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Caroline Hawley v David Harper - Showdown

Antiques challenge. In the culmination of a week-long competition, can old hand David Harper beat new girl Caroline Hawley in the mighty showdown?


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches TV's best-loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out battle for profit...

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Elementary, my dear dealers.

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..and gives you the insider's view of the trade.

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HE LAUGHS HE GROWLS

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Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face

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a different daily challenge...

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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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Urgh. Ready for battle. FANFARE BLARES

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..and giving you their top tips

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

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Get in there.

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Today, the biggest, boldest antiques challenge

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known to man - the dealing dynamo, David Harper,

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goes head-to-head with the Put Your Money newcomer,

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Caroline Hawley, in the climax of the week.

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Hold on tight, it's the Showdown.

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Coming up, Caroline bags herself a bit of bling...

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Oh, I like that. I think madam might wear it home.

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..David buys something he hates...

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It is positively revolting and it makes me want to be sick.

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..and all bets are off at the Showdown auction.

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My only profit, and it's the worst object I've bought in years.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Brace yourselves, folks, as two wily warriors are about to step

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into the arena for an all-out bargain battle.

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It's the culmination of a close-run race

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and these titans of the trade have one final chance

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to flex their marketing muscles and outwit the opposition.

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First up, it's a dealing dandy with a keen eye for a bargain.

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He's a trading tiger, who pounces on profit

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without a moment's hesitation.

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All the way from Durham, it's Devilish David Harper.

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-It's all about trust in this business. Thank you.

-Thank you.

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His opponent today is an auctioneer action woman.

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She may be a Put Your Money newbie

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but she's been in the trade for years and knows it inside out.

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It's the profit-hunting bird of prey,

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Caroline "The Hawk" Hawley.

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BIRD SCREECHES

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So watch out, David, you're going to have your work cut out to beat me.

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They both have £1,000 of their own money to spend

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across four very different locations.

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

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But this is the Showdown

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so they'll have to choose their eight collectables carefully

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as half their booty will be sent to an auction,

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where their fate and profit lies in the hands of the bidding public.

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Anything can happen but only one dealer will emerge the winner

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so, David Harper and Caroline Hawley,

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it's time to put your money where your mouth is.

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Oh, this is the exciting one, you know that?

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-I do know that, David.

-This is the Showdown. The rules are very simple.

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

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Put Your Money challenges and you have, we have, £1,000 to spend.

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You can sell up to four items wherever you want.

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-All right, yeah. Oh, you're a bit bossy.

-I am indeed.

-Oh, I like it.

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The rest will be sold at the Showdown auction in direct competition

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-with your opponent. That's you.

-And you,

-yeah.

-And me.

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-The winner, that's me...

-Yeah.

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-..is the expert...

-That's me.

-Yeah.

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-..who makes the most profit.

-That's none of us.

-No. Good luck.

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-Good luck to you as well.

-Thank you.

-Come on.

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So, poised and ready, it's straight to round one - the car boot sale.

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They're on home turf in the North East,

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hitting the racecourse at Sedgefield in Teesside,

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a weekly boot sale that's relatively new to the calendar.

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There's an eclectic choice of goods on offer

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but what will our treasure-hunting twosome hone in on?

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It seems the Hawk is first up.

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-A couple of quid?

-Three.

-Two and it's a deal.

-Go on, then.

-Go on, then.

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-Thank you, sir.

-You're welcome.

-Thank you very much.

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And quick as a flash that's her first buy in the bag.

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10 years ago, I would have sold this all day long... £60, £70, £80.

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It's unbelievable. Mahogany, burl walnut top to it.

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It's in really good condition.

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Bob's your uncle and I can turn £2...

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-Well, I can easily times it by 10.

-So the new girl is out of the gates.

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Across the boot sale, Devilish has just

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sealed his first deal as well,

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buying a colourful pot stand for £20.

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Well, I've got to tell you, I really do like a nice piece of majolica,

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and this actually is a good piece of majolica.

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The more I look at it, the more confident I am

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that it is late 19th century, 1890s, circa 1900.

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It's a bargain at 20 quid

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and there should be two or three times that amount easily in profit.

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-It's a lovely find.

-That's the kind of maths we like.

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Caroline has been busy too and she's spotted a bit of bling.

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-What's the absolute best on that?

-To you, £10.

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Can I squeeze you a little bit on it?

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-What about eight?

-What about five?

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-You're packing up, it's late in the day.

-Go on, then.

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-Have yourself a bargain.

-Cheers, thank you.

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Oh, I like that. I think madam might wear it home.

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Impressive haggling, milady. That's half-price.

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Just look at this little gem.

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I'm thrilled to bits with it. It's absolutely fantastic, isn't it?

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Now, I think by the style of this its 1920s, 1930s.

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It's gold, nine carat gold,

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silver mounted, which shows off these paste stones beautifully.

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It's worth £20 of anybody's money.

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So the Hawk's got her two car boot bargains.

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With the sale drawing to a close,

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David moves quickly on something with a weighty price tag.

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It's probably a 1960s barometer made out of onyx.

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The face is faded, it doesn't work, it's got a lot going for it.

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It could involve, possibly, 150 pennies.

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-150 big ones.

-Yeah. Yes, you've got it.

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-I tell you what I'll do, I'll give you 100 big ones.

-Yes.

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-Please take it away.

-Good man.

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You've got a deal, the easiest deal of the afternoon.

