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


Eric Knowles v Danny Sebastian - Auction

Antiques challenge. Eric Knowles faces Danny Sebastian at an auction in Somerset. Old hand Eric shows no mercy to dealer Danny, and spots a sleeper in a job lot of china.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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the show that pitches 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

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will face a different daily challenge.

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I've got a heavy profit here.

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Putting their reputations on the line...

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Who's there?

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..they'll give you the insider's view of the trade...

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HE GROWLS

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..along with their top tips 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 - things get ugly in the auction room.

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I know who's bidding against me.

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Del Boy running me up.

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Eric shows his rival how it's done.

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He's not even letting the dust settle.

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He's started selling already.

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-And Danny meets his match.

-Style never goes out of fashion.

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Absolutely. And fashion never goes out of style.

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Hey, hold on a minute. Are you nicking my lines, or what?

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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Welcome, one and all, to another ultimate war of acquisition.

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Today's battlefield is the picturesque town

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of Crewkerne in Somerset.

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It may look quaint and charming but make no mistake,

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battle lines are being drawn as two commanders

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of collectables prepare to advance on an auction house.

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Leading the charge is a decorated officer of all things porcelain.

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He's a crack shot auction assassin,

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it's Eric "The Knowledge" Knowles.

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You've got to have confidence in your goods.

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And I have.

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And ready to repel Eric's assault

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is a profit-seeking private on parade.

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AS WINSTON CHURCHILL: Never has so much been considered for so many

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by just one man.

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It's Danny "Del Boy" Sebastian.

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Let's get busy.

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Today's battlefield is Lawrence's Auction Room.

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Our boys have £1,000 of their own money

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to deploy at will,

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with all profits heading straight to their chosen charities.

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So, Eric Knowles and Danny Sebastian,

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

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-Good morning, sir. How are you?

-Good morning, Eric.

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-I'm good, thank you.

-You are?

-I am.

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-Are you a regular at the saleroom?

-Not at all.

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We've got a full, full morning ahead of us.

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You was here last night so you've seen the catalogue

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and you know what's going on.

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Yeah, well, it was only a sneaky preview because...

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-That's all you need.

-Well...

-It's the great Eric Knowles.

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500! Thank you, we're going to get on well, me and you.

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THEY LAUGH

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That being said, 500 lots to get through today

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so I think we are going to be really businesslike, you know.

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So I'll give you a tip, Danny. Follow your nose.

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-Follow your gut also.

-OK. On that note, go for it.

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Yes, it's nose against gut. Oh.

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So, will Eric's slow and steady, old-school approach

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get the better of his challenger's cheeky chutzpah?

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As Eric took the initiative to preview the lots last night,

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you might think that gives him an advantage,

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but Del Boy had the same opportunity

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and clearly didn't think he needed it.

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In fact, he's feeling pretty chipper about what's on offer

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and thinks his rival's strengths might not serve him well, here.

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I know Eric Knowles loves good-quality porcelain and china,

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and I've not seen it here today

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so I'm going to have a good look around

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and I think I might be in with a chance of winning this one.

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Young pup Danny is hopeful that success awaits,

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but Eric is an old hand at auctions

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and has more than one trick up his sleeve.

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One thing I've learned to do is I've...

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I go through the lots

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and the things I really want, I put a star

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against them but I will also mark up a few other lots.

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Now, the other lots are not star lots,

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they are what I call desperation lots.

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Contingency plans for desperate times.

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Yes, you'd have to get up pretty early in the morning

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to get one over on Eric

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and since he arrived at the auction last night,

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Danny has his work cut out.

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But he's already found something he likes the look of -

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a mahogany desk chair.

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It's real nice condition. It's got a lovely scroll back,

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it's got that patina on it where it's been worn.

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I think it's really lovely. And it seems all structurally sound,

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there's no woodworm.

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This might be a piece that I'll be going after.

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Everyone's got an office in the house, or if not,

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in their office.

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An office in their office? That's a lot of office.

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Meanwhile, Eric has spotted a print,

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and he must like it - he's gone all whispery.

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I've got one behind me, I don't want to draw attention to it, you see,

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because it's one of my favourite American artists.

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A man called Maxfield Parrish, and it's in nice condition and...

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I want to buy that.

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Oh, Eric's all excited

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and Danny is getting worked up too by an old workbench.

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This, I love.

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A nice workbench, it's an industrial piece,

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probably used in something like a woodworker's workshop.

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I would say it's about 1950s, probably 1960s.

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If I can get that for about £60, £70, £80,

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I'll be a happy man.

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Danny is wearing his heart on his sleeve.

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Eric is still in whisper mode, as he homes in on another item.

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It's um...nice...

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Chinese fourfold screen inlaid with mother of pearl.

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A lovely thing. It's missing bits of mother of pearl, not too much.

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I'm going to have a go.

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So they've both picked out the pieces they want

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to take home, and now it's time.

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The auctioneer takes his seat on high.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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Morning, everyone.

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And our experts take to their positions.

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They are up against the rest of the room,

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not to mention the reserve bids on the auctioneer's book.

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It's Eric who's first to have a punt on a deceptively youthful lady.

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Well, there is a lot coming up which is just described

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as a statue on a plinth.

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It looks ancient, it looks like it could be 18th century.

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It's not, I think it's probably precast concrete.

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They look good in somebody's garden,

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it looks like it's been around

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since before the Battle of Trafalgar.

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Lot 41, statue on a plinth.

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35. 38, 40, 2, now.

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At 42 on my right.

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All done, I sell at 42.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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Oh, he's got me a little bit worried here now.

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I didn't even spot this statue on a plinth.

