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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...
That could present a problem for us.
..giving you the insider's view of the trade.
Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face a different
I've got a heavy profit here.
-..putting their reputations on the line.
I wasn't a Girl Guide for nothing.
And giving you their top tips and savvy secrets...
Let's make hay while the sun shines.
..on how to make the most money from buying and selling.
Get in there!
Today, the going gets tough as the tough get going.
Super-seller Phil Serrell takes on hard haggling
Katherine Higgins in the climax of the week - the Showdown.
Coming up, Katherine shows she is good with numbers.
Hang on a second. I got maths A-level and I know that's more.
Phil meets a rugby superstar.
Well, I was hoping that I'd get...50 quid for it.
BEN COHEN LAUGHS
And there are crocodile tears at the auction.
Do you think you might lose 25 quid?
That would be sad that, wouldn't it?
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Friends, Romans, and antique lovers everywhere,
it's time to drop everything as two of this fair isle's
most prestigious dealers
prepare for a contest in which only one can succeed
to the throne of victory.
And it's a pairing worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy.
First up, preparing to cry havoc, let slip the dogs of war,
a man who loves treading the boards of an auction house.
Yes, it's the king of the gavel.
It's Phil 'The Fox' Serrell.
Some wonderful things here.
And Phil's opponent comes in the shape of an untameably shrewd
She's the tenacious queen of selling well and buying even better.
Of course, it is Katherine 'The Great' Higgins.
So much social history you can't take it all in at once.
Today, it's a four act drama as our noble players
strut and stride from stage to stage, taking in a foreign market...
..a car-boot sale...
an antiques fair and an auction.
Our actors have £1,000 of their own money to spend
and eight purchases to make.
But, this is the Showdown, which means that
just before the curtain falls,
they have to hope their profits don't plummet as half
their purchases go with trembling foot into a public auction.
So, Katherine Higgins and Phil Serrell,
it's time to put your money where your mouth is.
-Oh, how exciting!
-This is it! This is it.
All week we've been at it and this is the final conflict, isn't it?
I am a bit anxious. But anyway, "Welcome to the mighty Showdown.
-"The rules are simple."
-They'll need to be.
"You must each by two items at every one of your regular
"Put Your Money challenges. You have £1,000 to spend."
That's 1,000 items for you.
"You can sell up to four items wherever you want.
"The rest will be sold at the Showdown auction in direct
"competition to your opponent, and the winner is the expert who
-"makes the most profit. Good luck".
-Good luck to you.
-Are you looking forward to the auction?
-I do really badly in this situation.
Hm, don't let her false modesty fool you.
Katherine is ready for this challenge with every
fibre of her being.
Proceedings kick off at the foreign market,
or rather a number of markets in the Saint-Ouen area of Paris.
Buying here isn't cheap at the best of times,
so how are our experts approaching today's challenge?
I think the way to perhaps try and box a bit clever is to put
cheap things in the auction.
If they don't cost much, you can't lose much.
My strategy today is to find pieces that are quite
interesting in terms of interior design.
So pieces that you'd really like to have in your home.
So, Katherine is looking for unique items to dress her home
while Phil doesn't mind what he buys, as long as it is cheap.
Very different game plans there. And speaking of games,
Phil spotted his first possible purchase.
-I might guess these haven't got much age.
-No, they haven't.
They are replica balls.
-Can I buy one of those off you, please, for 40 euros?
-And not a penny more.
-We can do a deal.
You're a gentleman. Thank you very much indeed.
Phil pays £30.30 for the rugby ball which she is hoping
to convert into a profit when he comes to sell.
If ever there was an English game, it's rugby.
Rugby school, sometime in the 19th century, William Webb Ellis
was playing football and he picked up the ball and ran with it.
That's how we get rugby football.
Now this has got no age at all.
It's a replica rugby ball. But I'm sort of kind of hoping...
..that I can find a rugby bod to sell this to.
So, Phil's quickfire purchase of that replica ball puts him
one up and he's found his feet at this Parisian market.
And by the looks of things, so has Katherine.
I think we forget today how special it is
when you have a handcrafted pair of shoes.
I mean, you just buy them...
-No, they are still used.
-I love them.
-S'il vous plait. S'il vous plait.
-35 would be the best.
So, the wooden moulds cost Katherine £26.52,
but what exactly are they?
I've bought what a shoemaker, a real shoemaker,
that somebody who's got the skill of making shoes by hand
would have used to mould the shoes.
So these are bespoke pieces that were made for Professor Paolaggi.
I couldn't leave them behind.
