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James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Auction

Antiques challenge. Kate Bliss and James Braxton visit an auction house, where James bids on a dog bed and Kate eyes up some ocular objet d'art.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that pitches TV's

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best loved antiques experts against each other, in an all out

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battle for profit.

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Let's make hay while that sun shines.

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Each day, one pair of duelling dealers

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will face a mighty challenge.

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I've got an 'eavy profit here.

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Putting their reputations on the line.

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Who's there?

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They'll give you the insiders' view of the trade.

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Along with their top tips and savvy secrets.

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That could present a problem for me.

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Showing you how to make the most money...

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Ready for battle.

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..from buying and selling.

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Get in there.

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Coming up, one expert has delusions of pet-bed grandeur.

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Not really for me, is it? I think it has the look of a dog basket.

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Kate's got her eye on a growing collector's trend.

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There is a buoyant market for ophthalmic antiques.

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Look at those.

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And James fails to get the answer he's looking for.

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So, is this my pathway to riches?

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James, no.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Ah, Kent. The Garden of England, peaceful, beautiful, restful.

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Yes, this is just the calm before the storm, as the tranquillity

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of this quintessentially English countryside is about to be

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shattered by two raging warhorses of worthy wares.

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Fighting for Sussex, it's the auction room assassin.

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Knowledge is his armour, and bidding prowess is his sword.

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Why, it's...

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Always a good thing to unsettle your opponent.

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And flying the flag for Herefordshire is a cunning

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combatant. She's got style, she's got stealth,

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and she won't stop until she's got the wealth.

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It's...

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I'm quite excited.

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Today's battleground is the Hop Farm auction room, an eclectic sale

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where our daring duo will both be risking £1,000 of their own money.

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And all the profit they make will go to charities of their choice,

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so, bidding cards at the ready.

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James Braxton and Kate Bliss,

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

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-Morning, James!

-Morning, Kate, how are you?

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I'm well considering the long trek down here,

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of course it's a stone's throw for you.

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Yes, welcome to Kent, it's about an hour for me. Home territory.

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Well, I actually had a really good run down yesterday,

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from Herefordshire, and I had a little pop in to the auction

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-house, just before they closed...

-What's it like?

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..and had a little look. Well, it's certainly variety.

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Variety - now that's a euphemism, isn't it?

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No, it's quite a mixed bag,

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but I think most things look fairly affordable, so I think even

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I might struggle to spend the whole £1,000 that we've got to spend.

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-That's of course including the buyer's premium, isn't it?

-Right.

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So that's rather like a film really,

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it's billing. General Items, starring Some Antiques.

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-Well, yes.

-Go on, show me, show me.

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So, James is going in blind - he could have previewed the sale

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last night as well, but he chose not to.

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A sign of a confident Bingo, perhaps.

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Remember, both of our gavel grafters are auctioneers by trade,

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and even though Kate has done her homework, with over 650 varied

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lots going under the hammer, she can only have scratched the surface.

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So, she will still need a good game plan.

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My strategy today is to be absolutely

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rigid about my price limits.

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I think it's fair to say that I can get a little bit swept away

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with the whole auction fever. And today, I'm going to be ruthless.

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Stick to the limit, there's a competition to win.

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Yes, Kate is planning to be super strict, and aim for self control.

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Now, Bingo has had a chance to run his eye over the lots.

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Has he spotted any gems amongst the junk?

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It's a nice little auction room, in fact, the more I've looked,

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the more I've marked. I'll know pretty quickly,

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within the first ten lots,

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whether I'm going to have a good day, or a difficult one.

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Bingo thinks he's got a few prize pieces up his sleeve,

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but he's keeping an open mind.

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There's a lot on offer here, so that could prove to be a canny tactic.

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Determined not to be left in the dark, Kate's radar has detected a

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retro lamp, with an estimate of £25 to £35, and her eyes have lit up.

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Now, I think this little lamp is one of the grooviest pieces in the sale.

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It dates from the 1960s, and its origins are in the Anglepoise lamp,

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which was invented in the 1930s, by a man called George Carwardine.

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Now, Carwardine invented a spring, which allowed the lamp to

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move in every conceivable position, but to hold its position.

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And that's exactly what we've got here.

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Now, Carwardine gave the design to the manufacturers

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Herbert Terry & Sons, who are based in Worcestershire,

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and they devised the series of Anglepoise lamps.

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This comes from their more futuristic series, the 2,000 series,

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in the 1960s.

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I love it.

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Not to be outdone, James steams towards something he hopes

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will get him on the right track.

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Now these are all railway signs.

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Now, being a rail enthusiast,

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of course I know exactly what yellow and blue means.

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Regrettably, I don't, but I know somebody who does.

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Generally made in Birmingham.

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Most sort of metalwork's generally made in Birmingham.

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£30 to £40 - that doesn't sound like too bad.

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You know, if I was a railway enthusiast,

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this is the sort of thing I'd want in my bedroom.

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Hmm, I'm not sure Mrs Bingo would agree with that, James.

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Meanwhile, refusing to be outmanoeuvred,

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Kate eyeballs her next target, and brings it sharply into focus.

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Now look what I've just found.

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This is an optician's lens set, presumably for testing eyes,

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and you've got numerous different lenses here,

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and this is the frame to slot them in. Look at those.

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Well, there is a buoyant market for ophthalmic antiques.

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I haven't got a clue about these, but they look

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quite funky, don't they?

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Also with his eye on the prize,

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James has spotted a carved Indian seat.

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But he's having a little trouble making it work.

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Not really for me, is it?

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I think it has the look of a dog basket.

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Now, people are potty about their dogs.

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You know, that is great, isn't it? If you want to spoil your doggy.

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Not so sure about the ply,

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but maybe the seat was sort of webbing underneath,

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an Indian seat, and you'd have sort of luxurious cushions. £150 to £200.

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I don't think its got a tremendous amount of age.

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It's quite crudely carved, we've got

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all these sort of guardian figures - musicians by the look of it.

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But...with a cushion in there,

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great dog basket, fabulous dog basket.

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Is he barking mad or a visionary genius? Only time will tell.

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But, back in the land of the sensible,

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Kate's decided it's time for tea.

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This is a great little retro tea set.

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It's known as Picquot Ware, and what we've got here is

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an alloy of manganese and aluminium.

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The pieces are cast as one piece,

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to ensure there aren't any leaks around the spout, and then

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it's polished, so it's not plated, it's just polished magnalium.

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Now it's not rare, the products were quite prolific, but you've

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got a nice four piece here and the tray, which you don't often see.

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And I quite fancy it. The estimate is £65 to £75,

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which is probably all the money at auction,

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but if it goes a little bit cheaper, I'm after it.

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So, they've both run the gauntlet of possible profit makers,

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and without further ado,

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it's time for our enemies to lower their visors and draw

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their swords, because this is going to be a tense tussle for trinkets.

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And as the auction gets going, James has carefully chosen

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his vantage point for the proceedings.

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Kate's just round the corner there, she can't see what I'm doing.

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I might have a go at this glass vase, it's not my usual

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sort of thing, it's sort of art glass, but I'll have a go.

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If I get it for under a tenner, I'm a happy man.

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22, the heavy studio coloured glass vase. £15 for this, £15.

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I can hear James twitching there in the corner.

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-I think he's bidding on this.

-12 anywhere. £12 bid.

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Oh he's got competition.

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16. 16's there, 18. 20.

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22. 24.

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26. 28.

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30. 32. 34. 36.

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34's there, 36 in front.

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And there's not just competition in the room, this sale is online,

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and the invisible bidders, are closing in.

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36 has jumped online. 36 has jumped, 38 to you sir.

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38's there. At £38, in the room at 38.

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GAVEL BANGS

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He's bought it.

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Yes, James held firm and the vase is his

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for £44.65 including fees.

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That's more than four times the price he wanted to pay,

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so does he still think there's a profit in it?

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Here we are, rather interesting vase.

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It's very colourful.

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It's like a millefleur, a paperweight

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whereby it suggests 1,000 flowers.

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And you've got these canes of glass,

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multicoloured glass, he's chopped them at right angles,

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and then they're inserted on the inside.

