Phil Serrell and Kate Bliss race towards the finish line at the showdown auction in Southampton. Having spent £1000 across four different locations, who will come out on top?
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This is Put Your Money
Where Your Mouth Is -
the show that pitches TV's
best-loved antiques experts
against each other in an all-out
battle for profit...
Elementary, my dear dealers.
And gives you the insider's view of the trade.
Each week, one pair of duelling
dealers will face a different
Catch me if you can!
The axeman cometh.
Putting their reputations
-on the line...
Ready for battle.
And giving you their top tips
and savvy secrets
on how to make the most money from buying and selling.
Get in there!
Stand by and prepare to be stunned as antiques angel Kate Bliss
faces gutsy gavel swinger Phil Serrell in the toughest
battle our incredible experts have fought yet.
Our daredevil dealers will be tested to the absolute limit as they're
sent on a mission to scour the country and continent
to track down top treasures they can sell on for top dollar.
This is the Showdown!
Kate's hoping to be in pole profit position...
That was fantastic!
Phil unleashes his inner wheeler-dealer.
Del Boy! How are you?
But will our dealers make a profit in the toughest Showdown test -
Drop the hammer, drop the hammer.
Will you please wipe that smile off your face? Thank you.
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
In today's Showdown,
our dealers draw their swords in this ultimate duel.
Major profit margins
and the accolade of top dealer are the prizes at stake.
First up is a savvy maiden with a shrewd eye for a bargain.
She's a polished professional with a taste for profit
and the skill to secure it. It's Herefordshire's finest -
Kate "Absolute" Bliss.
I am determined to beat the Fox.
The dealing dynamo with the mind of a maverick
and the moves of a stealth missile.
He knows what he wants and just how he's going to get it -
he's the master from Malvern,
it's Phil "The Fox" Serrell.
Today's the day I need to take the band off the bundle.
Our experts have £1,000 of their own money to
spend across four different locations - an auction,
a foreign market, an antiques fair,
and a car-boot sale.
Once they've hunted down their hoard,
they must use their wit and wisdom to sell the lot
and any profit they make will go to a charity of their choice.
But the Showdown has a twist.
At least half their items must be sold at the special Showdown
Auction, where our dealers have no control over the buying public.
As the drama unfolds, they will have to stand by
and watch as their items go under the hammer.
Only one can be victorious.
The other will have to do the walk of shame.
So, Kate Bliss and Phil Serrell, may the odds ever be in your favour.
It's time for the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Showdown.
-Good to see you.
-So this is it, the last challenge, the Showdown.
-Oh, you nervous?
-I've got the rules.
-Go on, then.
"You must each buy two items at everyone of your regular
"Put Your Money challenges. You have £1,000 to spend."
"You can sell up to four items wherever you want.
"The rest will be sold at the Showdown Auction
"in direct competition with your opponent.
"The winner is the expert..." I think that's one of us,
"..who makes the most profit. Good luck."
Good luck to you, my friend. Let's get in there.
The tension is in the air as our treasure hunting titans prepare to
clash as their momentous
It's Round 1, The Auction.
They're at Stroud Auction Rooms
where there is a speciality
toy and collectors' sale.
So, what are they planning?
I'm probably not going to put the pieces in today
into the Showdown Auction because buying at auction and then selling
again at auction doesn't usually mean a vast amount of profit.
Out of all the things I buy,
the things I have no control over at all are the auction items
so I think I'm going to try and make those the less expensive items.
Our battling behemoths must each bag two items
so let the bidding begin!
Phil Serrell, the auction room high achiever, gets
straight down to business bidding on a 1930s book of country
pursuits with an estimate of £20 to £40.
Bids in with me at £16. Is there £18?
That's £16, a bid with me. £18, £20 with me, £22.
I'm out at £22 in the room.
Is there £5? £25 on the internet. £28, sir? £28 in the room.
Is there £30?
At £28 I am selling.
Snaffles' prints are hugely collectable,
particularly in the countryside
so I think I bought that really rather cheaply.
The hunted becomes the hunter
and The Fox pays £32.20
Now, it was published in 1935.
It's called Osses And Obstacles
and it's by Snaffles, who was world-famous for his prints
at that time and it's basically all about horseback pursuits.
I'm not a fan of hunting but what I love about this, I think
the fox normally always gets away.
