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our experts throw themselves into the fray.

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And Catherine soon spots a pair of stools.

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I quite like those.

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They've got, I mean, they are almost quite Arts and Crafts-y.

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They have got an Arts and Crafts-y bit, haven't they?

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-I'll give you 20 quid for them.

-I can't do that.

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-Oh, yes, you can.

-I really can't.

-Go on, 20 quid.

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I've got 46 quid on them. 25 quid. That's the death.

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Go on, then. 25.

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-You're done.

-Thanks very much.

-OK, yes, I'll have those.

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She's a hard haggler, and seals the deal at nearly half price!

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Across the market,

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Bingo's spotted a painting that's sparked his interest.

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This picture is...just has a little twinkle about it!

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Probably an impossible thing to resell,

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but it just has an attraction to me.

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Totally consistent with its date. 71.

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Price-wise, I don't know. £40?

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-No, 50.

-50? I'll give you 50.

-Right, cool.

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-Thanks a lot.

-You're welcome.

-That's really kind!

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Our daring dealers both have just one item left to buy.

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The clock's ticking

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and the whole Showdown could rest on this final deal.

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As they prowl the stalls one last time, it's Catherine

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who's first to move in for the kill,

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bagging herself a set of cased bottles for £50.

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These glass gentlemen's bottles in leather carrying cases

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aren't that unusual to find. But what is nice about this set

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is that these bottles are faceted and they're in really good condition.

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Each top is monogrammed and the monogram matches the lid.

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These tops are silver.

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All in all, a pretty nice set for £50.

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I think they're going to tootle off to auction.

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So that's Canny Catherine spent up.

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And hot on her heels is Bingo Braxton, who's poised to

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pounce on an early-20th-century enamel-topped glass inkwell.

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Bizarre item, isn't it?

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Lovely hobnail cutting.

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Isn't that glass lovely!

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-It's got to be 50, has it?

-Yeah.

-Couldn't be 40?

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Um...

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-There is some doubt.

-Yeah, you can have it for 40 quid.

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It's the end of the day. It's cheap, really.

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-I'll buy that for 40! That's kind.

-OK, cheers.

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Thanks a lot. Really kind.

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Yes, he's done it! With that deal in the bag, our buying bonanza is over.

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Eight epic deals done across four fantastic locations.

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But before we catch up with our haggling heroes,

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let's take a look at the final figures.

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They both started with £1,000 of their own money.

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James spent just under half his budget, at £495.40.

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Catherine was even more cautious with the cash,

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parting with just £388.79 in total.

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Before they head back to their bunkers to plan their selling

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strategies, a chance to compare notes.

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HE GROANS Oh, the Showdown has been hard!

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-It has been hard.

-I know.

-What have you gathered?

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What are your principal sparkling objects?

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I didn't buy any sparkling objects, really, in the end.

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Oh, rubbish, you did! That games compendium is lovely.

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-Oh, yeah, no. I love that!

-That was a great buy. Fabulous buy.

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I think out of all the Showdown pieces that I've bought,

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I think the best pieces I've bought were the ones in the foreign

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market in Belgium. And I think, strangely, perhaps the boot fair.

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What about you?

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I bought that sort of polo playing picture, didn't I?

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-Yeah, that was good.

-That's going to auction.

-Is it?

-Yes.

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Cirencester, one of the great homes of the mighty game.

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-It's all in the selling now.

-It is. I know.

-Good luck.

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And you, my friend.

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Now, there's a mighty long journey ahead.

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Our brave profit hunters need to track down buyers for all

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their treasures and squeeze every last penny

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from their purchases in a quest to bank the most profit.

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It's time to dig out their little black books of contacts

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and really earn their selling stripes.

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But if that wasn't hard enough,

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the terrifying Showdown Auction is also looming large.

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They must each select four of their items to go under the hammer

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and can only watch on as their profits are at the mercy

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of the bidding public.

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Back at home in East Sussex,

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the Don of the Deals, Bingo, feels variety is the spice of life.