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It's rough on the inside, smooth on the outside,

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so it's obviously been polished or something. Profit or loss, hmm...

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At the moment I think more the latter.

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Uh-oh. Has James made a terrible mistake?

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We'll have to wait and find out.

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Bingo may be 1-0 up,

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but Kate is about to launch her own covert attack.

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Her target is a 19th century riding whip.

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I'm talking really quietly cos I don't want James to hear.

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Now this is a really nice piece.

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They've actually catalogued it as a riding crop, and my idea

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of a riding crop is quite a short whip, the kind that jockeys use.

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This is actually a really long whip with a lovely long shaft handle,

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and it's silver mounted. So I'd quite like this.

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The estimate here is £50 to £70.

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If I can get it for around there, we're looking good.

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-1889 holly wood riding crop, silver tipped. £50 anywhere?

-I'm waiting.

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£45 it's got to be. £45 there.

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Ooh, somebody's in.

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45 there, 46 anywhere. 46, 48.

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50, 55.

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60, 65.

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70, 75.

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80, 85.

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We're above the estimate.

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Will Kate stick to her strategy of not pushing her prices?

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120, 130.

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Uh, no.

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130's there, 140. At £130.

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GAVEL BANGS

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£130. What did I say about the strategy?

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And with the auction fees added, that's a hefty outlay.

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Now there's a buoyant market for horse riding

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and racing associated items, and this whip is no exception.

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It's got a lovely wooden shaft,

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with all these lovely knobbly bits on it, which are really tactile.

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I think it's probably holly wood, and is in really nice condition.

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This whip would either be used in carriage driving,

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or in lunging a horse, which is used to direct the horse,

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so it's very definitely not an item of cruelty,

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it's an item of instruction.

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Little bit of damage just to the end here.

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It probably would have had a little leather piece on the end,

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but I think it's a lovely thing, dating probably from

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the late Victorian, early Edwardian period.

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Our warriors are level pegging on one item a piece.

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But next are the vintage railway signs that James spotted earlier.

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And he's eager for these to signal victory.

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I'm hoping to get these for £10 each. There's three in all.

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Let's hope I do.

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Mm, fortune favours the bold, eh, Bingo?

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But with an upper estimate of £40,

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will he be bold enough?

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£30. 32's here. 34 next.

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34. Already with 34.

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34 in the room there. 36.

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38. 40.

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42. 44.

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46. 48.

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50? 48 it is.

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At £48.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-171.

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I bought them. Second lot. Very happy.

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James pays...

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..and he's chuffed to bits.

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And there's now no stopping him.

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Up next is the carved Indian seat/dog bed he spotted earlier.

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And he's about to go fetch.

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130 anywhere?

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130. Thank you sir. 140 anywhere?

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-Let the show begin.

-130's in the room, 140 next if you want.

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At 130, maiden bid, it's going. At 130.

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GAVEL BANGS

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Always a good tip - when the bidding's with you,

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get your number up.

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It focuses the auctioneer on putting his hammer down.

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Especially to you.

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Little tip, that.

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I think he's chuffed with that.

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Yes, and he looks it. With auction fees, Bingo pays...

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And he's blazing ahead with three items to Kate's one.

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But Miss Bliss is back by royal appointment,

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and has found something palatial to take a flutter on.

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There's a quirky little lot coming up.

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It's a little model of Queen Mary's doll house,

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and I think it's quite sweet.

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I think Kate looks rather anxious, I think she's preparing to bid,

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so ears open, eyes open, let's see what she's going for.

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Is he on Her Majesty's Secret Service?

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James is spying on me.

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The guide price is £20 to £25

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and Kate is about to make a distinctly un-royal cheeky offer.

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What can I do you?

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15 I can do, has to be. 15?

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Thank you very much, 15's there, 16 anywhere else?

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Go on, keep bidding. Somebody bid.

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At £15, she takes it at 15.

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GAVEL BANGS

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-Yes! 15.

-Kate pays..

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..and is jubilant.

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It's a piece of Cauldon Ware china, known as Parian Ware, which is

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the name for white china, which is then glazed.

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And it dates from the early part of the 20th century.

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But this was made to commemorate the Queen's doll house.

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And that's what it's a model of.

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It was designed by Edwin Lutyens -

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the leading architect and designer of the day.

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And it was crammed full of some of the best little, tiny pieces

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of furniture and art made by leading artists and designers.

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This is a model of it.

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I think this is going to appeal to people who love royalist

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memorabilia, but also to people who love doll houses.

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And that flurry of bidding brings us to the halfway mark, so let's

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find out who's leading the charge and who's waving the white flag.

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-How are you doing?

-I've bought a couple.

-Yeah.

-Bought a couple.

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Chuffed with what you've got?

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Uhh, one I paid too much for, one I paid all right for,

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-and the third one, I got a bargain.

-OK, well, can't be bad, evens out.

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It's all right, isn't it?

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I think I probably paid too much for one, definitely,

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and the other one was a bargain, but, hmm,

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I don't know whether there's a strong market for it. We'll see.

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Good luck.

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And after that brief ceasefire,

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our dealing duo dot back to their trenches and take aim once more.

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With no time to lose, Kate reveals her next plan of attack.

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There's an orange glass lampshade just down here, that's coming

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up in just a second, and they've catalogued it as Art Deco.

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I think it's probably a bit later, but I might have a quick go at it.

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The estimate is £5 to £10, so there could be a bright profit in it.

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It's £5 for the lampshade. £5 anywhere, 5 I have there. £5..

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-Is that five?

-Well, it is in Roman numerals.

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-At 5 it is..

-Get the hammer down.

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£6. Are you bidding, sir?

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-You dare!

-Nope.

-You dare!

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Very generous of you.

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For goodness' sake, I don't want it.

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That was jolly lucky, I nearly got it for £6.

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£5. The little devil, he nearly bid against me, just for the hell of it.

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That is called one for spite.

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Kate draws even with her third purchase, paying...

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But will she be able to bask in the warm orange glow of profit?

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I don't think it's particularly old, it's a great shape,

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and it's got a wonderful retro look to it.

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It's made of glass.

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It's actually a double layer of glass,

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so you've got opaque white glass on the inside,

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then this lovely orange glass on the outside.

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Remember, this is a lampshade.

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And lit up, she's going to look stunning.

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And for a fiver,

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plus premium, I think it's a bargain.

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And shine a light, she's at it again.

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The 1960s lamp she spotted earlier, with a guide price of £25 to £35,

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is up next, and she's bidding intently.

0:18:170:18:20

22 is with me, 24 if you want.

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24 to you. 24 I'm out, 24 is in the room.

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And the bidding steps up a gear.

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46. 48.

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50.

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48 it is. Staying under the 50, at £48. Selling, at £48.

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GAVEL BANGS

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Yes. That's with me. 48.

0:18:400:18:43

Tenacious Kate held her ground, and sealed the deal.

0:18:430:18:46

That looks very stylish,

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it's the first bid of Kate's I've quite liked.

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Ooh, saucer of milk for one.

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Now, Absolute Bliss is absolutely storming it,

0:18:550:18:58

and quickly extends her new lead, with the retro tea set.

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At 55.

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GAVEL BANGS Buying it under the estimate for..

0:19:040:19:06

I'm chuffed with that.

0:19:090:19:10

And for the first time today,

0:19:100:19:12

Bingo's trailing 5-3 behind Kate, and the stress is getting to him.

0:19:120:19:17

The heart is going like that. So much pressure.

0:19:170:19:22

Ooh, steady on there, Bingo, don't keel over.

0:19:220:19:24

An Art Deco money box he likes the look of, with a guide

0:19:240:19:27

price of £10 to £15, is up next,

0:19:270:19:30

so he could be in with a chance of catching up.

0:19:300:19:33

Right, this is my lot.

0:19:330:19:35

Oh, it looks absolutely rubbish on the photo, that's good.

0:19:350:19:39

£10 for this. £10. 10 I'm bid.

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£12 for this. £12 sir? Thank you.

0:19:410:19:44

12 at the back, 14 anywhere.

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£14 it is, if you want.

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At £12, last chance. At 12.

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GAVEL BANGS

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£12 for the money box. Very pleased with that.