Desperate to get into the race for the Showdown title, Kate gears
up to grab a collection of toy cars with a guide of £50 to £80.
OK, this is the one I want.
£70 I start, £75, £80, £85, £90, £95.
£100, £110 on the screen.
An internet bidder has pushed the price way past
the estimate but Miss Bliss isn't giving up.
Lady's bid of £140.
-£150, another room bid at £150.
That is far too much but I'm in at £160.
-That's for me.
£160. They are nice, though.
They should be for double the estimate!
Kate pays a whopping £188.80
Where I think there could be potentially a profit
is by selling them to different buyers.
The racing cars to one person, maybe the aeroplanes to another.
I have a feeling I've got my work cut out.
Well, Kate had better have a contacts book full of toy
vehicle fans as she wastes no time
in adding a little fire engine to
her vast collection
for £35.40, including costs.
Now, I looked at this fire engine quite late last night
when the sale was on view.
It's in great condition, it's got its box and it looked to be going
really cheap at £30
so this is a bit of a punt.
Yes, Kate may have secured her two items
but the auction room is still in full swing.
And it seems Kate isn't the only one with a penchant for toy cars.
Phil's planning on being in pole bidding position for this
vintage racer with a guide price of £50 to £80.
£35, £38, £40, £42, £45.
£48, £50, £55, £60...
Just look at the concentration.
£80, £85, £85...
£90, £95? No?
£90 net bid. I'm selling it...
£95, comes back in.
I don't know why I've done that!
I'm selling at £95.
He was in, he was out, he was shaking it all about.
Phil's done the hokey cokey
and turned the bidding around,
spending £112.10, including costs.
The Vanwall racing car,
an English Grand Prix car from the late 1950s.
Now, this is a model by Tri-ang. Great make.
And the thing about toys is that they need to be mint and boxed.
Well, it's boxed and it looks pretty mint to me.
Our auction room aficionados have survived Round One and spent big.
Miniature vehicles have been the flavour of the day
but which dealer will drive into the sunset of ultimate victory?
Let's tot up the totals so far.
Both our experts started the Showdown
with £1,000 of their own money to spend.
Kate has spent £224.20,
which means she has £775.80
left in the kitty.
Phil's haul has cost him £144.30
leaving him £855.70
for the next three rounds.
And so begins Round Two,
the Foreign Market.
Our speedy spenders have been
sent to the Sint-Truiden antiques
market in Brussels, where they'll need to purchase two items to
add to their Showdown haul.
Phil is first out of the blocks as he spots a garden set
he likes the look of.
Is 40 euro any good?
That's a quick deal, isn't it?
It certainly was, Phil.
And at £40.98
he seals the deal
on the teak garden set.
And for all you furniture fans out there, Foxy has got a very
nifty trick for determining the origin of wooden garden items.
It's definitely Indonesian.
Do you know how I know?
-It says here, look. "Made in Indonesia".
And that's always a good clue, my friend.
Yes, impressive stuff. Nothing gets past the Fox's beady eye.
And he's on a roll
and sticking with his theme of 'things to sit on in the sunshine'.
He spots a chair that he'd like to add to his collection.
Yes. That's for nothing.
-It's for nothing?
Almost for nothing. 4 euros.
I've been saving up.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much indeed.
So just 4 euros, or £3.28 later,
and Phil hopes he's sitting on a profit.
I guess it's probably 1960s, something like that.
It was 4 euros. How can I fail to make a profit on that?
And in the meantime, I could always hire it out.
While Phil dreams of all the money he hopes to make, Kate has
spotted some vintage crockery she hopes will make her a crock of cash.
-How much is this?
-From the years...1950.
This is basically nursery ware.
And it is transfer printed with lovely little nursery
figures of children dressing up.
You can't do 10?
No, no, I don't do this for these things.
-OK, so 15. I can do 15.
That's £12.30 in sterling.
And she thinks the set is mashing.
A plate, a bowl and a trio.
That is a side plate, cup and saucer
and this beaker,
all in lovely condition.
Somebody has really looked after the set,
so I better make sure I do too.
Yes, don't go dropping it, old Butterfingers Bliss.
She is certainly in the zone now
and swiftly splashes out
another 15 euros or £12.30
on a pot cupboard
with a special purpose.
It would sit beside a bed.
And in this little cupboard below, it would house a chamber pot.