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What a miscellaneous bunch of items I've got here.

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Probably one of the principal items is my pair of gates

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that I'm going to sell privately to a very nice garden.

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Here, on my left, the hedgehog - la herisson.

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It's a bottle drier. A French bottle drier.

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Antique dealers seem to want to buy them

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in the trendy parts of towns all over the place. They want them.

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I can't understand it.

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It's rather like introducing a hazard to the home.

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I've got a very workmanlike cased racing pigeon clock

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that has already done good service here.

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I've got to find a racing pigeon enthusiast to tell me

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a little more about it.

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Interestingly, the nation has gone baking mad.

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And these breads tins, although quite expensive at auction,

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I think they are sort of bang on-trend at the moment.

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And then, lurking in front of those gates, that is the applique.

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Very heavy item. It's bronze. It's a big old swag.

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I think that might do quite well.

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I think I might put that forward to auction. It's large.

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It's decorative. But I've delegated all that part to the auctioneer.

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It's up to him, really, whether I make a profit or a loss.

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So along with his applique, James has decided to put his two paintings

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and glass enamel inkwell into the auction.

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Over in Kent, Catherine is pondering her purchases too.

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As I see all the Showdown items before me,

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I think I can safely say that I'm pretty happy with this selection.

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Starting off with the owl here.

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This is a paper knife and I think that it is really beautifully carved.

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So I think it's a novelty piece that should do rather well at auction.

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My favourite piece of the whole Showdown has to be this compendium.

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It's superb in every single way.

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This is another piece which is definitely going off to auction.

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Because I can see this making £150 to £200.

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The next item that is going off to auction is these lovely

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gentleman's bottles. They've got everything going for them.

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And the case as well is in lovely condition.

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My artist's easel. It is a modern piece, but these things sell.

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They sell so well at auction.

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So that is something that I would like to earmark for auction.

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The painting that I bought at auction, the marine picture,

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it was one of my last-minute purchases.

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It dates from about 1920s and I would love to sell it, perhaps,

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to a pub or someone who collects maritime memorabilia.

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But this has to be the real piece of the show.

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I need to find somebody who's got the same vision as me.

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Someone that can see this as a light in a corner of a room.

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Well, I know the ones that are going off to auction

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and I have no control over them now. They are in the lap of the gods.

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But I've still got to sell the rest.

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Never a truer word said,

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and that includes those postcards and fire stools.

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So for everything not bound for auction our energetic experts have

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to hit the streets and find buyers. Any profits will go to their chosen

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charities. And remember, until they've shaken on it,

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no deal is ever sealed.

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Bingo is kicking things off in Kent, where he's getting back to nature.

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I've come to Hole Park in Kent to see owner

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and friend Edward, who has most glorious gardens.

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Hopefully, within the 16 acres, there'll be room to place my gates.

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Well there may be plenty of space, but costing £50

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will the gates open up to a profit?

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I bought this at a car-boot.

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The reason I bought it is, I quite like the asymmetry of it.

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I'm still trying to work it out.

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I would think we might use them near the house where we just

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try to keep the public out of the very house domain, as it were.

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Edward, I would dearly love to get £250 for them.

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-250?!

-250.

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I hope you might settle for 150 or something like that.

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And we'll call it a day. How about that?

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I tell you what, I tell you what, you are in the right area.

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I'll do you a special price. 190.

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-175.

-190.

-175.

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-175.

-180 and we've got a deal.

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Go on, you devil! JAMES LAUGHS

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So our trading terrier manages to nip a nifty £130 profit

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from his car-boot buy.

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And he's quick to make it two in a row when he sells his unusual

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bottle drier to a dealer in Hastings,

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pocketing himself a £40 profit.

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Over in West Sussex, Catherine's on the hunt for her first buyer.

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And she's wheeling her vintage hairdryer

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to show interior designer Laura. Remember, it cost her £75.

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What do you think about it?

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I love it.

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It's going to take a bit of work, but I do love it.

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I thought it was probably '60s and I love the fact that it's beehive-ish.