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And so the old guard takes an early 1-0 lead

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against the young pretender,

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taking home his decorative lady for £51.83, including fees.

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She might actually be one of a set of four,

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maybe one of the four seasons, so we would be looking at summer.

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Well, what she does have to her advantage is that

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she has been around for, not a long time,

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but enough time for lichens to build up on the surface

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and this gives it a sense of antiquity.

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All in all, she comes complete with a lucky horseshoe.

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And it does seem to bring him luck,

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as he also snaps up the collection of prints

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which includes the Maxfield Parrish picture he saw earlier.

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That's my Maxfield Parrish.

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-£18!

-And with fees, that's a total of £22.21

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for the prints.

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Eric is showing Danny thing or two about auctions,

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but it's The Knowledge who's taken a leaf out

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of Del Boy's book next as he spots a lot which might just help

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him reach great heights.

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83 is coming up. It's a wooden stepladder.

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But I've noticed that it's quite...

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It's got a bit of vintage going on here.

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Everybody is using ladders nowadays as props.

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It's something that I always go for because they are so handy,

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they are shelving, you know they make a great prop.

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I never normally go for anything like that but,

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again, if it's at the right price...

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Let's hope I buy him at the right money.

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Great minds, eh?

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With Eric 2-0 ahead,

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this is Danny's first opportunity to get in the game.

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Lot 83 is a wooden stepladder.

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Interest here, I have to start at 25. At £25 with me.

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-All done, I sell...

-Look at that, simultaneous bidding!

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30, 32.

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-Neither of them is backing down.

-38. 40.

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42.

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At 42 on my right, at 42.

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All done? Selling at 42. All done?

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I know who was bidding against me.

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Del Boy, running me up.

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He can have them. £42 just a little bit

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too much money, I feel for them.

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Well, actually, after auction costs, Eric pays £51.83.

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He may have outbid Del Boy, but was it a wise step?

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Well, this is my ladder.

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This is something I think probably dates to the early part

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of the 20th century.

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It could well date, you know, to actually before

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the First World War.

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However, I might do a little bit more finding out

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and at least I know that there was one other person

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keen to acquire it.

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And when that one person just happens to be your opponent,

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then victory is made just that little bit sweeter.

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Ah, the sweet smell of a 3-0 lead.

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But Danny is hoping to wheel himself into the game

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as he has spotted a bit of gardenalia.

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There's a lovely rustic, distressed wheelbarrow

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just coming up, so I just want to get something in the bag.

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With a bit of luck, they'll think it's rotten and going a bit,

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you know, distressed, a bit holey.

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I might get it for nowt, this one.

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-Lot 98.

-Here we go.

-Interest here, I start at 30.

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-Oh!

-30, 32, 35, 38.

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Always the way - what I want, so does everybody else.

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All done, I sell.

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45. 48.

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50.

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Five, 60.

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I sell at 60. Yes, sir.

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-928.

-Whoops-a-daisy, Danny.

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Dropping my paperwork,

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everything's going all over the place,

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I'm so excited, or am I nervous?

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Hold it together, Del Boy.

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His nerves are jangling like a wind chime as he pays just over £74

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for the wheelbarrow, and he's off to a start.

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Eric, however, has three buys already

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and is bidding on his next.

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90, 95, 100.

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At £100, all done.

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He is back on again!

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I don't know what is going on here

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but he's finding a lot of lots early.

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I've got to level with you, I'm not sure what I've bought,

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but...instinctively, I liked the picture.

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Eric's bid blind on a picture and spent a whopping £123.40.

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It's a risky strategy, so what's he got himself?

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I love the composition. It obviously was painted in around about 1900,

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give or take, 1890, maybe 1910.

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It's an unusual composition.

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It's...it's not signed. I would've liked it to be signed.

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Hmm...

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I'll have to play this one very carefully.

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Um, I did spend a fair amount of money on it

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but, you know, you've got to speculate to accumulate.

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Hmm, Eric sounds a little unsure

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whether his impulsive buy was a good one,

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but with four buys to Danny's slippery wheelbarrow,

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his opponent is getting anxious.

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I want him to just finish,

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sit down and leave the rest of the game to me.

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Yeah, there's not much chance of that.

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So I'm having a go on a couple of brown stoneware jars.

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They are sort of barrels, really.

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£70. £70 with me. One more.

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It's against you. 75.

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My far right at 75.

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-Last time.

-He's won another!

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I tell you what, Eric's nearly there,

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he's nearly done and dusted.

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# Roll out the barrel... #

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Yes, his overnight preparations are apparently paying off

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when he takes the two flagons for £92.56, after fees.

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Technically, they are referred to as salt-glazed barrels,

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and they are barrels that would have taken spirits

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and they would have actually been in a pub

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in around about...about 1820, or thereabouts.

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I paid a reasonable amount for them, they weren't overly expensive,

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there's still a profit in them, I'm convinced,

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and that's what this business is all about.

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Are you listening, Del Boy? Are you listening?

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Hmm, could it be that our mild man of memorabilia

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is getting a tad overconfident?

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Let's just see how far ahead he is at this stage of the buying.

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Both our dealers arrived with £1,000 of their own money.

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Eric has an impressive five lots to his name,

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costing £341.83,

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leaving just over £658 in the bank.

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Danny has spent a smidge over £74 on his one purchase,

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leaving him almost £926 to fight with.

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Are you enjoying yourself?

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I was until you started buying up everything.

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I thought, "Hold on a minute. Am I going to get a chance?"

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-I'm not buying the things you want, Danny!

-No, we do...

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Actually, we did. There was a pair of ladders came between us.

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Yes, there was a pair of ladders!

