Eric Knowles v Danny Sebastian - Showdown Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


Eric Knowles v Danny Sebastian - Showdown

Antiques challenge. Eric Knowles and Danny Sebastian meet for the showdown. With half their items going to auction, will they be able to turn a profit?


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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The show that pitches TV's

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best-loved antiques experts

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against each other

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in an all-out battle for profit.

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Let's make hay while that sun shines.

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Each week, one pair of duelling dealers will face a different

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daily challenge.

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I've got a heavy 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 insider's view of the trade.

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HE GROWLS

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Along with their top tips

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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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Today, prepare yourselves, as it's the finale

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of our week-one contest of collectables.

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Yes, it's the mighty Showdown.

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Coming up - Danny makes up his own prices.

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-What did you say before? 60 quid?

-No, I didn't.

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Oh, didn't you? Sorry, I've got muddled up with somebody else.

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Eric gets passionate about his pottery.

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You know, this is a ceramic work of art

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and I would consider it sacrilegious

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to even think about putting a turkey on it.

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And will our dealers make any profit at the Showdown auction?

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You just never know who wants what.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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CAR HORN HOOTS

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Welcome, one and all, to an epic four-round bout of the bargains.

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Yes, today we see our dynamic duo

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face off against each other across every corner of the antiques atlas,

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hoping to turn would-be rarities into real riches.

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It's the Showdown and the last chance for our dealers to prove

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they're the best of the best.

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First up is our rummaging rogue, a thrifty grifter with more

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knick-knacking nous than you can shake a stick at.

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Money is his mantra, cash is his karma -

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it's Danny...

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Ha-ha. I've got a good feeling I've got this one in the bag.

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And his opponent is the original aristocrat of antiques.

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He has an exquisite eye for excellence

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when it comes to pottery, there's only one man it's got to be -

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it's Eric...

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I've got to be mean, I've got to be keen,

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I've got to be hungry, I've got to be angry.

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Our experts have £1,000 of their own money to spend across four

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different locations.

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At auction, a foreign market,

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a car-boot sale and an antiques fair.

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Showdown rules dictate that at least half of their eight purchases

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are put up for auction where their fate is down to the bidding public,

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which could be the difference between victory and defeat.

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So, here we go.

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Danny Sebastian and Eric Knowles,

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

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Well done, good to see you again.

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Always a pleasure, always a pleasure.

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The finale, if you will, of a wonderful week together.

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-A wonderful week.

-Indeed. This could either make or break us, can't it?

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Well, it is, you're quite right, it is a make or break.

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So, it says here, "Welcome to the mighty Showdown.

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"The rules are simple.

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

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"Put Your Money challenges.

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"You have £1,000 to spend."

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

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"The rest will be sold at the Showdown auction

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"in direct competition with your opponent."

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Which is you.

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-And don't you forget it.

-I shan't.

-OK.

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The winner is the expert who makes the most profit.

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-And it says at the bottom...

-BOTH:

-"Good luck."

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ERIC LAUGHS

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-We're both going to need it.

-I think we might do.

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Well, fortune favours the bold,

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and they'll need to be as round one is the auction.

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So, our collecting combatants

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head to Lawrences auction house in Crewkerne's, Somerset,

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to buy their first two items

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and Danny knows controlling the cash flow is key.

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I think my strategy is going to be to buy something relatively cheap,

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that way I haven't got a lot to lose.

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Eric, meanwhile, is feeling more hopeful.

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When buying for Showdown at an auction, you know,

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you should have the odds in your favour, because quite often

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you can get a better deal than you are if you're going

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to buy from a dealer.

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Well, quite so, but before the bidding begins, there's just time

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to view what's on offer and Eric is weighing up a set of brass scales.

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At this moment in time, I'm not absolutely certain what

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they would have been used for.

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From an engineering point of view, this is a precision instrument.

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I mean, they're by Averys, you know, big name in the world of scales

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and I love the fact that they've been

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almost given this bronzed effect.

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Maybe, if I get it, I might do a little bit of research.

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Meanwhile, across the same room,

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Delboy has spotted something he likes the look of too.

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A job lot of retro furniture,

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including a dresser and two bedside tables.

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This G Plan furniture came out about 1960s.

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It's still being made today.

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I know it's saleable, I know it's in vogue, I know people like it.

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The beauty about this dressing table is

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if you don't want it as a dressing table,

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they take the mirror off the back and they just use it as a desk.

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Everyone's a winner.

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So, our pair have had time to check out the lots

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and as the auction begins...

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Morning, everyone.

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..it's looking like they'll have to work hard,

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as not only is it a packed room today,

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there are no guide prices, so they'll have to use

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all their antiquing know-how to buy at the right price.

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First up, the brass scales Eric spotted earlier.

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I'm not sure what they're for, but I'm going to have a go.

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They're just a nice quality.

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Lot three. Interest here and I have to start at £42.

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45 now, at 45, on my right?

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-All done, I sell at 45.

-GAVEL BANGS

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Eric's balance drops by £55.54

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after auction fees are taken.

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With any auction, it's good to get a start,

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so I'm feeling good already, it's given me a lift.

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So, onwards and upwards.

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Across the saleroom, Danny's interest is piqued

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by a Rolls-Royce embellished men's grooming set.

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It's got the double Rs on it, quality, through and through.