Well, it seems the great one's plan to buy homewares today
hasn't panned out.
And when she spots a novelty circus fan,
she decides to blow caution to the wind yet again.
OK. This is breaking a few rules of mine in the sense that the condition
is not fantastic.
But what you've got to remember is this is
a paper fan with paper sticks, cardboard sticks.
So it is actually done amazingly well to even get to my hands
sort of 70 years after it was designed.
The fan cost Katherine £22.73,
so will it lead to a cool profit?
What I loved about it, first glance,
is this sort of verdigris colour background which is great.
And then these images of the circus characters.
And then the treat is on the back.
You turn it over, it's promoting a brand,
it gives information about the cafes in the local area in Bordeaux.
It's really lovely, actually.
So, Katherine has both purchases under her belt.
But Phil is nipping at her heels
when he picks up a pair of armorials
I really like these. The guy I bought them from,
he said they are from the Alsace region of France, probably
back into the 19th century, 1860, 1880, something like that.
And they are basically four armorials in later frames.
I think they were cheap. You might well ask who's going to buy them.
Buy them... Who is going to buy them? Hm...
Phil not sounding exactly confident there.
And his ego takes a further bashing
when Katherine turns up to give her twopence worth.
What's happened? Something's wrong with them. The whole thing is...
The holes, there are holes everywhere. They're...
Don't hold back, love. You say what you think.
You can rest assured Katherine will always do that, Phil.
Which brings us to the end of Round One.
So let's take a glance at the score sheet.
Both our experts started out with £1,000 of their own money.
Phil has so far spent £106.06,
leaving just under £894
in his kitty.
While Katherine is playing it safe and has only forked out £49.25,
leaving over £950 left to spend.
And so it's straight on to Round Two, the car-boot sale.
Our determined dealers dart down to Ford Airfield in Sussex
and both are aware of all that money burning holes in their pockets.
I'm looking for things that can go into auction.
So, ideally, things that are quite big.
It's going to be a big day for Katherine The Great.
I've got nearly £900 in my pocket.
Now, at a car boot,
there will be some stalls I'll be able to buy everything on them.
I think so.
Yes. It might be tricky to make a dent in their kitties here,
but Phil is never shy to spend when there is a potential profit
in the offing.
And he's the first to strike as he spots a rusty old cabinet.
-It's nice, look.
-It's actually horrid.
But I bought it. I delivered two of these to a fella's house...
Cos I'll polish one and he said, "If you had touched it,
"I wouldn't have wanted it."
-It looks like it is 30 quid to me.
-It would hurt me at 30 quid.
-How much pain can you take?
-Another fiver. 45 quid. That is definitely...
I'll tell you what we're going to do.
Listen, £42.50, just so I can tell my mates I won.
-I have been absolutely kippered.
I want me handle back.
It's a rusting, filthy, horrible cabinet.
-And I've just given my new best mate here...
-That's what it's called.
-..£42.50 for it.
One of us is mad and it's not him.
Oh, dear. Still, the good thing is he can now learn his lesson
and go for something a little bit more... Eh, what's this?
Ah, another broken cupboard.
You can have 15 quid and not a penny more.
-I don't like the way his hand's come out so quick.
The two broken bits I've been trying to get rid of for weeks.
I've just been done again.
So, with his rusty cabinet and broken cupboard,
Phil's car-boot buys are over before the day has even begun.
Now, Katherine's plan was to buy something big at the car boot
and, yet again, her strategy appears long-lost.
She's not a porcelain doll, she's not a top-end porcelain doll.
She's a halfway house between that
and the emergence of plastic as we know it in hard plastic dolls.
And so in this sort of 1930s period,
you get dolls that look as good as porcelain, but are made from fabric.
Katherine pays £40 for the doll and heads to find her fourth buy.
Now, with so many quirky
and wonderful objects to choose from at this car boot,
our queen of vintage appears to be casting a wide net.
But is this box of fishing reels way out of her depth?
Talk to me about fishing. What is this, then?
-How much time have you got?
-Oh, no, don't tell me the whole...
-What do you want me to tell you?
The big reel in your hand is an Allcock Commodore.
-That was made in the
The one that is sitting in the box that's similar was made in the '30s.
It's got the brass feet on it, you see?
But if you wanted the box to go to auction with...
Yeah, that's what I was thinking.
I'll give you that box for 90 and you'd make good money on that.
-Or a bit less than 90.
-Erm, what about 91?
-I can't count.
-Now hang on a second.
-I got maths A-level and I know that's more.
-Ask me what's the best.
-Yeah, what is the best?
-150. That's better than 90, isn't it?