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Yes! I just thought you paid too much for that.

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Well, there was somebody bidding underneath me

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who nearly paid too much.

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-Well, it was me...

-That's I'm trying to say.

-Ooh!

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-£42?!

-Listen, when was the last time you bought a ladder

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for that sort of money?

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Listen... Hang on for a second.

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-What, are you still bidding?

-Yes.

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There's something coming up in a sec.

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-I thought you'd bought all you lots.

-I've bought a few.

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My stuff is coming up, it's coming up,

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-after dinner, my stuff is coming up.

-I knew it.

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-Hopefully.

-You are pacing yourself.

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Of course I am, yes.

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I thought, "There's a man that doesn't peak too soon."

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-I tell you what I thought.

-Go on.

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-Half of this crowd will be gone home.

-Yes.

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-Might be cheaper.

-A lot of them will be picking up their

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-children from school.

-Exactly.

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Exactly. Well, we'll let you know.

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Hang on, what's he up to?

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Listen, I'd love to chat, but I've got to bid.

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-Nothing personal.

-See you later.

-I'll be watching you.

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Oh, the daggers are out in the auction today

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with Eric lauding his strong start over Danny.

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There will be blood, yes, before this is over,

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unless Danny can pull his socks up.

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So, what's the plan then, Del Boy?

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There's a few things that I've put a mark down,

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and they sort of come one after the other,

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not directly, but, you know, they are going to be coming real quick.

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Now, if I can win them lots, I'll have caught up to Eric Knowles.

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I'll be back in the game.

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Yes, you can't keep a good man down.

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Although Eric is certainly trying,

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as he quickly nets himself a nautical picture.

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I'm selling this one at 18.

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Sailing away with the engraving for just over £22 with fees.

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Now, Danny was hoping that the lack of pottery

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at this auction might work to his advantage,

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but what's this?

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Eric appears to have found a job lot with a hidden treasure.

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There is a fabulous bohemian enamelled glass vase and cover

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in tiptop condition.

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£60 is bid. At 65. 70, 5, 80.

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-Oh, they've spotted the vase.

-£90, still with me

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at 90 on the book. 95.

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100, 110, 120.

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130.

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At 130 in the room now, last time.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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The job lot costs Eric £160.42 with fees.

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I've just gone and bought this job lot.

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However, there's only one object there I want

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and it's this glass vase and cover.

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I know it looks like ceramic.

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I can see that all the gilding is good,

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the enamelling is exquisite.

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You've got these two storks or cranes.

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All that is hand-decorated, all hand-enamelled.

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This is as good as the day it was made

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and it was probably made in around about 1875,

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no later than 1895, I think.

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So that's a fifth buy for Eric

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and a potential diamond in the rough.

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Danny really needs to get buying and quick.

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Could these boots walking him back into the game?

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Got a nice set of leather riding boots coming up.

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They're vintage, I'd say they are about 1950s,

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got a lovely pair of trees in them as well.

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And Danny's up against the bids

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on the auctioneer's book for the boots.

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-At 45, we're selling.

-Here we go.

-50. 50, 55,

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60, 65. 70, 75.

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-Are you bidding?

-Go on, then.

-£80. Selling at 80 now.

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Selling?

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I didn't really want to pay that much for it.

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Eric's got me on the back foot, he's got all his lots, nearly,

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and I'm just starting mine.

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I don't know what he's doing,

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but he's just paid £80 for a pair of leather boots.

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I mean, I can only hope they were at one stage worn by Elvis.

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AS ELVIS: Thank you very much.

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Danny pays £98.72 for the boots,

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so will they help him walk off with a profit?

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I've had a good look around them and they are in lovely condition.

0:17:370:17:41

All the leather, it's not been cracked or overly worn,

0:17:410:17:44

the heels are good

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and they've got a lovely pair of antique trees inside.

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It's got a little maker's name on it.

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Faulkners and Son. Lovely condition.

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Nice little handles, it's just a nice lot

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and can really be used anywhere.

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A great decorative piece.

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# One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you... #

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Go on, then!

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With his boots in the bag, Danny marches on

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and gets his hand in the air,

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bidding on a box of retro Meccano.

0:18:150:18:17

Selling at 75 now.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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And winning the lot for £92.56 with fees.

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Danny now has three items to his name

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and he makes that four when he buys the 1920s mahogany chair

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that he saw earlier

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in his usual flamboyant bidding style.

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-Hey-up!

-All done at 140.

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I'm happy with that lot.

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Costing a total of £172.76 with fees,

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so it is 4-7, and Danny's catching up with Eric.

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The workbench is up next

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and it is another must-have item for Del Boy.

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-Got to win this.

-55 anywhere? All done at 55.

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-Hey-up!

-60. 65?

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70. 75?

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-80.

-Go on.

-Is that a bid?

-Yes.

-85.

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-90?

-Yes.

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95? No.

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On the right there at 90, and selling.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

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It seems like they like industrial down here.

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£95.

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Plus the fees, just over 100 quid, but it's a nice piece.

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I'm going to wax it up, I'm going to pretty it up,

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I'm going to make it look good,

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and I know it's going to sell for good money.

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I'm happy with that last lot.

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The workbench puts him back £111.06, including fees.

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So hopefully there is still a workable profit in it

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and with his fifth item, Danny hangs up his bidding paddle.

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That's me done, bought my last lot, happy with it.

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It's been a good day all round.

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Go and pay my bill now and pick up my items.

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Danny has come back from nowhere and decisively bought

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what he hopes will be a winning assortment of sellables,

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but Eric, he's not done yet.

0:19:570:20:00

He's been waiting for the fourfold screen

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and joins the bidding at £65.