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It's against you, sir. 18, £18 on my immediate left.

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-Here, here.

-That's it, Danny, make yourself seen.

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£20, in the corner at £20. Last time.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-Get the hammer down.

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-Thank you very much.

-That'll do me. £20, it's a lovely lot.

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Well, there's a well-groomed opponent if ever there was one.

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Yes, dapper Danny bags his first item for a thrifty £24.68

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including fees.

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But, what does he make of this high-rolling hygiene set?

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Zip works perfect, it's leather-bound,

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every piece is there.

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Would make a nice gift for a gentleman.

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So, Danny's keeping to his cheap and cheerful strategy

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and it's not long before Eric edges back in front,

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buying an alphabet sampler

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for £43.20 with fees.

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I mean, it should be round about 1800,

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it's been relined as well, so, somebody's obviously thought

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a lot about this sampler to go to all that trouble and expense.

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So, hopefully I'll decipher who did it and what year they did it.

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With two buys in the bag, Eric can settle back,

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but Danny is still looking to secure his final purchase.

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The job lot of furniture that he spotted earlier.

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Will he stick to his buy cheap policy?

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30, five, 40, five, 50.

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£50, still in the corner. Selling at 50.

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Last time, £50.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-I'm happy with that. £50.

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And that job lot of furniture

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with costs comes to just £61.70,

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so our auction room assailants have survived round one.

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Time to look at the scoresheet so far.

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From a £1,000 budget, Eric has spent £98.74,

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so, has just over £901 left in the piggy bank.

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Danny's haul cost him £86.38, leaving him

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with over £913 for the next three rounds.

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And let round two commence - the foreign market.

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Our savvy spenders have converted their pounds to euros

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and hopped over the Channel to a very early start

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at Sint-Truiden's market in Belgium.

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And it's fair to say that Eric feels like a fish out of water.

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I don't know this part of the world and I don't know the way

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the dealers operate, I don't know what they're selling.

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Well, Eric might have a belly full of butterflies,

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but Danny is positively relishing being a Brit abroad.

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Plenty of nice stuff here, there's plenty of nice stuff.

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After some fairly aimless antiques ambling,

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Eric is feeling a slight generation gap when it comes to today's gear.

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Much of what I've seen so far isn't as old as me.

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Nor as good-looking or charming, no doubt.

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But perhaps this piece of stained-glass will fit the bill.

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It's an interesting design, probably dates to about 1910,

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so it's a bit Arts and Crafts-y.

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-Can't see any damage on it. So, you said 50 euros?

-Yes.

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Good buy, old friend.

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OK.

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And that quick 50 euro sale converts to £37.04 and Eric

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is off to a cracking start.

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Meanwhile, Danny is sticking to his thrifty spending strategy,

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hoping to shovel in the shillings with a 1939 Swiss Army shovel pouch,

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putting him back £3.70.

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While Eric has secured somewhere to hang his hat,

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purchasing a bamboo hall stand

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at 50 euros or just over £37.

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I've never seen one before with a crescent-shape mirror.

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Date-wise, this is probably round about maybe 1900,

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1910, it's got some age to it.

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What makes it even more interesting for me

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is that the hooks are actually simulated bamboo,

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they're actually cast iron. That's coming home with me.

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Having rounded the market a few times,

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Danny is still looking to collar his final buy.

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Not a good position to be in, really.

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But, luckily for old Delboy,

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he soon stumbles on a glass display dome that he likes the look of.

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-How much?

-That is 70.

-DANNY SHUDDERS

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I want a good price. 45?

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-No.

-65?

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OK, that's OK.

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65?

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-65.

-Thank you very much.

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And that smashing deal converts to £48.15.

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Originally, I suspected it had a clock in it.

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Nowadays, people put shoes in it, they put lovely perfume in it,

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all sorts, really.

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Very, very nice, very, very decorative

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and very, very commercial.

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Our talented treasure hounds have made it through round two

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and whilst they wing it back to Blighty

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and convert their euros to pounds,

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let's see what sort of money they've got left to spend.

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From a £1,000 budget, Eric has so far spent £172.82.

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Leaving him with just over £827.

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Danny ha forked out £138.23,

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which leaves him over £861 at the midway mark.

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But they probably won't need much of that cash in round three -

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the car boot.

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Our band of bargain seekers descend

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on the midweek Marks Tey car booter in Essex.

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It's a rainy start and the stalls are scarce.

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Well, here we are, the midway point.

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Are you happy so far with what you've bought?

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The G Plan items I bought.

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-Oh, yes?

-Well, I've got a bit of a bonus,

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I got three items in one...

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-Ah.

-..but one of the items...

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I'm not really quite sure what to do with it yet,

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it's just not up to par, so I'll have another think about it.

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I was quite pleased with me bamboo hall stand

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that I bought in Belgium.

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Having said that, you know, I know that bamboo was big in the '70s,

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cos we had it, but I'm not so sure today.

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Well, as luck has it, it's back in vogue, it's very commercial,

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people like it, so, you'll probably make a tidy profit on that.

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Right, so what goes around comes around again, does it?

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-There it is, what goes around comes around.

-Excelente.

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-Well, lucky for you.

-Well, lucky for both of us,

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we've got the best part of about £800 apiece to spend, haven't we?

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We've still got plenty of dosh. Plenty to chew at.