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-It's a great shape.

-It ties in with the '60s.

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And the fact that it's got the original maker's plaque on it.

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I would say it's probably French from the wording.

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Now, this did have its wiring inside it.

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I checked it out, but it didn't work properly as a hairdryer,

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so I thought the safest thing to do was to strip it of its electrics.

0:27:100:27:14

I'd convert it into a light, so I'd get it all rewired

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and converted into a light anyway, I think.

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In order to make any money at all, I would be looking at around 150.

0:27:200:27:26

OK...

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I was thinking more around the 100 mark.

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If we say 130, that would be good for me.

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Would you do 125?

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-SHE GASPS Laura!

-Meet in the middle.

0:27:370:27:40

-120. That's fine. We'll go for 120, that's fine.

-Lovely.

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Er, hold on, did you just do yourself out of a fiver there?

0:27:430:27:47

She offered £125!

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After paying for the electrical work, it brings her a £30 profit.

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But she missed out on a fiver.

0:27:530:27:55

Someone tell her what happened!

0:27:550:27:56

I can't believe Laura said 125 and I thought she said 120,

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and that's what we shook on.

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Oh, well. It's only a little profit, but that's a huge weight off my mind.

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Well, that's one of her priciest purchases sold.

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And she follows it up with a trip to Leicestershire, where she sells

0:28:130:28:16

her pair of Arts and Crafts fireplace stools

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to pub landlord Nick.

0:28:190:28:21

-35?

-Yeah.

-Absolutely.

-Absolutely! I should have said more.

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Adding another tenner to her profit pot.

0:28:250:28:28

So Catherine has two sales under her belt.

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But what's Bingo up to?

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Well, he's taking a step back in time.

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If you were around in the 1970s, you'd know

0:28:370:28:40

the landscape behind me is not in fact Yorkshire, it's Dorset.

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Made famous by a bread advert.

0:28:440:28:46

And there's no better place to sell my tins!

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Yes, Bingo's in Shaftesbury and heading to the Gold Hill Museum.

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It's home to all sorts of local artefacts, and James hopes chairman

0:28:540:28:57

Terry might want to buy his bread tins to donate to the collection.

0:28:570:29:01

They cost over £85, so let's hope it's not an uphill struggle!

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-Terry.

-Yes, James.

0:29:070:29:10

Terry, you are the august what here?

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I'm the chairman of the committee that runs the museum.

0:29:120:29:16

-Amazingly, we have about 20,000 visitors a year.

-Really?

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Most visitors to Gold Hill come to look at the museum.

0:29:190:29:23

Why do they come to Gold Hill?

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Well, I suppose they've all seen the Hovis advert of 40 years ago.

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It's still a very popular advert.

0:29:300:29:32

-Here we have it. The branded item.

-I've never seen one of those before.

0:29:320:29:37

-Haven't you?

-No, never.

0:29:370:29:39

-Really?!

-I wonder where you got them from.

-How funny.

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I bought these at auction. There are 14 tins in all.

0:29:420:29:46

I was rather hoping somewhere between ten and £15 per tin.

0:29:460:29:50

I would have said eight.

0:29:500:29:54

It's a bit fine for me.

0:29:540:29:58

Um... 130.

0:29:580:30:00

-How about that?

-120.

0:30:010:30:02

THEY LAUGH

0:30:020:30:04

I think you've done this before, Terry.

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Put it there, Terry. It's a very good thing!

0:30:060:30:09

So our star baker cooks up a tasty £34.88 profit on the tins.

0:30:090:30:14

Right place, right price.

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They've got the tins and I've made some dough.

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But he doesn't have quite the same luck with his pigeon racing clock.

0:30:210:30:25

It turns out not to be as unique as he thought!

0:30:250:30:28

But pigeon fancier Caroline agrees to take it off his hands for £40.

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I'll take it, although I've made a thumping great loss.

0:30:320:30:35

I'm very happy to take that.

0:30:350:30:37

So Bingo's profits are hit by £8.64.