0:19:530:19:56

The penny's dropped and so has the hammer.

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Bingo steals away the money box for..

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It's a humble money box.

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But it has a really good look about it, it has the look of

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PG Wodehouse about it. I'd say 1920s to 1930s, bit of damage there.

0:20:100:20:15

I think I could repair that. Here's our character.

0:20:150:20:18

I like this, I like cut-outs, because, funny enough,

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they're only two dimensional, but they become animated, and he's

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made a rather sedentary object into something like a bit of fun.

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Our enterprising expert is really motoring now,

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purchasing a handsome pair of vintage car badges.

0:20:330:20:37

Last chance, selling at 24, to 171.

0:20:370:20:40

This is turning into a close one.

0:20:440:20:46

The vintage optician's set that Kate had her eyes on earlier, with an

0:20:460:20:50

upper estimate of £150, is the next lot,

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but there's already pre-bids on the books.

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Starts at 85, 90 if you want.

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-Ohh.

-90 if you want on the set, £90 on the lens set, anywhere?

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£90 on this, for 90, 95, 100.

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-No.

-100. 100 it's yours.

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-Is she going to bid?

-Go on, then.

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100, you've got it. 100's yours. 110 anywhere else.

0:21:110:21:15

At 100.

0:21:150:21:17

GAVEL BANGS

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Nope, that wasn't an optical illusion, folks.

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In case you blinked and missed it,

0:21:210:21:23

here's Kate's lightning quick bidding reflexes again.

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Go on then.

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Like a coiled cobra she snatched the ophthalmic case for...

0:21:280:21:33

..and brings her purchases to six.

0:21:360:21:40

That's mine.

0:21:400:21:41

Bingo is once again eating Kate's dust,

0:21:410:21:44

but he's a brave little soldier, so he gets himself up, brushes himself

0:21:440:21:48

down, and goes into battle for something to drown his sorrows in.

0:21:480:21:52

Coming up, it's a rather nice Dimple whisky. Lovely.

0:21:520:21:58

589, £45 anywhere for this, 40 I'll go.

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40 I'm in, thank you. 42 anywhere, 42's there, 44.

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46. 44's there, 46 anywhere else?

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At £44.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-Thank you.

0:22:120:22:15

Bingo seals the deal at...

0:22:150:22:17

..but can he pour a wee dram of profit?

0:22:190:22:21

70% proof, it's laid in somebody's sideboard,

0:22:210:22:25

it hasn't lost a lot, considering the stopper it's got.

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There's quite a good market for old whisky, and this certainly is old.

0:22:300:22:35

Look at that - it's either '30s or '50s, by the lettering.

0:22:350:22:40

I think this is a winner,

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and also, I get a little miniature as well with it.

0:22:420:22:44

It's rather sweet, isn't it? So we get the two together.

0:22:440:22:47

I'm fortunately able to sell single bottles like this,

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because I have a personal license, so not only am I a landlord,

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a publican,

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but I also have a personal license to sell said wines and liquors.

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I think there's a good profit in those.

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So, after James' final flutter,

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let's call a temporary truce, as we tot up the totals.

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James bought six lots.

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Kate bought six lots.

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But all that matters now is profit.

0:23:230:23:26

Our duelling dealers have had themselves a good clean scrap,

0:23:260:23:30

but what do they make of each other's spoils of war?

0:23:300:23:33

-So, how did it go?

-Yes, very good.

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I was determined not to go above the prices that I'd set.

0:23:360:23:39

-Did you set prices?

-I set prices, and it went out of the window.

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-Well you obviously need disciplining, what's this?

-This?

0:23:440:23:47

-Actually this is one of my favourite items.

-Is this for coaching?

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Yes, or for carriage riding.

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-I think carriage, because you've got length haven't you?

-Yes.

0:23:510:23:54

What's going on with the spirits, then?

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The spirits, well, I like this, because the auctioneer told me

0:23:560:24:00

it came out of a house clearance.

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And I think this is from either the '30s or the '50s,

0:24:020:24:05

and very little evaporation.

0:24:050:24:08

Is that right?

0:24:080:24:09

-Look at that, nothing.

-I'd sooner have a cup of tea out of that.

0:24:090:24:12

You sure it's whisky?

0:24:120:24:14

-Of course I'm sure it's whisky.

-OK, OK.

-What about the old spectacles?

0:24:140:24:18

I know there's a really buoyant collectors' market

0:24:180:24:21

-for ophthalmic antiques, if you like.

-Is there?

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Yes, oh yes. Tell me about this.

0:24:240:24:28

I'm going to find the most extraordinary dog owner in the UK, for a basket.

0:24:280:24:33

It sounds like you've got it sewn up.

0:24:330:24:35

-Good luck.

-Best of luck.

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The auction was but a warm-up battle for the main event -

0:24:420:24:47

out-and-out selling war.

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For it's only now that our pair of auction action heroes

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can prove they've got what it takes to defeat their nemesis.

0:24:520:24:56

Both now head back to their bunkers to plan a path to profit.

0:24:560:25:00

In his Sussex abode, James is rifling through his wares.

0:25:000:25:04

So, this is my selection from the auction.

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This was the first thing,

0:25:080:25:10

these fabulous semaphore railway signal arms.

0:25:100:25:13

There's nothing reproduction about these.

0:25:130:25:15

You can see where they were bolted on to the mechanical arms,

0:25:150:25:18

so they're fun.

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And I'm hoping to sell those to a great railway enthusiast.

0:25:200:25:24

And then, the next thing that leapt out at me

0:25:240:25:27

was this rather fun 1920s money box.

0:25:270:25:29

I think some lovely dad would have made that for a child or something.

0:25:290:25:33

In fact, funnily enough, I do the odd profile,

0:25:330:25:36

so that's my car with one of my sons, and it's rather fun.

0:25:360:25:40

You bring a photograph to life.

0:25:400:25:42

And then, our mighty dog basket here.

0:25:420:25:44

I think it was a sort of Indian musician's seat here.

0:25:440:25:48

But, from a musician's seat,

0:25:480:25:51

with the introduction of a small rug, it becomes a dog basket.

0:25:510:25:55

Ready for the European market.

0:25:550:25:57

Well, Miss Bliss, will you be in the basket, or will I be in the basket?

0:25:570:26:01

Well, let's hope nobody ends up in the basket.

0:26:030:26:05

So, James will also need to find buyers for his vintage whisky,

0:26:050:26:09

his glass vase, and his vintage car badges.

0:26:090:26:13

Over in her Herefordshire home, Kate is also looking through her lots.

0:26:130:26:17

Now, these are my more affordable items.

0:26:170:26:21

The model of the doll house is a bit of fun, and I'm hoping

0:26:210:26:25

I can find a royal memorabilia enthusiast who's going to love that.

0:26:250:26:30

Now, my lamp, I really loved. It's pretty groovy for me.

0:26:300:26:34

It's not the sort of thing I go for, 1960s lighting.

0:26:340:26:38

I've had it PAT tested, so it's all safe and legal,

0:26:380:26:41

and that's cost me around another tenner, so I'm really

0:26:410:26:45

hoping that will deliver the goods and bring me a profit.

0:26:450:26:48

But I have found a fabulous retro old electric shop.

0:26:480:26:52

It's right up their street, and I think, with a bit of luck,

0:26:520:26:56

they might take my glass lampshade as well.

0:26:560:26:59

Kate also has to find homes for her optician's set,

0:26:590:27:03

the retro tea set, and the Victorian riding crop.

0:27:030:27:07

Now, both our savvy sellers must begin the phone work, legwork,

0:27:070:27:11

and web work that will make their profits go stratospheric.

0:27:110:27:15

Don't forget, no deal is truly sealed until a hand is shaken,

0:27:150:27:18

and the money is taken.

0:27:180:27:20

James is first out of the station with the vintage railway signals

0:27:230:27:27

that cost him just over £56.

0:27:270:27:30

He's in rural Sussex to meet rail enthusiast David.

0:27:300:27:33

He's hoping he'll want to add the signals to his

0:27:330:27:36

impressive railway collection.

0:27:360:27:38

TRAIN WHISTLE BLASTS

0:27:390:27:40

Now, David, what are we surrounded by here?