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Yeah, plenty to chew at, but is there enough to go at?

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That's the question.

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Listen, just go for it and remember, we're all scared, son.

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-Well...

-OK.

-..talk for yourself.

-OK, bye.

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Well, there's a turn up for the books,

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The Knowledge Knowles getting tips from the upstart Delboy

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and Danny's not just feeling flush with his advice.

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I've still got a lot of money left and I want to get it spent.

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I want to buy something that's quite expensive,

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because if I don't speculate,

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I'm not going to be able to accumulate.

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You're looking for something that you think could be worth

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popping into the auction.

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And with that in mind, Eric decides to take the biscuit, well,

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the biscuit barrel.

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-How much is the tin?

-20 quid.

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I like that, what does it say at the bottom?

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Macfarlane, Lang and Co.

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20 quid, put it there.

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That's the tin that takes the biscuit, quite literally.

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Yes, we've heard that one before, Eric. Now, what have you bought?

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I like this one, I love the decoration on it.

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During the 1920s, Dutch boy and Dutch girl scenes were very popular,

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not just with biscuit tins,

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but with all manner of decorative objects.

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So, for £20, I think that's a pretty good start.

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While Eric has secured his biscuit-y first buy,

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Danny has been trekking around the car boot

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and come across this figurine and pays a hefty £75 for it.

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What really drew me to this piece

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was that it's in the style of Franz Bergmann.

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He specialised in pieces made of bronze.

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This isn't bronze, this is spelter.

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And what I really like about this piece,

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it really reminds me of Eric The Knowledge Knowles.

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Just wandering through the desert on the back of his camel,

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selling his carpet wares.

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What's he on about Eric on a camel?!

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Oh, yes, oh.

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Well, with cash on the hip,

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the wise man of wares continues his journey and arrives at the dawn

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of long distance communication and finds a pub sign that speaks to him.

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Best price?

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I'll give you a bit of time to think.

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I just, you know, I mean, you know.

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-What's your best offer?

-Well, what did you say before, 60 quid?

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-No, I didn't.

-Didn't you? Sorry,

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I've got it muddled up with somebody else.

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Nice try, Delboy, making up your own starting price.

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-75 quid.

-65, we've got a deal.

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-Eight, 68.

-DEALER LAUGHS

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A cheeky haggle and Danny secures the pub sign for £68.

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Beep, beep, beep, beep, b-beep, beep, beep.

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That spells money.

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Nice pub sign I've got here.

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This is your early communication, this is your early telephone.

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Basically, you know, getting back words to the sweethearts

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and so forth back home, it's quite sweet, really.

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I just hope I get a sweet profit on it.

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And that's Danny's final purchase for the car boot,

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but Eric isn't far behind.

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Having found an item from the Far East with a £40 price tag.

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I've actually just gone and bought meself

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a very nice Japanese lacquer panel.

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Probably belongs to the Meiji

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period - 1880, 1890, maybe.

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It may have actually come off a cabinet,

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it is beautifully lacquered.

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And if I say so myself,

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and I hope you're watching,

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Delboy, £40 very well spent.

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Yes, both our experts are brimming with competitive spirit,

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and neither are sitting down on the job,

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so let's see how they're doing so far.

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From a £1,000 budget, Eric has spent £232.82.

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Which leaves him with just over £767 in the kitty.

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Danny has spent a little more - £281.23,

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which gives him over £718 for the final round.

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So, the majority of our dealing duo's cash is coming with them

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to round four - the antiques fair - where our pair have one last chance

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to barter, bargain and buy at a fair in Newark.

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My strategy today is to buy some big, meaty items,

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hopefully what I'm going to make a lot of profit with.

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Well, that's the name of the game, Danny boy,

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but what about old Knowledge Knowles?

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So, I'm trying to think big and I'm trying to buy big,

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but I've got a lot of legwork to do.

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With our boys on similar strategies,

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Eric gets to weaving his way through the wares

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and the pottery prince soon zeros in on his first target -

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a blue-and-white platter.

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-For this Davenport blue-and-white?

-150.

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So, watch carefully as Eric pirouettes into a haggle...

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Is there any movement on the 150 at all?

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..to which the seller reacts with a tug on Eric's heartstrings.

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I'm losing money...

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-Oh, I don't want that.

-Well...

-Oh, I don't want that.

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-I'm only doing it for you.

-You're only doing it for me?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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And Eric yields to its £150 price tag.

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I do love early Staffordshire

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blue-and-white transfer printed ware.

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This dish actually probably dates to round about 1825 or 1830.

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You know, this is a ceramic work of art

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and I would consider it sacrilegious

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to even think about putting a turkey on it.

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Hmm, so while Eric considers vegetarianism,

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Danny is finding his sea legs, having spied a wooden trunk.

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This is nice, I like this.

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Got all the bits and pieces here, hasn't it?

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-Yeah, it's a sea chest.

-Oh, it's a sea chest. In the ships?

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-Yeah.

-Back in the day?

-Yeah.

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-What sort of period?

-19th century.

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19th century, yeah.

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-It's even got the document compartment.

-Oh, yeah.

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You can lock it through there to leave it in the chest

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or it lifts out so you can take it away and...

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Yeah, I see. What's the base like?

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Um, it's got some metal pieces on, I think.

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Oh, yeah, yeah. Oh, that's all nice and solid, isn't it?