Give me 85 and we'll have a deal.
-I tell you what, I'd love to do 75.
-I'd love it.
I'll shake your hand. Go on, I'll shake your hand at 75.
What caught my eye was one particular reel that
reminded me of a camera case. So I sort of recognised the quality
and the period aspect of some of the reels.
That's an attractive aspect from my point of view.
I think that it's worth sometimes just getting out of your depth
and giving it a go.
Katherine reels in another purchase and brings us to the
halfway point of the buying.
So let's see the scores on the doors.
Our experts each started with £1,000.
Phil's four items have cost him £163.56,
leaving over £836
for the remaining two rounds.
Katherine has spent a smidge more - £164.25,
leaving over £835 for her to spend.
Next up, Round Three takes us to an antiques fair in Donington.
Things couldn't be closer in terms of the spending,
so before delving into the stalls, our battling buyers collide.
-How are you doing?
-Well, it's not going that well.
-The thing is, we each got a huge chunk of money, haven't we?
But I've got a bit of a plan cos out of the four things I bought
so far, I've sort of kind of got two things set up for auction. You?
I'm kind of in the same situation.
But I need two more things here for the auction.
And I just don't know, I mean,
where I'm going to start actually.
-If you go to the door at the end.
-And then turn right.
Yes, Phil there trying to win the contest
by eliminating the competition.
A more sure-fire way of course is to buy with profit in mind.
And he thinks he does just that when he picks up a display item for £15.
Do you know what? That's quite a cool thing.
I mean, it looks like it is '60s,
it might be a little bit later than that.
But what a great shop window dressing.
You know, if you got a jewellers
and got some really lovely gold chains or perhaps a pearl
necklace hanging from here, that would look so cool.
Yes, Phil is hoping his hand will hand him a victory.
But Katherine has decided to brave the weather and visit
the outside part of the market where she has found an unusual device.
-Do you know what this is for?
-It's a check in.
-It is a check in.
That's what I thought was for...
So when you go into the office or something, you just tu-du-du
It's a very good one actually. It's one of the better manufacturers.
-What price are you suggesting for it?
-Well, I've got 70 on it.
-I'd like it at 55.
It's a reasonable bid but I think we should meet down in the middle
there somewhere at 60 and...
-60 and shake on it.
-60 and shake on it. Why not?
So what I've bought is a time recorder,
the kind of piece that we don't use today,
but we would have in working life in the past where you put a card in
and punch it and it records the time and the date that you started work.
I'd love to see it fly because it's a really interesting piece
of social history and social working history.
Yes, time is ticking for our experts and Phil has moved on to
his next purchase picking up a decorative shield for £25.
It's tin. It's painted.
It's trying to look like it's 1700-and-something.
But it's actually 1900-and-something.
I would think probably 1950s.
If I can find somebody who has got a pub...called The Swan...
You never know, do you?
Phil hoping to swan off with a profit on the shield
while an item of jewellery has caught Katherine's eye.
It's quite a nice setting that, isn't it?
It's very pretty.
But it's got to be the ultimate engagement ring, hasn't it?
-Just need a bride on the day.
-That would be quite handy.
I don't suppose we could go for 70, can we?
-85, but I cannot do it for a penny less.
-It's a deal. 85.
Do you know what?
Had we met 30 years ago, this could have been oh so very different.
-Shall I get down on one knee now?
-Sadly, I'm taken.
Aw, Katherine is breaking hearts, but will she break into a profit
when she tries to sell it on?
When I looked at it quite closely, you can see that it is actually
what we call illusion set, so it's made up
of a number of diamonds which, when put together
in a clever setting, make it look
as though it is one solid carat of diamond.
It's the ultimate engagement ring. Well, that's what I think, anyway.
And Katherine is certainly fully engaged with this battle.
So as we reach the end of Round Three, let's check on the money.
Both our experts started the Showdown
with £1,000 of their own cash.
Phil has still spent under a quarter of his budget,
having forked out £203.56,
leaving over £796 in his kitty.
Katherine is flouting her spend-thrift reputation
and has splashed out £309.25,
going into Round Four
with just under £691.
And in this case, Round Four is the Bellmans Auction in West Sussex.
And while Katherine sees what is available,
auctioneer Phil has come up with a clever plan to increase his chances.
This is the last of a three-day sale
and the auction estimates in this catalogue are really punching hot.
I need to try to buy something cheap. I know the auctioneer.
I'm going to see if he can find me something that hasn't sold
over the last two days that might just, well, fit a foxlike bill.
So, Phil has a sneaky meeting with auctioneer JP
before the sale begins.