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So the barometer cost him just a pound.

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Last of the big spenders, Harper.

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No one ever, ever again call me tight.

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I bought this absolutely, positively revolting barometer

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but only for £1. There's got to be at least 100% margin in that.

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And if you can get 100%, you're doing pretty well.

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That cheap and cheerful buy brings us to the end

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of round one of our Showdown challenge.

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Let's take a look at the figures.

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

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David has parted with just £21, leaving 979 to play with.

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Amazingly, Caroline has spent even less at just £7,

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so she has an enormous 993 for the rest of the game.

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It's straight into round two - the antique auction.

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Our daring duo ahead to Henry Spencer auctions near Nottingham

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for a general sale.

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Before the sale gets under way,

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our treasure hunters have a quick scout around the saleroom.

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David spots a potential star.

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Now let me show you something that I think can only be described

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as the bargain of the century.

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It dates to about 1890, 1900, thereabouts.

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It's described as an American rocking chair.

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£20-£50 will buy you a handmade rocking chair that works

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just absolutely...beautifully.

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So he marks his catalogue and the sale gets under way.

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First up is a silver salver and Caroline decides to give it a go.

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1620A is a silver salver by Ebenezer Coker...

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-I'm just going to see what this goes for.

-..1763.

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We've got £50 to start it. We've got £50. 60, 70...

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-But she's not the only one interested.

-80, 90, 100, 110...

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No, thanks.

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120 in a new place. Are you 130?

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130. Are you 140? It'll be sold at £130.

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Being sold, 130.

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I think that's quite cheap, actually. I mean, 1763, Ebenezer Coker, London.

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It's a good thing. It's got a little bit of repair on it

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but I think that's OK.

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So the Hawk wins the tray and with fees it costs is her £158.60.

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Next up, Devilish overhears an antique prayer book

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with a whopping £600 estimate, going cheap.

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-50?

-I'll get that.

-I've got £50. I've got 60 on the book. 70, 80.

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-You 90?

-Yeah.

-I've got 100 on the book. Are you 110?

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I've got 120 on the book.

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-No.

-Are you 130?

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-No.

-One more will get it.

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-Go on, then.

-130. Any advance on 130?

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Lord only knows what I've just bought.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-It looks cheap.

-130.

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Well, with commission that's £158.60 but Devilish hopes

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he's onto a winner.

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It's always exciting to take a punt like this,

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My Sermons on Social Life, by William Wood, dated 1775.

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With an estimate of 600 - 1000, when the bidding started at £50,

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my ears pricked up and I nailed it at 130.

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That is the only reason I bought this book.

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And, riding high on the success of his first purchase,

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David throws his bidding card into the air

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for that rocking chair as well...

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40.

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

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So that's Devilish's two auction items in the bag

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but Caroline fancies a bit of furniture too

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and has her eye on a mixed lot of chairs.

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-Yes.

-£5 only bid. I've got eight across here. Are you 10?

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10, 12, 15. Are you 18?

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The lady on the left at 15. Sold at 15.

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-GAVEL BANGS 81.

-Number 81.

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So the chairs cost her just over £18 with commission

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and she's over the moon.

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I'm a really, really happy lady right now.

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I bid and bought these two chairs for the princely sum of £15.

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After the sale I found out, to my joy,

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that these two were thrown in free, effectively.

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So now I've got four chairs and these two are at better than these.

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-so I'm really thrilled. Chuffed to bits.

-Well, isn't that a result?

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So, their quickfire bidding bonanza brings us

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to the halfway point in our epic Showdown.

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But what dents have they made in their coffers?

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

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David's four purchases have cost him £216.20

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so he's got just under £784 left to play with.

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Caroline has spent a bit less at £183.90

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so she has just over £816 in her kitty.

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Round three is the antiques fair

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and our trading terriers are at Detling, near Maidstone in Kent.

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They have 400 stalls to plunder

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so our brave profit hunters throw themselves into the fray.

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Devilish hones straight in on a wooden cart

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and seals the deal for £50.

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Here we have a quirky, odd, mid-20th century cart.

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German, hardwood. It's a lot of fun. I love its original condition.

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Original tin wheels with the original paint flaking off.

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It's only cost 50 quid. Come on, can you imagine making that for 50 quid?

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Never, ever, ever. So, in that regard, it's a little bargain.

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Well, he's a happy purchaser.

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Across the market,

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Caroline's just sealed the deal on her first buy too.

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But what is it?

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-So £6?

-£6. Thank you.

-Thank you very much, sir.

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Well, I've taken some corks out of wine bottles in my time

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but this is a French wine bottle cork putter-inner.

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The cork goes in here.

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You can see it tapered down and then you push this

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and the cork would go into the bottle and seal the bottle.

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That's lovely. I don't think it's got huge age to it.

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I think it's probably 1950s, '60s

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and a useful object should you want to re-cork your wine bottle.

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Well, cheers to that. On the other side of the market,

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David has found an unusual wooden item too.

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-Is it a tenner?

-No, no.

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-How much is it?

-35.

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-Can it be 20? I'll have it at 20.

-Yeah.

-Good man.

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Thank you very much. OK. Hang on, I'll hold onto that. You take 20.

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-See, it's all about trust in this business. Thank you.

-You're welcome.

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So that's Devilish's two market buys in the bag

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and he's feeling confident.

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It's obviously Chinese. It's certainly Buddhistic.