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Yeah, beautiful, that.

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-Million-dollar question.

-This is one for you, Paul.

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-This is one for you, Paul.

-150.

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Oh, Paul, that can't be the death of it, do a bit better than that.

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-I can't, I'm afraid.

-I'm going to resell it.

-Yeah.

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What you lose in the fire, you gain in the ashes.

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You know that. Would 120 buy it?

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-No, that's too low for us.

-One and a quarter?

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-DEALER SIGHS

-140.

-130.

-Five.

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I'll have a deal at that.

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I love luggage and what I've got here is a beautiful sea trunk.

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Dated about late Victorian, I would've said.

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This sort of quality you don't really see a lot of these days

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or if you do see it, you pay a lot of money for it.

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I've paid 135, I'm going to have fun getting a big profit.

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With his antique anchor well and truly lifted, Danny finds himself

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a potential galley in the form of a retro kitchen cabinet.

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And he's got a price in mind.

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I'm not going to mess about, I'm going to come straight in,

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-would you take f-fif...

-No, I won't.

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Well, a tongue-twisted Delboy didn't even manage

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to get the price out and the vendor's knocked him back.

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-What's the best you're going to do for me?

-Do 90 quid on it.

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-Oh, you can do a little bit better than that.

-I can't, it's £90.

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-You can!

-It's a good price, that is.

-I want a better one.

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-You can't have one.

-You can!

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I want to have a little bit of profit.

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OK, second time lucky, Danny, now, nice and clear.

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80 quid. Oh, lovely.

0:20:420:20:44

-Thank you very much.

-That's OK.

-Thank you.

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Yes, the cat may have got his tongue,

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but his persistence is rewarded.

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£80 paid for this pine European cupboard

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it's in lovely condition, it's got great proportion,

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even the handles are nice,

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but the best part about it is this bread shelf that we've got on it.

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Don't really see that with English furniture -

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must be a European thing.

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I think I'm going to make a load of bread with this number.

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Yes, Danny's all buttered up with his final purchase.

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Meanwhile, Eric has acquired a decorative pedestal for £100,

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which brings his buying to a close.

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It started off life at the Burmantofts factory in Leeds.

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They made all manner of art pottery, this, obviously,

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originally would have had a jardiniere on it.

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It's an art pottery that was flourishing

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in and round about the 1880s,

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through to the early part of the 20th century.

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But for £100, I just had to buy it, because these columns,

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they're just so cheerful, they just give your spirits a lift.

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So, with our bargaineers now bought up,

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let's find out what they spent overall.

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From £1,000, Eric spent £482.82.

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Danny has spent more but only marginally - £496.23 in total.

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I've got to ask you, what's your favourite buy?

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Well, Knowledge, I say it's got to be the sea chest.

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-Yeah?

-It's got to be.

-OK, what about your biggest profit,

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where do you think it's going to come from?

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The biggest profit might well come from my little Bergman-style

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-figurine.

-Oh, the camel?

-That's right.

-Oh, right, OK.

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For my part, I'm going to say my favourite object has got to be

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my Davenport blue-and-white platter with the chinoiserie design on it.

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I remember it, yeah.

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And where do you think your best profit is going to come from?

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-Probably going to be my bamboo hall stand.

-Oh, yes, I remember that.

0:22:340:22:38

-I liked it as well.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, nice buy, that was.

0:22:380:22:41

Yeah. Well, that, as you say, that's the buying done,

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-all we've got to do now is...

-BOTH:

-Sell it!

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So, with their treasure chests brimming with bargain hunting

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bounty, our fearless foragers must use every

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ounce of their wisdom to decide which of their items will be

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sold privately and which will be offered up to the often

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merciless beast of the Showdown auction.

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In his Northamptonshire HQ,

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Danny is contemplating this critical decision.

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The four items I'm going to put in is firstly my classic car

0:23:120:23:16

grooming set.

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You might find it a little bit odd that I'm taking from one auction

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and putting into another,

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but I've got a feeling it's a bit of the sleeper I bought there.

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So I hope that does well.

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I'm also going to put in my spelter figure in the style of Bergman.

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Hopefully, someone will look at that and think to themselves,

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"Oh, that is quite nice," great definition, and bid it right up.

0:23:340:23:38

Then I'm going to put in my Swiss Army shovel pouch.

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There's a lot of interest out there with people with militaria.

0:23:420:23:45

So hopefully, I'm going to find

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two people in the auction room who's going to be right up for it.

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My pieces of G Plan. I do like G Plan - good, quality furniture.

0:23:510:23:56

I'm going to split it up,

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I'm going to sell my dressing table either as a desk or

0:23:570:24:02

a dressing table, and my bedside cabs,

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I reckon they're going to do quite well in auction.

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Danny also needs to find private buyers for the pub sign,

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his glass display dome, the kitchen cabinet and his wooden sea chest.

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Over at his Buckinghamshire base,

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Eric has a crystal clear plan of what's going under the hammer.

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I've made my decision.

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The panel, simply because it is so fragile, is going to auction,

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so too the sampler.

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The sampler is lovely, but I just can't decipher who it is by.

0:24:280:24:33

I think date-wise, it's probably around about 1800.

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So it's a nice object. But that's going.

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Also, the Burmantoft pedestal.

