Philip Serrell v David Harper - UK Antiques Fair Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


Philip Serrell v David Harper - UK Antiques Fair

Philip Serrell and David Harper race to find the biggest profit at Newark Antiques Fair.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that features TV's best loved antiques experts

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against each other 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

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a different daily challenge.

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I've got an 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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Raaar!

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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.

-Get in there!

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Coming up, David Harper wobbles.

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Oh, my Lord, it's the worst one I've ever ridden in my life!

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Phil Serrell uncovers a society with secrets.

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I would call it a grave cloth.

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And it's where a man becomes a Master Mason.

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-And there's some hard haggling in the selling.

-£65.

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I'm not going to fork out 65 quid on a bit of old junk.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, one and all, to an adventure in antiques.

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A contest of collectables but more importantly, a duel of the dealers.

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Today, we're up bright and early at Newark Antiques Fair

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in Nottinghamshire, where two experts are limbering up

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and getting ready to pounce on their purchases.

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First up, it's a man who's as dapper as a dandy,

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puts passion in possessions and loves to haggle hard.

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Why, it's Devilish David Harper.

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No mucking about. Buy stuff!

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And he's going up against a legend of the saleroom.

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A man whose smile is as rare as hen's teeth.

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The formidable Phil 'The Fox' Serrell.

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That's a sign of the times, that is.

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These two godfathers of the gear have £750 of their own money

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to buy the best wares and barter for the best bargains

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in order to bag the most money.

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With all their profits bound for a charity of their choice,

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David Harper and Phil Serrell,

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

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Dave, what have you done to me?

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It was not my idea to get here at this time.

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I'm not sure if it's last night or this morning yet.

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Well, go and ask them.

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No, don't go and ask them because they're all still in bed.

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-Absolutely right.

-My goodness me.

-Newark, here we are.

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-Here we are, £750.

-Are you raring to go?

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-I'm raring to go, are you raring to go?

-Let's get at it.

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-Go wake them up.

-See you.

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Yes, these old dogs are keeping their cards close to their chests.

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And despite their bleary eyes, the boys are up for the challenge.

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So, how is David tackling today's fair?

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Well, here we go.

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As you can see, everybody is up, out of their tents

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and setting up, so the trick is to get out there,

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buy fast and furious and go.

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David's going for the bull in the china shop approach.

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What about The Fox?

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If I've got a plan, I want to try and buy things that I like

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because if I like them, hopefully other people will.

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And also, I want to buy things that are different,

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that you can't look at the price of in a book.

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So the quirky, the different, the strange.

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Hmm, so Phil thinks there's money to be made in the weird and wacky.

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I like things that are tucked away.

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So, while The Fox dives headlong into the unusual,

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David is determined to buy with his head.

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Look at that, we could be twins, couldn't we?

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So, I suppose it's a mannequin head, isn't it?

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It's an unusual colour because most of them are a clearer colour.

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-What sort of age, do you think?

-Sort of '70s or '80s.

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-Which is very funky and trendy right now.

-Yeah.

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That kind of last quarter of the 20th century is very on-trend.

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The thing is it's not quality, is it?

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-It's not a great quality thing.

-No.

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But funnily enough, the market now

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is less concerned with great quality.

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It's more concerned with a look, a style.

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"How much am I?"

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-Best is 20, really.

-20 quid?

-Yes.

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-So she's not going to come to me for a tenner, is she?

-No.

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-20 quid is fine.

-Thank you very much.

-Good man, nice to meet you.

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Come on, darling.

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This business is marvellous because you go through phases

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in your career of loving different sections.

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Now I'm very much into glassware.

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I love glass, I love the individualism of it.

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Take that for an example.

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A little bubble in the back of her head there,

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just a sign that this is an absolute one-off piece.

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Light will reflect through that, it'll bounce back,

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it'll look the business in the right location.

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So, for 20 quid, she's a bargain.

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She's great-looking too.

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Yes, but now is not the time for romance.

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There's more to buy.

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Meanwhile, across the fair,

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Philip has got his eyes on something alarming.

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HE REVS UP SIREN

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-How old do you think it is?

-Er, I think '50s - late '40s, '50s.

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-But how much is it?

-175, I'm asking.

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See, that's what I love about this business. I said, "How much is it?"

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And my new very best friend here said, "I'm asking 175."

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-Which isn't sort of an answer to the question, is it?

-Wrong answer.

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-How much is it?

-150.

-Is that the death?

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-See!

-HE LAUGHS

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This is a moving escalator, this business.

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Who the hell would I ever sell that to?

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How many other people are as mad as I am?

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Well, Phil, you're unique.

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And the thought of tracking down someone else with a love affair

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of air raid sirens seems unlikely.

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So, perhaps best to walk on by.

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Meanwhile, David is re-living his youth

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having spotted a pair of vintage water-skis.

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You know, sometimes you see an object and it takes you back,

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it reminds you of happy days.

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Me and my two brothers, we used to ski off the coast of Salford

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in the cold, freezing North Sea.

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And I haven't been skiing for years.

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The reason I'm drawn to these

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is because they've got that vintage look.

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It's really a trendy market, this '50s, '60s, '70s stuff.

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So, are these your skis? Have you ever been water-skiing?

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-I haven't, no.

-Oh, you've got to try it! It is fantastic.

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-Not on them, though.

-No, I wouldn't go on them.

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I'd put them on the back of a vintage car.

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I'm guessing 1960s, '70s? Reminds you of the Beach Boys, doesn't it?

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-Summer days. What sort of money are they to me?

-55.

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55? Can it be 40?

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Could be.

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-Should be 50.

-50 quid, I'll have it. Thank you very much indeed.

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We're going skiing!

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Are we? Hmm.

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Whilst David dreams of fun in the water,

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Phil The Fox would like to be skating on top of it.

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He's spotted a collection of vintage curling stones

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with a price tag of £90 each.

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Basically, you get your stone on the ice and it's like,

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it's a bit like bowling on ice, isn't it?

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All of these stones, they're made of granite.

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I think these are quite cool things.