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New bidder, 60, 65, 70.

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75, 80. 85, 90?

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With the gentleman at 85.

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HE BANGS GAVEL

0:20:130:20:15

I'm very pleased with that buy.

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Having bought it, of course, I've now got to sell it,

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so you've got to have confidence in your goods.

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And I have.

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Eric seals his final deal for £104.90 for the folding screen

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and with that, the auction comes to an end.

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Our experts must head home with their antiques under their...

0:20:340:20:38

Hold on, what's Knowlesy up to now?

0:20:380:20:40

Make me an offer I can't refuse.

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Yes, I'm quite happy to give you £50 for the few pieces that...

0:20:410:20:45

-£50?

-Yes.

-Put it there.

0:20:450:20:48

Eric is already doing deals on the unwanted items

0:20:480:20:51

from his job lot of china.

0:20:510:20:53

The lot cost Eric £160.42 and he's already

0:20:530:20:57

made £50 of that back.

0:20:570:20:58

Thank you very much. The deal is done.

0:20:580:21:00

Eric's not even letting the dust settle.

0:21:000:21:03

He's started selling already.

0:21:030:21:05

I've got to pull my socks up, I tell you.

0:21:050:21:06

Got to pull my socks up.

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Yes, our young pretender still has a thing or two to learn

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from the grand master.

0:21:100:21:12

From a £1,000 budget, Eric ended up walking away with eight purchases,

0:21:120:21:17

shelling out £629.36.

0:21:170:21:21

Our late bloomer, Danny, managed to squirrel away five items,

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costing £549.14.

0:21:250:21:29

Time to glance over each other's hauls.

0:21:290:21:32

Are you happy with your purchases?

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Oh, I'm over the moon.

0:21:340:21:35

To be honest with you, I can't find a favourite lot at the minute

0:21:350:21:39

because I love my workbench,

0:21:390:21:42

I love the 1920s chair.

0:21:420:21:45

It's all good lots here today.

0:21:450:21:47

Yeah. And you almost loved my ladder.

0:21:470:21:50

I just felt that at that money...

0:21:500:21:53

40, going on, bits on top, £50,

0:21:530:21:57

I thought, "I'll let you keep that one, Eric."

0:21:570:21:59

OK, well, that's very generous of you on our first meeting.

0:21:590:22:01

You're welcome. Your favourite piece?

0:22:010:22:03

Favourite piece, I think, has to be the glass vase.

0:22:030:22:08

The glass vase. And what's going to bring in the most profit,

0:22:080:22:10

now you've made half your profit on this lot already, the glass vase?

0:22:100:22:14

Well, it's a very good question.

0:22:140:22:16

I'm hoping that it might be the screen.

0:22:160:22:19

I need to have a good look at that.

0:22:190:22:21

Danny, this is a game of look and learn.

0:22:210:22:25

Our pair of intrepid experts have finished the buying,

0:22:280:22:32

so now it's time to sell.

0:22:320:22:34

But before we dive into those turbulent waters,

0:22:340:22:37

our heroes are back home with their hauls.

0:22:370:22:39

Danny is in Wellingborough, ironing out his plan of attack.

0:22:390:22:43

Well, all said and done, the auction was a good day, really.

0:22:430:22:46

It was a bit difficult initially but it came to a head

0:22:460:22:49

where I've bought this lovely workbench.

0:22:490:22:52

It may look like a bit of tat at the minute.

0:22:520:22:54

As soon as I get it waxed and sanded,

0:22:540:22:56

it's going to look absolutely fabulous.

0:22:560:22:58

I've got a chap, a friend of mine who restores and refurbishes,

0:22:580:23:03

so he's going to sand it, he's going to wax it,

0:23:030:23:06

I think he's even going to put a shelf underneath,

0:23:060:23:08

just to make it look a bit more gutsy and strengthen it up.

0:23:080:23:11

Then, of course, it's going to be worth strong money.

0:23:110:23:14

I've got this Meccano box, didn't cost me too much money.

0:23:140:23:18

There's a lot of gear in it, so it'll make a good profit on that.

0:23:180:23:21

Now, my Edwardian chair, this desk chair.

0:23:210:23:25

Fantastic, lovely scroll back on it.

0:23:250:23:28

I'm going to have to find a new home for that.

0:23:280:23:30

My barrow, my old French barrow, very nice.

0:23:300:23:34

I know a fair few gardeners, florists,

0:23:340:23:37

so I don't think I'm going to struggle with that.

0:23:370:23:40

My boots and my trees, these are great.

0:23:400:23:43

They're going to need a polish,

0:23:430:23:45

just to freshen them up a little bit,

0:23:450:23:46

they're about 1920s, 1930s, I would have said.

0:23:460:23:49

They're going to get a healthy profit and I'm going to try

0:23:490:23:52

and sell them at a sort of equestrian centre.

0:23:520:23:55

All said and done, I think it was a good day.

0:23:550:23:58

I know Eric bought a lot of stuff that day,

0:23:580:24:01

but I think with what I've got,

0:24:010:24:03

they all warrant fairly strong money,

0:24:030:24:05

so therefore I'm not worried that Eric's going to run away

0:24:050:24:09

and leave me in profit.

0:24:090:24:11

I'll be right on his shirt.

0:24:110:24:13

So it's fair to say Danny's confident,

0:24:130:24:15

but over in Wycombe,

0:24:150:24:16

how is Eric feeling about his considerably large haul?

0:24:160:24:20

I was very happy with what I did buy,

0:24:200:24:22

even if it is a lot.

0:24:220:24:24

In fact, I've got eight items here.