0:27:400:27:43

We're surrounded by a multi-collection,

0:27:430:27:46

over many years, started a long time ago.

0:27:460:27:49

When I spoke to you on the phone, you immediately identified these

0:27:490:27:52

as a true enthusiast would, and you said something about semaphore.

0:27:520:27:57

What does that mean?

0:27:570:27:58

They're the old-fashioned way of signalling trains.

0:27:580:28:01

-Yeah.

-Unfortunately, we don't have any to show on the model railway.

0:28:010:28:06

But basically, it is the way...

0:28:060:28:09

Now it's all done like a traffic light system.

0:28:090:28:12

-Yeah.

-In the old days, they would be at several positions.

-OK.

0:28:120:28:16

If you bought these, David, where would you put them?

0:28:160:28:19

Well, I would attempt to hang them up in here, believe it or not.

0:28:190:28:22

Yeah, they'll work really well, because you'll be able to get a nice fixing.

0:28:220:28:25

They would look particularly fine in here.

0:28:250:28:28

They'd bring a real bit of colour.

0:28:280:28:30

David, you would make me a very happy man if you paid £200 for them

0:28:300:28:35

How does that sound?

0:28:350:28:37

-A bit too much.

-A bit too much.

0:28:370:28:39

What do you think they're worth?

0:28:390:28:41

-I think they'd be worth £120.

-£120. Well, I tell you what,

0:28:410:28:46

can I tickle you up a bit?

0:28:460:28:48

-£150, and you've got a great deal.

-£130.

0:28:480:28:52

-£135, and you've got yourself a deal.

-All right, £135.

0:28:520:28:55

-Well done.

-Yes, James read the signals

0:28:550:28:58

correctly and makes a profit of just under £79.

0:28:580:29:01

It's a strong start, and he chugs further up the profit track

0:29:010:29:05

when he sells his 1930s money box to collector of curiosities, Andy...

0:29:050:29:10

£50, put it there.

0:29:100:29:11

..popping another £35.90 worth of coins in his profit piggy bank.

0:29:120:29:17

So, what of Kate?

0:29:180:29:20

Well, she's in Hay-on-Wye with a cheeky plan for a double sale.

0:29:200:29:24

She hopes her PAT-tested 1960s lamp,

0:29:240:29:27

which now owes her just over £68,

0:29:270:29:30

and the glass lampshade which cost her just over a fiver, will

0:29:300:29:33

bathe vintage shop owner, Hannah, in a warm, orange, spend-inducing glow.

0:29:330:29:37

This is the lamp I told you about. It's by Herbert Terry.

0:29:390:29:43

This is called the "Eyeball Lamp."

0:29:430:29:45

This is from the '60s range in design.

0:29:450:29:48

And they called it the 2,000 Series, which, of course,

0:29:480:29:51

was very futuristic at the time.

0:29:510:29:53

-Very modern.

-I love the orange.

-It's a good colour.

0:29:530:29:55

And the black. Yeah.

0:29:550:29:57

And the fact it's in a box is quite...

0:29:570:29:59

It's very '60s, having that geometric shape,

0:29:590:30:02

and then that kind of eyeball...

0:30:020:30:04

-It's got a great '60s look to it, hasn't it?

-Mmm.

0:30:040:30:06

Now, I bought this, and since buying it I've had it all safety tested.

0:30:060:30:10

It's good to go. It's in working order. What do you think?

0:30:100:30:14

Is it something that would go well in the shop?

0:30:140:30:16

It would fit really well in the shop, and I think customers

0:30:160:30:19

would like it, and hopefully I'd be able to sell it.

0:30:190:30:21

Obviously, that depends on what I'd be selling it for.

0:30:210:30:25

Well, just before I talk price on that, I have brought

0:30:250:30:28

something else, which I wondered might be up your street.

0:30:280:30:33

And that is this rather nice glass lampshade.

0:30:330:30:38

Now, I have noticed you've got one very similar...

0:30:380:30:41

-I think we've got one exactly the same.

-..in the back of the shop.

0:30:410:30:43

So, I was wondering if you might like a nice pair.

0:30:430:30:46

A lovely pair of lampshades. I'd be very interested in that, too.

0:30:460:30:50

Great. What do you think price wise?

0:30:500:30:52

Are you looking to sell the two together?

0:30:520:30:54

-I am. I could do you a great deal.

-A special price.

0:30:540:30:57

I said, roughly, I know,

0:30:570:31:00

between £100-£200 in my e-mail to you, for the lamp.

0:31:000:31:04

I have seen them sell online for 125,

0:31:040:31:07

not quite in such good order as mine.

0:31:070:31:10

I think that's maybe a little bit high.

0:31:100:31:12

I would be happy to give you £80 for it, which would allow me

0:31:120:31:15

then to make a profit on top.

0:31:150:31:17

What if we said...

0:31:170:31:19

Cos I think the lampshade,

0:31:190:31:22

-I was hoping for about £25 for the lampshade.

-OK.

0:31:220:31:26

So...

0:31:260:31:27

So you could do me a good price at £100 for the two.

0:31:270:31:29

BOTH LAUGH

0:31:290:31:31

-Go on, then. That sounds like a good deal.

-I'm happy with that.

0:31:310:31:34

-Brilliant.

-Thank you.

0:31:340:31:36

So, that double sale makes Kate a combined profit of £25.98.

0:31:360:31:40

It's slightly less than she wanted, but mean's Kate is

0:31:400:31:44

now on a level pegging with Bingo,

0:31:440:31:47

who, it seems, has decided to hit the bottle.

0:31:470:31:50

Oh, no, sorry, scrap that. He is actually working.

0:31:500:31:53

He's brought his vintage spirits to a London whisky bar to show

0:31:530:31:56

general managers, Lizzie and Jenny.

0:31:560:31:59

And he's hoping for a rosy-cheeked return on the £51 investment.

0:31:590:32:03

-Here are the bottles I sent you photos of.

-Fantastic.

0:32:030:32:06

I bought these at auction, and I rather like...

0:32:060:32:09

-It's a very tactile bottle.

-Yeah.

0:32:090:32:11

I wanted to try and date this,

0:32:110:32:13

and I thought, sort of, maybe 1940s or '50s, but then you think,

0:32:130:32:18

we were all at war, Second World War, up until '45.

0:32:180:32:23

So it's probably about, I think, 1950s, this bottle.

0:32:230:32:26

And are you both quite expert on this?

0:32:260:32:30

I think that's probably... Well, I can only speak for myself.

0:32:300:32:34

I could never call myself an expert.

0:32:340:32:37

-I'm training my palate to enjoy it.

-Training your palate.

0:32:370:32:40

Dan, who's a real expert, so we might have to call him over

0:32:400:32:44

and see his thoughts.

0:32:440:32:45

-Dan is your expert?

-Dan is our whisky man.

0:32:450:32:48

Time to send in the reinforcements.

0:32:480:32:50

It's Dan, the whisky man.

0:32:500:32:52

-We're trying to date it, Dan.

-The spring cap tells me it's

0:32:520:32:55

pre-1970s. The wire, because it's not gold,

0:32:550:33:00

and there's no sign of it fading from gold,

0:33:000:33:04

tells me it's pre-1958.

0:33:040:33:08

I would say this is a 1950s bottle.

0:33:080:33:12

-I'm happy with that. 60-year-old.

-Can I ask a question?

0:33:120:33:15

Does this have any significance?

0:33:150:33:18

Do these come specifically as a pair,

0:33:180:33:20

or have they just been sold as a pair?

0:33:200:33:24

I've never seen them with a miniature on the side.

0:33:240:33:29

That's worth a fortune.

0:33:290:33:31

THEY LAUGH

0:33:310:33:32

An absolute fortune, that one.

0:33:320:33:34

It looks like a later addition.

0:33:340:33:36

Very good. Anyway, knotty question - price.

0:33:360:33:39

What are you looking for?

0:33:390:33:40

I was looking for... I saw some up on various sites.

0:33:400:33:45

And they were quite high prices.

0:33:450:33:49

I couldn't do that to you, could I?

0:33:490:33:51

-I don't know.