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But there's a little bit of inlay just missing off there.

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And if you look at this one, there's a bit of a dink just there.

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That's wear and tear.

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-Wear and tear on granite?

-Yes.

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The thing is with these, for me, they're not curling stones.

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I think they're fantastic doorstops. Would you take 120 for the three?

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-120? No, it's too...

-Mean is the word you're looking for.

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-Yeah.

-If I gave you 130 quid now, would it buy them?

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-Why not?

-You're a gentleman. Thank you very much.

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-Going to go find an ice rink now.

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Water skiing one minute, then ice-skating. Whatever next?

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Meanwhile, across the fair,

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David has his eye on a rather special early-Victorian writing box.

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It really is like a laptop of its day, I suppose.

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It's got a lovely inscription. Under the drawer.

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The inscription's underneath.

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Oh, that's absolutely lovely.

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Look at that handwriting.

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We've lost the art, the beauty of handwriting.

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And look at the little kicks on the G. That is beautiful.

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-So, is it a wedding gift?

-I think so, yes.

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"Bateman of Tenridge Street, Regent's Park."

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Married on 15th September 1835.

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-That's really sweet.

-It tells a story.

-It does.

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It is lovely when you find a real antique

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that you can actually accurately date.

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And 1835. All forgotten about now.

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From a kid, this was the thing that drew me to objects like this.

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It makes you realise that nothing is forever.

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Is it incredibly cheap?

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-HE CHUCKLES

-It can be yours for 45.

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Can you make it 30?

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-Shall we make it 35?

-I think we should.

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Thank you very much indeed. Good man.

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See you again.

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As an object, it's nice but a bit boring.

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Pull the drawer out and that's when everything changes.

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That text sends shivers the back of my spine. It's fantastic.

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And that's what I've just paid the money for. That information.

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Real names, real addresses and a real date.

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That is one of the big reasons why I'm in this business.

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A connection to real people, long gone.

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Devilish is certainly connecting with the past today,

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having three purchases to Phil's one.

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And it's not just history that David has a love affair with.

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-Hello, gorgeous.

-RECORD SCRATCHES

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You're two gorgeous creatures.

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MUSIC: Puppy Love by Donny Osmond

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Aren't they beautiful? Aren't you gorgeous, eh?

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Ah! While Devilish has found the softer side of this fair,

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it seems there's a cold wind whipping in from Middle Earth.

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And a lost treasure is about to be stumbled upon

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by a little hairy hobbit.

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Or Phil Serrell, as he's also known.

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Yes, The Fox has found a ring.

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But not just any ring.

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IMITATES GOLLUM: It's the precious!

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I think that's really, really cool. It's quite a monument, yeah.

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I would say '70s, '80s.

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Might not be a good idea to put it on, Phil!

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Oh, dear. It's got him.

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-So, what's the best you can do?

-110.

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Go on, then.

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The one ring to rule them all snares Phil for £110.

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So, what does he think of his precious?

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I'm really very, very pleased with this.

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Georg Jensen, he's a bang on-trend designer

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and I think that's a really cool-looking ring.

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And for me, the great thing about that

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is it's either a gents or a ladies ring.

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In fact, not unlike me, both modern and bang on-trend.

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Yes, the ring is obviously playing with his mind.

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And that brings us to the halfway point.

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It's time to see who's barrelling their way through the bargains

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and whose money is running away from them.

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From a £750 budget, David has picked up three items

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and spent £105, leaving him with £645 to spend.

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Phil however has bought two pricey items,

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spending more than twice as much as David, £240,

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leaving him a £510 in his kitty.

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So, our dealers must now throw themselves back into the fray.

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Now, Phil's tactic to buy the weird and wacky

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and what he likes has gone from the quirky to the, to the...

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Is that a gravestone?

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What the hell is that?

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Ah, it seems to have flummoxed The Fox as well.

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-Anyone?

-It's a bounty marker.

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That line divides FR's land and JW's land.

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And that would be set in the ground to set the boundaries.

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-I've never seen anything like that before.

-No, I haven't.

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I'm not being funny but how do you know that's what it is then?

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It makes sense because that was probably the depth

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it was set in the ground, where the line is.

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I think that's a really interesting thing.

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Who I can sell it to, I don't know.

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What can you do it for?

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40 quid.

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You ain't going to find another one, are you?

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I'm not quite sure that's a reason for buying it, really.

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-Would you take 30 quid for it?

-35.

-Go on, you're a gentleman.

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-OK.

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Quite why I bought it, I don't know.

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Well, not the biggest vote of confidence

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in his tombstone-shaped purchase.

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Still, there's lots of objects to choose from

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at this sunny antiques fair.

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What about this?

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Or that, or those.

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Or not.

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As Phil unfolds a blanket with a coffin motif.

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So, where did this come from?

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It was a Masonic place in Newcastle that I got a load of stuff from.

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-It's macabre, isn't it?

-It is, yes, yes.

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There's a thin dividing line between being priceless and worthless

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and I'm not actually sure where this fits in on that scale.

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Where I'm coming from, there's only one buyer of this.

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And if he doesn't want it, I'm between a rock and a hard place.

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-So, how much is it?

-Well, I'm looking for about 100 quid for it.

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-In my eyes, it's 50 quid.

-Give me 60 quid and it's yours.

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-Go on, then.

-Everything's got to go.

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-It's just gone, this has.

-Yes.

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Hmm. £60 and Phil's purchased a blanket once used by the Masons.

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Intriguing. But the question is, what does he know about it?

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Now, this piece of cloth relates specifically to

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a piece of Masonic ceremony.

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And where I come from in Worcester, we're lucky enough to have

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one of the best Masonic museums in the country.

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Now I hope the museum would want to buy this off me

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and then the whole story will unfold.

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The Fox's mysterious blanket leaves him four items to Devilish's three.

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So, David's decided to put the pedal to the metal

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and found a stall dedicated to one of his own personal passions - cars.

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What's this little baby doing over here?

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This is a cross between Karl Kling, the very famous Mercedes driver,

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and Mille Miglia, a famous Mercedes winning car.