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Here we've got featured a Shishi dog, or a dog of foe,

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or a lion Buddhistic dog.

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These are protector dogs. They look totally fearsome

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but the owner of this lid,

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because that's what it is, it's just a lid off a barrel of some sort,

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this dog was placed there to protect him and his family.

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Fantastic significance.

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All hand-carved, hardwood, the perfect auction lot for £20.

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David is bought up but Caroline needs to find

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one more Showdown star and she's spotted a likely contender.

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I just came across your bench. I think it's great.

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-It's been re-wooded, hasn't it? If that's the word.

-It has. By myself.

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-Covered in sycamore.

-Yeah? And what's your best price on it?

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-£380 would be the best price.

-Is that absolutely the best?

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-That's it, yes.

-I'm going to have a think and I'll come back to you.

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-No problem.

-Thank you very much.

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Yes, it's a whopping price tag but a moment later Caroline

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has a change of heart and decides the bench is too good to pass up.

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-380, I'll have it.

-Yeah, OK. Thank you.

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-Thank you.

-That trebles her total spend so far,

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and the Hawk is on a high.

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I'm thrilled to bits with this 19th-century iron bench. It's lovely.

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re-slatted in sycamore, great condition all over,

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heavy, heavy, heavy. I can hardly lift it.

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This would look fantastic in anybody's garden.

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So that brings us to the end of round three

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of this Showdown supernova.

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Time for another look at the figures.

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Both our experts started the Showdown with £1,000

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of their own money.

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David has now spent £286.20

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so has a whopping £713 to take through to round four.

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Caroline's pricey bench rocketed her total spend so far to £569.90.

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So she has just over £430 left to play with.

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Their fourth and final chance to buy is the foreign antiques market.

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Our bargain-hunting Brits exchange their pounds for euros

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and head over the Channel to Saint-Ouen market

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in the north of Paris.

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Both are poised to pounce on any potential profit

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that comes their way.

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Well, I've just got two more items to buy

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and I've got just under half the money left.

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This is absolutely the place to do it.

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Caroline has a trick up her sleeve as she speaks fluent French.

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But Devilish has his own Parisian plan.

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I'm going to try and find something fabulously flamboyant

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and fabulously French. I don't speak the language but who cares?

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Money talks.

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So, relying on the international language of hard cash,

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Devilish tries his hand at a retro, '70s, plastic desk.

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What kind of price can it be? Combien, monsieur?

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-Cent quatre vingt... 190.

-190.

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I suppose I could always make a cheeky bid

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but you know when sometimes you get the sense

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that somebody just doesn't like you?

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Do you know what I mean?

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Yeah. Exactly. I'm getting it, getting the vibe.

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It could be my fashion sense. It may well be the trousers.

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They somehow have an adverse act on him.

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Maybe he's jealous of the way I look.

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So I think a bid is coming.

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Could it be... I'd like to try and buy it.

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Can it be 120?

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Um... No. 190 is the best price.

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Is it? It is positively revolting and it makes me want to be sick

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but it does have a good style.

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Could it be 150?

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OK, for 170, it's the last price.

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He's a hard man. 160?

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-OK.

-OK. Good man. Do you like me now?

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-Say yes.

-Yes.

-Yes.

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Yes. I don't believe him.

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That's just over £131 sterling and Devilish is in retro heaven.

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Or is it hell?

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On a quality level it's positively revolting

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but as a design thing, it's got it.

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It's got the colour and it's got the look

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and actually, it's got the rarity.

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So this baby, I feel, is heading right to the centre of the universe.

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It's going to London town.

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Across the other side of this Parisian market,

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Caroline has hounded down her first item too.

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Time to flex those French phrases.

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C'est combien le peigne noir?

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Bon. Pour moi, quinze? Vous pouvez le faire quinze?

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-OK.

-D'accord?

-Oui.

-C'est bon.

-D'accord.

-Merci, merci.

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So, to translate, the comb cost her 15 euros, which works out at £12.30

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and the Hawk is a happy haggler.

0:18:060:18:09

Look at my little comb. Isn't he gorgeous?

0:18:090:18:12

Complete with his little winter jacket.

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Faux tortoiseshell, which to you and I is plastic.

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A little diamante eye there. Just perfect for the auction.

0:18:170:18:21

It's unique. I've never, ever seen one.

0:18:210:18:24

You might ask who wants to see one but I think loads of people

0:18:240:18:27

would like this baby. I love him. Woof woof.

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So our marvellous marketeers both need one final item

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to complete their Showdown haul.

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And it's Devilish David who's next to pounce,

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when he spots a wooden projector mould.

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So how much could it be for me to buy it?

0:18:410:18:44

Alors. I can... Five.

0:18:440:18:48

-Five. Five euros?

-No, five, zero.

0:18:480:18:51

Oh, five, zero. OK. Can we do it for four, zero?

0:18:510:18:56

-If you want four, zero...

-I do want 40, very badly. Thank you very much.

0:18:560:19:02

And the same to you. Exactly.

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That works out at just under £33 and Harper's happy.

0:19:060:19:10

It's a home projector, isn't it, from the 1920s,

0:19:100:19:14

so the mould that would make the Bakelite casing

0:19:140:19:17

and even these little sections here,

0:19:170:19:20

would be where the switches and the dials would be.

0:19:200:19:22

It's a fascinating object and as a piece of art,

0:19:220:19:25

actually, I think yes, it works perfectly well.