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Hopefully, there'll be somebody out there online who's going

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to spot it and has the jardiniere that matches it to go on it.

0:24:430:24:48

And then we've got our biscuit tin collectors.

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I hope they're also going to be online

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because I'm putting my biscuit tin into the auction.

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So I've gone the distance, but can I do the business?

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Hm, that's the question.

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Eric will also need to find buyers for his vintage brass scales,

0:25:030:25:07

pre-Victorian Davenport platter,

0:25:070:25:09

bamboo hall stand and Chinese screen.

0:25:090:25:12

And so the time has come for our duo to don their haggling hats,

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swig some salesmen courage

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and line their pockets with as much profit as possible. Remember,

0:25:200:25:24

no deal is done until they've shaken on it and the money's changed hands.

0:25:240:25:27

It's Danny who's first out of the blocks.

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He's hoping to get the ball rolling as he takes his G Plan

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dressing table from his job lot of furniture to dealer Mark

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in Aylesbury, hoping for a profit on the £37 it set him back.

0:25:390:25:44

What a lovely piece of 1960s, 1970s G Plan quality made furniture.

0:25:440:25:48

All right, you don't have to tell me, I know it is.

0:25:480:25:50

-Well, this is what I'm saying, yes.

-Brilliant. I've had quite a few.

0:25:500:25:53

I just need to have a quick look.

0:25:530:25:55

-It's got the little floating shelf.

-Yes.

0:25:550:25:58

-You've got your G Plan sticker.

-It's all there, don't worry about that.

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Come on, what are you looking for?

0:26:020:26:04

-Give us 160 quid.

-What, is that 60 quid?

0:26:040:26:08

-No, 160 quid.

-MARK LAUGHS

0:26:080:26:10

160 quid?!

0:26:100:26:11

I couldn't even get that for it.

0:26:110:26:13

-Are you having a giraffe?

-Don't be ridiculous.

0:26:130:26:16

-I'll tell you what...

-Don't tell me 100!

0:26:160:26:18

I was going to be generous and offer you a oner.

0:26:180:26:21

-Mark, put a little bit more on top, come on.

-110 is absolutely my max.

0:26:210:26:26

-Is that the death?

-That's it, 110 is the best I will do.

0:26:260:26:29

I wanted 180.

0:26:290:26:30

What you want and what you get ain't necessarily the same thing.

0:26:300:26:33

-On that then...

-110?

-Yes, 110.

-All right, you got a deal.

-Thanks, Mark.

0:26:330:26:36

Danny seals the deal and walks away

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with a very tidy profit of £72.98.

0:26:390:26:41

Eric is also chasing his first profit

0:26:410:26:44

and has made his way to the capital with his bronze weighing scales

0:26:440:26:47

that set him back over £55 in the auction.

0:26:470:26:52

This is Borough, in Southwark, and I'm here at to meet Magali.

0:26:520:26:55

Now, Magali owns the Spice Mountain.

0:26:550:26:59

When you're dealing with spices, you've got to measure them

0:26:590:27:01

out very carefully.

0:27:010:27:03

Well, have I got a pair of scales for that lady.

0:27:030:27:06

The scales owe Eric over £55.

0:27:070:27:10

Originally, you know, these would have seen service in a bank.

0:27:100:27:15

-I've always wanted a nice scale.

-Yeah.

0:27:150:27:17

I think it would look great in the shop.

0:27:170:27:19

-So what is the age of these scales?

-I would say they're probably...

0:27:190:27:23

They're somewhere between around about 1925 and 1935.

0:27:230:27:29

On the balance here, there's actually, inset into it,

0:27:290:27:33

a little lead seal.

0:27:330:27:36

-Yeah, I think we can see it.

-There it is there.

0:27:360:27:38

-Just there, yeah.

-So that's the Weights and Measures people,

0:27:380:27:41

they've been to check to make sure

0:27:410:27:43

that nobody's being given...short changed.

0:27:430:27:47

-What's the damage, though?

-Well, I was thinking maybe around £120.

0:27:470:27:51

But you're talking to me with your eyes,

0:27:510:27:54

and basically, they're saying, "No way."

0:27:540:27:56

I mean, would you be happy with, I'm not sure, say 70?

0:27:560:28:00

Oh, OK. You're talking to me with your eyes this time.

0:28:000:28:02

I am talking with my eyes.

0:28:020:28:04

Can we say 95, just under 100?

0:28:040:28:06

-95...

-Would you be...?

-It sounds nice. Does that sound better to you?

0:28:060:28:10

It's under 100, it's always better, isn't it?

0:28:100:28:12

So Eric spices up his profit pot

0:28:140:28:16

to the tune of £39.46

0:28:160:28:18

and bags his first sale.

0:28:180:28:20

And he continues his push for profit, selling his Japanese

0:28:200:28:23

panel to Kent-based fine art dealer

0:28:230:28:26

Ashton for a profit of £110.

0:28:260:28:28

Danny gained some ground next,

0:28:300:28:32

as he sells his kitchen cabinet to antiques dealer Sarah,

0:28:320:28:35

adding £120 to his profit pot,

0:28:350:28:38

and then his glass dome to Kate,

0:28:380:28:40

an interior design shop owner,

0:28:400:28:42

for a profit of £66.85.

0:28:420:28:45

And he's not stopping there.