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I think made as a toy as opposed to just a model,

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it also doesn't have a steering wheel, have you noticed that?

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-Yeah, but, you know, you can't have everything.

-No, you can't.

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I mean, yes, it is in classic played-in condition.

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Well, I think it's less a toy now.

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It's more of a desk piece for a wealthy car collector.

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Or someone who's just very interested. No markings on the base.

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No, but I'm pretty sure that it would be German-made.

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-OK, you say German, I say French.

-Ah.

-Do you know why I say French?

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Well, a mystery. Could it be the style of the metalworking?

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The availability of this shade of silver paint

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or perhaps the size of the wheels?

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Surely typical of French producers.

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Go on, Devilish. Tell us.

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Says "Made in France".

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-Oh, you're just showing off there!

-HE LAUGHS

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How much money is it?

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To you, 45. To anybody else, a million pounds.

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A million-pound motor for 45 quid? Not bad!

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This is a real, proper mantique.

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Great colour, in as-played-with condition

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but this is just a boy's toy.

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There are lots of middle-aged men out there with a bit of spare cash

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who would love that in their office.

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And that is where this little baby will be heading.

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CAR HORN TOOTS

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Well, you can't say he's lacking confidence.

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Meanwhile, The Fox has been buzzing around

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and spent £30 on a vintage beehive, no less.

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But to what end?

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The point of this would have been

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you would attract your new queen bee

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in through this little gap here.

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The hive would follow her

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and you would effectively create a new hive.

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People buy them in this country for all sorts of decorative purposes -

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they look great in kitchens, they can dress a room.

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And with that final purchase,

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Phil decides it's time to buzz off and call it a day.

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David, however, still has money burning a hole in his pocket.

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Speaking of holes in things,

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it seems this Soviet-era moped he has his eye on has seen better days.

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Look at that thing.

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Absolutely screams 1950s Eastern Europe.

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I can tell you, Simson,

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ancient firm started in the late 19th century.

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During the First World War, they were making weapons

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for the German army, the famous Mauser rifle.

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And this moped dates to about 1955, 1960.

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In its original colours, which I absolutely love.

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Look at the original seat, completely and utterly worn out.

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It's been patched and bodged throughout its life.

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The history of the Cold War is written all over that moped.

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I absolutely love it to bits.

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-Is this yours?

-It is.

-It's fantastic.

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-Where did you get it from?

-It's from Hungary.

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-So, who brought it over?

-My dad brought it over.

-Right.

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-We just thought it looked nice.

-It does look nice, doesn't it?

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-I love the colour, don't you?

-Yeah, isn't it great?

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-It's almost a little piece of art.

-Make a really good feature.

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-Have you had it working?

-No, not yet.

-Have you not tried?

-No.

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-Go on, give it a go.

-No, definitely not!

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What would be the absolute best for me?

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-Well, it's on at 300. We could do it for 280.

-Is that it, really?

0:17:190:17:23

-That's really it.

-As tight as that?

-Yeah.

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-It couldn't come at 200, could it?

-No, I'm really sorry.

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Oh, you are terrible!

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-Couldn't be 250?

-260?

0:17:300:17:33

-Go on, then. 260.

-Deal.

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There you go, 260. Marvellous, thank you very much indeed.

0:17:360:17:39

-But you've got to give me a push, OK?

-All right.

-Clutch in!

0:17:390:17:43

Come on! Faster. I'm off.

0:17:430:17:46

Oh, my Lord, it's the worst one I've ever ridden in my life.

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CRASHING

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Oops, that smashing and quite significant purchase

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signals the end of our antiques fair foray.

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But before our daring dealers compare and contrast,

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let's see what they spent.

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From a £750 budget, David had spent rather modestly

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until that fifth purchase

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which boosted his total outlay to £410.

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Phil also bought five items

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but spent slightly less

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with just £365 from his pocket.

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-You've had a good old spend, haven't you?

-This is a good old spend.

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-I love that bike.

-Do you like it?

-It's so cool, that!

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-It's a Harley-Davidson.

-Hardly Davidson!

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-Not going to get very far on that. How much is that?

-260.

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-Brave go, isn't it?

-Yeah, but it works.

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I was actually riding around the fair on it.

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Not very well, and pedalling, but I was riding.

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What's with the old Eddie the Eagle bit?

0:18:460:18:48

Now, that's got nothing to do with being airborne.

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-This is on the flat, on water.

-Water-skiing?

-Water-skiing!

-Oh.

0:18:500:18:54

-Have you ever water-skied?

-What, like this?

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-You must be joking, I'd sink.

-Do you want to come with me?

-No, I do not.

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-I want to see you in a wet suit.

-Really?

-Well, not really.

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What about you? You're on ice here?

0:19:020:19:04

These curling stones, they're fun things, aren't they?

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-Do you do curling?

-I do now.

-I think you will be.

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-Yeah, I'll have to, won't I?

-But I think they're all right.

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-Interesting thing.

-Good decorative lots.

-Yes.

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What on earth is that? Is it a hat?

0:19:140:19:15

It's a beehive. I've decided I might get into apiary.

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-What, something to do with monkeys?

-Beekeeping.

-Beekeeping?

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-Yes, I'm in apiarist.

-You've been called worse than that.

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Absolutely right, and will be. I just hope I don't get stung with it.

0:19:240:19:27

-Ha-ha! How much did you pay for that?

-30 quid, for a bit of straw.

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-Half a straw bale, 30 quid.

-You could wear it to a fancy dress.

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-I might have to.

-So, I've got five, you've got four.

-No, no, look.

0:19:330:19:36

-Oh, hello, darling.

-Hello!

0:19:360:19:38

-Hello, that's rather...

-Georg Jensen.

0:19:380:19:40

Do you mind? Do you mind?

0:19:400:19:42

-A really lovely touch.

-That is rather, rather nice.

0:19:420:19:44

It is, isn't it? I like that. £110. I think there's a profit in that.

0:19:440:19:48

Fantastic, well, what a collection.