0:24:240:24:26

Certainly my two stoneware spirit barrels,

0:24:260:24:31

and also my Chinese hardwood screen,

0:24:310:24:35

not forgetting the girl on the plinth.

0:24:350:24:39

As for my painting, which I've shown to a friend of mine,

0:24:390:24:44

and he's got quite a good knowledge of this area, he liked it.

0:24:440:24:48

He thinks it might be by a gifted amateur,

0:24:480:24:52

but what I really need to do is take the back off,

0:24:520:24:55

just to see if there's any signature.

0:24:550:24:57

It would make a world of difference cos I love that painting.

0:24:570:25:00

I don't want to sell it, but I've got to.

0:25:000:25:03

But, that being said, if I was to say which of all the things

0:25:030:25:07

I bought is going to offer me the biggest profit,

0:25:070:25:10

well, fingers crossed,

0:25:100:25:12

it's going to be my continental enamelled blue glass vase and cover.

0:25:120:25:18

So all I've got to do now is actually do the selling.

0:25:180:25:23

Indeed. Both our dealers must get down to business,

0:25:230:25:27

as they scour the land for the right buyers,

0:25:270:25:30

utilising every resource available to find a match

0:25:300:25:32

and maximise their profits.

0:25:320:25:34

And remember, no deal is sealed without the shake of a hand.

0:25:340:25:38

Eric kicks off his selling spree in London,

0:25:390:25:42

and he's going underground in search of profit on his flagons

0:25:420:25:46

that cost him £92.56.

0:25:460:25:48

Well, here I am in the cellars

0:25:500:25:52

of one of London's oldest wine merchants.

0:25:520:25:55

They've been here since the 17th century.

0:25:550:25:57

They're Berry Brothers & Rudd, and I'm here to meet Simon Berry

0:25:570:26:02

because he's expressed an interest in my spirit barrels.

0:26:020:26:08

-Hello, Simon, I've found you.

-Eric, you have, yes.

0:26:080:26:11

-It's a warren, I'm sorry about that.

-No, fascinating, fascinating.

0:26:110:26:14

Yeah, this is a place you can lock me in overnight, not a problem.

0:26:140:26:17

-Not an issue.

-As long as you've got a corkscrew.

-Oh, of course, yes.

0:26:170:26:21

Of course. Well, anyway, these are the barrels.

0:26:210:26:24

I think quite fascinating.

0:26:240:26:26

We are looking somewhere between 1820, maybe 1835.

0:26:260:26:31

They're 200 years old, almost.

0:26:310:26:33

Well, yeah, they're getting on that way.

0:26:330:26:35

-Certainly getting on that way.

-What would they have been used for?

0:26:350:26:38

I mean, would they have been in a pub or a private house?

0:26:380:26:41

Yeah, I think they would have been in a pub.

0:26:410:26:43

I don't think it's the sort of thing you would get in a private house

0:26:430:26:46

unless, of course, it was down in the butler's pantry, or whatever.

0:26:460:26:51

Do you think that they are going to find home in this establishment?

0:26:510:26:55

Because you have a bit of a collection

0:26:550:26:57

of wine memorabilia and suchlike.

0:26:570:26:59

We've got a collection of wine memorabilia

0:26:590:27:01

and indeed stoneware, but nothing like this.

0:27:010:27:04

So, personally, I'm always looking for things

0:27:040:27:06

that have a little bit of interest there.

0:27:060:27:09

And because they've got the royal warrant,

0:27:090:27:13

and because they've got the Prince of Wales's warrant as well,

0:27:130:27:16

and we hold the warrant for both the current Prince of Wales

0:27:160:27:18

and for Her Majesty the Queen,

0:27:180:27:20

I think I know exactly where I'm going to put them.

0:27:200:27:24

I was looking for in the region of a couple of hundred pounds

0:27:240:27:27

-for the pair, but...

-For the pair?

0:27:270:27:29

Yeah, but, you know, I am open to negotiation.

0:27:290:27:33

How about if we went for...

0:27:330:27:38

£80 each, therefore 160.

0:27:380:27:41

160 for the pair?

0:27:410:27:43

I think if we could just nudge it, just nudge it that £10 note,

0:27:430:27:48

do you think we could do something at 170?

0:27:480:27:50

-OK.

-Do you think so?

-Yeah, I think we could.

0:27:500:27:53

I am for hire if you need anybody here for sampling.

0:27:530:27:57

Now, now, it's a bit early for a celebratory tipple,

0:27:570:28:00

but with an opening profit of £77.44,

0:28:000:28:03

Eric is delighted to have popped his cork.

0:28:030:28:06

Well, that was a fascinating place to do business.

0:28:080:28:10

It's like stepping into the age of Charles Dickens,

0:28:100:28:13

but it was a very gratifying sale because my spirit barrels

0:28:130:28:16

are now where they would have been back in

0:28:160:28:19

the early 19th century.

0:28:190:28:21

It's a good start for Eric and one that he immediately builds on

0:28:210:28:25

when he takes his garden statue to Hertfordshire landscaper Jason.

0:28:250:28:29

-115? We've got a deal.

-We've got a deal.

0:28:310:28:33

And makes a statuesque profit of £63.17,

0:28:340:28:38

making it two sales to Danny's nil.

0:28:380:28:41

But Del Boy is hoping he'll soon be off the mark, as he heads to Olney,

0:28:410:28:44

a town just north of Milton Keynes, with a mind to ride off

0:28:440:28:48

with a profit for his riding boots from Kathryn,

0:28:480:28:50

a co-director of an equestrian shop.

0:28:500:28:53

I'm just wondering, have I come to the wrong place,

0:28:530:28:56

because I've got a nice vintage pair of riding boots, but these,

0:28:560:28:59

all these boots here, to me, look like fashion boots.

