James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Auction Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


James Braxton v Kate Bliss - Auction

Antiques challenge. Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Braxton head to a Kent auction house, where James bids on a pricey 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 week, one pair of duelling dealers will face a different

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daily 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, Kate's got her eye on a growing collectors trend.

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There is a buoyant market for ophthalmic antiques. Look at those.

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James has delusions of grandeur when it comes to pet beds.

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

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And Kate takes to the open road in search of profit.

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

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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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I'm quite excited.

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

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sale 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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Well I'm well considering the long trek down here,

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of course it's a stones 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, 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, 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 2000 series, 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.

-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.

-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, 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.

-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, 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, 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, or in lunging a horse,

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which is used to direct the horse, so it's very definitely not an item of cruelty,

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it's an item of instruction. 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, James soon chugs out in front.

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He buys the three railway signals he saw earlier.

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At £48.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-171.

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And he's chuffed to bits.

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-I'm very happy.

-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.

-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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130. Get in there, cheap.

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Cheap.

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I think he's chuffed with that.

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He is indeed, 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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It's a little model of Queen Mary's dollhouse,

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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?

-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 dollhouse.

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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 dollhouses.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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Tenacious Kate held her ground, and sealed the deal.

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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,

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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..

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I'm chuffed with that.

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

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The heart is going like that. So much pressure.

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

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

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price of £10 to £15, is up next, so he could be in with a chance of catching up.

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Right, this is my lot.

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

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£10 for this. £10. 10 I'm bid.

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£12 for this. £12 sir? Thank you.

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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.

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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.

0:18:430:18:47

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

0:18:470:18:50

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

0:18:500:18:54

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.

0:19:060:19:09

Last chance, selling at 24, to 171.

0:19:090:19:12

This is turning into a close one.

0:19:160:19:18

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

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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.

0:19:410:19:43

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

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At 100.

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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,

0:19:530:19:54

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

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

0:20:010:20:04

..and brings her purchases to six.

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That's mine.

0:20:100:20:11

Bingo is once again eating Kate's dust,

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

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

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

0:20:220:20:27

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

0:20:270:20:33

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

0:20:330:20:37

46. 44's there, 46 anywhere else?

0:20:370:20:40

At £44.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-Thank you.

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Bingo seals the deal at...

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

0:20:490:20:51

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

0:20:510:20:55

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

0:20:550:20:59

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

0:20:590:21:05

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

0:21:050:21:10

I think this is a winner,

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

0:21:110:21:14

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

0:21:140:21:17

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,

0:21:200:21:24

a publican,

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

0:21:260:21:30

-I think there's a good profit in those.

-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.

0:21:430:21:44

Kate bought six lots.

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But all that matters now is profit.

0:21:530:21:55

Our duelling dealers have had themselves a good clean scrap,

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

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-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.

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-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?

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-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.

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What's going on with the spirits, then?

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The spirits, well, I like this, it came out of a house clearance,

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

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-and very little evaporation.

-You sure it's whisky?

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

-OK, OK.

-What about the old spectacles?

0:22:360:22:40

I know there's a really buoyant collectors'

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market for ophthalmic antiques, if you like.

0:22:420:22:45

-Is there?

-Yes, oh yes. Tell me about this.

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

0:22:500:22:55

It sounds like you've got it sewn up.

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Good luck.

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

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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.

0:23:140:23:17

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

0:23:180:23:22

Over in his Sussex abode, James is rifling through his wares.

0:23:220:23:27

So, this is my selection from the auction.

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This was the first thing,

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these fabulous semaphore railway signal arms.

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There's nothing reproduction about these.

0:23:350:23:37

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

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so they're fun.

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

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And then, the next thing that leapt out at me

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was this rather fun 1920s money box.

0:23:490:23:51

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

0:23:510:23:55

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

0:23:550:23:58

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

0:23:580:24:02

You bring a photograph to life.

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And then, our mighty dog basket here.

0:24:040:24:07

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

0:24:070:24:11

But, from a musician's seat,

0:24:110:24:13

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

0:24:130:24:17

Ready for the European market.

0:24:170:24:19

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

0:24:190:24:23

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

0:24:250:24:27

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

0:24:270:24:31

his glass vase, and his vintage car badges.

0:24:310:24:35

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

0:24:350:24:40

Now, these are my more affordable items.