0:19:250:19:29

I might just give it a bit of a wax

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and it will no doubt take me on an interesting journey

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to find out more about projectors of that period and to try and find

0:19:350:19:38

some crazy collector who will want that more than life itself.

0:19:380:19:43

So, David's done and dusted but hawk-eyed Caroline

0:19:430:19:46

has spotted piece of silver and quickly seals the deal

0:19:460:19:49

for just over £20.

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It's a little, English, silver bonbon dish made in Birmingham,

0:19:540:19:58

not a million miles from where I live in the UK

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so I think this is great. 1901, 1900. Fantastic.

0:20:010:20:05

So, there we have it.

0:20:050:20:07

Four epic locations, eight superstar items each.

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But who's destined for stardom

0:20:090:20:11

and who will be hanging their head in Showdown shame?

0:20:110:20:15

Before we catch up with our daring dealers,

0:20:150:20:17

let's see the final spending figures.

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

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David kept his spending on the low-down,

0:20:250:20:27

parting with less than half his budget at £450.

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Caroline was more flash with the cash, spending a total of £602.69.

0:20:330:20:38

So, now it's all over what do they think of their buying bonanza?

0:20:400:20:45

-I can't believe, Caroline, that's it, the buying is over.

-No, I can't.

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-It's gone so quickly.

-Hasn't it just?

0:20:500:20:52

-And where has your favourite place been?

-Paris. No question, Paris.

0:20:520:20:56

-Me too.

-It's been great.

0:20:560:20:57

I just had a brilliant time, a really brilliant time.

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Favourite object, and which is going to make the most profit?

0:21:000:21:04

I think what will make the most profit is a little ring,

0:21:040:21:07

-a silver and gold ring I bought at the car boot sale for a fiver.

-Yeah.

0:21:070:21:10

-My new favourite item bought today...

-Yeah, what is it?

0:21:100:21:14

And you're not going to believe it.

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It is the abominable, positively revolting,

0:21:160:21:19

-early 1970s, plastic dressing table and chair.

-Yeah, it is.

0:21:190:21:22

-I'm looking forward to the auction.

-Yeah, so am I.

-I shall see you there

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and in the meantime good luck with the rest of the sales.

0:21:260:21:29

-Same to you, David.

-Off you go.

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Well, our dealers have many hurdles to jump

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before they reach the saleroom.

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It's time for them to showcase their best selling skills

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and eke out every penny of profit from their treasures.

0:21:400:21:44

But the stakes have never been higher,

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as with the Showdown auction looming, the pressure's on

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to arrive with as much profit as possible in the bank.

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Because then they're at the mercy of the bidding public

0:21:520:21:55

so the decision over what goes into the auction is absolutely critical.

0:21:550:21:59

At Devilish HQ, the responsibility is playing on David's mind.

0:21:590:22:04

Crikey. What a motley collection you see before you.

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The early 1970s plastic lump of dreadfulness.

0:22:080:22:13

Quality? It doesn't know quality. It's never heard the word quality

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but it's got the look and the design and the colour.

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The object next to it is completely different.

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It's almost 100 years earlier.

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It's a big lump of majolica and that is the perfect auction lot.

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That should make profit in the saleroom

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and, keeping on the theme of auctions,

0:22:350:22:37

and talking about making profit,

0:22:370:22:39

if I don't make a profit on that barometer that cost me £1,

0:22:390:22:42

then there is really, seriously something wrong with the world.

0:22:420:22:46

The Chinese barrel lid - that just screams saleroom

0:22:460:22:49

with good online images that may well just take off.

0:22:490:22:54

So the thing with auction is you've got to choose objects

0:22:540:22:57

that you can't really value.

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And who on earth can value that?

0:23:000:23:02

A wooden mould for a 1920s Bakelite home cinema projector?

0:23:020:23:08

Very, very exciting.

0:23:080:23:11

But let's talk about things that are not exciting.

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That thing.

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Bought in auction, my 18th-century book, I bought it blind

0:23:160:23:20

and I know people criticise me for doing this and I can tell you,

0:23:200:23:24

I've made plenty of money in my time doing that

0:23:240:23:27

but on occasions it all goes drastically wrong.

0:23:270:23:31

It looks like it's absolutely rubbish.

0:23:310:23:35

So, his early research on the book isn't looking good.

0:23:350:23:37

He also has to sell his wooden cart and American rocking chair.

0:23:370:23:41

Over in East Yorkshire, Caroline has been getting

0:23:410:23:44

a second opinion on her antique haul.

0:23:440:23:47

Mamba and I have been going through my Showdown items.

0:23:470:23:52

He's given his opinion on one or two things.

0:23:520:23:54

He's particularly keen on the dog comb,

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complete with his jacket and little diamante eye.

0:23:570:24:00

Now, that's definitely going to go into auction.

0:24:000:24:02

I think that's got legs. Also for auction is this ring.

0:24:020:24:07

Would you believe, 1920s, nine carat gold and silver, paste set,

0:24:070:24:13

very fashionable look at the moment and I paid £5 for it?

0:24:130:24:19

Also for auction is this little, silver bonbon dish.

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Not a lot of money and I had to say probably not a lot of profit.

0:24:230:24:27

And the final thing I've chosen for auction

0:24:270:24:30

is this French, little corker here.

0:24:300:24:33

The chairs, now that's an interesting lot.