Made of oak. Typically Edwardian.
But it's not. It's actually very modern.
But it has got a good marble top.
The best way to maximise my profit is to sell it privately.
It might need a little bit of TLC first, though.
They are halfway through their buying bonanza
and both kept their costs down on foreign soil.
But winning this Showdown rests on how much
they sell their items for back in Blighty.
With £1,000 of their own money
to spend, they have now bought
four items each.
Kate's purchases have cost her
leaving the heart with £751.20
in her kitty.
Phil has spent £188.56,
leaving him with £811.44
for the next two rounds.
Time for Round Three
at the antiques fair.
Their third battle ground is the Ardingly antiques
and collectables fair in West Sussex,
where they will be pursuing the most profitable plunder.
But before the buying begins, our pair have time for a catch-up.
-How are you?
-How are you doing?
-Half done already!
-Where did that go?
-I know, just frightening, isn't it?
I think the frightening thing for me is that I haven't really got anything
that I've earmarked for the auction yet.
What bothers me is I haven't bought anything I really think is
-I'm the same.
I mean, I really want to buy
something of quality that is going to do well at auction.
Then I think I'm going to follow you.
-Well, you are going to have to catch me first.
Yes, the race is on,
and Phil is first to shine the light on a potential buy.
-Is this PAT tested?
-Yeah, it is all tested and done
The best I can do on that is 150 quid, if it's any good.
How about 175?
I've got to sell it, so if I give 150 for it, I think
I can ask perhaps...
-160 and it is yours.
I think this is a really cool thing. It is a marriage.
It would never have started life out like this. The tripod,
it's a surveyor's theodolite or level stand.
And some clever man has got a theatre light that would've hung
in the gantry of a French theatre
in the 1940s, turned it upside down
and put it on here. Really, really wicked. I think it is a cool thing.
Yes, the Fox is beaming, but it is Miss Bliss who strikes
the next blow, buying this moulded glass grouse for £55.
The best bit is that there is a little signature down here,
which happens to say...Lalique.
Now, Lalique is a very well-known name associated with glass models.
And this is very much a late 20th-century piece.
Now, I'm sure the Fox, if he'd seen the grouse,
would have been after it first.
But, um...too late.
Hm, Kate is full of fighting talk.
But Phil retaliates with his final buy.
The charmer seals the deal with a kiss on this rhubarb forcer
You put it over your rhubarb and it forces it to grow.
There is no great age to this. It is terra-cotta.
But it has got this pattern to it. How do you recreate that look?
Well, you've got to put yogurt on it,
bury it for a while,
and that promotes the moss and lichen growth...
(Or cavalry and cow muck.)
Hm, let's hope Kate's next purchase is something less smelly.
-Could I have a look at your little shoe, please?
-What is the very best you could do for me on that one?
-I could do...45.
-That is the rock-bottom.
-That is 20 off.
-You couldn't do 40 just for me?
I tell you what, we can do a very silly price for you, and that is 41.
It looks like a novelty silver shoe.
It is in fact made of pewter.
It dates from the Georgian period. And it is beautifully crafted.
But it is not just a novelty boot. It was actually used as a snuff box.
And the lid flips open.
And that is where the gentleman of the early 19th century
would put his snuff.
I've got high hopes for that one.
And with that, Kate's kicked us to the antiques fair finish line.
Both our treasure hunters are desperate to win, so let's see
where they stand after Round Three.
From her £1,000 budget,
Kate has spent £344.80,
which leaves £655.20
for the final round.
Phil has spent a total of £383.56
so far, leaving him with £616.44
for Round Four.
So, all that cash comes with them
to Round Four - the Car Boot.
Our bargain busters have arrived at Ford Airfield, in Sussex,
for their final profit-finding fling.
And with no time to waste, Phil wields his cash cleaver
and brings it down hard on this butcher's block for £100.
I've got a real soft spot for butcher's blocks.
Both my father and my grandfather, well, they were both butchers.
It sort of missed a generation when it got to me.
Now, this particular example is Austrian
because it says just here - Innsbruck.
The bottom, well, I've got to be truthful - it's a bit rough.
So I need to do some work there.
But I love it. I hope someone else does.
Yes, he's on a roll, and spots a couple of barrels
and takes a punt with the seller.
What's the debt on them?
These are salt glazed.