0:24:400:24:43

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

0:24:430:24:47

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

0:24:470:24:52

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

0:24:520:24:56

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

0:24:560:25:00

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

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

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

0:25:070:25:10

But I have found a fabulous retro old electric shop.

0:25:100:25:15

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

0:25:150:25:17

they might take my glass lampshade as well.

0:25:170:25:21

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

0:25:210:25:25

the retro tea set, and the Victorian riding crop.

0:25:250:25:28

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

0:25:290:25:33

and web work that will make their profits go stratospheric.

0:25:330:25:37

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

0:25:370:25:41

and the money is taken.

0:25:410:25:42

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

0:25:450:25:49

that cost him just over £56.

0:25:490:25:51

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

0:25:520:25:55

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

0:25:550:25:58

impressive railway collection.

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TRAIN WHISTLE BLASTS

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Now, David, what are we surrounded by here?

0:26:020:26:05

We're surrounded by a multi-collection,

0:26:050:26:08

over many years, started a long time ago.

0:26:080:26:11

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

0:26:110:26:14

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

0:26:140:26:18

What does that mean?

0:26:180:26:20

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

0:26:210:26:24

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

0:26:240:26:27

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

0:26:270:26:30

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

0:26:300:26:33

They would look particularly fine in here.

0:26:330:26:36

They'd bring a real bit of colour.

0:26:360:26:38

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

0:26:380:26:43

How does that sound?

0:26:430:26:45

-A bit too much.

-A bit too much.

0:26:450:26:47

What do you think they're worth?

0:26:470:26:49

-I think they'd be worth £120.

-£120. Well, I tell you what,

0:26:490:26:54

can I tickle you up a bit?

0:26:540:26:56

-£150, and you've got a great deal.

-£130.

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

-All right, £135.

0:27:000:27:03

-Well done.

-Yes, James read the signals

0:27:030:27:06

correctly and makes a profit of just under £79.

0:27:060:27:09

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

0:27:090:27:13

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

0:27:130:27:18

£50, put it there.

0:27:180:27:19

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

0:27:200:27:25

So, what of Kate?

0:27:260:27:28

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

0:27:280:27:32

She hopes her PAT-tested 1960s lamp,

0:27:320:27:35

which now owes her just over £68,

0:27:350:27:37

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

0:27:370:27:41

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

0:27:410:27:45

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

0:27:470:27:51

This is called the "Eyeball Lamp."

0:27:510:27:53

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

0:27:530:27:56

and then that kind of eyeball...

0:27:560:27:57

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

-Mmm.

0:27:570:28:00

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

0:28:000:28:04

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

0:28:040:28:06

Is it something that would go well in the shop?

0:28:060:28:08

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

0:28:080:28:12

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

0:28:120:28:14

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

0:28:140:28:17

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

0:28:170:28:21

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

0:28:210:28:25

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

0:28:250:28:28

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

-..in the back of the shop.

0:28:280:28:31

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

0:28:310:28:34

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

0:28:340:28:37

Great. I said, roughly, I know,

0:28:370:28:40

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

0:28:400:28:43

I think that's maybe a little bit high.

0:28:430:28:45

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

0:28:450:28:48

then to make a profit on top.

0:28:480:28:50

-What if we said...I was hoping for about £25 for the lampshade.

-OK.

0:28:500:28:55

So...

0:28:550:28:57

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

0:28:570:28:59

BOTH LAUGH

0:28:590:29:01

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

-I'm happy with that.

0:29:010:29:04

-Brilliant.

-Thank you.

0:29:040:29:05

So, that double sale makes Kate a combined profit of almost £26.

0:29:050:29:09

It's slightly less than she wanted, but, in terms of sales,

0:29:090:29:13

she's now level pegging with Bingo,

0:29:130:29:15

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

0:29:150:29:18

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

0:29:180:29:20

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

0:29:200:29:24

general managers, Lizzie and Jenny.

0:29:240:29:26

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

0:29:260:29:31

-Here are the bottles I sent you photos of.

-Fantastic.

0:29:310:29:34

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

0:29:340:29:37

-It's a very tactile bottle.

-Yeah.

0:29:370:29:39

I wanted to try and date this,

0:29:390:29:40

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

0:29:400:29:45

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

0:29:450:29:50

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

0:29:500:29:54

And are you both quite expert on this?

0:29:540:29:57

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

0:29:570:30:00

and see his thoughts.