0:24:330:24:37

I'm going to be hard-pressed to get a buyer that wants all of them

0:24:370:24:40

but I'm going to do my damnedest.

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And the bench is Victorian, latter part of the 19th century.

0:24:430:24:50

It is so heavy but I think somebody will love this

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and it will make a good profit.

0:24:540:24:57

She also needs buyers for her walnut table and silvers salver.

0:24:570:25:01

But before they tackle the auction,

0:25:010:25:03

first they need to sell everything else.

0:25:030:25:05

So it's time to hit the phones, travel the countryside

0:25:050:25:08

and hunt down the very best buyers.

0:25:080:25:11

Any profits will go straight to charity.

0:25:110:25:13

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

0:25:130:25:17

Caroline gets straight to work and hotfoots it to Hull,

0:25:170:25:20

where she's sent her £18 collection of chairs.

0:25:200:25:23

Three are arts and crafts and one is Victorian

0:25:230:25:26

and they're coming under the scrutiny

0:25:260:25:29

of furniture restorer, Steve.

0:25:290:25:31

-Hi, Steve.

-Hi, Caroline.

-Aren't these fab?

0:25:310:25:34

Well, this is a lovely shape.

0:25:340:25:35

The problem with these commercially is that it costs £65 per chair

0:25:350:25:41

to have a new rush seat put on so we will probably sell those

0:25:410:25:45

as they are with a bit of repair.

0:25:450:25:49

So what about the fourth one?

0:25:490:25:51

It's a good quality, very strong Victorian chair

0:25:510:25:54

with a nice piece of '50s cover on it

0:25:540:25:57

but really no commercial value.

0:25:570:26:00

Isn't it extraordinary, Steve, that this Victorian piece

0:26:000:26:04

is so out of fashion at the moment as opposed to these

0:26:040:26:07

arts and crafts style which are very much of the moment

0:26:070:26:10

and very desirable?

0:26:100:26:11

Yeah, everybody wanted to live in a Victorian cottage, didn't they?

0:26:110:26:15

-Yeah, they did.

-And now everybody wants to live in a loft.

0:26:150:26:18

-Right, so these three...

-Yeah.

-Are they worth 20 quid a piece to you?

0:26:180:26:23

-No, sadly they're not.

-Right.

0:26:230:26:25

Let's go 50 for the lot and we've got a deal.

0:26:250:26:28

-OK, you've got yourself a deal.

-Thank you, Caroline.

-Thank you, Steve.

0:26:280:26:32

Well, the Hawk didn't even haggle on that one

0:26:320:26:35

so leaves with £31.70 profit.

0:26:350:26:37

And she hits the ground running, going straight on to sell

0:26:370:26:41

her walnut side table that she paid £2 for to regular customer, Mark,

0:26:410:26:45

for £40, giving him a place to rest his drink

0:26:450:26:48

and for her, a very tidy profit of £38.

0:26:480:26:52

David started his profit quest off close to home

0:26:530:26:56

at a farm shop near Barnard Castle.

0:26:560:26:58

He sold owner, Pete, his wooden cart for £120,

0:26:580:27:03

which works out as a £70 profit.

0:27:030:27:05

But now he's headed down to The Big Smoke.

0:27:080:27:11

I'm at a company in London called Theme Traders

0:27:110:27:14

and they rent out props to TV, film, and to parties.

0:27:140:27:19

Welcome to London.

0:27:190:27:21

Devilish is hoping his '70s desk might join their collection.

0:27:210:27:25

It cost him over £131 but will project manager, Millie, be a fan?

0:27:250:27:30

-Now, you must be Millie.

-Hi, David. Nice to meet you.

0:27:300:27:33

-Lovely to meet you. Have you had a good look at it?

-Yes, I have.

0:27:330:27:37

-So it's a '70s piece?

-It's early '70s, about 1972, I reckon.

-OK.

0:27:370:27:41

I love the shape and the design.

0:27:410:27:43

It just screams that period, doesn't it?

0:27:430:27:46

-And the colour, beige and brown...

-Yeah.

-..which is trendy again now.

0:27:460:27:49

Interestingly enough, in a couple of weeks' time

0:27:490:27:52

we've got, kind of, a children's party but it's very retro.

0:27:520:27:55

The parents are doing something quite different there

0:27:550:27:58

-so I think this might actually work.

-So it'll work for you?

-Yeah.

0:27:580:28:01

So it's down to money, If I can tempt you?

0:28:010:28:03

-300 is the figure I have in mind.

-OK.

-Do you have a figure in mind?

0:28:030:28:07

I was looking more at around the 200 mark.

0:28:070:28:11

Um... 275.

0:28:110:28:13

225 but that is, kind of, final.

0:28:130:28:15

-250.

-225.

-Is that it?

-225.

0:28:150:28:19

-It will have a good home, we'll look after it.

-Go on. 225.

0:28:190:28:22

-Thank you very much.

-No worries.

0:28:220:28:24

Well, Millie stood firm

0:28:240:28:25

but David still leaves with nearly £94 profit on the desk.

0:28:250:28:31

Back near Beverley, Caroline is hot on his heels.

0:28:310:28:34

She's sold her silver salver to collector, Tommy,

0:28:340:28:37

for a sparkling £260...

0:28:370:28:40

-OK.

-Thank you very much.

-260.