-You could try.

0:33:510:33:53

I was looking for around £300 for the two.

0:33:530:33:55

For the two. For me, that's a bit of a bonus, but this is the bottle of interest.

0:33:550:34:01

£300...

0:34:010:34:04

That price may be in line with a bottle that has the box.

0:34:040:34:09

Yeah. I'd be more, kind of, halving what you're looking for.

0:34:090:34:14

What, to around £200 is where you were thinking of, Lizzie?

0:34:140:34:16

Well, yeah, £170, probably.

0:34:160:34:18

How about a special price, £220? Go on, give me an offer.

0:34:180:34:21

-One...

-£200.

0:34:210:34:23

-£190?

-£190. Lizzie, come on. Thank you very much indeed.

0:34:230:34:27

-Thank you, Jenny.

-Thank you.

0:34:270:34:29

That's the spirit.

0:34:290:34:31

James pours out a substantial £138.30 profit for the whisky,

0:34:310:34:36

and, keen to capitalise on his earning streak,

0:34:360:34:39

takes the vase, which cost just under £45,

0:34:390:34:42

to show antiques dealer, Robert, in St Leonards-on-Sea.

0:34:420:34:47

Now, I've got this very heavy vase.

0:34:470:34:49

Put it in your hands. All right.

0:34:490:34:51

I think this is a nice, heavy fellow. It's cased glass.

0:34:510:34:54

And it's got these thousand flowers, so millefleur canes.

0:34:540:34:58

But sometimes, like paperweights, you get a bigger section.

0:34:580:35:02

But they're quite thin, aren't they? Filmy.

0:35:020:35:05

It's nice. It's a nice piece.

0:35:050:35:08

Where do you think it's from?

0:35:080:35:10

-It's Italian, isn't it?

-Do you think it's Italian?

0:35:100:35:13

I think so. Very attractive piece.

0:35:130:35:16

-It's a big piece, isn't it?

-Yep, it's a good piece.

0:35:160:35:18

Keep talking about attractive pieces.

0:35:180:35:20

How much is it?

0:35:200:35:22

Big money, Robert.

0:35:220:35:23

You don't often find this sort of thing, do you?

0:35:230:35:26

I'd like to get, sort of...

0:35:260:35:28

I don't know, 130, 120, something like that for it.

0:35:290:35:33

-That's a lot of money.

-Is it?

0:35:330:35:36

I think so. What about 60 quid?

0:35:360:35:38

-I think that's too little for that.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:35:380:35:41

I think it's too little for that.

0:35:410:35:43

I can go slightly under. 95.

0:35:430:35:45

£70.

0:35:460:35:48

-95...

-That's a fair offer.

0:35:480:35:51

No, I think that's too little for that.

0:35:510:35:53

80 quid and you've got a deal. Go on.

0:35:530:35:55

Go on.

0:35:550:35:57

-80...

-70 quid.

0:35:570:35:59

No, go on. £80.

0:35:590:36:01

It's more like it. £80. Come on.

0:36:010:36:04

-75 quid.

-No.

0:36:040:36:06

-Otherwise it'd be 85. Go on. Put it there, £80.

-80 quid. Go on.

0:36:060:36:10

Cor, that was hard work.

0:36:100:36:12

But gives Bingo £35.35 profit

0:36:120:36:14

and brings us to the halfway mark.

0:36:140:36:17

Time for our dealers to meet once more, because this dogged duo

0:36:170:36:21

have been given the chance to get together

0:36:210:36:23

and find out who's in the lead.

0:36:230:36:26

I'm a little bit worried here, I'll be absolutely honest with you.

0:36:260:36:30

Put my cards on the table.

0:36:300:36:31

Cos I think you had a few good lots in there.

0:36:310:36:34

Don't mention the dog bed.

0:36:340:36:36

Oh, come on. That was quite expensive, wasn't it?

0:36:360:36:40

-LAUGHING:

-It was.

0:36:400:36:41

No, I bought some chunky ones.

0:36:410:36:43

I've been selling away quite steadily.

0:36:430:36:46

And I've made all right profits. All right.

0:36:460:36:48

Have you? I don't like the sound of that.

0:36:480:36:52

-I've still got quite a few to go, you see.

-Really?

0:36:520:36:54

-Mm.

-Yeah. My railway did all right, which... Shall we look?

0:36:540:36:58

-Shall we see?

-I'm not sure I want to.

0:36:580:37:00

If I'm not in the lead, I will be a... Hmm. Hmm.

0:37:000:37:03

Hmm. Hang on, wait for me.

0:37:030:37:05

Wait for me. Wait for me.

0:37:050:37:07

Oh! "In the competition

0:37:080:37:10

"you have made less profit than your opponent." You're ahead.

0:37:100:37:14

Yeah, more profit at the moment, but I have sold more items than you.

0:37:140:37:19

So, you know, everything to live for, Kate.

0:37:190:37:23

I'm not sure about that. I think

0:37:230:37:25

-I have a bit of a steep wall to climb.

-Do you?

0:37:250:37:27

-Mm.

-Excellent!

0:37:270:37:30

Get out of here!

0:37:300:37:31

Well, this was always going to be a tricky one

0:37:320:37:34

because I did think James had a few good lots there.

0:37:340:37:37

But it sounds like he's still got that dog's basket,

0:37:370:37:40

which I was never convinced on.

0:37:400:37:42

So it's still all to play for.

0:37:420:37:45

I'm not entirely happy about that,

0:37:450:37:49

although I'm currently with more profit,

0:37:490:37:51

I know Kate is a fearsome adversary.

0:37:510:37:55

And I know she's got some more items to sell.

0:37:550:37:58

I haven't got many items to sell.

0:37:580:38:01

It's touch-and-go who's going to win this one.

0:38:010:38:04

That's right, Bingo, so let's see where things stand.

0:38:040:38:08

In the lead, James has sold four items, making a profit of £288.15,

0:38:080:38:14

while Kate has only sold two items, and notched up £25.98 in profit

0:38:140:38:22

So, Kate's got a lot of catching up to do in round two.

0:38:220:38:26

She'll need to whip up a frenzy of zealous buyers

0:38:260:38:29

if she's to overtake James, and...

0:38:290:38:31

Hold up. It looks like she means business.

0:38:310:38:34

# Whip crack-away

0:38:340:38:36

# Whip crack-away

0:38:360:38:37

# Whip crack-away... #

0:38:370:38:39

Costing over £150,

0:38:390:38:41

the late Victorian riding whip was Kate's most extravagant purchase,

0:38:410:38:45

so she'll need horse-and-carriage master Mark to dig deep.

0:38:450:38:49

-Hi, you must be Mark.

-Pleased to meet you.

-How do you do?

0:38:490:38:52

-And who are these fellows?

-This is Apollo, and Harry there.

0:38:520:38:55

They are just gorgeous creatures, aren't they?

0:38:550:38:58

-They are. They're half-brothers.

-Are they?

-Yes.

0:38:580:39:00

-A carriage pair.

-How long have you been carriage driving?

0:39:000:39:03

-About ten years.

-I hear you're very experienced and you've driven

0:39:030:39:07

for the royal family, is that right?

0:39:070:39:08

That's actually where I started learning my carriage driving, at

0:39:080:39:12

-the Royal Mews. And I worked there for about two years.

-Fantastic.

0:39:120:39:16

Well, this is the riding whip that I told you about.

0:39:160:39:19

-Wow.

-Have a little look at it.

0:39:190:39:21

It actually dates from the Victorian period, I think, this shaft,

0:39:210:39:25

-which is made of holly wood.

-Yes, that's right.

0:39:250:39:27

Now, I know a lot of whips, and I would call it a coaching whip.

0:39:270:39:30

Would you call it a coaching whip, or a carriage whip?

0:39:300:39:33

-Yes. Yes, that would be right.

-Because of the length of it?

0:39:330:39:36

Yes. And it would be used for a pair.

0:39:360:39:39

As you can see, the string on the end is quite short,

0:39:390:39:43

so it wouldn't quite reach in a team situation.

0:39:430:39:47

This is ideally used for a pair of horses.

0:39:470:39:50

Why was holly wood used?