0:30:000:30:02

-Dan is your expert?

-Dan is our whisky man.

0:30:020:30:04

Send in the reinforcements.

0:30:040:30:06

-We're trying to date it, Dan.

-The spring cap tells me it's

0:30:060:30:10

pre-1970s. The wire, because it's not gold, tells me it's pre-1958.

0:30:100:30:16

I would say this is a 1950s bottle.

0:30:180:30:21

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

-Can I ask a question?

0:30:210:30:25

Does this have any significance?

0:30:250:30:27

Do these come specifically as a pair,

0:30:270:30:29

or have they just been sold as a pair?

0:30:290:30:32

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

0:30:320:30:36

Looks like a later addition.

0:30:360:30:39

Very good. Anyway, knotty question - price.

0:30:390:30:41

I was looking for around £300 for the two.

0:30:410:30:43

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

0:30:430:30:48

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

0:30:480:30:53

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

0:30:530:30:58

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

0:30:580:31:00

Well, yeah, £170, probably.

0:31:000:31:02

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

0:31:020:31:06

-One...

-£200.

0:31:060:31:07

-£190?

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

0:31:070:31:11

-Thank you, Jenny.

-Thank you.

0:31:110:31:14

That's the spirit.

0:31:140:31:15

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

0:31:150:31:20

and, capitalising on his earning streak, sells his glass vase

0:31:200:31:25

to St Leonards-on-Sea-based antiques dealer, Robert.

0:31:250:31:28

Put it there, £80.

0:31:280:31:30

And that £35.35 profit brings us to the halfway mark.

0:31:320:31:35

So, let's just see where things stand.

0:31:350:31:37

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

0:31:400:31:46

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

0:31:460:31:53

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

0:31:540:31:58

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

0:31:580:32:01

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

0:32:010:32:03

Hold up. It looks like she means business.

0:32:030:32:06

# Whip crack-away

0:32:060:32:07

# Whip crack-away

0:32:070:32:08

# Whip crack-away... #

0:32:080:32:10

Costing over £150,

0:32:100:32:12

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

0:32:120:32:16

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

0:32:160:32:21

-Hi, you must be Mark.

-Pleased to meet you.

-How do you do?

0:32:210:32:23

-And who are these fellows?

-This is Apollo, and Harry there.

0:32:230:32:27

They are just gorgeous creatures, aren't they?

0:32:270:32:29

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

0:32:290:32:32

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

0:32:320:32:35

-which is made of holly wood.

-Yes, that's right.

0:32:350:32:37

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

0:32:370:32:41

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

0:32:410:32:43

-Yes. Yes, that would be right.

-Because of the length of it?

0:32:430:32:47

Yes. And it would be used for a pair.

0:32:470:32:49

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

0:32:490:32:54

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

0:32:540:32:57

This is ideally used for a pair of horses.

0:32:570:33:01

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

-We do.

-Do you?!

0:33:010:33:04

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

0:33:040:33:07

so we are looking for one.

0:33:070:33:09

Well, how does £250 sound?

0:33:090:33:13

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

0:33:130:33:17

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

0:33:170:33:20

It's a nice comfortable whip to hold,

0:33:210:33:23

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

0:33:230:33:25

As well as that, it looks very striking,

0:33:250:33:27

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

0:33:270:33:31

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

-Thanks very much.

0:33:310:33:33

-Fantastic.

-Yes, super.

0:33:330:33:35

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

0:33:350:33:37

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

0:33:370:33:40

insists on sticking around to make sure it works.

0:33:400:33:43

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

0:33:500:33:52

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

0:34:000:34:04

But, Kate's not the kind of girl to tarry long in a carriage,

0:34:040:34:08

and quickly bolts to Shrewsbury, with her sights set firmly

0:34:080:34:11

on selling her antique optician's set to optometrist Alison.

0:34:110:34:15

Could I say £140? How does that sound?

0:34:150:34:18

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

0:34:180:34:22

-Wonderful. Thank you very much, Alison.

-Shake on that.

0:34:220:34:25

Yes, that's a 20:20 profit of £22.50,

0:34:250:34:28

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

0:34:280:34:32

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

0:34:320:34:35

That is brilliant news.

0:34:350:34:37

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

0:34:370:34:40

Oh, look out, Bingo!

0:34:400:34:41

He's on the road near Battle,

0:34:410:34:43

with the vintage Caravan Club badges that owe him just over £28.