I can find you something definitely. But you don't mind if it is ceramic,
you don't mind if it's silver, you don't mind if it's furniture?
Uh, as long as it's not too big for me to lift
or take out or whatever, but, no.
So, with the promise of a post-sale purchase, Phil can relax a little.
Meanwhile, Katherine has to do things the conventional way
and is viewing a lot of museum cases containing airship fragments.
So the first case relates to England in the First World War,
particularly on the night of 3 September, 1916,
one of our great, great aviation heroes shot down the airship.
It crashed to the ground and fragments were scattered everywhere.
So what you're looking at are fragments from that airship.
Also, in the same lot,
we move onto the interwar period when Graf Zeppelin was flying.
It was the largest airship ever built.
And here is a piece of the Graf Zeppelin.
So, Katherine marks her lot and the auction gets underway.
Morning, everyone. Welcome to our Friday sale.
And it is the Zeppelin pieces that come up first.
Oh, this is it. Exciting.
I like Led Zeppelin.
90 I have.
£90, where is 5?
95. 100, seated. 110.
120, 130, 140.
She's got a very determined look, hasn't she?
It's £180 and selling, fair warning.
After auction costs, Katherine wins her lot for £223.20.
Now, Phil is up next as he spots a pair of antique wooden planters
All done, selling. £30.
He spends £37.20 on them,
sticking to his spend-low strategy it seems.
It's at times like this you realise that perhaps
I should have looked a little bit closer.
I don't think they're that bad.
What I really need is someone with a very, very, very small flat
in London with a very, very, very small window.
And then this is their very, very, very small window box.
Next up, Katherine has marked a novelty nutcracker.
Oh, it's the next lot, so I've got to listen to this.
It's got an upper estimate of £150,
and our queen of treen jumps in on the action.
Hiding at the back there at 95. Anyone at £95? 100 just in.
But it quickly goes up.
-140's bid. "No," he says. It's 140...
Ooh, I might get it.
The hammer settles on £140.
With costs, that's £173.60.
But will it help her crack open a profit?
You just pop your little nut in, twist the handle,
screw it up, open your walnut and then you take it out.
Late-19th century, early-20th century, made of yew wood.
It's what we call a piece of treen,
so it's a really nicely carved and richly patternated piece of wood.
I've just got to find somebody who is nutty enough to love it.
And with that, the hammer falls on Katherine's buying.
But Phil's earlier plan comes to a head in the back storeroom,
and true to JP's words,
he's found Phil a rather broken Victorian pole screen.
Not the finest condition, but it is old. It's a Victorian one.
That would have sat on there.
And then this would have gone on there.
And then this was designed, wasn't it, so that a lady who sat
by a fire, basically her make-up didn't run or whatever
and it kept the heat from her, yeah?
-What's the absolute finish on that?
-To you, it's a tenner. Can have it for
-£10. A tenner?
You are a gentleman, sir.
So, Phil's initiative gets in the pole screen parts for £10,
and since he has bought it outside the auction,
there are no extra costs.
With their buying done,
let's find out what they've spent across the four rounds.
From his £1,000, Phil Serrell has played a very cautious game
and ended up spending a paltry
Katherine Higgins wasn't much further ahead until the auction,
when a couple of big purchases pushed her total up
We've witnessed two very different strategies in the buying,
so what will they make of each other's wares?
The sum total of a week's shopping.
-There is a certain contrast here, isn't there?
I'm really worried about you leaning on that very rusty, old piece of...
-This is quality.
This is a quality item.
-Now, listen, when you're knocking this...
..at least it didn't crash and burn.
It's aviation history.
A bit of airship glamour with, erm...Graf Zeppelin.
-Sorry, sorry? Glamour?
The Graf Zeppelin. Glamorous.
It was...it was the place to be seen in the 1930s.
-You have outspent me, haven't you?
-I have...somehow. I don't know how.
I got in a bit of a panic that I had to spend money
cos you... I listen to what you say.
And I spent, I think, just over £700.
So, all we've got to do now
is decide what we're going to put into auction.
HE BANGS LOUDLY
Or what the auction house will accept.
-I'll see you there.
Now, our shooting stars must become stellar sellers
as they face the final frontier.
Each hoping to make a big bang as all that buying matter
explodes into a galaxy of powerful profits.
Half of their items will be sold privately, half at the auction.
So, over in Worcester, what tricks has Phil got up his sleeve?
So, my pot cupboard, my pole screen, my shield...
-HE BANGS LOUDLY
-..and this little beauty
are all going into auction. They might not just look like they do now
when you see them next.