0:39:500:39:51

Cos I've noticed on quite a lot of Victorian pieces,

0:39:510:39:54

holly wood is quite commonly used for the shaft.

0:39:540:39:57

It was a very fashionable thing.

0:39:570:39:59

I believe that it was to help when you wrapped the string

0:39:590:40:04

after you've used your whip,

0:40:040:40:06

to hold it in place, to stop it from sliding up to the end

0:40:060:40:10

and creating a loop that might get caught in something.

0:40:100:40:13

Oh, I see. So actually,

0:40:130:40:15

the knobby bit that are diagnostic to holly wood

0:40:150:40:18

actually have that function to help hold the string in place?

0:40:180:40:21

Yes, I believe so.

0:40:210:40:22

-Well, do you need one, Mark? This is the question.

-We do.

-Do you?!

0:40:220:40:25

Yes, we've just broken our modern carbon fibre one,

0:40:250:40:29

so we are looking for one. Definitely.

0:40:290:40:32

Well, the price I was hoping for

0:40:320:40:35

was, sort of, around the 200, 250 mark.

0:40:350:40:39

How does £250 sound?

0:40:390:40:41

I think it sounds, erm, about our budget, more or less.

0:40:410:40:45

We wouldn't want to go any more, but it's a lovely piece.

0:40:450:40:49

It's a nice comfortable whip to hold,

0:40:490:40:52

and that's what really is most important, for me.

0:40:520:40:54

As well as that, it looks very striking,

0:40:540:40:56

and being Victorian, I think it would give the right impression.

0:40:560:41:00

-I'm happy with that, if you are.

-Thanks very much.

-Fantastic.

0:41:000:41:03

-Yes, super.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

0:41:030:41:05

Kate makes just over £97 profit, and, like a true pro,

0:41:050:41:09

insists on sticking around to make sure it works.

0:41:090:41:13

So should I get in there?

0:41:230:41:26

So, foot on here, there, and...

0:41:260:41:28

On a hot summer's day, there would not be a better way to travel.

0:41:350:41:40

While Kate tarries in a carriage,

0:41:410:41:43

bloodhound Bingo's on a fact hunt in Worcester.

0:41:430:41:46

He wants to find out more information about his automobile

0:41:460:41:50

badges in order to find the right buyer.

0:41:500:41:52

So he's brought them to the Caravan Club communications manager,

0:41:520:41:56

hoping she can pack him full of caravanning knowledge

0:41:560:42:00

and steer him to a good profit.

0:42:000:42:02

-Hello.

-Hello, James.

0:42:020:42:04

This looks a very organised site.

0:42:040:42:06

When did the Caravan Club start?

0:42:060:42:09

The Caravan Club was founded in 1907 by 11 people.

0:42:090:42:14

Ten men and one woman,

0:42:140:42:16

who all came together to enjoy the great pastime

0:42:160:42:21

of being in the outdoors and touring holidays.

0:42:210:42:24

And to enjoy the health benefits.

0:42:240:42:25

My catalyst for coming to see you.

0:42:250:42:28

-This is what I wanted to know about.

-Ah!

0:42:280:42:31

Oh, how wonderful.

0:42:310:42:32

Very interesting, these badges.

0:42:320:42:34

They are extremely challenging to date.

0:42:340:42:37

What I'm hoping, if this is preWW2

0:42:370:42:41

there will be a number on the back.

0:42:410:42:42

There will be a two- or three-digit number on the back.

0:42:420:42:45

-That will give us a much better idea. Are you ready?

-Yeah.

0:42:450:42:49

Let's see.

0:42:490:42:51

Alas, no. Oh, dear.

0:42:510:42:53

So I know it's post-Second World War, this.

0:42:530:42:56

-Yes.

-Yeah. OK. I'm happy with that.

0:42:560:42:59

It looks to me, by the damage and the quality of the thing,

0:42:590:43:04

-it looks '50s or '60s, doesn't it?

-It does.

0:43:040:43:06

These would have cost around ten shillings to make at that time.

0:43:060:43:10

Right, so is this my pathway to riches?

0:43:100:43:13

-James, no.

-No. More than ten shillings though?

0:43:130:43:17

Well, as ten shillings is around £10 in today's money,

0:43:170:43:21

let's hope it's a lot more.

0:43:210:43:23

I think normally it would've been around £60.

0:43:230:43:27

It does have some damage on it.

0:43:270:43:29

Do you still issue these rather nice chrome and enamel badges?

0:43:290:43:32

No, we don't, but we still have the horseshoe on our pennants,

0:43:320:43:37

which is on our logo.

0:43:370:43:38

The horseshoe is an homage to how caravans were originally towed.

0:43:380:43:43

Which was true horse power.

0:43:430:43:45

It was by horse.

0:43:450:43:47

And I've got something quite interesting to show you.

0:43:470:43:50

Lead on.

0:43:500:43:51

Yes, the birth of caravanning came about as many city slickers

0:43:510:43:54

wanted to escape the smog and pollution from the

0:43:540:43:57

industrialised cities at the end of the 19th century.

0:43:570:44:00

And while many went on seaside holiday and camping,

0:44:000:44:03

there were a few who wanted to glamp in style.

0:44:030:44:06

This is The Wanderer,

0:44:060:44:08

and it's the first-ever custom-built for leisure caravan.

0:44:080:44:12

It was built in 1884.

0:44:120:44:14

It was commissioned by Dr William Gordon Stables.

0:44:140:44:17

-May I have a look round it.

-I'd love you to see it.

0:44:170:44:21

This is the main salon, is it?

0:44:210:44:23

It is. As in a modern caravan,

0:44:230:44:26

this area would have been used for lounging, eating -

0:44:260:44:30

if they weren't dining alfresco.

0:44:300:44:32

-Sleeping area.

-You make it sound so glamorous.

0:44:320:44:36

-It is.

-Dining alfresco.

0:44:360:44:38

Very nice, isn't it? Lovely.

0:44:380:44:40

So, armed with a breadth of knowledge on his automobile badges,

0:44:400:44:43

James must hit the open road

0:44:430:44:45

and track down the right place to sell them.

0:44:450:44:48

Kate is in Shrewsbury, with her sights set firmly

0:44:480:44:52

on selling item number four.

0:44:520:44:54

I've brought my ophthalmic set to an independent opticians.

0:44:540:44:58

I've only spoken to them on the phone before.

0:44:580:45:00

It's a very modern shop.

0:45:000:45:02

I hope it's what they're expecting.

0:45:020:45:05

Well, Kate has just over £117

0:45:050:45:08

invested in the set, and is hoping

0:45:080:45:10

optometrist Allison sees fit to give her a profit.

0:45:100:45:14

This is the optician's set.

0:45:140:45:15

It's a really nice oak box, actually, that it's in,

0:45:150:45:18

which helps us to date it to about, I would say, turn of the century.

0:45:180:45:23

About 1900, maybe 1910.

0:45:230:45:25

That sort of time is when the first cases came out.

0:45:250:45:28

-They weren't around much before then. So...

-Right.

0:45:280:45:30

..if it's that sort of time it's one of the first.

0:45:300:45:33

Well, let's have a look inside.

0:45:330:45:35

So, as you can see,

0:45:350:45:37

it's all really nicely fitted.

0:45:370:45:40

And, I mean, I would think it is a lens testing kit, isn't it?

0:45:400:45:46

It's for testing your eyes with various degrees of lenses.

0:45:460:45:49

What can you tell me about it?

0:45:490:45:52

It's a very large set, which is great.

0:45:520:45:55

It goes up to 20 dioptres - plus and minus.

0:45:550:45:58

It does look pretty old to me. I really like it.

0:45:580:46:01

-Good! I've noticed your set over there.

-Yeah.

0:46:010:46:05

Although it's shiny and obviously new and modern,

0:46:050:46:08

-it's not dissimilar, is it, in the layout?

-No.

0:46:080:46:10

It's very similar. In fact, it might be shinier,

0:46:100:46:13

but it's not particularly modern.

0:46:130:46:15

I happen to like older things.

0:46:150:46:18

Yes, it's got the same layout of lenses,

0:46:180:46:20

same tray for putting bits and pieces in.