0:34:430:34:48

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

0:34:480:34:51

can find a place to stick 'em.

0:34:510:34:53

-Permission to come aboard.

-Hello James, how are you doing?

0:34:550:34:58

-Very good, Jimmy, how are you?

-Yeah, good. Good to see you.

0:34:580:35:01

This is...

0:35:010:35:02

This looks absolutely fabulous from the outside,

0:35:020:35:04

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

-It does, it does.

0:35:040:35:07

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

0:35:070:35:09

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

-Fabulous.

0:35:090:35:12

So that's the plan, yeah.

0:35:120:35:14

-Look, here is the great badge.

-This is what we're here for.

0:35:140:35:17

The Caravan Club badge.

0:35:170:35:18

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

0:35:180:35:23

I know it's 1950s or '60s. This is rather fun.

0:35:230:35:26

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

0:35:260:35:31

this horseshoe, because caravans were towed by horses.

0:35:310:35:34

And also, a good luck symbol.

0:35:340:35:36

-Yeah. Horseshoe's a good luck symbol?

-Good luck symbol.

0:35:360:35:39

Good to know, good to know.

0:35:390:35:40

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

0:35:400:35:44

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

0:35:440:35:47

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

0:35:470:35:49

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

0:35:490:35:53

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

0:35:530:35:58

How does that sound?

0:35:580:35:59

£70. Erm, a little bit steep to me.

0:35:590:36:01

I mean, you mentioned the figure

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

0:36:030:36:05

You've got yourself a deal.

0:36:050:36:07

-Deal.

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

-Thank you very much.

0:36:070:36:11

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

0:36:110:36:14

and more than doubles his money.

0:36:140:36:16

Not to be outmanoeuvred, Kate takes her early 20th century model

0:36:160:36:20

of Queen Mary's dollhouse to show specialist George in Hay-on-Wye.

0:36:200:36:25

£40 will do. Thank you very much.

0:36:250:36:28

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

0:36:280:36:32

Smashing!

0:36:320:36:33

With just one item left to sell,

0:36:330:36:35

Kate has brought her retro tea set to a vintage shop in Cheltenham.

0:36:350:36:40

It owes her just under £65,

0:36:400:36:42

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

0:36:420:36:46

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

0:36:470:36:50

-Late 50s, early 60s, maybe.

-Right, yeah.

0:36:500:36:53

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

-I love it.

0:36:530:36:58

I really love it.

0:36:580:36:59

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

0:36:590:37:02

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

0:37:020:37:06

-OK, so we'd better talk price.

-Well, can I just bring my husband in?

0:37:060:37:09

Because he really loves this type of stuff.

0:37:090:37:12

It's really his thing and he loves it.

0:37:120:37:15

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

0:37:150:37:18

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

0:37:180:37:20

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

0:37:200:37:22

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

0:37:220:37:25

-Yeah, I can see that.

-You've got the tray as well.

0:37:250:37:28

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

0:37:280:37:32

-BOTH: Ooooh! PAUL:

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

0:37:320:37:35

-SYLVIA:

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

-OK.

0:37:350:37:38

I would be quite happy to pay about £70 for it. That's a fair price.

0:37:380:37:42

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

0:37:420:37:45

-How does that sound?

-Still a wee bit high. - £80 sounds better.

0:37:450:37:48

I've come down quite a way.

0:37:480:37:50

We will go up a little bit more, if you want. - I think £80.

0:37:500:37:54

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

0:37:540:37:57

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

-£90?

-Final price.

0:37:570:38:03

-£90.

-£90. Could you do 90? £90. Fantastic.

-Sounds a good deal to me.

0:38:030:38:08

Thank you very much.

0:38:080:38:09

Oh, she did it.

0:38:110:38:12

Kate pours that final £25.37 into her profit pot,

0:38:120:38:16

and what does that mean, Kate?

0:38:160:38:18

I'm all sold up.

0:38:180:38:20

Well, I don't know what Bingo's doing,

0:38:200:38:21

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

0:38:210:38:24

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

0:38:250:38:29

as he has one more item left to shift.

0:38:290:38:32

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

0:38:320:38:34

the carved Indian seat that James thought would make

0:38:340:38:37

a cracking dog bed. Hmm.

0:38:370:38:39

How's that going to go, then?