0:28:590:29:01

Oh, we've got a bit modernised, yes.

0:29:010:29:03

You have got a bit modernised, haven't you? Yeah.

0:29:030:29:06

Tell me, do these sell? What's going on here?

0:29:060:29:08

Yeah, well, these are dressage boots here.

0:29:080:29:10

These are probably for training.

0:29:100:29:11

So, I mean, which one looks the best, then?

0:29:110:29:14

I've got my beautiful vintage...

0:29:140:29:16

I'd date them around about the 1920s.

0:29:160:29:18

-Yeah.

-Very well-made. I mean, this is a classic design.

0:29:180:29:22

-Style never goes out of fashion.

-Absolutely.

0:29:220:29:24

And fashion never goes out of style.

0:29:240:29:26

Hey, hold on a minute, are you nicking my lines or what?

0:29:260:29:28

-What's going on?

-They look like they've been really well-kept,

0:29:280:29:31

really well looked after.

0:29:310:29:32

That was the hard work I put into it.

0:29:320:29:33

-You should have seen them.

-You polished them yourself?

0:29:330:29:36

You'd think I was in the forces, wouldn't you,

0:29:360:29:38

-with a polish like that? It's like a mirror!

-Exactly.

0:29:380:29:40

You must have heard of this name, Faulkner & Sons.

0:29:400:29:43

Yes, beautiful boot trees, aren't they?

0:29:430:29:45

-This is going to fit right into this shop, you know.

-Absolutely.

0:29:450:29:48

What do you think they'd be used for?

0:29:480:29:50

I think originally these boots would have been for hunting,

0:29:500:29:52

going out in the field. A good general boot.

0:29:520:29:55

What would you use them for?

0:29:550:29:56

We'd use them as a nice prop.

0:29:560:29:58

We could make them look beautiful in the shop.

0:29:580:29:59

Would they be something that you're interested in?

0:29:590:30:02

Yeah, absolutely. I think they'd really fit in with our shop.

0:30:020:30:05

It's all down to price, isn't it?

0:30:050:30:07

-Mm-hm.

-I was thinking roundabout the 240 mark.

0:30:070:30:10

OK, we were thinking more about the 120 mark.

0:30:100:30:14

Excuse me?

0:30:140:30:16

-120?

-Yeah.

0:30:160:30:17

-You've chopped me right in half.

-I know.

0:30:170:30:19

Well, it needs to be a bit more than that, Kathryn.

0:30:190:30:22

What about 160?

0:30:220:30:23

Oh, Kathryn.

0:30:230:30:25

That beautiful smile's going to succumb me, I know, but...

0:30:250:30:28

-I hope so.

-It needs to be a little bit richer than that.

0:30:280:30:32

Oh, Kathryn, how about 195?

0:30:320:30:35

180.

0:30:360:30:38

185 and we've got a deal.

0:30:380:30:40

-Great, OK. Deal.

-Oh, thank you very much. Thank you, Kathryn.

0:30:400:30:43

There's only one word I use when I have a great deal like that

0:30:460:30:49

and make plenty of profit.

0:30:490:30:51

Boot-iful.

0:30:510:30:52

Yes, a boot-iful profit of £86.28

0:30:520:30:56

means that Danny has entered the race.

0:30:560:30:58

But it's Eric next with his Chinese screen.

0:30:580:31:01

Well, I'm in rural South Oxfordshire.

0:31:010:31:03

I'm here to meet Teesha.

0:31:030:31:05

Teesha has a gallery in Oxford, but she is also

0:31:050:31:10

something of a multi-tasker because she's got

0:31:100:31:12

a bed and breakfast out here.

0:31:120:31:15

I'm here actually to do a deal on my Chinese screen.

0:31:150:31:19

Teesha's family hails from the same part of China as the screen,

0:31:190:31:23

so will she want to buy it?

0:31:230:31:26

How can I best describe it?

0:31:260:31:27

Well, as you can see, fourfold, inlay.

0:31:270:31:31

I think date-wise about 1880.

0:31:310:31:36

It has got this wonderful inlay

0:31:360:31:39

and, if you look at the tree here, you can see it's very, very ornate.

0:31:390:31:44

Do you ever see this type of screen in China?

0:31:440:31:48

Older days, yes, they used, but now people do not often use this.

0:31:480:31:53

Would that look the part in your gallery in Oxford, do you think?

0:31:530:31:57

It could be. What's the price?

0:31:570:31:59

I was looking for around the £300 mark.

0:31:590:32:02

I was thinking around the 200 mark.

0:32:020:32:06

What if we went 250, would that go?

0:32:060:32:08

250 is not a good figure.

0:32:080:32:10

Chinese like eight.

0:32:100:32:12

Oh, do you? All right, then, 280!

0:32:120:32:16

-OK.

-I was thinking 218.

0:32:160:32:19

Oh, 218! If we said 238,

0:32:190:32:24

would that be just as good?

0:32:240:32:26

-OK.

-Are you sure?

-Yeah.

0:32:260:32:28

-You are sure?

-Yeah, you sure?

-Yes, I'm sure.

0:32:280:32:30

-Shake hands.

-It's a deal.

0:32:300:32:31

Eric makes an impressive profit of a smidge over

0:32:310:32:34

£133 for the screen.

0:32:340:32:37

He then goes on to sell the gilt-framed pictures,

0:32:370:32:39

including the Maxfield Parrish, to gallery owner Chrissy

0:32:390:32:43

for a further profit of £97.79.

0:32:430:32:46

Danny needs to catch up. He's paid £75 to have

0:32:470:32:51

his workbench restored.