Because this, for example, that's going to have a really lovely,
vintage, warehouse look to it. So, the rugby ball,
I'm really hoping is going to take me on a story.
The planters... I haven't quite decided with those yet.
And these armorials would be great just to try and find out
where they've come from. And that, I mean, well...
there's no harm in that, is there?
Phil thinks he is pretty HANDY when it comes to strategising.
So, over in Guilford, how is Katherine's game plan shaping up?
I've selected the things that I think would work for auction,
which is the zeppelin memorabilia.
All my fishing items have to go into auction. They're perfect.
The doll, she's lovely.
She's a typical period treasure that people will love.
And the ring...
Erm, I've just discovered it's an evening sale
in London and I'm guessing it's going to be full of romantics.
So, I have high hopes for that ring.
The other pieces, I'm going to sell privately.
I'm confident about three out of four.
It's going to be quite a challenge to wind the clock back
and find a buyer for my timepiece,
but hey, I love a challenge!
With the shoe last, the fan and the nutcracker as well,
Katherine will need to find a path to profit.
Now, our experts must get down to the research to find a buyer
for every item knowing that no deal is sealed until a hand is shaken.
And first off the mark is Phil in Worcester
with the black glove model that made a £15 hole in his pocket
at the antiques fair.
I'm here to see local jeweller Anja and I'm hoping that she shares
my vision that this delicate, little hand will display
her pearls and jewellery to good effect in her window.
I bought this particularly with you in mind, OK?
-Cos I thought in your window...
..with that holding a pearl necklace or something like that.
I thought the colour of the pearls with the contrast,
-that would look really, really good.
-Black and white.
-What do you reckon?
-Yes, very good idea.
-How much are these pearls?
Do you want the good news?
My hand is not £4,800.
-It's not even £480.
-But if you knock the four off...
..you might be getting close to...
-SHE SQUEALS INQUISITIVELY
-What do you think?
-And we could use it for our window display?
Well, I just thought it would look really cool, wouldn't it?
Oh, it would be good! Yeah, that would be good. £60, deal?
-I'll meet you in the middle.
The glove model hands Phil a first profit of...
Well done, Mr Serrell.
So, it's over to Katherine now
who's kicking off her sales away from home.
She's travelled all the way to Birmingham
with the hopes of finding a cracking profit.
I've tracked down this specialist dealer who just adores
everything to do with wood.
She specialises in treen and I think she will love it.
But, will Sally, the wood-loving lady,
give Katherine a profit on the £173 she paid?
What I found you is this.
Oh, right. OK.
-So, it couldn't be more wooden...
-No, that's true.
-..which is...which is a good sign.
This is, sort of, a 19th-century
sort of Swiss or French nutcracker, but it's nice because it's yew wood.
Yew wood is the nicest.
-Well, I have clearly brought the right thing to the right place.
So, I'd like to suggest starting around about 220,
something like that.
-190. I think 190 would be...would be fantastic.
-I'd be delighted with that.
Katherine shakes on the deal and makes a modest profit of...
..and staying in the Midlands,
decides to try and sell her clock device.
I've brought my time recorder to Atherstone in Warwickshire
where I found this lovely, little cafe,
which is totally 1940s-themed.
And I think the owner will really like this
because I've dated it to 1940.
-IMITATES OLD-FASHIONED BROADCASTER:
-Yes, it's chocks away,
or should that be 'clocks away', for this plucky dealer
as she hopes to wave goodbye to the clock
for which she paid 60 of Her Majesty's pounds.
Simon, I...I feel I am totally in the right place
for what I've brought you.
Literally, I cannot move my head
but see something from the 1940s within view.
I mean, it's incredible what you've brought together.
Yeah, we just, sort of, dropped them a theme that people are...
What I brought you is a time recording machine by Gledhill-Brook.
When we open it up, you can see there's a serial number inside
and I've dated that to 1940, 1941,
-between those two very precise years.
So, it fits beautifully with here.
It's definitely a talking point.
You can see it's such good quality.
If it's working, we could even use it.
I don't know whether the staff would agree with that, but, yeah.
So, I would love you to have it at something
around about the, sort of...
£70, £75 mark would sit quite nicely with me.
With that, Katherine clocks off with a profit of...
..and Simon's staff will have to be on time from now on. Hmph!
Meanwhile, Phil still has his replica rugby ball to sell
and he's about to tackle the perfect buyer.
If you've got an England match ball,
what better person to sell it to
than someone who's played rugby for England?
I'm hoping that I can convert this into a profit.