0:28:400:28:43

..which banks her over £101 profit, more than doubling her total so far.

0:28:430:28:49

But now she has to focus all her energy on selling

0:28:490:28:52

her pricey £380 bench.

0:28:520:28:55

She's sent it ahead to the show home of a new housing development

0:28:550:28:58

near Hull and is here to meet company owner, Peter.

0:28:580:29:02

-Hello, Caroline.

-Hi. How are you?

-How do you do?

0:29:020:29:05

Now, I've got this bench along to show you, Peter.

0:29:050:29:09

Now, it's Victorian. The base of it is solid cast iron.

0:29:090:29:15

I've left it in its original condition.

0:29:150:29:17

-It's been re-wooded in sycamore.

-I rather like the sycamore.

0:29:170:29:21

I think this natural effect would look good in this garden

0:29:210:29:24

and it goes with the whole look of the garden.

0:29:240:29:27

-This, in a retail outlet would be quite a lot of money.

-Yes.

0:29:270:29:31

600, 700-ish. But I'm not asking that.

0:29:310:29:34

-Could you do, sort of, 550?

-Would you take...

0:29:340:29:39

450?

0:29:390:29:42

I can't do 450. 480 and it's a deal.

0:29:420:29:46

That would be as much as I could go to

0:29:470:29:50

-but if you'd go at 480 we'll do it.

-480. Brilliant.

-Deal?

0:29:500:29:55

You have yourself a deal, Peter.

0:29:550:29:57

-Thank you, Caroline.

-Thank you very much.

0:29:570:29:59

She's done it. That's a round £100 profit

0:29:590:30:02

for our auctioneer extraordinaire.

0:30:020:30:04

So, Caroline is sitting pretty with some chunky profits in the bank.

0:30:040:30:08

Down in London, David is tackling his book of sermons.

0:30:080:30:12

He's worried it's worth less than the £160 he paid at auction

0:30:120:30:15

so he's brought it to an antiquarian bookshop to show owner, Etan,

0:30:150:30:19

and book specialist, Klaus.

0:30:190:30:22

-This is a book from 1775. I sent you the details of it.

-You did.

0:30:220:30:26

-You haven't actually seen it physically.

-No.

0:30:260:30:28

-So have you carried out some research?

-Yeah, absolutely.

0:30:280:30:32

It's a bit outside of our field of theology, local history

0:30:320:30:38

-but it's a nice thing to have.

-OK.

0:30:380:30:41

Looking at the period of people publishing their sermons

0:30:410:30:45

like 1750s to 1775, say,

0:30:450:30:51

books of that nature sell between

0:30:510:30:55

£50 and £220 at the most.

0:30:550:30:59

-I think we should start off with a nice upfront bid.

-Go on.

-75.

-75.

0:30:590:31:04

-ETAN WHIMPERS

-OK. Show a bit of compassion, Etan.

0:31:040:31:08

I think we could certainly go up to £100, no problem.

0:31:080:31:12

-Really? Can I tell you the truth?

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:31:120:31:15

It owes me 160 with auction commission.

0:31:150:31:19

I think because it is in really good condition,

0:31:190:31:22

-the very best we can do is 135.

-Etan...

-It's not a very big loss.

0:31:220:31:27

It's not a big loss. I'm going to take your offer.

0:31:270:31:30

-Klaus, it's been a pleasure.

-Same here.

-Thank you very much, guys.

0:31:300:31:33

Well, David takes a £23.60 hit but he feels is a lucky escape.

0:31:330:31:37

Wow. Well, I think I got out of that by the skin of my teeth.

0:31:390:31:43

Yes, it's a bit of a loss but it could have been much worse.

0:31:430:31:46

And it's just confirmed to me that, actually,

0:31:460:31:49

living life by the seat of your pants and buying things

0:31:490:31:52

in auction blind, without knowing what they are, is the way to do it.

0:31:520:31:55

It's the way I've always done it and, you know what,

0:31:550:31:58

I'm always going to continue doing it too.

0:31:580:32:01

He has better luck though when he sells his American rocking chair

0:32:010:32:04

to an upholsterer's in Darlington for stock in their shop...

0:32:040:32:07

-75.

-Go on.

-Mwah.

0:32:070:32:10

..doubling his money and adding another £38.40 to his balance sheet.

0:32:100:32:15

So, with both our experts ready to hit the auction,

0:32:150:32:18

let's see who's sitting on the comfiest profit cushion.

0:32:180:32:22

David has sold four items but taking into account his loss

0:32:220:32:26

on the book, his profit pot stands at over £178.

0:32:260:32:30

But Caroline is out in front.

0:32:310:32:33

She's made four solid sales and banked profits of over £271.

0:32:330:32:38

So, the Showdown auction is crucial for David if he's going

0:32:410:32:45

to catch his rival and that's a nerve-racking position to be in.

0:32:450:32:49

Caroline has got nearly £100 head-start

0:32:490:32:52

so Devilish better hope the auction gods are smiling on him.

0:32:520:32:55

Our pair's remaining items are going under the hammer

0:32:550:32:58

at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester.

0:32:580:33:01

From now on their profits are in the hands of the auctioneers

0:33:010:33:05

and the bidding public so how are they feeling?

0:33:050:33:08

-Good morning. Look at you. You look fantastic.

-Thank you.

0:33:080:33:12

-And you don't look so bad yourself, David.

-Well, I've had a bath.