0:19:480:19:50

You and I should have just set up a pitch here and have a go.

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I'll shake you by the hand and wish you jolly good luck.

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-Sure you don't want to go skiing?

-No!

-Come skiing.

-No! No!

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It's now time for the dynamic duo

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to turn their attention from purchasing to profit.

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Using their knick-knacking networks and all their antiques acumen,

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David and Phil will scour the country from north to south

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leaving no stone unturned

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in search of suitable homes

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for their respective treasures.

0:20:230:20:25

The profits will go to their chosen charities, but whose will be bigger?

0:20:250:20:29

Back at home, at his Durham HQ, David is overjoyed with his haul.

0:20:320:20:37

Well, I can tell you something.

0:20:370:20:39

I think this is the maddest, most eccentric collection of objects

0:20:390:20:44

I have ever bought.

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I absolutely love them.

0:20:460:20:48

The motorbike is just to die for.

0:20:480:20:52

It's a little moped, Eastern European.

0:20:520:20:54

A bit ugly but it's gorgeous in its ugliness

0:20:540:20:58

and I think it's going to end up being a piece of art.

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Something to look at and marvel.

0:21:010:21:04

The glass mannequin head.

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I'm going to do something very different.

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I'm going to turn this blue head into an individual

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one-off David Harper artwork.

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Well, David is an established artist as well as an antiques aficionado.

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So, this visionary of the valuable gets straight to work

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creating his masterpiece.

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It's quite a nerve-racking moment because it's a one-hit wonder.

0:21:270:21:31

Whatever happens, happens. I love looking at people's faces.

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Noses, lips, eyes, people-watching.

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So, glass is a great one.

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Think of it as a canvas.

0:21:400:21:42

Can I do something to it...

0:21:420:21:44

..to add more value?

0:21:460:21:47

Because you can take a £20 head

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and turn it into an individual piece of art.

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What's an individual piece of art worth?

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It's worth what someone's going to pay you for it.

0:21:540:21:56

Well, it could be priceless, then! Let's have a look.

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Oh, hello!

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There we have it.

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We've turned one face into several people-watchers.

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Hello, baby.

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Hmm, as well as turning his Picasso-like creation into profit,

0:22:100:22:13

David will also have to sell the 19th-century writing box,

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vintage water-skis and model racing car.

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Over in the shadow of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire,

0:22:200:22:23

Phil is sizing up his slightly creepy cache of collectables.

0:22:230:22:28

My Masonic carpet, I'm rather hoping this doesn't bury me.

0:22:280:22:31

And at the same time, we all might learn a little bit more about it.

0:22:310:22:35

My boundary marker, I think it's a really cool thing

0:22:350:22:38

and I've found a man the other side of the Malvern Hills.

0:22:380:22:41

He loves quirky things like this.

0:22:410:22:43

I think that the social history behind this will encourage him

0:22:430:22:46

to buy it, and hopefully give me a nice little profit.

0:22:460:22:49

And I found a Worcester beekeeping society

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and I'm hoping that one of their members might just buy this off me.

0:22:520:22:55

In retrospect, it might not be the sharpest trick in the book

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to go and buy some Scottish curling stones in the Midlands

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and move them south, where no-one goes curling.

0:23:030:23:06

To the best of my knowledge,

0:23:060:23:08

there isn't an ice rink within miles of here.

0:23:080:23:10

They could turn out to be hard-core with a handle.

0:23:100:23:13

So, Phil thinks he could be skating on thin ice with his curling stones

0:23:130:23:17

and he'll also have to find a buyer for his Georg Jensen ring.

0:23:170:23:21

With our experts raring to go, they're hitting the phones,

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the internet and the road in an effort to convert

0:23:240:23:27

their wares into wealth.

0:23:270:23:29

But no deal is sealed until the handshake takes place

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and the cash is collected.

0:23:330:23:34

Keen to get cracking, Phil begins his push for profit

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by venturing into a world cloaked in mystery.

0:23:400:23:43

I'm at one of Worcester's best kept secrets, the Masonic Museum.

0:23:440:23:48

And this room is full of the most fantastic things.

0:23:480:23:50

From wonderful engraved glass

0:23:500:23:52

to the most fantastic symbolic inlaid tables.

0:23:520:23:56

But I'm not here to look at this.

0:23:560:23:58

I'm going to try and sell my Masonic carpet and to do that,

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I'm going to go into the room where the Masons hold their meetings

0:24:020:24:05

and hopefully learn a few more of their secrets.

0:24:050:24:08

A few more of their secrets, eh, Phil?

0:24:080:24:10

Wink wink, nudge nudge, all that, eh?

0:24:100:24:13

Well, Phil was once a trustee at the museum,

0:24:130:24:16

so he knows a lot more than what he's letting on.

0:24:160:24:19

He's meeting Masonic mate and museum chairman Colin.

0:24:190:24:22

Remember, the item cost him £60

0:24:220:24:24

so are we going to be privy to the legendary handshake?

0:24:240:24:29

Oh, members only then.

0:24:290:24:31

It's interesting, isn't it?

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Because everybody perceives freemasonry as being

0:24:320:24:34

a totally secret society. Which, of course, it isn't.

0:24:340:24:37

Well, only if you're a member.

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If you become a Mason,

0:24:390:24:40

-you take part in these almost ancient little plays.

-Yes.

0:24:400:24:44

It's all about symbolism, isn't it?

0:24:440:24:45

Which particular bit of symbolism does my carpet relate to?

0:24:450:24:49

I would call it a grave cloth. This would take part in the third degree.

0:24:490:24:53

And it's where a man becomes a Master Mason.

0:24:530:24:55

And in the third degree, he symbolically dies,

0:24:550:24:59

the lights go dark and your candidate is very gently

0:24:590:25:03

laid into the grave, covered,

0:25:030:25:06

and then he's raised from that grave and he's symbolically risen

0:25:060:25:11

into light and happiness and brotherhood

0:25:110:25:13

with all his other Masons.

0:25:130:25:15

I'm assuming it's a rare thing.