Now, the term salt glaze comes from the fact that
when they are fired, you would lob a handful of salt into the kiln,
and it produces this lovely glaze on them.
Originally, these would probably have been spirit or wine
or ale barrels.
They cost me £35 each.
£70, the pair.
And with that, Phil has completed his Showdown haul.
His rival has scanned the stalls and seems to have the measure of them.
-A horse measuring stick.
-Oh, yes, I can see. Isn't that a nice one?
-This is the case, is it?
-That's the case.
Oh, isn't that a shame? The top has come off.
How much is that?
-Owes me 100.
Could you do 90?
-I'm actually losing money at 100.
Now, antique measures are still a really buoyant
area of the collectors' market.
And I have bought this one because it is a lovely example of a horse
measure, which is a little bit more unusual.
And at well over 100 years old, it dates from the Edwardian period.
Now, £100 may sound expensive to you,
but I still think there is a profit there.
With one item left to scoop up,
Kate hotfoots it towards a Georgian ladle she'd spotted earlier,
but she does have some concerns.
The thing about ladles is very often you'd have them in a pair.
-And so selling one on its own wouldn't be quite as good.
What could you do for me?
-Can we do business on 30?
-If you can do 25 cash, I'll take it away.
You got a deal.
-You're a star.
Now, I knew what this was even from a distance.
It is called a toddy ladle
and was used to measure out an alcoholic tipple.
But I also knew that this one is from Scotland.
Turn it over and the hallmark bares that out because you have got
a little thistle, which tells me that it was made in Edinburgh.
But it was made over 200 years ago.
So with £25,
this is going to auction
and should make a profit.
So, there we go. They're all bought up.
Let's look at the figures.
Our rummaging rivals each started
out with £1,000
of their own money to spend.
Kate's been cautious with her cash
and has spent almost £470
of her kitty,
while Phil's splashed out slightly
more in his bid for victory,
and finishes having spent
Before our dealers turn their minds to selling,
what do they make of their wares?
-We got all our stuff!
-What a relief that is!
Today, I am really pleased. I bought a Scottish toddy ladle.
Oh, that's cool.
How did you do that?
My favourite thing could be my little snuff box,
which I bought at Ardingly, at the UK fair.
And that I am going to put into auction definitely.
My favourite thing is my Vanwall motorcar.
-My racing car.
-What are you putting into auction?
-Don't know yet.
-Are you doing a damage limitation exercise?
-Don't know yet.
-And only putting really cheap...
-I bet you are, aren't you?
-Don't know yet.
-Is he? I reckon you are.
-I'll see you at the auction.
Well, dealers, there's a long road ahead before the Showdown Auction,
but it is a race against time,
as they have to beef up their
bartering brawn and find private sellers for half their items.
The other half will enter the auction of terror,
where their profit will be at the whim of the bidding public.
What goes in is vitally important.
So, what are the big plans of attack?
Kate is in her kitchen in Herefordshire.
Now, my favourite piece is the collection of model toys.
And I think these are lovely.
Now, these four pieces at the front are my four pieces
I have decided to send into auction.
We have got my lovely Georgian silver ladle,
which SHOULD make a profit if there is any justice in the world.
I've got a lovely, little 19th-century snuff box.
I've got my nursery transfer-printed china.
The bad thing about this is that it is Belgian,
which hasn't got such a strong market over here, in the UK.
But I am still hoping a collector will be charmed by the little
motifs we have got on this.
And then, we've got my Lalique grouse.
I knew when I bought it that it was a modern piece,
and now I know is post-1978.
So a little bit more modern than I thought,
but I think there is still room for a profit.
So Kate also needs to line up private buyers for her
pot cupboard, toy fire engine, and Edwardian horse measure.
Over at Serrell HQ, Phil's deciding what he's putting into the auction.
Now, if I go through these lots,
this is Osses And Obstacles,
by Snaffles. I think that is a definite winner for auction.
My next auction lot is going to be these barrels here.
I think they're quite a fun thing
and I don't think they are expensive. I should be OK
with those. My rhubarb forcer...
Now, if you live in the country, who doesn't want to force their rhubarb?
So those are three cheapish sort of lots.
And I am sort of toying with the idea that I'd like to have
just a little bit of jeopardy.
So, for me, it is either the theatre light or the butcher's block
that is going to be my fourth item in auction.