0:32:510:32:52

It now owes him over £186.

0:32:520:32:56

He's had it delivered to Stockport Antiques Emporium owner Gabby,

0:32:560:33:00

and hopes he can still carve out a profit.

0:33:000:33:03

-Hey, I tell you what, it looks

-well, here. It does indeed.

0:33:050:33:08

-What do you think, Gabby?

-It's come home.

0:33:080:33:09

Love it. This is very now.

0:33:090:33:11

Everyone's after one of these.

0:33:110:33:13

In actual fact, I've probably got a buyer straight away

0:33:130:33:16

-for a shop fitting, as a front counter.

-Oh, wow!

0:33:160:33:20

-I mean...

-And I've also seen them with a bit of slate set in here,

0:33:200:33:23

as well, which is really nice, especially in the kitchen,

0:33:230:33:26

and you can oil them down.

0:33:260:33:28

-A bit of slate?

-Mm, dropped in, just into the tool well, here.

0:33:280:33:32

-Let's talk about price.

-Come on then. Spit it out.

0:33:320:33:37

550.

0:33:370:33:38

Ouch! OK.

0:33:380:33:40

Got to be a bit more in it for me.

0:33:420:33:44

Listen, Gabby, there's plenty in it for you.

0:33:440:33:48

I mean, I've priced it up, I've reckoned it up.

0:33:480:33:51

I've seen about what these are going for and it's a great thing.

0:33:510:33:56

There's a little quirky bit here with this little door.

0:33:560:33:58

There's two vices. It cost me a lot of money, you know.

0:33:580:34:01

Two vices, yeah, OK, I'll take that.

0:34:010:34:04

500?

0:34:040:34:05

Will you go 520?

0:34:070:34:09

No. I've got to screw these hinges off.

0:34:090:34:13

-Yes, I know.

-They're horrible.

-I know, they are horrible, yes.

0:34:130:34:15

They wouldn't have been so bad had they been inside,

0:34:150:34:18

-but they are quite...

-Cheap.

-510.

0:34:180:34:20

500, come on, we like round numbers.

0:34:200:34:21

-We do like round numbers. I'll have a deal at that.

-Right.

0:34:210:34:24

-Thank you very much, Gabby.

-Thank you.

0:34:240:34:26

Incredible. Danny's spending pays off,

0:34:260:34:28

and he makes the best profit so far, almost £314 on the bench.

0:34:280:34:34

He's back in the game and understandably as pleased as punch,

0:34:340:34:37

but how's he doing in the scores? Let's find out.

0:34:370:34:40

Eric has so far done five deals, giving him at total profit

0:34:430:34:46

of £384.48.

0:34:460:34:48

Danny has only sold two of his five, but after his success with the bench

0:34:500:34:54

he's just in the lead with a little over £400 of pure profit.

0:34:540:34:59

With figures like that, only a fool would speculate

0:35:020:35:05

on who's going to win today's clash.

0:35:050:35:08

Danny is up next with

0:35:080:35:10

his job lot of Meccano.

0:35:100:35:12

He's decided to split it into groups and sell it online.

0:35:120:35:16

He's had some initial success with a couple of rarer pieces,

0:35:160:35:19

some headlights and a steering wheel...

0:35:190:35:21

Oh, yes! We've got a bid! In fact, we've got four.

0:35:230:35:28

And it's made £50.

0:35:280:35:29

..and does shift the rest,

0:35:290:35:31

but after postage, packaging and auction costs were deducted,

0:35:310:35:35

he only makes a total profit of just £7.02.

0:35:350:35:39

Meanwhile, Eric is continuing on his selling quest

0:35:400:35:43

with his prize buy, the blue glass vase.

0:35:430:35:47

It still owes him just over £123,

0:35:470:35:50

so will London-based antiques dealer Mousa

0:35:500:35:53

like it enough to give Eric a profit?

0:35:530:35:56

I was intrigued to know your opinion.

0:35:560:36:00

Would you say Bohemia, rather than France?

0:36:000:36:03

I think it might be any, Bohemian or French,

0:36:030:36:06

but in my opinion, it is French.

0:36:060:36:09

But the date, I think about 1870, 1880.

0:36:090:36:11

-Beautiful.

-It's beautiful, yeah.

0:36:110:36:13

Well, I'm expecting around the 400 mark,

0:36:130:36:17

so where do you come in on that one?

0:36:170:36:20

I would be coming to £300.

0:36:200:36:22

Can I just push my luck and go to 370 or...?

0:36:220:36:27

Then why don't we shake hands on 350?

0:36:270:36:30

350, we've got ourselves a deal.

0:36:300:36:32

Eric walks out with his biggest profit so far.

0:36:320:36:35

Remember, the vase was bought as part of a job lot and,

0:36:350:36:38

with the rest either sold at the auction house

0:36:380:36:41

or given to a charity shop,

0:36:410:36:42

it means Mr Knowles has made almost £240 on the lot.

0:36:420:36:46

That is what, in the business, you call a sleeper,

0:36:480:36:51

when you get a price like that.

0:36:510:36:53

Having said that, I'm only too pleased

0:36:530:36:55

that I had an early night before the auction.

0:36:550:36:58

And he steps his profits up again when he sells his ladder

0:36:580:37:02

to Buckinghamshire antiques dealer Chloe.

0:37:020:37:05

Can we meet halfway at 60?

0:37:050:37:08

-Is that halfway?

-Between 50 and 70.

0:37:080:37:10

Yeah, it probably is, isn't it?

0:37:100:37:12

Put your hand there.