Yes, Phil is going to meet former England rugby player
and charity fundraiser Ben Cohen
with a ball that cost him just over £30 in France.
-Look what I've brought...
-What have you got for me here?
..specially for you. Look, an England match ball.
-BEN SIGHS AND CHUCKLES
-Brand-new, brand-new. But I was
thinking if you signed that, Ben Cohen,
then you could get some unsuspecting auctioneer to flog it for you...
-..you could make a huge amount of money at one of your dos.
I... My next dinner is coming up soon,
so I could do with a ball like this.
Well, I was hoping that I'd get 50 quid for it.
-So, how much are you going to...?
The laugh says it all, doesn't it?
I can tell you now, it cost me 30 quid.
Anything that you offer me, I will take
-cos I know you are a fair man.
-All right? Anything you offer me.
-Well, you... If it cost you 30...
-and you want 50.
-I'll meet you halfway.
I'll meet you halfway.
Ben squeezes on the deal
and Phil pops a profit of...
..into his pot.
Now, neither of our experts seem to be making much of a runaway
profit, so when Katherine runs away to the circus,
in Stroud, with her French fan,
it seems Nell, the circus producer, isn't up for playing games either.
I don't even have any more than £20 on the site and I think...
-Well, maybe I'm just very nice and I give it to you.
Well, that's... I mean, wonderful.
I mean, we do, in the end, want to
develop a kind of circus collection museum.
-I mean, most circus do, so...
-Oh, I'd love...
That's what... I would love to see it on display somewhere.
I'd love to see it on the show.
So, Katherine's decision to donate the fan to the circus
makes her a loss of...
But on the upside,
she does get to see a dog riding a bear on a horse.
From the silliness of the circus,
Katherine heads to the far more refined countryside
of King's Lynn, where she has arranged to meet Marcus,
the director of shoe manufacturers Fairfax & Favor.
He is interested in acquiring her wooden shoe mould known as lasts.
This is quite an old shoe last.
The way it works is these... The leather would be put on top of these
and all around the last in order to make...in order to make the shoe
and they'll press it on using machines now.
Really, this is...this is the most important part of the shoe.
I should tell you a little bit of the history of them
because they belonged to the last atelier,
the last craftsman shoemaker, in the area, arrondissement,
-the area that we were working in.
Well, you see, we do a lot of shows, so, actually, it would be...
This is probably not good for negotiation tactics,
but they would be useful for having on the stand
cos they can show people how they're made.
And...and they are... Some of our factories are over 300 years old.
I'm looking for something in the region of...
-You say 60, and we've got a deal.
60? We've got a deal.
Katherine slips off with a profit of...
..for the shoe lasts.
Meanwhile, Phil has been busy selling his planters
for a profit of...
..to one antiques dealer.
He then takes his armorials to another.
Katherine wasn't exactly over enthused by them in Paris,
so will he prove her wrong when he takes them
to Worcester-based dealer Gabriel?
-I like...I like these, erm, frames.
-I love the frames.
They...they, obviously, aren't, you know, one of these Victorian.
-19...18, 19, aren't they?
I wonder if there's been a whole series of them
cos of the numbers - 23, 24, 22. So, you've got...
you've got about a fifth of a...
Well, there's the challenge for you, Gabriel,
-go and find the other 20.
-Are they of interest to you?
-Yeah, I would like to buy those.
-And I will give you...
-Thank you very much, indeed.
Mm. With not even a haggle, Phil is given a profit of...
Brave move because now the selling is out of his hands.
Both our dealers must now brace themselves for the mighty
Before it all kicks off, let's see how the scores are at this stage.
Phil's four private sales have brought him...
Katherine has sold three items and given one away,
so she's just made...
With a lot of catching up to do.
But now the haggling is over and no deals can be done
as our experts' remaining items are thrown into the unforgiving arena
of High Road Auctions in Twickenham.
But before the battle begins,
Phil and Katherine get a chance to catch up.
We may have finished all of our sales, but the auction...
-Well, I'm just so pleased.
It's such a relief that the only things left for me
is the auction stuff.
And I sort of, kind of, think
I might have boxed a little bit clever, which is...
Don't normally happen, but I was...
I've tried to leave my cheap bits for the auction.
You see, why didn't I have that strategy?
I should have listened to you!
You know, there I was putting my most expensive things into the auction...
-Is that what you've done?
-Well, they're also quite specialist as well
and they need a specialist auction, which is not what we've got today.
-So, you've got your fishing reels?
-Yeah, I know we're by the...
Yeah, but...but... How can you fail?