0:38:390:38:41

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

0:38:410:38:45

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

0:38:450:38:51

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

0:38:510:38:55

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

0:38:550:38:59

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

0:38:590:39:01

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

0:39:010:39:05

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

0:39:090:39:13

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

0:39:130:39:17

-Here is the item.

-This is beautiful.

0:39:170:39:20

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

0:39:200:39:25

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

-Have you?

0:39:250:39:30

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

0:39:300:39:32

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

0:39:320:39:34

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

0:39:340:39:38

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

0:39:380:39:42

Do you know that, for definite?

0:39:420:39:43

I think so, because the figures on the legs are

0:39:430:39:48

emblematic of musicians.

0:39:480:39:50

Yep, there's lots of different musical instruments being

0:39:500:39:53

played on each of the legs.

0:39:530:39:54

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

0:39:540:39:58

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

0:39:580:40:01

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

-Yeah.

0:40:010:40:05

It looks really lovely, really lovely piece.

0:40:050:40:07

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

0:40:070:40:10

Right, out with the cushion.

0:40:100:40:11

Out with the cushion,

0:40:110:40:13

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

0:40:130:40:17

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

-Little bit more colour, exactly.

0:40:170:40:21

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

0:40:210:40:24

-It's transformed.

-It is.

0:40:240:40:26

-Now, knotty business of price, Catherine.

-Yes.

0:40:280:40:30

OK, how much do you want for it?

0:40:320:40:35

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

-OK, OK.

0:40:350:40:40

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

0:40:400:40:44

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

0:40:440:40:48

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

-OK.

0:40:480:40:51

-Catherine, thank you.

-I'll go with that.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:40:510:40:55

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

0:40:550:41:00

So, who will take home the victory cup?

0:41:000:41:02

We'll find out soon,

0:41:020:41:04

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

0:41:040:41:07

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

0:41:100:41:12

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

0:41:120:41:17

Kate also bought six lots, spending £426.53,

0:41:190:41:23

including PAT testing costs.

0:41:230:41:25

But, who's made the most profit?

0:41:250:41:27

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

0:41:280:41:31

challenge will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:310:41:33

So, let's find out who is our Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:330:41:39

-Hey.

-Good to see you again.

-You too. How are you?

0:41:400:41:42

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

0:41:420:41:46

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

0:41:460:41:48

at the auction, I bought a little

0:41:480:41:49

bit out of my comfort zone, but the selling was great fun.

0:41:490:41:53

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

-All good?

-All good.

0:41:530:41:57

-How about you?

-Yeah, no, I did all right.

0:41:570:42:00

I went to see a most fabulous model railway set,

0:42:000:42:04

-and my whisky did all right.

-Did it now?

0:42:040:42:07

Because I was a little bit dubious about that whisky.

0:42:070:42:09

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

0:42:090:42:12

It had age, that's the thing.

0:42:120:42:14

-OK, shall we find out.

-Are we ready?

0:42:140:42:16

-I'm dying to find out.

-Are you ready?

0:42:160:42:18

-Ready...go!

-Go!

0:42:180:42:19

-Ooooooh! You've trounced me!

-Kate.

-Well done.

0:42:210:42:26

-Dear oh dear, what's going on?

-£387! So, what was in the whisky?

0:42:260:42:32

-It was seriously old, was it?

-Gold, Kate. Gold.

0:42:320:42:35

-Let me tell you about it.

-You've done well.

0:42:350:42:37

-Let me tell you about it.

-Congratulations.

0:42:370:42:39

JAMES LAUGHS

0:42:390:42:40

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

0:42:400:42:44

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

0:42:440:42:47

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

0:42:470:42:49

There seems to be gold in them whisky bottles.

0:42:490:42:52

Well, I am gutted.

0:42:520:42:54

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

0:42:540:42:57

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

0:42:570:43:00

which to me looked disgusting,

0:43:000:43:02

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

0:43:020:43:05

Hats off, old boy.

0:43:050:43:07

But, never fear, determined Kate will come back fighting

0:43:070:43:10

tomorrow at a car boot sale in Lincolnshire.

0:43:100:43:13

Ooh! Oh!

0:43:130:43:14

Antiques experts Kate Bliss and James Braxton compete to make the most money from buying and selling antiques and collectables. The pair head to a Kent auction house, where James bids on a pricey dog bed and Kate eyes up some ocular objet d'art.