And I think I'm going to put this in.
I'm going to get the bottom painted in that sort of trendy light blue
And I think that will do quite well.
So those are going to be my four auction items.
So that means Phil has to find buyers for his theatre light,
garden furniture, 1960s chair, and toy racing car.
Our determined dealers must now knuckle down
and turn all their talk into antiques selling action.
And remember, until they've shaken on it
and the money has changed hands, no deal is ever sealed.
It's Kate "Absolute" Bliss who's first into the fray,
hoping to bag that crucial opening sale.
Now, she's a well brought-up girl with a high set of morals,
so of course won't be resorting to any underhand tactics...
I'm here at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
And I am here to meet...
Philip Serrell's wife!
She is actually a really good friend of mine and a bit of a petrol head.
And I'm hoping that she'd like to buy a little model car that is
not dissimilar to her racing car.
The sneaky little minx!
All's fair in love and war...and dealing, it seems!
The car came as part of a larger collection
and owes her ten pounds.
So can she drive up the price
with racetrack regular Mrs Bryony Serrell?
# Bad to the bone! #
Well, I have brought you something I'm sort of hoping you might like.
It doesn't go as fast.
But it is a little model which doesn't look dissimilar
to your Lotus.
No. It is very sweet, actually.
-And this little car dates from, what, late '60s, early '70s.
-It is cute, isn't it?
-What sort of year is yours?
-One for the collection?
-Um... I feel a bit of a turncoat being here,
you know, looking at this.
-What are you thinking on this?
-Well, I'm looking for
anywhere from sort of £20 to £40, something like that.
That's rather a lot, isn't it? What about 25, then?
Hm-mm. Could I bump you up just a fiver and say 30?
-Meet me in the middle, how about that? A nice round figure.
-You are against Philip, though, aren't you?
-I am against Phil.
-OK, 30. Shall we go 28?
It's a swift start for Kate
as she nets a profit of £18.
And she can't resist
a lap of honour...
Go on, put your foot down!
She's no Lewis Hamilton, that's for sure!
That was fantastic!
Well, while she made a tidy sum off Phil's wife,
Kate struggles to sell the rest of her vehicles
individually as planned, and ends up
making a slight loss of £3.80
when she sells them in bulk to
toy car collector Chris in Hereford.
But she redeems herself
with a profit of £6.60,
selling the toy fire engine
to the same buyer.
It's a mixed start from Kate.
But there's no first-night nerves from Foxy.
If you're going to sell a theatre light, there is only one place to
take it. And I'm at my local theatre, in Worcester,
and I am hoping that my light is going to find itself centre stage
# Like a super trooper... #
He's spent £1.50 getting it PAT tested,
so needs to perform like a superstar to get more than
the £161.50 that it owes him.
But will theatre director Chris like it?
We have action, look at that!
-Now, is this of interest to you?
I probably wouldn't use it actually as a light, Phil.
But I would use it on the stage as a prop.
Well, I was hoping I might get 250 for it.
I would be looking more about...
170, 180, something like that.
Come on, sharpen your pencil a bit.
200, final offer.
-You're a gentleman.
-Thank you very much indeed.
That's a £38.50 profit,
and he's come over all Thespian.
To sell or not to sell,
that is the question.
It's to sell, Phil, that's the whole point!
Now, someone who does have the measure of this show is Kate,
who doesn't even let the small matter of no daylight hold her back.
It's really late in the day and here I am in Gloucestershire,
at a stable yard.
And I have come to meet Robert, who is a producer of show horses.
Now, I'm hoping to learn a thing or two about my horse measure.
Kate paid a rather hefty £100 for it,
so will equine expert Robert think it's worth it?
Well, let me show you my measure.
This one dates from about 1900.
-I've never actually seen one produced like that.
I've seen lots of measurements, but not in a case.
They wouldn't accept this these days for measuring cos it's not
-got a spirit level.
-So the modern measures...
-You see, it's wobbly.
So, do you think this is something you would like to buy, Robert?
Obviously, perhaps not to use on your horses,
but as a sort of collector's item,
-is it something...?
-I would've thought so, yes.
I was looking for around the £150 to £200 mark.
-How do you feel about that?
-Yes, you... Possibly slightly higher
than one would've thought.
-Shall we try it on one of your horses...
-..and see what you think?