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And with that, his selling is done till the Showdown Auction.

0:30:400:30:44

In Berkshire, Canny Catherine is still on her selling spree.

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I've come to Hungerford to see Don with my lovely marine watercolour.

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I've got a good feeling about this.

0:30:530:30:55

I think it's going to be plain sailing all the way.

0:30:550:30:59

Well, she's certainly feeling confident!

0:30:590:31:01

The painting cost her over £42 to buy.

0:31:010:31:05

-Don, how lovely to see you!

-Hello, Catherine. Nice to see you.

0:31:050:31:08

I have a surprise for you!

0:31:080:31:10

By John Alcott. Dated 1920.

0:31:100:31:14

Yeah, I like that.

0:31:140:31:16

How does 250 sound?

0:31:160:31:18

It sounds expensive.

0:31:180:31:20

What about two?

0:31:200:31:23

How about 175?

0:31:230:31:25

I was going to say 165, but...

0:31:270:31:29

Do you want to go 165?

0:31:290:31:32

-Yeah, I'd rather go 165.

-165. What am I doing?!

0:31:320:31:35

I'm taking the price down. I'm supposed to be pushing it up.

0:31:350:31:38

-165, yeah.

-165 is fine.

-Are you happy with that?

-I am.

0:31:380:31:41

Er, she's done it again! Talking herself out of a tenner!

0:31:410:31:45

But she did treble her money

0:31:450:31:47

and adds a heft £122.44 to her profit pot.

0:31:470:31:52

She then goes on to sell her postcards to a collector in Kent.

0:31:520:31:55

But it turns out there was no hidden gem after all.

0:31:550:31:58

She makes just a small profit of £3.11.

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So that's both our dealers' private sales done and dusted.

0:32:010:32:04

It's almost time for the Showdown Auction. But who's sitting

0:32:040:32:07

pretty with the best cushion of cash?

0:32:070:32:09

James has sold four items and made himself a tidy

0:32:090:32:13

profit of £196.24.

0:32:130:32:16

After Catherine's haggling confusion,

0:32:160:32:18

she's a little way behind, with £165.55 profit in the bank.

0:32:180:32:23

So Bingo goes into the Showdown Auction with the strongest hand,

0:32:240:32:29

leaving his rival on the hop.

0:32:290:32:31

Our two ace auctioneers will get a taste of life on the

0:32:310:32:34

other side of the rostrum here in Cirencester.

0:32:340:32:36

They can only stand and watch as their items go under the hammer,

0:32:360:32:39

and being at the mercy of the bidding public

0:32:390:32:42

is always nerve-racking!

0:32:420:32:43

Hello, James. How are you doing?

0:32:450:32:47

Always a kiss, not a shake of the hand.

0:32:470:32:49

-Things going all right?

-Fine. How have you done so far?

0:32:490:32:52

Well, it has been a bit of a mixed bag. What about you?

0:32:520:32:56

I'm looking a bit fragile here

0:32:560:32:58

because I've got quite an expensive item.

0:32:580:33:00

-At the auction?

-Yeah, over £100.

-That is a meaty one, isn't it?

0:33:000:33:04

-It is a meaty one.

-You going to make a lot of money on that?

0:33:040:33:07

Could go horribly wrong.

0:33:070:33:08

-Let's be positive!

-Positive.

0:33:080:33:10

Well, they're trying to steady their nerves,

0:33:100:33:13

but they're not exactly brimming with confidence, are they?

0:33:130:33:15

Before the sale begins, they sneak a peek at each other's lots.

0:33:150:33:20

Of all of James' items, this has to be my favourite!

0:33:200:33:24

Polo players. Mixed media here.

0:33:240:33:26

I love the way that you can see the speed of the polo players

0:33:260:33:30

running through the field. The estimate on this is £50 to £80.

0:33:300:33:34

James paid just under 30. I can see this winning the race.

0:33:340:33:38

It's got to be £100.

0:33:380:33:40

From quite a humble plain mahogany box here...

0:33:400:33:43

you open her up and reveal contents after contents.