I like being in control and when I'm let on my own
and I'm not in control, it all goes wrong.
Shall we just go and see how it's going, then?
-SHE SIGHS OK.
-Come on, I want to look
-at your goodies.
With tension mounting and nerves jangling,
Phil and Katherine seek out their opponents' artillery
to assess their chance of victory.
This is an illusion set ring.
That means the very small diamonds are meant to look
a lot bigger than they are.
If people get fooled by that, it might make £100
and if they don't, it might make £60.
Well, this is listed as an early 20th-century plaque,
and I'd be interested to know... I mean, that's where the story
begins. It's an intriguing piece.
Eh, I think it probably will sell...OK.
I'm not sure he'll get his money back, but I'll be watching.
I think this is a really risky buy for Katherine.
This zeppelin lot, if it gets picked up on the internet,
it could soar and fly. But if it doesn't,
well, her investment could just crash and burn.
I think Phil paid around about £40 for this
and I think it was a very, very good buy.
I mean, it has been totally transformed.
It is not the piece that I first saw. And it's really on trend.
Well, our experts' opinions are of no consequence now
as the auction gears up and their items are out of their hands
and into the lap of the gavel gods.
First up for sale is Katherine's doll.
So, it cost me £40
and I've got to make 54 in order to break even, which is...
And what will it make?
I think it'll probably make 30.
So, you think you might lose 25 quid?
Yes, I do.
That'd be...sad, that, wouldn't it?
-Thank you, ten bid. 15?
-20? 25? 30?
I've got it... I'm pretty close with what I thought it would make. Yes.
That was the gentleman's bid on my right.
It's your final time. We'll be selling at 25 to bidder number 178.
Yeah, I didn't really break even...
I didn't lose that much and it's gone to a nice home.
After costs, Katherine loses...
So, she'll be hoping to do better with the fishing items.
This is my star lot. Oh, it looks great.
Bid me 100, surely. Quickly, £50 for the lot?
-Any fishermen at £50? The bid is...
-Final time, I've got to sell.
-A bit more.
-Done at 50. 50, online bidder.
-Oh, no. That was my star lot.
-I thought that would do well.
Katherine's hopes of a profit sink without a trace as she loses...
The showdown auction really can be an unforgiving mistress.
So, how will Phil get on with his decorative shield?
You see, I've only got to get...
-You've only got to get £36.
-There will be somebody in this room
that pays £36 for that because it's sitting at the front of the saleroom
-Is it? Where?
-This one right in front of the rostrum,
-lot number 27, we're selling. £30 for it. £30, sir.
-Oh, my gosh.
-Well, that's just cost me six quid...
-Not yet, wait a minute.
-Wait a minute.
-It's cost me six quid.
Actually, that's a total loss of...
Now, Phil's had his metal cabinet stripped and waxed
adding another £20 onto its costs.
So it's currently standing him at £62.50.
If you had to buy something new like that, it would cost you
-I'd like to think of myself as a trendy person, really.
You know sort of up there with the kids.
-You know, that's what I like to think.
-It's all about fashion,
-isn't it, for you?
-A few bids on this.
-We're going to start at 100.
-There you go. Oh, my gosh.
£100 on commission. 110 in the room.
-Thank you, sir. 120.
-That is so good.
140, new buyer. I've got to go five, sir.
-150. That's really good.
-150 with the internet.
That's...very good. HE BANGS GAVEL
I think we should have portioned that,
-so I could have a bit of that money.
-That's a relief.
-Oh, yeah, without a doubt.
-Yes, sadly, that's not how it works.
Every penny of a...
..goes into Phil's kitty.
Katherine has her chance now as her airship fragments come up.
In a cunning bit of gameplay, she split the lot into two,
so how will the first half do?
This is the one that should do well
but I fear the setting is not quite as sparkling as it should be.
I hope, for you, they do well.
-Oh, please, yes.
Well done, well done, well done.
-I might just be selling it. Oh, my gosh.
-Oh, thank goodness.
Any further interest? We're selling at 160.
-Do you know, I've got to tell you,
I'm quietly relieved there cos that could have gone on.
-That could have... Yes.
-It could have gone on.
-I mean, it could have gone either way, couldn't it?
That's a good start from the first half of the lot
but she still has to sell the second half for more than £140
to break even on the whole.
It will be interesting to see which way this goes.
I mean, this is a piece of the Graf Zeppelin.
I'll take 55.
OK, I need 140...
And we are slowly climbing towards that.
Unusual lot, at £95...
-Yes, a little bit more. A little bit more.
-Any further interest?
Got to sell it. Done at 95?