0:28:450:28:47

For his next sale, he's down in Deptford to see antiques

0:28:470:28:50

dealers Alan and Arthur, or...

0:28:500:28:52

Commonly known as Steptoe.

0:28:520:28:54

I didn't dare say it, but I can see the resemblance.

0:28:540:28:57

AS STEPTOE: Harold, there's a fellow here trying to sell us a pub sign.

0:28:570:29:01

I'm going to come straight in.

0:29:020:29:04

I know you're going to rip me up. Give us 120.

0:29:040:29:06

-No, I wouldn't be giving you 120 for that.

-Why not?

-It's nice.

0:29:060:29:09

-Don't get me wrong.

-80 quid?

0:29:090:29:11

-I'm making no dough.

-Will we get a crust on that?

-Yeah, go on.

0:29:140:29:17

I'll go in.

0:29:170:29:18

Oh, Alan, you're an absolute scholar. I really appreciate that.

0:29:180:29:22

-I think you've had me over there.

-No way.

-I tell you...

0:29:220:29:24

-No way.

-It's sinking fast, I'm telling you.

0:29:240:29:27

I know, it's sinking fast. What was he, on the Titanic?

0:29:270:29:30

Not the biggest profit,

0:29:300:29:31

but a profit nonetheless.

0:29:310:29:32

£12 for the pub sign.

0:29:320:29:34

So, Eric is playing catch-up.

0:29:340:29:36

But refusing to be outmanoeuvred, he sells his bamboo hall stand

0:29:360:29:40

to Buckinghamshire antiques dealer Nigel.

0:29:400:29:43

I tell you what, 120. 120.

0:29:450:29:47

-Oh...

-I'm doing all the...

0:29:470:29:49

-As it's late at night and I'll get rid of you...

-Good lad.

0:29:490:29:51

THEY LAUGH

0:29:510:29:53

And £82.96 goes into his profit pot,

0:29:530:29:56

which means Eric is down to his final private sale.

0:29:560:30:00

Well, I'm in very fashionable Chelsea.

0:30:000:30:03

And I'm here to meet Sue Norman.

0:30:030:30:05

Now, she operates out of an antiques centre

0:30:050:30:08

which is just off the King's Road.

0:30:080:30:09

She's a specialist

0:30:090:30:11

in blue-and-white transfer printed ware.

0:30:110:30:13

And I'm hoping she is going to take a shine to my old junk.

0:30:130:30:16

The platter cost £150,

0:30:170:30:19

so will she have space for it in her tiny little kiosk?

0:30:190:30:23

-So lovely to see you.

-Hello, Eric, how are you?

0:30:230:30:26

-Listen, let me introduce you to my dish.

-That's very nice, thank you.

0:30:260:30:31

It's unusual for me to find something like this by Davenport.

0:30:310:30:35

Yes, well, this is actually quite a famous pattern by Davenport.

0:30:350:30:38

It's called Chinese River Scene,

0:30:380:30:41

but it's the Imperial Park at Gehol...

0:30:410:30:44

-Is it?

-I hope I pronounced that correctly.

-Yeah.

0:30:440:30:47

..taken from an engraving from 1806.

0:30:470:30:50

-What a font! You are a font.

-I know a few things.

-You do.

0:30:500:30:55

-Getting to the subject of money...

-Yes.

-So I was thinking...

0:30:550:31:00

somewhere around about...

0:31:000:31:02

£280, or thereabouts.

0:31:020:31:05

You've got your finger well and truly on the pulse of this market.

0:31:050:31:09

So I want to be fair.

0:31:090:31:11

OK. I mean, if it was an Indian view, that would be very reasonable.

0:31:110:31:16

A Chinese view... It's a very, very nice one.

0:31:160:31:19

Strangely, the Chinese are not collecting English blue-and-white.

0:31:190:31:22

-Maybe around the 260 mark?

-OK.

0:31:220:31:25

-I think that's a fair compromise.

-All right.

0:31:250:31:28

So, Eric makes a tidy profit

0:31:280:31:30

of £110 on the platter,

0:31:300:31:32

which means all his private sales are done.

0:31:320:31:34

Danny has one more item to sell - his Victorian sea trunk.

0:31:340:31:38

And he's sailed all the way up to Haslingden, in Lancashire,

0:31:380:31:42

to see antiques dealer John.

0:31:420:31:43

-Trunk.

-This is a bit more than a trunk.

0:31:450:31:47

This is a nice Victorian sea trunk.

0:31:470:31:49

-What do you think?

-Oh, it's nicely fitted, isn't it?

0:31:490:31:51

-Very nicely fitted.

-Typically, about 1900.

0:31:510:31:54

-They're done like a military chest, really.

-Yes.

0:31:540:31:57

The militaries were always...had the handles flush,

0:31:570:32:01

so they didn't stand out.

0:32:010:32:02

Right. Well, I'm learning something here now.

0:32:020:32:04

It is nicer on the inside than it is on the outside.

0:32:040:32:08

But it has quite a nice industrial look, doesn't it?

0:32:080:32:11

I think is a great piece.

0:32:110:32:12

I think there's some great craftsmanship in here.

0:32:120:32:14

I mean, I'd like to see about £400, John.

0:32:140:32:17

-If the outside was like the inside, I would've...

-Ripped me hand off.

0:32:170:32:21

..snapped your hand off. It's not. Can we settle on three?