0:33:120:33:16

It does help, doesn't it? What about you? Have you made lots of money?

0:33:160:33:20

I have. Some items I've done really well on,

0:33:200:33:23

some I've just scraped out of...

0:33:230:33:26

-Yeah.

-So there's...

-A bit ambiguous.

0:33:260:33:28

Yeah, but there's all to play for today

0:33:280:33:31

but I'm not expect huge profits today,

0:33:310:33:33

but I do think all of my items are going to make a little bit.

0:33:330:33:36

I love this bit. This is the best bit for me. It is so exciting.

0:33:360:33:40

Well, we're completely out of control.

0:33:400:33:42

-Don't you love being out of control?

-I do actually, yeah.

0:33:420:33:45

Yeah, and talking of being out of control,

0:33:450:33:47

the barometer is beyond belief. It will make it profit.

0:33:470:33:50

If that doesn't make a profit, I'm giving up.

0:33:500:33:52

Oh, no. I shouldn't say that, should I? Cos if it doesn't make...

0:33:520:33:55

-That might be me giving up.

-It might not. Come on, let's go and see.

0:33:550:33:58

But before the sale gets under way,

0:33:580:34:00

our dealers take the chance to check out each other's lots.

0:34:000:34:03

This hideous barometer that David bought for £1 at the car boot sale

0:34:050:34:10

should have stayed there.

0:34:100:34:12

You can't even see the lettering on the dial.

0:34:120:34:15

And the auctioneers estimate is £30-£50. What?

0:34:150:34:19

Well, what can I say?

0:34:190:34:21

It's a silver, little bonbon dish. Edwardian, I don't know, 1910.

0:34:210:34:24

Somewhere around there.

0:34:240:34:26

It is silver, it's so light it's like a feather.

0:34:260:34:28

If you dropped it, it would just bend.

0:34:280:34:31

You could squeeze it and crush it if you wanted to.

0:34:310:34:34

Basically, it's dull and it's boring.

0:34:340:34:37

This stand of David's, I don't think it's 19th-century

0:34:370:34:41

any more than I am, to be honest.

0:34:410:34:43

I think it's a modern, Chinese copy that's fresh off the boat.

0:34:430:34:49

And the estimate is £50-£80. I wouldn't give it 50 quid myself.

0:34:490:34:55

I think it's more 20, 25, but we shall see.

0:34:550:34:59

This comb is an absolute sweetheart. It's faux tortoiseshell

0:34:590:35:03

in the form of a dog wearing its little body warmer.

0:35:030:35:07

It is a sweetheart. It's going to do well but, come on.

0:35:070:35:10

Who on earth wants to buy a comb? I mean, would you, sir, buy a comb?

0:35:100:35:14

I don't really need one but there has been some interest in it

0:35:140:35:17

-and it's a nice thing.

-That's very disappointing.

0:35:170:35:19

Put that at the back so no-one can see it. Good man.

0:35:190:35:22

Oi, enough of your sneaky tricks, Devilish.

0:35:220:35:24

It's time to take your places now

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and our duo can only watch as the auction gets under way.

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Lot number one, which is the seven box of assorted China...

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Up first is David's majolica plant stand, which cost him £20.

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-I don't like it.

-How dare you?

-I don't see it.

-Why?

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Well, lots of reasons. We haven't got enough time

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-to talk about them but it's coming up.

-£30.

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Got to be £30. 20 then. £20 for the urn stand.

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Chinese urn stand for £20.

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20 a bid. Right in front of me at £20. Five now. At £20 it is here.

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-At £20, are you all done?

-No!

-Right, 25.

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-Oh!

-30 if you like, sir.

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-30, 35.

-Come on. A bit more makes a profit.

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-No. Surely not.

-Go on.

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Are you all sure now at 35? Number 27.

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Oh, that's a bit of a loss, it's a bit of a loss.

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Yes, he may have made £35 on the hammer

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but when you deduct the saleroom fees it works out at a £3.94 loss.

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David's projector mould struggles too.

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At £45 on the right. At £45 are you all sure?

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-Oh, I missed it. No!

-David.

-Oh, this isn't looking good.

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That's another £8.70 loss after commission.

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Over to Caroline now as her £6 bottle corker goes under the hammer.

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-Well, now you're on.

-I know. And it's quite nerve wracking, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-20 to get on.

-Come on.

-£20.

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-Please.

-A tenner. It's got to be £10.

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-Thank you.

-I've got £10, now 12. 15, 18, 20.

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-How much do I need? 19.

-That's £25.

-Yes!

-30 anywhere?

-A little be more.

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It's all over, it's 25.

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-Yes!

-Well done. At least someone is making a profit.

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Yes, but again, after fees that's just a small profit

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of just over £2.

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Next up is David's Chinese barrel lid, which he bought for £20.

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-£5 a bid there at 5. Any of you like that? 5 here.

-Go on.

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-All that carving for a fiver?

-Go on.

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-That's cheaper than firewood.

-I know.

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At 10, 12, 15. At 15...

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-Oh, it's taken off.

-18, 20.

-Go on, madam.

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-At £20, are you all sure?

-You are absolutely pathetic.

-Oh, David.

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-Do you want a tissue?

-I do. I do.

-Aw.

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The hammer price was the same amount he paid for it at the antiques fair

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but with costs he loses almost £16.

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So will his cheapest purchase have any better luck?

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So my barometer's on next.