-Oh, my gosh.
-Internet once more.
-So what's happened to that, then?
Has that brought it all back to level?
I mean, it's pretty close to what I originally paid for it,
that's how I like to think about things.
Yes, but after auction fees have been taken,
she makes a total loss of £29.16 across the two lots.
So Katherine's items really are failing to fly today,
but will her ring sparkle?
It's really pretty.
£55 with the internet.
Cos it is really beautiful.
I don't think anybody gets engaged around here.
The very nice man I bought it from said that I would
definitely make some money on that, cos I went off-piste there.
Men always say that to girls about rings.
So Katherine's ring brings in a loss of £46.56 after commission
and that's her all done.
Phil is back next with the marble-top bedside cabinet.
It cost him £15 and has been restored at no extra cost
after Phil called in a favour from a friend.
So will it earn its money back now?
Trying to make 24 quid to break even, so I'm hoping I'm all right.
Come along, thank you. 5.60, madam.
5 again, sir, 60 the lady's bid right in front.
Oh, my gosh.
Are we done at 60?
£60, madam, to bidder 213.
60, you've broken even.
No, you've made a profit.
Phil makes a profit of £27.48 for the cabinet.
Now, his final item is the restored pole screen
that he picked up on the cheap.
He spent £15 restoring it, so it now stands in at £25.
My pole screen, I was kind of hoping this would have been
earlier in the sale.
-I wasn't sure if the glue would last that long.
-Where are we going to be? £30, surely.
35 online, bid me 40 in the room.
The banner is worth that at £35...
-So you made a profit.
-I know. No, I haven't.
I have now, I've made four quid.
Sells at 40.
-45, just in time, I'll take it.
Phil makes a profit of £5.36 for the pole screen
and brings this showdown auction to a conclusion.
In just a moment, our winner will be revealed.
First, let's remind ourselves of what they spent in total.
Both our experts started the challenge
with £1,000 of their own money.
Phil Serrell spent £285.76, along with his restoration costs.
Katherine spent over twice as much, forking out £706.05.
So now, it all comes down to profit.
All of the money that Phil and Katherine 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
..I think is my last chance of just the nearest hint of respectability.
Er, the auction was a total disaster for me.
It was, you know... I didn't get my paintbrush out
and I didn't get my shot blaster out and I just bought traditional things.
I think it should be five auctions next time,
that's the way we should do this programme.
Anyway, I got to see Ben Cohen.
-Strictly Come doodah.
-You lucky thing.
-Rugby World Cup, all that sort of stuff.
-You lucky thing.
Yeah, losing on a number of different levels, actually.
Oh, joy, joy... Losing?
-Katherine lost money?
Just a few things that I didn't make money on.
-Anyway, come on, let's do the first of.
Three, two, one, go.
Is it in black or red? It's in red. Yeah, look at it, in red.
Get in there.
-I've never had anything in red before,
-this is just...
-Do you know what?
I didn't know they printed red numbers.
-I'm going to take a photograph of that.
Just let me look, just for a few moments.
So, Phil is today's winner
after playing it like the old pro that he is
and making profits at every turn.
But there's one more thing to reveal
and that is the winner across the whole week.
Three, two, one, go.
-Look at that.
Do you know, that's a pretty fair result, I reckon, don't you?
-I think you've done really well.
-Come on then.
You can afford to buy me a drink, you know.
-I mean, I have done very well but...
-Yes, you have.
-But you did follow along behind.
-Oh, I tried.
Yes, Katherine is the overall winner
but together they've made over £3,700 which will all go to charity.
My chosen charity is The Fountain Centre for cancer care
in Guildford and I've chosen them
because they've been absolutely brilliant with me
in the last year and my battle with breast cancer.
At the moments when I had chemotherapy and I lost my hair,
my eyebrows and my eyelashes, they gave me lots of moral support
and they were there for me, so I wanted to be there for them
and they deserve every penny.
Katherine has had a rotten 12 months.
Now, she's one of the loveliest people
you could ever wish to meet and she's also one of the bravest.
So the money that I've raised this week,
I'd like to give to her charity.
Good on you, Katherine.
Yes, our experts have really put their money where their mouths are
and shown that they can make a convincing profit
from buying and selling antiques when their own money is on the line.
Katherine Higgins and Phil Serrell race towards the finish line at the showdown auction in Twickenham. But, having spent £1000 across four different locations, who will come out on top?
Phil thinks he's made a try selling to rugby legend Ben Cohen, and Katherine winds the clock back with an antique timepiece. But who will be the overall winner when the hammer falls at the showdown auction?