0:33:430:33:47

It's a really lovely item.

0:33:470:33:49

£50 to £80.

0:33:490:33:50

I know Catherine paid slightly more, but I think it has legs

0:33:500:33:53

and will do well.

0:33:530:33:55

I'll be totally honest with you,

0:33:550:33:57

I don't really think it's got a huge amount of age.

0:33:570:34:00

And I do think it will struggle.

0:34:000:34:03

But time will tell and stranger things have happened.

0:34:030:34:07

The letter opener. It looks a bit fragile to me.

0:34:070:34:10

It's lost some of its blade.

0:34:100:34:13

Catherine bought it for £35. It's got ten to 20 estimate.

0:34:130:34:17

In its favour, it's got a fabulous handle. Glass bead eyes.

0:34:170:34:21

Owl - emblematic of wisdom.

0:34:210:34:25

Has Catherine been wise?

0:34:250:34:27

Well, all will soon be revealed, James,

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as the auction is about to get underway!

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Our brave warriors take up their position,

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and steel themselves for the Showdown.

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Catherine's games compendium is first to go under the hammer,

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it cost her just over £94.

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Catherine, are you nervous about your first lot?

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I am, really. I'm a bit upset because the estimate seems very low to me.

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£50 to £80.

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-What, for the games compendium?

-Yes.

-There's lots of people here.

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-I'm sure it will do well.

-This one...I'm very worried about.

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It's lovely.

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..is the games compendium.

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-50 to get on.

-Come on!

0:35:050:35:07

-At £50...

-Come on, give me some more hands!

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-At 55. 60.

-At £60. Come on! Come on!

-At £60.

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Internet! Internet!

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-70. Internet!

-Internet.

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-At £70 at the back here.

-Come on, internet!

-75.

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£80. At £80 now. £80 here.

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-Five. 90.

-Oh, yes!

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-£90 in the room.

-Come on, room!

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-At £90. Selling in the room then.

-Don't let me down!

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£90. Are you all done?

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HE BANGS GAVEL, CATHERINE SIGHS

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Don't worry. Don't worry.

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That's my biggest gamble, so I feel now...

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-SHE EXHALES

-Everywhere is up now.

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It's a breeze now, James.

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Well, the gamble didn't quite pay off,

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and the box makes a £34.08 loss after fees.

0:35:480:35:51

Not the best start.

0:35:510:35:53

Will James's bronze applique do any better?

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He paid almost £123 for it,

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and Catherine thought it was a risky lot.

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It is a gamble.

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-And we love a gamble.

-We love a gamble.

-Here we go.

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Lot 45 is the Jon Richard Accessories applique there.

0:36:040:36:08

-50 to get on.

-50.

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£50... £30.

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At £30. Five.

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-40. Five. 50. Five.

-There you go.

0:36:160:36:19

-60. Five.

-At £60 here. Five now. At £60 in front of me now.

0:36:190:36:23

-Where did it stop?

-60.

0:36:230:36:24

£60 bid. At £60 right in front of me now.

0:36:240:36:27

-Come on, internet! Come on!

-At £60. Are you all sure? At 65. 70.

0:36:270:36:33

-At 75. Someone is bidding. Who is bidding?

-£80 here.

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Still cheap at £80. Five now. At £80. Are you sure?

0:36:360:36:39

A fiver if you like, sir. Five. At 85...

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-HE BANGS GAVEL

-235.

0:36:430:36:45

How did you manage that? That was lucky, actually.

0:36:450:36:48

-That could have been a blood bath.

-That could have been a bomber.

0:36:480:36:50

She must have thought it would lose more!

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But a whacking £66.79 comes off his profit.

0:36:530:36:57

Catherine's travelling bottles are next, they cost her £50.

0:36:570:37:01

Lot number 208 is the three...

0:37:010:37:04

-They look really...

-Come on!

0:37:040:37:06

-..gentlemen's bottles with silver tops.

-Come on.

0:37:060:37:09

Start at 100. 100?