0:46:200:46:22

So is this something you might be interested in buying, Allison.

0:46:220:46:26

I certainly might be. It would make a fantastic window display.

0:46:260:46:29

Because the box is in really nice condition,

0:46:290:46:32

I was hoping for something between 150 and 200.

0:46:320:46:35

Perhaps around 180.

0:46:350:46:37

Right, it sounds a little bit on the high side,

0:46:370:46:40

because it would be lovely in our window

0:46:400:46:43

but it's quite an expensive thing to buy purely for window display.

0:46:430:46:46

Um... I was thinking more...

0:46:460:46:49

120 or 130, something like that really.

0:46:490:46:52

Mm-hmm.

0:46:520:46:54

Could I say... I could come down and meet you a little bit.

0:46:540:46:57

Could I say £140? How does that sound?

0:46:570:47:00

£140 sounds fine. I would definitely go for that. Thank you very much.

0:47:000:47:04

-Wonderful. Thank you very much, Alison.

-Shake on that.

0:47:040:47:07

Yes, that's a 20.20 profit of £22.50,

0:47:070:47:10

and there's just time to check that steely gaze.

0:47:100:47:14

So, nice healthy retinas, which is great news for you.

0:47:140:47:17

That is brilliant news.

0:47:170:47:18

Let's hope I've got an eye for a profit.

0:47:180:47:21

Hmm, it seems she does,

0:47:210:47:24

as she takes her model of Queen Mary's doll house

0:47:240:47:26

to show specialist, George, in Hay-on-Wye.

0:47:260:47:29

-40 will do.

-Thank you very much.

0:47:290:47:32

And walks out with a small but perfectly formed £22.37 profit.

0:47:320:47:36

Smashing.

0:47:360:47:38

Bingo is on the road again near Battle

0:47:380:47:40

with his vintage car badges.

0:47:400:47:42

These badges took me all the way to Worcestershire.

0:47:430:47:46

And I found out more about this one in particular.

0:47:460:47:48

I know it's after the Second World War. 1950s, 1960s.

0:47:480:47:52

And the caravan I'm about to see

0:47:520:47:55

is of a similar age.

0:47:550:47:56

It could be a perfect combination.

0:47:560:47:59

The badges owe James just over £28.

0:47:590:48:02

He hopes Jimmy, who's renovating a vintage American caravan,

0:48:020:48:06

can find a place to stick 'em.

0:48:060:48:08

-Permission to come aboard.

-Hello, James, how are you doing?

0:48:080:48:11

-Very good, Jimmy, how are you?

-Yeah, good. Good to see you.

0:48:110:48:13

This is...

0:48:130:48:15

This looks absolutely fabulous from the outside,

0:48:150:48:17

but the inside needs a bit of imagination, doesn't it?

0:48:170:48:19

It does, it does.

0:48:190:48:21

Yeah, yeah, I've got my work cut out for me.

0:48:210:48:24

I think I'll be back here tomorrow with a sledgehammer, knocking out cupboards.

0:48:240:48:27

Jimmy, what are you hoping to do with this item?

0:48:270:48:29

-I'm hoping to turn it into a mobile cocktail bar.

-Fabulous.

0:48:290:48:32

So that's the plan, yeah.

0:48:320:48:33

How old is this?

0:48:330:48:35

I've been told from the people who

0:48:350:48:37

-sold it to the people I bought it from...

-Yeah.

0:48:370:48:39

..in Texas that it's the 1961 model.

0:48:390:48:41

-Look, here is the great badge.

-This is what we're here for.

0:48:410:48:44

The Caravan Club badge.

0:48:440:48:46

-OK.

-Obviously been used a lot.

0:48:460:48:49

These...these...

0:48:490:48:51

These were attached to badge rails on the front of the car.

0:48:510:48:55

It's obviously had some stone chips on it.

0:48:550:48:57

Yeah, to the front grille of the car.

0:48:570:48:59

I know it's post-Second World War.

0:48:590:49:03

So it's probably 1950s or '60s.

0:49:030:49:07

This is rather fun.

0:49:070:49:08

So, this shows you where the Caravan Club stems from,

0:49:080:49:12

this horseshoe, because caravans were towed by horses.

0:49:120:49:16

And also, a good luck symbol.

0:49:160:49:17

-Yeah. Horseshoe's a good luck symbol?

-Good luck symbol.

0:49:170:49:20

Good to know, good to know.

0:49:200:49:21

And also, you get this funny fellow, which is slightly unassociated.

0:49:210:49:27

I don't think it's a car badge, but I tell you what you could do,

0:49:270:49:29

you could have "Star Cocktail" or something in there.

0:49:290:49:32

Yeah, yeah, exactly. Perfect. These are interesting to me.

0:49:320:49:36

Good. Tell you what, Jimmy, I wanted...

0:49:360:49:39

I want to try and get, sort of, north of £50. How about £70?

0:49:390:49:44

How does that sound?

0:49:440:49:45

£70. Erm, a little bit steep to me

0:49:450:49:48

given that it wasn't something I was looking for specifically.

0:49:480:49:51

But I do like it.

0:49:510:49:53

-You've only got floors to do, light...

-Exactly.

0:49:530:49:56

I've got to think about the project. I'd love to. Yeah.

0:49:560:49:59

So how much?

0:49:590:50:01

I mean, you mentioned the figure

0:50:010:50:02

of £50, maybe we could meet in the middle at £60.

0:50:020:50:05

You've got yourself a deal.

0:50:050:50:06

-Deal.

-Thank you, Jimmy. And best of luck with this.

-Thank you very much.

0:50:060:50:10

He hitches up his profit wagon with that £31.80 gain,

0:50:100:50:14

and more than doubles his money.

0:50:140:50:16

Kate is in Cheltenham and has just one item left to sell -

0:50:160:50:20

her vintage tea set.

0:50:200:50:22

I've cleaned my Picquot Ware up a bit.

0:50:220:50:24

And I've brought it to a lovely vintage shop

0:50:240:50:26

which also sells coffee.

0:50:260:50:28

Let's hope it's their cup of tea.

0:50:280:50:30

It owes her just under £65,

0:50:300:50:32

so can she persuade Sylvia to take it off her hands for more?

0:50:320:50:36

I told you about this on the telephone - my Picquot Ware.

0:50:370:50:40

I've just noticed your lovely coffee machine here.

0:50:400:50:43

-That's stunning, isn't it?

-It's fantastic.

-It's gorgeous.

0:50:430:50:46

And really '50s in style, which is pretty much what this is.

0:50:460:50:49

-Late '50s, early '60s, maybe.

-Right, yeah.

0:50:490:50:52

And if I put it down there, you can see

0:50:520:50:55

it's got the name quite clearly on the bottom there.

0:50:550:50:59

Picquot Ware.

0:50:590:51:00

I love it. I really love it.

0:51:000:51:02

It's something that would really sell well in our shop.

0:51:020:51:05

We have actually sold a piece like this before.

0:51:050:51:09

Whether we get it for the price or not is a different story, so...

0:51:090:51:13

-OK, so we'd better talk price.

-Well, can I just bring my husband in?

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Because he really loves this type of stuff.

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It's really his thing and he loves it.

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Of course, you just want to gang up on me, don't you? Two against one.

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I do, it's better in numbers. Paul!

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Let's hope he's not too far... Oh, there he is.

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-1960s, right?

-Late '50s I would say.

0:51:290:51:33

Late '50s, early 60s..

0:51:330:51:34

I've seen them go for quite a range of prices, actually.

0:51:340:51:38

But I think this is a really nice example. It's all in good condition.

0:51:380:51:42

-Yeah, I can see that.

-You've got the tray as well.

0:51:420:51:45

So, you know, the top end would be around the £150 mark.

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-BOTH: Ooooh!

-Not much in it for us on the back end.

0:51:490:51:52

-It's retail price.

-Yeah, that would be far too high for us.

-OK.

0:51:520:51:58

I would be quite happy to pay about £70 for it.

0:51:580:52:01

We feel that's a fair price.

0:52:010:52:05

I need a wee bit more than that, I have to say.

0:52:070:52:09

Just a wee bit more. If I could just...

0:52:090:52:11

Could you come up and meet me at, say, the £100 mark?