0:32:210:32:24

-I'll grab your hand at that, John. Lovely.

-Thanks very much.

0:32:240:32:26

Thank you very much.

0:32:260:32:27

Yes, a hefty profit of £165 for the trunk,

0:32:270:32:31

and both our experts have made all their private sales.

0:32:310:32:35

But before we dive into the uncertain

0:32:350:32:38

waters of the Showdown auction, let's see where they stand so far.

0:32:380:32:43

From his four private sales, Eric has made £342.42.

0:32:430:32:48

Danny has made five sales and made a lot more -

0:32:480:32:52

£436.83 so far.

0:32:520:32:55

And so we reach the one thing all our experts fear the most -

0:32:550:32:59

the Showdown auction.

0:32:590:33:02

Here, the subtle art of persuasion is of no use.

0:33:020:33:06

All our dynamic duo can do is hope

0:33:060:33:08

and pray for the best from the bidders at

0:33:080:33:10

the Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, in Essex.

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You're a regular at auctions, aren't you?

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Well, I am a regular at an auction,

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but we're in a bit of a different predicament today, you know.

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It's not normally a place where I'm putting my gear out, you know.

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For me, of course, I spent all my working life

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in an auction room, so it's another day in the office.

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But it's a completely different thing

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when you're selling your property without reserve.

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Saying that, I've been quite... I've learned a little bit.

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I've put reasonably cheap items in there.

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By cheap do you mean tat?

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Well, no. Listen. Not even you're allowed to say that.

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You're getting personal here now.

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Trust me, we're both playing on a level playing field.

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And the playing field is in that direction. Let's go check it out.

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Yes, the playing field is indeed level.

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They each have four lots going under the hammer.

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But before the game kicks off, there's just enough time

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to cast a critical glance over each other's wares.

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Well, this is Danny's Army leather shovel pouch.

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I suppose it's the object for the man who's got everything

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but an Army leather shovel pouch.

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I think once you've got it, what do you do with it?

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We've got a posh pedestal, we've got no pot.

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That kind of says to me, "You've got a car without any tyres."

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Not really my bag, but it might be something special.

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I hope it is for Eric's sake.

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Well, this is Danny's retro furniture.

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The market is awash with this type of furniture,

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so he might find this a tricky sale.

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But I am going to take my hat off to him, they're very stylish.

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A very early sampler in a gilded frame.

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I find it a little bit dull, really. I don't find it very vibrant.

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I'll tell you what, though, after looking at this piece here,

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I'm feeling really good about my bits.

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So is Delboy right to be optimistic?

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All is about to be revealed. As the room fills up,

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the auctioneer takes to the stage and readies his mighty gavel.

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-There's plenty of people here, isn't there?

-There is, actually.

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-Plenty of people.

-I will say that, yeah.

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It is quite a well-heeled area as well, this part of Essex, actually.

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Let's just hope they dig deep.

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As the auction kicks off, it's one of Danny's items that goes up first.

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-Your World War II Swiss Army shovel pouch cover.

-World War II.

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The estimate is 20 to 40.

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-So you'll be happy with that, will you?

-Yeah, definitely.

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I'd be happy with that.

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It cost him less than £4.

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Here we go.

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-30. 20.

-(Start low.)

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Any bids around the room?

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Or in the world, on the net. At £20.

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There's a flash of interest now. Any further interest now?

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-Go to five.

-No bids? £20.

-Five, go to five.

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-Stop...!

-Oh, don't... Nothing.

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It's all right. That's part of life.

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-You win some, you lose some.

-Was that no-bid?

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It was no-bid, Danny, but don't be put off because they may be

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well-heeled, but they're not necessarily well-informed.

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OK?

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Kind words from Eric there. And not the best start for Danny.

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Despite going unsold,

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there are auction costs to pay.

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It's a painful loss of £18.70.

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Perhaps he can do better with his next item -

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the gentleman's grooming kit that owes him almost £25.

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Up and running, here we go.

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1115, the Rolls-Royce gentleman's grooming set.

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Straight in here at £25.

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-We've got a bidder.

-Good lad.

-That's good enough for me.

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40. Five.

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Internet bid at £45.

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-There on the screen.

-Still worth a bit more.

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£45...

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-Oh!

-Good.

-That will do.

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Well, there are the fees.

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And after commission,

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there is still a profit, but only £4.86.

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Now, Eric's first opportunity to make a profit is the biscuit tin

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that cost him £20.

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I'm not sure this is a biscuit tin sort of audience, you know,

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-here, so...

-You just never know who wants what.

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ERIC LAUGHS

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-Just keep your fingers crossed.

-35. Any advance on £35?

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-40 I'll take anywhere in the room, if you wish.

-35...

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£35. Any interest on the net now?

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-Eric, you know something that I didn't know.

-No, no.

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-No, no, no.

-£35...

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-35.

-Ah!

-ERIC CHUCKLES

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-Well, I...I lived in hope.

-Yes.

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But, you know, there's only a small profit left

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when you take into account the commission and everything.

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Actually, you're wrong.

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There isn't a crumb of profit left after the fees are taken,

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not a penny.

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Oh, well.

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Perhaps he can get off the starter's marks with his pedestal that

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cost him £100 from the antiques market.

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You know, would people buy, you know,

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your pedestal without the pot on top?