0:25:150:25:17

I've seen them in black but never seen one in purple.

0:25:170:25:19

-How much were you thinking?

-Well, it cost me 60 quid.

0:25:190:25:23

So, if I gave you 65, you'd make a profit.

0:25:230:25:26

Yeah, nice try, I like your style.

0:25:260:25:28

What about 160, how does that sound?

0:25:280:25:31

145. Go on.

0:25:310:25:33

-Oh, there's a handshake coming.

-Cheers.

0:25:330:25:35

Thank you very much indeed. And that wasn't a Masonic handshake.

0:25:350:25:38

That was a mate's handshake.

0:25:380:25:39

Oh, right.

0:25:390:25:40

Well, it may not have been Masonic,

0:25:400:25:42

but that handshake secures Brother Phil with a profit of £85.

0:25:420:25:46

Meanwhile, up in Darlington, David has also joined an exclusive club.

0:25:460:25:51

He's hit the highway and become a Hells Angel. Well, sort of.

0:25:510:25:56

Well, actually not at all.

0:25:560:25:58

Ha-ha! Well, any excuse to get dressed up in some cracking gear.

0:25:580:26:02

So, here's my moped. Doesn't she look gorgeous?

0:26:020:26:05

Started life in Germany, then went to Hungary.

0:26:050:26:08

And then shipped to Newark, where I bought it, to Darlington.

0:26:080:26:11

He's meeting shop owner and fellow motorbike fanatic Andrew.

0:26:130:26:17

Remember, he paid a mighty £260 for this Cold War collectable.

0:26:170:26:22

Andrew.

0:26:220:26:24

-Very good to see you.

-Yeah.

-How are you?

-Better than the bike.

0:26:240:26:28

-HE LAUGHS

-Better than the bike!

0:26:280:26:30

I assume you're blown away by it.

0:26:300:26:32

Yes, something like that, you could say that. Er, does it start?

0:26:320:26:36

-What do you think?

-Er, possibly not.

-No. But it does pedal.

0:26:360:26:41

It's a bike, not a motorbike.

0:26:410:26:42

It's sort of a bike with a bit of an engine.

0:26:420:26:45

-That probably hasn't run for several generations.

-So, what is it then?

0:26:450:26:49

-It is a Simson moped.

-A Simson! That's a bit of a rare bike.

0:26:490:26:53

Normally, at this point, I'd ask the mechanic to come

0:26:530:26:56

and have a look at it.

0:26:560:26:57

I don't think there's much point of that.

0:26:570:26:59

I think it speaks for itself, doesn't it?

0:26:590:27:01

-You love bikes, you live and breathe bikes.

-Yes.

0:27:010:27:04

-Now you just have a look at that handlebar.

-It's like a push bike.

0:27:040:27:06

-And been welded as well.

-It's welded.

0:27:060:27:08

It's a snapshot of the Cold War, the Eastern Bloc countries.

0:27:080:27:13

So what do you think?

0:27:130:27:15

Yes, it certainly is different, certainly is different.

0:27:150:27:17

-I don't think you're ever going to restore it, are you?

-No.

0:27:170:27:20

I think it's going to be more of a case of sentimental value.

0:27:200:27:22

It's an ornament, it's a piece of art.

0:27:220:27:24

Every biker that walks in here,

0:27:240:27:26

-they're going to be interested in this.

-They certainly are.

0:27:260:27:29

-May not be overly complimentary.

-So, where are we then?

0:27:290:27:31

-Where do we need to be?

-Where do we need to be?

0:27:310:27:34

-I think I would like to be, erm, 480.

-Right.

0:27:340:27:40

-£4.80 or...?

-HE LAUGHS

0:27:400:27:43

-What can you come down to?

-How about 450?

0:27:430:27:45

-I'd shake hands on £400.

-425.

0:27:450:27:47

-OK, we'll shake on that.

-Good work.

0:27:470:27:49

So, David manages to shift his Eastern Bloc buy

0:27:500:27:53

and scoots off with £165 to his name.

0:27:530:27:56

I think he really quite liked it and something I didn't consider is this.

0:27:580:28:02

That bikers love all types of bikes.

0:28:020:28:05

And that thing actually is a historic little beauty.

0:28:050:28:10

And all revved up, David doesn't hang around.

0:28:120:28:15

He spins his wheels of wares to Buckinghamshire

0:28:150:28:18

and sells his toy car, that cost him £45,

0:28:180:28:21

to petrol head and toy car collector, Anthony.

0:28:210:28:24

Can you do 80?

0:28:240:28:26

Every pound counts in this one. I'm against Philip Serrell.

0:28:260:28:28

-Oh, then definitely.

-Thank you very much!

0:28:280:28:31

Quite right, Devilish.

0:28:310:28:33

Adding £35 profit to his campaign fund to beat The Fox.

0:28:330:28:37

David is now leading Phil two sales to one.

0:28:370:28:40

But The Fox is ready to strike back, heading to Ledbury in Herefordshire

0:28:400:28:44

with his boundary marker to see an architectural antiques dealer.

0:28:440:28:48

Don't forget, it owes him £35 but will owner David Urquhart

0:28:480:28:53

help him to lay out a profit?

0:28:530:28:54

-David, how are you? Lovely to see you.

-This thing arrived here today.

0:28:560:28:59

-Yes.

-I thought, "What the heck's this?"

0:28:590:29:00

I mean, you deal in the weird and wonderful.

0:29:000:29:02

Have you ever seen anything like that before?

0:29:020:29:04

-I've seen boundary markers.

-Really?

-Yeah, but it's charming, I like it.

0:29:040:29:08

Would you sell it to someone for what it is or would it

0:29:080:29:11

just be a decorative item for outside?

0:29:110:29:13

I'd sell it as a surfboard for someone I really didn't like.

0:29:130:29:17

HE LAUGHS

0:29:170:29:19

-How much are you going to pay?

-30 quid?

0:29:190:29:21

There's a very long silence, Philip.

0:29:240:29:27

-Well, I was hoping you'd give me 100 quid for it.

-Oh, no, no.