0:52:110:52:14

-How does that sound?

-Still a wee bit high.

-£80 sounds better.

0:52:140:52:17

I've come down quite a way.

0:52:170:52:19

-We will go up a little bit more, if you want.

-I think £80.

0:52:190:52:22

Kate's met her match here. Can she squeeze the price up any more?

0:52:220:52:26

You're killing me. You're killing me.

0:52:260:52:29

-Why don't we say £90? You're really twisting my arm.

-£90?

-Final price.

0:52:290:52:35

-£90.

-£90. Could you do 90?

0:52:350:52:38

-£90. Fantastic.

-Sounds a good deal to me.

0:52:380:52:41

Thank you very much.

0:52:410:52:42

Oh, she did it.

0:52:420:52:44

Kate pours that final £25.37 into her profit pot,

0:52:440:52:48

and what does that mean, Kate?

0:52:480:52:50

I'm all sold up. Well, I don't know what Bingo's doing,

0:52:500:52:53

but I'm going home for a nice cup of tea.

0:52:530:52:56

Yes, back in East Sussex, it's not quite tea-time for James,

0:52:570:53:01

as he has one more item left to shift.

0:53:010:53:03

And it's the one we've all been waiting for -

0:53:030:53:06

the carved Indian seat that James thought would make

0:53:060:53:09

a cracking dog bed. Hmm.

0:53:090:53:11

How's that going to go, then?

0:53:110:53:13

I've tried to find a passionate dog owner, but I came to a dead end,

0:53:130:53:17

so I've brought my exotic eastern seat to an exotic tent hire company.

0:53:170:53:23

It's too heavy for me to carry, so I've had it delivered.

0:53:230:53:27

SIGHS With the idea of costly canine sleeping solutions behind him,

0:53:270:53:31

Bingo's popped in a sort of brown cushion thing,

0:53:310:53:34

and is about to ender a whole new world of glamping.

0:53:340:53:37

The carved seat cost just over £152, but will James be

0:53:410:53:45

sitting on a profit when he shows it to company boss Catherine?

0:53:450:53:49

-Here is the item.

-This is beautiful.

0:53:490:53:51

-Really lovely.

-I think it's beautiful.

0:53:510:53:54

Do you know, Catherine, I think you and I have similar taste.

0:53:540:53:58

I have tried to get somebody with a dog, a passionate dog owner,

0:53:580:54:03

-and I've just come up against a brick wall, really.

-Have you?

0:54:030:54:07

Well, I think maybe we can look at it in different ways.

0:54:070:54:10

Perhaps it doesn't have to be for a dog.

0:54:100:54:12

Perhaps it could be for a musician to sit in, in a tent.

0:54:120:54:17

I think it definitely was intended for that. A sitar player.

0:54:170:54:20

Do you know that, for definite?

0:54:200:54:22

I think so, because the figures on the legs are

0:54:220:54:26

emblematic of musicians.

0:54:260:54:28

Yep, there's lots of different musical instruments being

0:54:280:54:31

played on each of the legs.

0:54:310:54:33

I'm sure that, at some point in the future, a sitar player will sit

0:54:330:54:37

in this, in one of my tents, playing the sitar,

0:54:370:54:39

-for a Mhendi party or for a wedding or something.

-Yeah.

0:54:390:54:43

It looks really lovely, really lovely piece.

0:54:430:54:45

I know exactly what I'm going to do with it.

0:54:450:54:47

Right, out with the cushion.

0:54:470:54:49

Out with the cushion,

0:54:490:54:51

in with something that's a little bit more fitting.

0:54:510:54:55

-Yeah. It's bringing more colour, isn't it?

-Little bit more colour, exactly.

0:54:550:54:59

Yes, you can't have something brown in there, I don't think.

0:54:590:55:02

-It's transformed.

-It is.

0:55:020:55:05

-Now, knotty business of price, Catherine.

-Yes.

0:55:050:55:09

OK, how much do you want for it?

0:55:100:55:13

-I wanted to try and get about £220 for it.

-OK, OK.

0:55:130:55:18

I think, actually, there's quite a lot there.

0:55:180:55:21

I think it's been used, I think it's quite nicely carved.

0:55:210:55:26

-Yeah, actually, you know what? I think that's a fair price.

-OK.

0:55:260:55:29

-Catherine, thank you.

-I'll go with that.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:55:290:55:33

And that final £67.25 profit signals the end of our selling spree.

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Will James have been able to hang on to his lead

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or will Kate take home the victory cup?

0:55:410:55:44

We'll find out soon,

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but first, here's a reminder of how much they spent at auction.

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Having each started the day with £1,000 to spend,

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James bought six items, spending a total of £347.80.

0:55:530:55:57

Kate also bought six lots, spending £426.53,

0:55:580:56:03

including PAT testing costs.

0:56:030:56:05

But who's made the most profit?

0:56:050:56:08

All of the money that James and Kate have made from today's

0:56:080:56:11

challenge will go to charities of their choice.

0:56:110:56:14

So, let's find out who is our

0:56:140:56:16

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:56:160:56:20

-Hey.

-Good to see you again.

-You too. How are you?

0:56:200:56:23

Very good, very good, but how are you after all your selling?

0:56:230:56:26

Yeah, well, OK. I think it's fair to say,

0:56:260:56:29

at the auction, I bought a little bit out of my comfort zone,

0:56:290:56:31

but the selling was great fun.

0:56:310:56:33

-I had my eyes tested when I sold the optician's set.

-All good?

-All good.

0:56:330:56:38

-How about you?

-Yeah, no, I did all right.

0:56:380:56:40

I went to see a most fabulous model railway set,

0:56:400:56:44

-and my whisky did all right.

-Did it now?

0:56:440:56:47

Because I was a little bit dubious about that whisky.

0:56:470:56:50

I have to say, I did knock it. But it went well, did it?

0:56:500:56:52

It had age, that's the thing.

0:56:520:56:54

-OK, shall we find out.

-Are we ready?

0:56:540:56:56

-I'm dying to find out.

-Are you ready?

0:56:560:56:58

-Ready...go!

-Go!

0:56:580:57:00

-Ooooooh! You've trounced me!

-Kate.

-Well done.

0:57:020:57:06

-Dear oh dear, what's going on?

-£387!

0:57:060:57:10

So, what was in the whisky?

0:57:100:57:13

-It was seriously old, was it?

-Gold, Kate. Gold.

0:57:130:57:15

-Let me tell you about it.

-You've done well.

0:57:150:57:18

-Let me tell you about it.

-Congratulations.

0:57:180:57:20

JAMES LAUGHS

0:57:200:57:21

A convincing win from James, making more than double Kate's profit,

0:57:210:57:24

and it was the whisky that made him the most money.

0:57:240:57:27

I'm not just pleased, I'm absolutely delighted.

0:57:270:57:30

There seems to be gold in them whisky bottles.

0:57:300:57:32

Well, I am gutted.

0:57:320:57:34

Fair dos to Bingo, he has smashed me on that one.

0:57:340:57:37

But what I'm really cross about is that he spotted that whisky,

0:57:370:57:41

which to me looked disgusting,

0:57:410:57:43

and he couldn't have found a better person to sell it to.

0:57:430:57:46

Hats off, old boy.

0:57:460:57:48

Between them, they've made over £580 and every penny of that

0:57:480:57:52

will go to good causes.

0:57:520:57:54

My chosen charity is the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust.

0:57:540:57:58

Bought at auction over 20 years ago,

0:57:580:58:00

saved from dereliction.

0:58:000:58:02

And about to grind corn.

0:58:020:58:04

My chosen charity is the Herefordshire branch of SSAFA,

0:58:040:58:07

because it gives lifelong support to servicemen,

0:58:070:58:10

veterans and their families.

0:58:100:58:13

Our excellent experts have really

0:58:130:58:15

put their money where their mouths are and shown they can make a profit

0:58:150:58:20

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

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Kate "Absolute" Bliss competes with James "Bingo" Braxton to make the most money from buying and selling antiques and collectibles. The pair head to a Kent auction house, where Bingo bids on a pricey dog bed and Kate eyes up some ocular objet d'art.