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Well, I'm just about to find out, Danny, aren't I?

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I'm just about to find out. Here we go.

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We've got interest here. We can start the bidding here at £50.

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Light.

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-It's a bid.

-£50 only.

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-He's flogging it for you, Eric, he's flogging it.

-Yeah.

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I'll sell then, on the maiden bid of £50.

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-I reckon I've just lost myself about £60 on that.

-Oh!

-Yeah.

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Something like that. Maybe more.

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Yes indeed, Eric, a little bit more.

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The Prince of Porcelain drops from his pedestal

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and loses £66.50 in total.

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Danny's back into the arena next with his figurine. It cost him £75.

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-Here it is.

-Here we go, you're on.

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And we can start the bidding here at £30.

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It's on the mark. At £30.

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-35. 40.

-40.

-At £40.

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-Come on.

-Bid up.

-Come on. Come on.

-Come on.

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-45 on the net.

-There you go, it's creeping up.

-Another five.

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-It's creeping up.

-50 if you wish, sir, in the room. No?

-Go for it.

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-£45. Internet bid has it.

-Come on.

-Going to sell...

-A bit more.

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-At £45...

-Bit more.

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Oh, what a shame!

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The figurine loses Danny £45.46,

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and this is turning into a bloodbath.

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-I'm getting a loss on that, aren't I?

-Yeah, but not a huge one.

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-Not a huge one.

-Not as huge as your big one.

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-Not as big as your one.

-All right, all right, Danny.

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-OK. Don't gloat.

-DANNY LAUGHS

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Yes, with Danny in full Sid James mode, there is more gloating

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when Eric loses a further £1.80 on his sampler.

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-A small loss is always better than a big loss.

-That's true.

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And so both our experts are down to one lot each,

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and it's Eric's stained-glass panel up first.

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You've got to think yourself,

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what would I pay for a modern example to be made for me?

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A lot of money.

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-£35.

-Is that it?

-£35, sell?

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-No mistake.

-£35...

-At 35...

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-All right, I've got that.

-Money talks to me, Danny.

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Do you know what it says? It says, "Goodbye, Eric."

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Oh, poor Eric makes a final loss

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of £17.04 for the window.

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And so, to the final lot -

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Danny's remaining furniture from his auction job lot.

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Have you seen the price of firewood recently?

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-DANNY LAUGHS

-Have you?

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-There we go.

-I'm bid, £40.

-40 to start.

-Any advance at 40?

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-Any advance at £40? I'll take five.

-Five.

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-There they go.

-There they go.

-They're going crazy.

-Five.

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-55 there?

-Come on, darling, it's worth more than that.

-At £55.

-55.

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Any further interest now?

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-Oh, wow.

-We'll sell to you in the room at 55.

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Oh, well. I'm just looking for my tissues for you.

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I can't find them anywhere.

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Well, Eric, it is a profit, which was more than you managed.

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The drawers made £12.76,

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which brings this dramatic act to a close,

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and our experts can relax until all is revealed.

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So let's remind ourselves of what they spent today.

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From a £1,000 pound budget,

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Eric spent £482.82

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while Danny used £496.23.

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But now it all comes down to profit.

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All of the money that Eric and Danny have made

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

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so let's find out who is today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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Showdown champion.

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-Ah-ha.

-Good to see you.

-Always a pleasure to see you too.

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I tell you what, that auction was a bit of a...

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-a bit of a trauma, wasn't it?

-It were rough, it were rough.

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-Did you do enough in your private sales, Danny?

-Well, I hope I did.

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I think I did OK with my scales,

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which I ended up selling to a lovely lady who specialises in spices.

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I just hope the figures in this case are going to be hot and spicy.

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Well, are they going to be gratifying?

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-Well, they will be for one and not necessarily...

-For the other.

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-Shall we give it a go?

-Let's give it a go.

-OK, let's go.

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So, one, two, three...

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-Cor!

-Oooh...

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-There's not a lot in it.

-There's not. But hey...

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I'm just slightly in front.

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So Danny won the day having made some hefty profits on some

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heavy items. But there's one more thing to reveal.

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Eric and Danny have been accruing profits all week,

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so who is the overall winner?

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OK, Danny, let's find out the total for the week.

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-One, two, three...

-Eee!

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-Oh, no!

-ERIC LAUGHS

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You've done it. Oh, well done. I tell you what...

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There's less than a fiver in it!

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-It is less than a fiver. I've lost.

-Oh...

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But I tell you what, Eric, I don't feel like a loser losing to you.

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-Pleasure.

-You are a gem.

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Yes, the Prince of Porcelain, Eric Knowles, is the overall winner.

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But our plucky pair have made almost £3,500,

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all of which will be going to good causes.

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My chosen charity is Prostate Cancer UK.

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It helps more men survive prostate cancer.

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My chosen charity is Beagle Welfare.

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Now, they take in orphaned beagles in need of a home

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and look after them to the end of their days.

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It's been an extraordinary week of competitive antiques trading.

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Our excellent experts have really put their money

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where their mouths are and shown they can make a convincing profit

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

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Antiques experts Eric Knowles and Danny Sebastian meet for the final competition of the week, the showdown. With half their items going to auction, will they be able to turn a profit at all? Eric gets passionate about pottery when he finds a Davenport dish and Danny risks it all at the auction! So who will be the overall winner?