-Yep, we will.
-Where are you going to measure him?
-The highest point of his wither,
-which is there.
He's 15 hands and a half an inch, which is perfect for his age.
-What do you think?
-I think you've asked quite high.
But I would bid you 125.
Could I say just five pounds more, say 130?
-We'd have a deal.
-Brilliant. Thank you very much.
-Not at all.
And Kate rides off into the night
with a profit of £30,
leaving the measure
in the right HANDS. Ha!
Miss Bliss is storming ahead on three sales to Foxy's one -
time for Phil-Boy to unleash his inner wheeler dealer.
# Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush
# No income tax, no VAT
# No money back, no guarantee.
# Black or white... #
He's on his way to see a man who's having his garden landscaped
in the hope of turning his garden furniture into a nice
-Del-Boy, how are you?!
He who dares, Phil!
How are you, my friend?
-I'm very well, Phil, how are you?
-Lovely to see you.
-Now, can I show you what I've got for you?
Let's go have a look then, shall we?
Look at that.
Don't they look fantastic?
-Yes, they do.
-Just a little bit of that oil in them.
I constantly have a lot of people around here,
and they're always saying, "Is there somewhere to sit?"
And there are places to sit, as you see, but never enough.
So, how old are they? I mean, are they...?
-I think they're Elizabethan(!)
-They're made in Indonesia!
-Yes, but they're teak, look, an-teak.
-There's an an-teak, and there's an an-teak.
-Oh, antique, yes.
-Yes, of course, yes.
I bought these just outside Brussels. And they cost me 50 euros.
What I was really hoping for was £20 a chair and I'll give you the table.
This isn't going very well, this, is it?
£80 isn't going to work, is it?
Well, not really, no. I was thinking more about half that, really.
What do you think about that?
No, I don't like the sound of that at all.
-I don't like that at all, really.
What about if I sold them to you for... I don't know, 60 quid?
I'll tell you what I'll do...
If I give you 60 quid...
-..will you take that yellow van out of here?
-It's a deal.
-I'll get moving now!
That's a profit of £19.02
from Boycie, and he's out of there!
And whilst he's in the mood
for hawking furniture,
he adds £1.72 to his profit pot
when he sells his 1960s chair
to dealer Alison in Worcester.
Our dealers now have one item left each
to sell privately before the mighty Showdown Auction.
Kate has given her £12.30 pot cupboard a once-over
with some paint she had sitting around and is hoping
Hereford-based vintage shop owner
Polly will fall in love with
its newly spruced-up state.
There you go.
Oh, I do like it.
-Yes, I do like it.
Well, I was hoping for around the sort of £100 to £150 mark.
-How does that sound to you?
I'd be happy with 80.
OK. If I come down and meet you at, say, 90...
-I'm happy with that.
That's an impressive profit
of £72.70. And with that,
Kate has sold all of the items
she planned to sell privately.
Well, what a relief, that all came good.
It just goes to show,
it's worth sometimes putting in a little bit of elbow grease.
You should try it sometime, Mr Serrell.
Well, Phil knows more about axle grease than elbow grease!
So, cheeky Kate sold her toy car to Phil's wife,
but Foxy's had to go further afield to Derby with his 1950s racer.
And he's revved up with ambition.
I'm here at Donnington Park, which has not only got a race track,
but also a collection of Formula 1 cars.
And I'm here to meet Kevin Wheatcroft,
who I know has got an interest in these.
# Back in the fast lane! #
But with over £112 invested in it,
will Kevin give Phil a speedy profit?
Well, look at this, a Vanwall. And there is one, two, three, four,
five and a body.
-A full range.
-Well, I've got to be honest with you.
I went to an auction and I did think of you, cos I saw this.
-Wow, look at that.
-I've heard of these, but I've never actually seen one...
-Have you not?
..in the flesh, let alone in its box.
I would be interested, yeah.
I was hoping to get close to something like 200 quid, if I could.
-I would definitely be happy in giving you that for it.
Because it's in its box,
makes a lot of sense to me. And having these ones out here...
-It can go in the display case.
Kevin's a fast mover
and gives Foxy a profit of £87.90.
With the chequered flag in sight, let's see who's in pole position
and who's got a flat.
Both our experts have now sold
Kate is doing well with a profit
so far of £123.50
But it's Phil who's leading
at this stage.