0:29:270:29:31

-50 and we'll do a deal.

-55.

0:29:310:29:33

-Go on.

-55.

0:29:330:29:35

Well, David didn't give much ground away in the deal.

0:29:350:29:38

But our stone-cold Fox managed to carve out a small profit of £20.

0:29:380:29:43

Well, I've sold it.

0:29:460:29:47

But I've still no idea whether that was ridiculously cheap

0:29:470:29:50

or ridiculously expensive.

0:29:500:29:52

-Who knows?

-Well, surely you should, Phil.

0:29:520:29:55

Nonetheless, he goes on to sell his precious ring

0:29:560:29:59

in his native Worcester to local jeweller Francis.

0:29:590:30:02

-Give me your best offer.

-We could offer in the region of 180.

0:30:020:30:06

Making a £70 profit, which brings us to the halfway mark.

0:30:060:30:10

So, let's see whose stock is rising and whose profit is plummeting.

0:30:100:30:14

David has made two sales so far and banked £200.

0:30:170:30:22

Phil has sold three items but has less to show for it, just £175.

0:30:220:30:26

Eager to continue his pitch for profit, our Devilish

0:30:290:30:32

has packed his bags and headed south with his piece de resistance.

0:30:320:30:36

Right, well, you find me and my completed glass head

0:30:380:30:41

right here in the middle of the most vibrant city in the world, London.

0:30:410:30:46

I've come to see a friend of mine, Robert Robinson,

0:30:460:30:49

who is a big collector of modern art

0:30:490:30:50

and hopefully, he's going to like this completed blue glass head.

0:30:500:30:54

Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

0:30:540:30:57

David paid £20 for his glass head

0:30:570:31:00

but will Robert like its new face-lift?

0:31:000:31:03

-I'm going to spin it around, I'm going to reveal it.

-OK.

-OK?

0:31:030:31:06

This is always a bit of an anxious moment.

0:31:060:31:08

-Let's hope I like it.

-I know!

0:31:080:31:11

Brace yourself, Robert.

0:31:110:31:12

Well, I think it's great. I think it's absolutely fantastic.

0:31:140:31:17

So, it's all about people watching.

0:31:170:31:19

One of my great hobbies and pastimes.

0:31:190:31:21

I'm hoping you can see there are faces in there.

0:31:210:31:23

Well, there are, I can actually see there's a number

0:31:230:31:26

and obviously, the features and attributes are moved around a bit.

0:31:260:31:28

Well, I like it.

0:31:280:31:30

It's a rarity to come across something

0:31:300:31:31

that hasn't been seen before.

0:31:310:31:33

I think the wife will like it, which is more important.

0:31:330:31:35

-Right. So, I'm thinking 250.

-OK.

0:31:350:31:38

I think it's a fair price, to be honest.

0:31:380:31:40

Because I can see you put a lot of work into it.

0:31:400:31:43

-I like the fact that it's the first.

-Might be the last.

0:31:430:31:46

And also, I think the painting is fairly good. So, well done.

0:31:460:31:50

Fairly good? What do you mean fairly good?

0:31:500:31:52

Good grief, no haggle necessary?

0:31:520:31:55

David's painted head was a hit with the only critic that mattered,

0:31:550:31:59

giving him a huge profit of £230.

0:31:590:32:02

Wow, relieved and super pleased.

0:32:050:32:07

Glass head has found a pretty good home, I think.

0:32:070:32:10

Devilish continues to ride the wave of success,

0:32:120:32:14

selling his vintage water-skis he bought for £50

0:32:140:32:17

to a shop owner from Darlington for £70, pocketing £20.

0:32:170:32:22

So, The Fox needs to get his skates on.

0:32:270:32:31

And he's headed to the picture-postcard town of Burford,

0:32:310:32:34

in Oxfordshire.

0:32:340:32:35

He's brought his three curling stones

0:32:350:32:37

to show specialist antiques sporting goods dealer Manfred.

0:32:370:32:41

Oh, blimey!

0:32:410:32:43

The set owes him £130.

0:32:430:32:46

Would someone buy these to use them?

0:32:460:32:48

Or are they just a decorative item?

0:32:480:32:51

I'm not aware of people curling with old stones.

0:32:510:32:54

But certainly, people buy them as doorstops or just a decorative item.

0:32:540:32:59

-They're nice-looking things.

-Are they of interest to you?

0:32:590:33:02

Yes, they definitely are. I'm impressed by what you brought me.

0:33:020:33:05

-Really?

-I like them.

-I was thinking £70 a piece for them.

0:33:050:33:08

Hmm. Manfred's a hard man to read.

0:33:100:33:13

You want £210?

0:33:130:33:15

-Yes, £210, yes.

-Hmm.

-Well, hmm.

0:33:150:33:18

What are they worth, Manfred?

0:33:200:33:21

-I'm not going to tell you what they're worth.

-Tell me afterwards.

0:33:210:33:24

-But you've got a deal.

-Really?

-Thank you very much.

0:33:240:33:27

Really?

0:33:270:33:28

I would have given you that price for this one.

0:33:280:33:31

-For that one alone?

-Yeah. This is a collector's item.

0:33:310:33:35

Oh, no. Phil, what have you done? Pitching it too low.

0:33:350:33:39

Looking on the bright side, he has made £80 profit.

0:33:390:33:42

Now, you might think

0:33:440:33:46

and I now know that I probably could have asked more money for those.

0:33:460:33:50

But that's the point, I brought them to one of the country's

0:33:500:33:53

leading specialists, he gave me what I wanted and I'm happy with them.

0:33:530:33:57

And his knowledge is going to get him more money

0:33:570:33:59

but good luck to him because that is what knowledge is all about.

0:33:590:34:03

Yes, but you still didn't make as much

0:34:030:34:05

as you could have done, did you?

0:34:050:34:06

Anyway, both Phil and David each have one item left to sell.

0:34:060:34:10

The Fox heads back to Worcestershire to the village of Feckenham.

0:34:100:34:14

And the big question is to be or not to be?