0:37:090:37:11

-100. He is asking for 100.

-80? 50 to get on.

0:37:110:37:15

-Oh!

-Maybe 30.

0:37:150:37:16

£50. 50 bid. 60. At 60 in front of me now.

0:37:160:37:20

£60. Five on the net.

0:37:200:37:21

-Come on!

-70. At £70...

-They should be a lot more.

0:37:210:37:25

-At £70. Five now. At £70. Five if you like...

-Come on, internet!

0:37:250:37:28

-£70.

-Come on, internet! Don't let me down. Come on, internet!

-At £70...

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-I can't believe that.

-I can't believe that because that was your lovely

0:37:340:37:38

-opportunity to make some money, wasn't it?

-Yes, yes.

0:37:380:37:41

Thank you, James, for making me feel worse!

0:37:410:37:43

That's another loss for Catherine,

0:37:430:37:46

this time to the tune of £5.86.

0:37:460:37:49

And James's sparkly inkwell

0:37:490:37:51

doesn't prove popular either.

0:37:510:37:54

-At 35. Are you all done?

-James, I'm sorry.

0:37:540:37:57

HE BANGS GAVEL

0:37:570:37:58

Oh, that's less than he paid for it.

0:37:580:38:01

And after fees, Bingo loses £23.93. It's not boding well.

0:38:010:38:06

Actually, we're not doing too well so far.

0:38:060:38:07

-We've made a loss on everything.

-We have.

0:38:070:38:10

SHE LAUGHS

0:38:100:38:12

-All be them quite small.

-Small. Yeah, that's all right.

0:38:120:38:16

We can draw comfort from that.

0:38:160:38:18

Yes. Positive thoughts, chaps.

0:38:180:38:20

But the sale of Catherine's letter opener isn't much

0:38:200:38:23

to write home about either.

0:38:230:38:26

At 30...

0:38:260:38:27

Ohhhhhhh!

0:38:280:38:30

Making her another £22.94 loss.

0:38:300:38:34

So it's all riding on her final lot, the easel,

0:38:340:38:37

which she bought for £45 in Belgium.

0:38:370:38:40

This is my last hope.

0:38:400:38:42

..stained beach artist's easel.

0:38:430:38:45

I can start you here at £30.

0:38:450:38:47

-£30 straight in. OK.

-Straight in.

0:38:470:38:50

-Good, solid easel there.

-I need a lot more. Come on.

-40.

0:38:500:38:53

-At £40.

-I told you. 40.

-Come on!

-At £40.

-It's cheap!

0:38:530:38:58

Five anywhere? All sure then? Are you all done?

0:38:580:39:01

At £40...

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-HE BANGS GAVEL

-40 it is.

-I give up.

0:39:030:39:07

That's a final £25 hit to her profits, which means

0:39:070:39:11

she leaves the auction more than £80

0:39:110:39:13

worse off than she arrived!

0:39:130:39:15

Bingo's lead is safe for now,

0:39:150:39:17

but his portrait painting struggles to get much interest in the room.

0:39:170:39:22

At 12...

0:39:220:39:23

-£12.

-HE GROANS

0:39:240:39:27

Oh, dear. That's a quarter of what he paid for it.

0:39:270:39:30

And after fees, that takes £52.38 from his profit pot.

0:39:300:39:34

It all rides on the polo player!

0:39:340:39:36

The polo player has now go to make £300 for me to break even.

0:39:360:39:41

No pressure then! He bought the painting for just under £29.

0:39:410:39:46

Emotions are running high!

0:39:460:39:48

-Oh, the tension.

-I can feel it.

-Can you feel it?

0:39:500:39:53

The polo players. 30 then.

0:39:530:39:55

-Oh, James.

-20. It's got to be £20, hasn't it?

0:39:550:39:58

-Come on.

-£20 the polo players. £20 bid there. Five at the back. 25.

0:39:580:40:02

30 if you like, sir.

0:40:020:40:04

At £30. Five if you'd like, madam.

0:40:040:40:07

-£30!

-It's...it's a good thing...