His private sales have earned him
a profit of just over £147.
And now, it's finally here -
the moment we've all been waiting for with baited breath -
the Showdown Auction!
This is a terrifying place where our dealers have absolutely no
influence over what happens.
Their fate is in the hands of the
bidders at Pump House Auctions, in Hampshire.
So, are our two brave warriors bearing up or crumbling under
I sort of feel there is a lot riding on this auction.
Well, do you know what?
I'm quite nervous because I've sort of done a worst-case scenario.
And if I have a bad day, I'm sort of £100 down the bin, really.
I'm similar, I would say. But, hey,
the sun's going to shine, positive feeling.
-Come on, let's go and have a look.
-OK, come on then.
So, our pair have understandably got the jitters.
The only thing we know at this stage is they'll be paying
the saleroom's standard selling commission and house fees.
Before the hammer starts to fall,
there's one last chance to look over each other's lots.
That's a sweet little lot. And worryingly, I think
she could do all right with that.
This looks like it should be old,
but I've lifted up the lid,
and that...is brand-new.
Katie, my love, I think your grouse has turned into a turkey.
That paint looks pretty fresh.
It's not a dissimilar colour to my pot cupboard either.
He's been pinching my ideas!
This is just an absolute steal and I wish I'd seen it.
I normally like salt-glazed items,
but there's something about these that don't exactly set me on fire.
Maybe it's the cushions on top.
It's a lovely little Scottish ladle.
The only thing is, Kate, we're in Hampshire!
I've seen examples of Snaffles' books go for really big money
if they're in great condition,
but is anybody going to want
a volume of Snaffles that looks like it's been caught in the rain?
And we're off!
The first of our items under the hammer is Phil's rhubarb forcer.
He paid £35 for it.
Well, you know, fair dues -
I don't think you could get many more people in here.
Not unless they were swinging from the chandelier.
The real question is, how many of them want their rhubarb forced?
Couple of bids here. 18. 20.
2 here. 24 anywhere?
-This is all looking rather good, isn't it(?)
-Got a bidder on the front row.
-28 only. 30 anywhere?
At £28 then...
That is for 303.
Will you please wipe that smile off your face?
10. 12 anywhere?
Rhubarb's off the menu.
Oh, a crushing start for Phil.
He sells it for less than he paid, and there are those auction fees
to think about. After costs,
Phil makes a loss of £15.38.
But it's still all to play for and he could redeem himself
quickly with his upcycled butcher's block, which is up next.
It owes him £100.
I would have this in my kitchen, I like it.
-And I think it's got a good chance of making...
-You might have to!
100 there is. 110. 120.
5. 130. 5.
Oh, it's proving popular!
-£190. 5. Yes?
220. 230. 240.
And 5. 250.
-You are joking!
That's an incredible price!
I knew that all the time, really.
My goodness me!
The block chops Phil a huge profit
of £103.04 after fees,
but Phil has a question for the buyer.
What would you have gone to?
-Oh, go away!
You're a star. Well done, you. Thank you very much.
-How come we've missed out on the butcher's block market?
I'm going to go see if she's into barrels as well.
I'll be back in a minute.
Well, hopefully she is, Phil, because they're up next.
He paid £70.
Bid's here. 38. 48 for them.
50 there is.
Phil needs bids to reach £90 to be in profit.
-£70. 2 anywhere?
-That's enough now.
Sell them for £70 then...
-Do you know what?
-I really wouldn't sweat, you're still ahead.
Well, Phil rolled out the barrels...
and then fell under them,
suffering his second loss
of the day - £16.44 after fees.
I think what I should have done is just bought three more
butcher's blocks and brought them all here and then nothing else
and everything would have been fine.
Phil is three items down and his auction has been
a white-knuckle ride of extreme highs and lows.
Time now for Kate to test her mettle,
as her Georgian silver toddy ladle is up next.
-What did you pay for it?
-So, I paid 25.
It's got to make £33.
I've got £30. 2 is there.
-Drop the hammer.
-32 there is.
-Drop the hammer!
38. 40. Two anywhere?
Drop the hammer. Drop the hammer.
-Drop it. Drop it.
I've made money. Not a huge amount, but I have made money.
Yes, you have, Kate -
£4.32 after fees.
A small profit,
but better than a loss!
Can she turn a bigger profit with her little glass grouse?