0:34:140:34:18

Well, it all appears to have gone quite well so far.

0:34:180:34:21

I know I'm not going to make a huge profit with this

0:34:210:34:23

but it is an opportunity to find out a little bit more about bees.

0:34:230:34:26

Remember, he paid £30 for his vintage beehives.

0:34:260:34:29

Time to meet apiarist Paul.

0:34:290:34:32

-This is what I brought you.

-Ah, OK.

0:34:320:34:34

Well, you know what that is, don't you? It's a skep.

0:34:340:34:37

Well, I bought it off this guy and he told me

0:34:370:34:40

it was for collecting a swarm of...

0:34:400:34:44

-A swarm?

-A swarm of bees, OK.

0:34:440:34:46

So, actually, it's not just for collecting,

0:34:460:34:48

it's in fact, probably meant for keeping bees in.

0:34:480:34:51

What he said to me was that that was there so that bees

0:34:510:34:54

could rush in there when they were swarming, that's what he said.

0:34:540:34:57

-Clearly he knew nothing.

-Yes.

0:34:570:34:58

-He had obviously a keen interest but not much knowledge.

-Yeah!

0:34:580:35:02

So the bees, when they swarm,

0:35:020:35:04

they will collect in a hedge or in a tree.

0:35:040:35:08

If you're a beekeeper, you're looking out for these swarms.

0:35:080:35:11

-They'll be hanging like a rugby ball shaped thing.

-Seen them.

0:35:110:35:13

And that's where you get your skep and you hold it underneath

0:35:130:35:16

and you get the branch and you give it a whack

0:35:160:35:20

and they all fall in a blob into the skep.

0:35:200:35:23

Do they not get slightly agitated by that?

0:35:230:35:26

You would think so but actually swarming bees,

0:35:260:35:28

they've had so much to eat before they left

0:35:280:35:30

and that makes them very good-humoured.

0:35:300:35:32

And they are totally obsessed with following the queen.

0:35:320:35:35

So you could actually hold the queen in your fingers

0:35:350:35:38

and the bees would literally collect around her without stinging you.

0:35:380:35:42

They don't care about...

0:35:420:35:43

I'm going to take your word on that one.

0:35:430:35:45

We won't test it out this afternoon!

0:35:450:35:47

-I will take your word on that one. Have you got one of these?

-No.

0:35:470:35:49

Do you want one of these?

0:35:490:35:51

Well, for sheer intrigue value, yes, it would be great fun.

0:35:510:35:54

-Well, it cost me 30 quid.

-OK, I would do 35.

-I'll shake your hand.

0:35:540:35:58

-Brilliant.

-I'll shake your hand but on one condition.

-What's that?

0:35:580:36:01

Now I'm here, I've got to see some bees.

0:36:010:36:03

-OK, but we're going to have to get some gear on.

-Really?

-Absolutely.

0:36:030:36:06

Yes, Phil. It's time to face your fear.

0:36:060:36:09

FILM TRAILER VOICE: As we present the biggest bee-movie ever.

0:36:090:36:13

One man against a million, or so, bees!

0:36:180:36:22

So, most of them are down below.

0:36:220:36:24

Good, that's the best place for them.

0:36:240:36:26

See displays of incredible courage.

0:36:260:36:29

-They're beginning to buzz a bit. Is that a sign of agitation?

-No.

0:36:290:36:32

As our hero comes face-to-face

0:36:320:36:34

with one of nature's most ferocious creatures.

0:36:340:36:36

A story of adversity in the face of antique beehive selling.

0:36:380:36:42

And having walked away rather quickly, The Fox puts £5 profit

0:36:450:36:49

into his honey pot, which rounds off his selling.

0:36:490:36:52

David however has one item left to sell

0:36:540:36:56

and is determined to remain steadfast in his sales offensive.

0:36:560:37:00

So, he's decided to play his ace card.

0:37:000:37:03

So here I am in Barnes, London,

0:37:030:37:05

and I've come to see a great friend of mine.

0:37:050:37:07

He's one of the cleverest, funniest people I've ever known

0:37:070:37:11

and he's made his life and his work through words.

0:37:110:37:16

And I think this writing box is perfect for him.

0:37:160:37:20

Oh, this is exciting.

0:37:200:37:21

Remember, the Victorian writing desk cost David £35

0:37:210:37:25

but who is this mystery man?

0:37:250:37:27

Oh, there you are! Lurking, you rascal. Nice to see you.

0:37:280:37:32

Giles, wonderful to see you.

0:37:320:37:33

-And you're still wearing those ridiculous trousers?

-I am.

0:37:330:37:36

-When I told my wife Michelle I was coming to meet you...

-Yes?

0:37:360:37:40

She said, "Whatever you do, don't buy whatever he's got this time."

0:37:400:37:43

-Oh. Thank you!

-Anyway, tell me what it is.

0:37:430:37:46

This is an early 19th-century writing box, circa 1840.

0:37:460:37:50

-The laptop of the 19th century.

-Lovely.

-Yes, it's plain.

0:37:500:37:54

So, the time people like Dickens are writing, that sort of era?

0:37:540:37:57

Completely. I've seen many of them.

0:37:570:37:59

-But this is what made me think of you.

-There's a story, is there?

0:37:590:38:02

A story. Something that you would hardly take any notice of.

0:38:020:38:08

It's the most wonderful inscription.

0:38:080:38:12

And it tells us who owned the box,

0:38:120:38:14

when she was married, September 1835.

0:38:140:38:18

It tells us where she lived, who her father was.

0:38:180:38:22

It says here he's an esquire, that means he's a gentleman.

0:38:220:38:25

Yeah, he is a gentleman, he's a dentist in that part of town.

0:38:250:38:28

So, the daughter comes from a good family, she's educated.

0:38:280:38:33

I can now see the name, it's Bateman and they're of Regent's Park.

0:38:330:38:38

-I was brought up literally within 100 yards of this.

-You were not!

0:38:380:38:43

I genuinely was.

0:38:430:38:45

Of course, this is the part of the world that inspired

0:38:450:38:48

Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes

0:38:480:38:50

and have him living in Baker Street.