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Now, if I'm lucky, the Porter might drop it

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-and I'd get an insurance claim.

-Yeah, 30 to 50.

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-That is the best chance, David.

-A tenner.

-Oh, my gosh.

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-£10. At £10...

-A lady with taste.

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10 quid. I need 13 to get my money back. Come on.

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-15, at 18...

-You're in profit.

-He's bidding, he's bidding.

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-Go on, madam.

-18.

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-She's the one that you put the witch's spell on.

-At 25.

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-30 if you like now.

-You're doing really well. She's doing it, yes!

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-No, no!

-You are the top witch!

-Well...that is brilliant.

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My only profit and it's the worst object I've bought in years.

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Finally at over £11 after fees, that's a first and only profit

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for David and ends his selling on a high.

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So, now all he can do is watch and wait as the Hawk's

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three remaining lots go before the room.

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First up, the vintage ring.

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-It cost me £5.

-I know. Was that at the car boot?

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-Yeah, the car boot.

-Yeah, yeah.

-It's nine carat gold.

-Tenner.

-Oh, come on.

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-Two quid!

-£10.

-Shut up.

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-At £10 I have...

-Thank you.

-£12 at 12.

-10? You're off.

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-15 if you like now.

-You've been putting spells...

-Surely.

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-At £12, 15, at 18. 20 if you like now. At £18.

-Thank you.

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-20. Come on.

-I cant believe it.

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-Just one more. Just one more!

-I'm doing my best.

-Spill them.

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-Go, go!

-There you go, it works.

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-5.

-That's ridiculous.

-At 25, 30 now? 25.

-Yes.

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-Yes!

-I actually think you need a round of applause for that one.

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Well, the Hawk's over the moon with her small

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but perfectly formed profit of just over £3.

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Her silver bonbon dish doesn't prove as popular though.

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At 30. £30, that's it I'm afraid.

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And it's a first loss for the Hawk denting her coffers by £8.43.

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-That's your first loss?

-It is my first loss.

-How does it feel?

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-Great, isn't it?

-It feels dreadful, David.

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With just the dog-shaped comb to sell,

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will it make more than £12 purchase price and end the day on a high?

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-Now, this is our last one.

-It is.

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-Our last object.

-It's going to be a good'un.

-At £5.

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-Who says plastic doesn't sell well?

-It's got a jacket.

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-At £5 a bid here.

-Faux tortoiseshell.

-8. At £8.

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-10, at 10.

-Oh, they're off.

-At 12, 15 if you like now.

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-Yes, yes, yes!

-Oh.

-18 is that?

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At 15. 15.

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-What's the situation there? Have you made a loss?

-Yes.

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Oh, darling. That is such a shame.

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Oh, he seems quite pleased with that

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but for Caroline it's not the best end to the day

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with a loss of £12.27.

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It seems the bidders weren't digging deep today

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and both our dealers have come out bruised and battle-weary.

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That's such a shame. Such a shame. Come on.

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They started their Herculean challenge

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with £1,000 of their own money.

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David "Devilish" Harper spent just £450.14 on his eight items.

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Caroline "the Hawk" Hawley spent quite a bit more at over £602.

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All of the money that David and Caroline

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have made from today's challenge will go to charities

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of their choice so without further ado let's find out

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

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-Oh, Caroline. I'll tell you what...

-Hi, David.

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-..I am now feeling absolutely, dreadfully nervous.

-Oh, dear.

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-So how did your selling go?

-All right, all right.

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I did well on two items. Do you remember the bench?

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-Yeah.

-Beautiful, Victorian bench.

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And the silver salver, do you remember that?

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-Oh, I do. That was nice.

-I did quite nicely on that one.

-Oh, no.

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I know where this is going, I just know it.

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No, no, but the rest... OK. What about you?

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Tell me, that book you bought, how did that do?

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Oh, the book. Well, that was going to be a disaster

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but it didn't turn out to be

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as disastrous as I thought although I did make a loss on it.

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-Are you ready?

-Go on then.

-OK.

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-Three.

-Two.

-One.

-One. Oh, I daren't. I daren't.

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Oh, my goodness me. You got me.

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So the Hawk swoops in and secures another victory

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but our experts have been banking profits over a whole week

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of challenges so who's made the most overall?

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-Are you ready?

-Yeah.

-Three.

-Two.

-Two. One.

-One...

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-What have I got? Oh!

-1,273!

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Seriously, seriously, well done. And I'll tell you what,

0:42:220:42:27

-hasn't it been brilliant?

-It has been such fun, David.

-I've loved it.

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Yes, the Put Your Money new girl is victorious. Hawk, the heroine.

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Between them, our duo have made just over £2,400

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and every last penny is going straight to good causes.

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My chosen charity is Macmillan Cancer support,

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a nationwide charity offering help

0:42:460:42:48

and practical advice to people with cancer and also for their families.

0:42:480:42:53

My chosen charity is Mires Beck Nursery

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and they provide training and work experiences

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for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

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And our daring duo can have a well-earned rest now.

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It's been a week of hard haggles

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and our brave experts have really put their money

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where their mouths are and proved their skills, making a profit

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from buying and selling antiques and collectables

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when their own money is on the line.

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In the culmination of a week-long competition, can old hand David Harper beat new girl Caroline Hawley in the mighty showdown? David buys something he hates in France, and Caroline gets a bargain in a car boot. But who will be victorious at the auction?