It cost her £55, but she's done the calculations
and knows what she needs to break even.
It's got to make £70, pretty much.
I've got 55 for that.
-60 is there.
-At £60 then...
-The bird's flown.
The grouse hits the ground,
losing Kate £9.52 after costs.
Her children's tea set is up next.
It cost £12.30 in Belgium. Will it do better than the birdie?
You cannot fail.
I think it's got a chance.
Couple of bids. 25. I've got 28 for the lot.
30 anywhere? 30, bid 2. 34.
I've 34. 36 anywhere?
Sell it then at £34...
Miss Bliss has nearly doubled her money there with
a profit of £12.17.
But there's no time to celebrate - her lots are coming thick
and fast, and she's about to try her luck with her final item -
the 19th-century snuff box.
And she's got £41 invested.
It's got to make just over £50 for me to break even.
I think this could go either way.
38. I've got 40. And I've got 42.
44 there is. 46. 48.
-At £48 then...
-Oh, go on, go on, go on!
I think you're sort of unlucky.
Just a couple of pounds below what Kate was hoping for -
but every pound counts at the auction. And after fees,
the snuff box sticks the boot in with a disappointing
Phil's last chance at glory lies with his 1930s Snaffles' book.
It owes him just over £32.
Did you drop it in a puddle?
No. We've all seen better days.
My prediction is you're going to break even.
Couple of bids. I've got 35 and I've got 42.
-50 pence profit. I told you!
-44 there is. 46. 48.
50 I've got. 2, at 52.
Sell it then at £52 with me...
-Well done. That's money.
Well, that's turned out nicely, hasn't it?
So Phil ends on a high -
that's £6.82 profit after fees,
and the book is closed
on the auction.
Well, fair dues, the boy done good. Well done.
-I better go get the teas in.
-I think so.
And that's it. There were peaks and troughs, but they survived.
We'll reveal the victor in just a moment.
But first, let's remind ourselves what
they spent originally.
Both our experts started out
with £1,000 of their own money.
Kate spent almost half that -
while Phil spent a little bit more -
including PAT testing costs.
All of the money that Kate and Phil have made from today's challenge
will go to charities of their choice.
So, let's find out who is today's
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Showdown Champion.
-It's the big one!
-How are you?
Do you know? I got to appear on stage. I sat in a Vanwall.
And the best thing is, I made a profit out of Boicey!
That's pretty good going, I would say.
-You sold something to my wife.
-Well, all's fair in love and war.
-So how were all your other things?
Painted my pot cupboard, that went well.
And I got to measure a 15-hand hunter.
-Not for me, that would have terrified me.
Yeah. But, I mean, for me, the auction was a one-lot wonder.
Well, the auction was amazing for you.
You had a right flyer, didn't you?
-Well, just the one lot.
-As butcher's blocks go, it was a nice one.
-And the rest of it was a bit...
-I'm not quite sure it was THAT nice.
Well, yeah, I was two up, two down, so...
-Very up and down.
-So where are we going to be here?
-I know, I really don't know.
-Shall we have a look?
-You going to count?
Look, it's me, ha-ha!
Yes, Phil triumphs - and it was the butcher's block that made him
his meatiest profit.
But it doesn't end there.
Both our experts have been building up their profit pots over
a week of challenges. So, who is the overall winner?
-Well done, you!
-That is pretty close.
-Well, that was a huge amount of fun.
-It was great fun, wasn't it?
-And you've been a fantastic partner.
-And you too.
-A winning partner.
-Do you know?
-I feel like doing it all again.
-But first you can buy me lunch.
So a convincing win from Kate.
Between them, they've made almost £3,400 -
and every penny of that will go to charity.
My chosen charity is Herefordshire Mind,
which helps people suffering from mental health illness
and supports their families.
The profits that I've made are going to Ben Cohen's StandUp Foundation,
which tackles bullying in all its forms.
It's been a week of no-holds-barred combat.
Our excellent experts have really put their money
where their mouths are and shown they can make a profit
from buying and selling antiques when their own money is on the line.
Phil Serrell and Kate Bliss race towards the finish line at the showdown auction in Southampton. Having spent £1000 across four different locations, who will come out on top? Phil becomes a proper Del Boy trying to sell to actor John Challis and Kate makes a sneaky sale to Phil's wife!