0:38:500:38:52

-All of this...

-All within a stone's throw.

-Is within a stone's throw.

0:38:520:38:55

I've traced the family

0:38:550:38:57

and I can tell you that not very many years after 1835,

0:38:570:39:03

this family who were obviously educated - they could write -

0:39:030:39:06

ended up in the workhouse.

0:39:060:39:08

But the story runs cold in the early 1840s, it's remarkable.

0:39:080:39:14

So, we know where this thing was in its early part of its life.

0:39:140:39:17

Where it's been since the '40s, we don't know.

0:39:170:39:20

So, here we have the story of a family fallen on hard times.

0:39:200:39:24

They begin in Regent's Park in rather grand circumstances

0:39:240:39:27

and they end up in the Marylebone workhouse.

0:39:270:39:30

-It can happen.

-It's very intriguing.

0:39:300:39:32

Now tell me honestly, you weren't up all night, because you are a bit

0:39:320:39:36

of an artist yourself, inscribing this in order to enhance the value?

0:39:360:39:40

Not all night, just a couple of hours on an afternoon.

0:39:400:39:43

-I do quite like it.

-OK, so price wise, £65.

-Oh, please.

0:39:430:39:47

And I think you've stolen it.

0:39:470:39:49

I'm not going to fork out 65 quid on a bit of old junk.

0:39:490:39:52

-I mean, it's charming, the story you've talked up is lovely.

-Yes.

0:39:520:39:56

-Isn't that worth something?

-It is indeed worth something.

0:39:560:40:00

-It's a lovely original piece. I'm ready to pay £40.

-What about 55?

0:40:000:40:05

-£40, that reasonable. I can give you £40.

-It's a fiver profit.

0:40:050:40:09

-Well done, you!

-You're very good at this bartering thing.

0:40:090:40:13

I'll spin you. If you win, you get it at 35. If I win, 45.

0:40:130:40:18

-Are you up for it?

-OK.

-Call.

0:40:180:40:21

Heads.

0:40:210:40:22

-It's tails!

-Tails. That's it, 45. That's the way to do deals.

0:40:240:40:28

Thank you very much.

0:40:280:40:29

Well, Giles isn't just mighty with the pen.

0:40:290:40:31

He's a notable negotiator.

0:40:310:40:33

And with a little help from Lady Luck,

0:40:330:40:35

David comes away with a £10 profit.

0:40:350:40:38

And that's all she wrote on Devilish's selling soiree.

0:40:380:40:41

Well, not a fantastic profit but always wonderful to catch up

0:40:430:40:46

with Giles and that now is me completely and utterly sold out.

0:40:460:40:50

So, it's almost time to find out who's smashed the sales

0:40:520:40:55

and whose profit has fallen to pieces?

0:40:550:40:58

First, a quick reminder of how much our experts spent

0:40:580:41:01

at the antiques fair.

0:41:010:41:02

From a £750 budget, David bought five items and spent a chunky £410.

0:41:040:41:10

Phil also made five purchases but spent a modest £365.

0:41:120:41:17

But selling must now give way to profit.

0:41:190:41:21

All of the money that Phil and David have made from today's challenge

0:41:210:41:24

will go to charities of their choice.

0:41:240:41:27

So, let's find out who is today's

0:41:270:41:29

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

0:41:290:41:32

-Hey, Philip.

-Mate, how are you?

0:41:320:41:34

-Very good, how are you?

-Oh, I'm good.

0:41:340:41:36

-This all reminds me because that head thing.

-Yes?

0:41:360:41:39

-Didn't you send it to a hat shop?

-No, I sold it to an art collector.

0:41:390:41:43

-What, a glass head?

-Yeah.

-Why?

0:41:430:41:45

Because I looked at the head as a blank canvas.

0:41:450:41:49

I created a piece of modern art.

0:41:490:41:51

-It's adding value, Philip Serrell, adding value!

-So, it did you proud?

0:41:510:41:54

-Very well.

-Well, well done you. That's good lateral thinking.

0:41:540:41:57

Thank you. The beehive thing, was it a beehive?

0:41:570:41:59

-I nearly got stung with that.

-Oh! You made a loss?

0:41:590:42:02

-No, I made a profit.

-How did you do that?

0:42:020:42:04

I just snuck out of it. What about your...?

0:42:040:42:06

The Cold War dream machine, hey?

0:42:060:42:07

-I can see that turning into a nightmare.

-No!

0:42:070:42:09

Did you do well out of that?

0:42:090:42:11

Really well, went to a great motorbike dealer.

0:42:110:42:13

-You did really well out of that?

-Made good money.

0:42:130:42:15

You find another. Shall we discover?

0:42:150:42:17

-This might not turn out very well.

-It might turn up really well for me.

0:42:170:42:21

Hellfire! That isn't just a victory, that's a whomping, that.

0:42:220:42:26

Good show. Thank you, head. Thank you, moped!

0:42:260:42:30

-Take a step back, I'll see you later.

-No, no!

-No, I've had enough.

0:42:300:42:33

I'm not doing this any more.

0:42:330:42:35

Yes, David has walked off the winner.

0:42:350:42:37

And it was all down to his prowess with the paintbrush.

0:42:370:42:40

Fabulous! Sometimes, plans just come together beautifully.

0:42:410:42:46

And the antiques fair was a plan that worked rather well.

0:42:460:42:51

That wasn't so much a beating as an absolute drubbing

0:42:510:42:53

but fair play to David.

0:42:530:42:55

He used his head. See? Used his head? Oh, forget it.

0:42:550:42:58

Yes, tomorrow it's the grand finale as these men must muster

0:43:000:43:03

the energy to guide it one more time in an ultimate battle.

0:43:030:43:07

Yes! It's the Showdown.

0:43:070:43:10

No! Philip...

0:43:100:43:12

Philip Serrell and David Harper are at Newark Antiques Fair in the race to find the biggest profit. Phil uncovers an item used by a secret society, and David buys a Cold War motorcycle!