0:40:070:40:12

-At 30.

-That is just so cheap.

0:40:120:40:15

A far cry from the £300 he needed,

0:40:160:40:19

Bingo takes a final loss of £16.63.

0:40:190:40:21

And that brings the Showdown to a crashing end.

0:40:210:40:25

That's really sad. I'm genuinely really sorry for you.

0:40:250:40:28

-That's very kind.

-That deserved to do a lot better.

0:40:280:40:31

I thought it would, but...

0:40:310:40:33

-Here we are.

-Let's go and cry together.

-Yeah.

0:40:330:40:36

Well, cry you might, it's been a disastrous sale for both our duo -

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with not a single penny of profit between them!

0:40:420:40:45

But who's lost the least?

0:40:450:40:46

While they lick their wounds, let's have a look at the books.

0:40:460:40:50

Both our experts started their monumental challenge

0:40:500:40:53

with £1,000 of their own money.

0:40:530:40:56

James "Bingo" Braxton spent less

0:40:560:40:59

than half his budget, at £495.40.

0:40:590:41:02

Canny Catherine Southon spent

0:41:020:41:04

even less on her eight items,

0:41:040:41:06

just £403.79.

0:41:060:41:08

All of the money that James and Catherine have

0:41:100:41:12

made from today's challenge will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:120:41:15

And with the auction shocker behind them, let's find out who is

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today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Champion.

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James, it's been quite an interesting week.

0:41:220:41:25

-We got through it.

-We have just got through it, haven't we?

0:41:250:41:28

Culminating in that awful auction.

0:41:280:41:30

We bought...the rest of the time, I think we got some good things.

0:41:300:41:33

-Goodies, we did.

-I was happy with some of the things I bought.

0:41:330:41:36

I bought a painting and made quite a good profit on that. That was nice.

0:41:360:41:39

-I remember that.

-And yourself?

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Garden gates. Did well with some garden gates.

0:41:410:41:44

-Right, shall we see?

-Yeah... I'm not sure about this.

0:41:440:41:46

-I think you'll probably have it.

-Do you think?

0:41:460:41:49

-Definitely, you've got it.

-One, two, three...

0:41:490:41:51

That is shameful! Both of us. Isn't it?

0:41:530:41:56

Well, I'm very pleased it's black and not red! I must say!

0:41:560:42:00

Well they may not be the biggest profits in the world

0:42:000:42:03

but it's Catherine who takes the trophy for the day.

0:42:030:42:05

But they've been building up their profit pots over the whole

0:42:050:42:08

week of challenges, so who's made the most?

0:42:080:42:12

-Go.

-One, two, three...

0:42:120:42:15

-752...

-SHE LAUGHS

0:42:150:42:18

787. Well done, Catherine.

0:42:180:42:20

-How close!

-That was very close. Well done.

0:42:200:42:23

-So near yet so far.

-Well done to the winner.

0:42:230:42:26

-It's been such fun, James.

-Well done.

-I've loved it!

-Very good.

0:42:260:42:31

So Canny Southon does it again!

0:42:310:42:34

Between them, they've made over £1,500,

0:42:340:42:37

and every last penny of that is going straight to good causes.

0:42:370:42:41

My profits are going to the Scuba Trust -

0:42:410:42:44

a charity that enables disabled people to scuba dive.

0:42:440:42:48

My chosen charity is Target Ovarian Cancer.

0:42:490:42:53

A few years ago, I lost my mum to ovarian cancer,

0:42:530:42:56

so it's a charity that's very close to my heart.

0:42:560:42:59

Well our hard-working pair can finally have a rest now,

0:42:590:43:03

after a week of all-out profit war.

0:43:030:43:05

And they really have put their money where their mouths are

0:43:050:43:08

and shown that they can make a convincing profit from buying

0:43:080:43:11

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

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Antiques experts James Braxton and Catherine Southon face off for the big showdown. It's a rollercoaster ride of buying and selling, but what happens when the hammer falls at the final auction? Who will be the overall winner?