0:37:120:37:14

Making a small profit of just £8.17,

0:37:140:37:17

and ticking another item off his list.

0:37:170:37:20

Danny needs to catch up, and he's hoping to do just that

0:37:200:37:23

with his mahogany chair, and so he carries it over

0:37:230:37:26

to the same Stockport emporium where he sold his workbench,

0:37:260:37:30

and he's hoping antiques dealer Laura will like it enough

0:37:300:37:33

to add some profit on top of the £172 that he paid for it.

0:37:330:37:37

This is a nice early 20th-century scroll top,

0:37:370:37:41

with a rail back and a solid seat.

0:37:410:37:44

I'd say it's got a 360-swivel and it's also got the rocking action.

0:37:440:37:48

-Oh, yeah.

-What do you think of it?

0:37:480:37:50

Well, it's a wonderful piece. I mean, it's got such great curves

0:37:500:37:54

and it's certainly not the type of desk chair

0:37:540:37:56

-you see every day.

-You like it?

0:37:560:37:58

I do like it, I do like it, but I think what I need to find out

0:37:580:38:01

is if I'm going to like the price.

0:38:010:38:03

Say 300.

0:38:030:38:04

300, OK. That is a little high,

0:38:040:38:09

I think, for this chair.

0:38:090:38:11

Would you do 225?

0:38:110:38:12

-HE SIGHS

-260.

0:38:140:38:16

-I can do 250.

-255. We'll go in the middle.

0:38:160:38:20

-I'll do that. I'll do that, 255.

-Oh, Laura, it's been a pleasure.

0:38:200:38:23

Danny makes a profit of £82.24 for the chair and, finishing up,

0:38:230:38:27

he sells his wheelbarrow to a tearoom in Ribchester,

0:38:270:38:30

as a shop display, wheeling out a profit of £65.96.

0:38:300:38:36

And that's him all sold up. Hoping not to be far behind,

0:38:360:38:39

Eric's bought his watercolour to Edenbridge, in Kent.

0:38:390:38:42

A little bit of investigation fails to reveal a signature.

0:38:420:38:46

However, it does lead him to the door of picture dealer John.

0:38:460:38:49

But will he want to buy it?

0:38:490:38:52

Well, I've got to admit that when I saw this,

0:38:520:38:54

I was just captivated by it.

0:38:540:38:56

I've had it out of the frame, there is no signature.

0:38:560:38:58

However, initially I did know there was a name on the back

0:38:580:39:02

that said Cortez, C-O-R-T-E-Z,

0:39:020:39:06

so I start looking online

0:39:060:39:09

and I can't find anybody with the name Cortez.

0:39:090:39:12

However, I then thought, "Well, maybe it's Cortes,"

0:39:120:39:17

and when I did that, I came up with Edouard Cortes,

0:39:170:39:21

and then I started seeing that this man was prolific.

0:39:210:39:25

He was born in, I think, 1882, or something like that,

0:39:250:39:28

died in 1969, and I start looking at his oil paintings.

0:39:280:39:34

And several of his oil paintings I find that he features a mother

0:39:340:39:39

and a child side by side.

0:39:390:39:41

-There are several problems with that attribution.

-Go on.

0:39:410:39:44

Born in 1882, and we reckon this is about 1900, 1905,

0:39:440:39:51

it would be a very juvenile picture at that stage of his career.

0:39:510:39:55

I can't see anything stylistically in the handling of the medium

0:39:550:40:00

which would make me think it was by Cortes, I have to say.

0:40:000:40:03

Frustrating that there's absolutely nothing on the back whatsoever.

0:40:030:40:06

-Nothing.

-I might die before I discover who it's by

0:40:060:40:10

but it's very, very charming.

0:40:100:40:12

I'm prepared to make an offer on it, something just over £200.

0:40:120:40:15

Are we near the 220?

0:40:150:40:16

-About 220, yes.

-About 220.

-Yeah.

0:40:160:40:19

-Have we got a deal?

-We've got a deal.

0:40:190:40:21

So Eric fails to get a definitive answer on the name of the painter,

0:40:210:40:24

but his instincts pay off

0:40:240:40:26

and he makes a profit of £96.60 on the painting.

0:40:260:40:30

He makes it a full house when he sells his nautical engraving

0:40:300:40:34

to maritime art specialist David.

0:40:340:40:36

Maybe we could meet in the middle, say 45?

0:40:370:40:40

45? Listen, 45 is perfectly good by me.

0:40:400:40:45

Making a final profit of £22.79,

0:40:450:40:48

and that's both our profit panthers over the finish line.

0:40:480:40:51

So let's remind ourselves of how much they spent today.

0:40:510:40:54

From a £1,000 budget, Eric bought eight lots and spent £629.36.

0:40:570:41:04

Danny bought only five items, but adding restoration costs

0:41:040:41:06

and online auction charges, spent more in the end, £654.11.

0:41:060:41:12

But who brought home the biggest profits?

0:41:120:41:15

All of the money made will go to our dealers' chosen charities,

0:41:150:41:19

so who is today's champion?

0:41:190:41:21

-Hey, how are we doing?

-Not so bad.

0:41:210:41:23

-How are you?

-I'm fine.

-Always a pleasure to see you.

0:41:230:41:26

Oh, thank you, Danny. Well, it's nice to get back into

0:41:260:41:29

the auction scene, for me.

0:41:290:41:31

I spent most of my life working for an auction house.

0:41:310:41:33

What was your best buy?

0:41:330:41:35

It's got to be that job lot with all the miscellaneous china,

0:41:350:41:39

most of which was worth very little.

0:41:390:41:41

There was a glass vase and cover.

0:41:410:41:42

-Right.

-It was fabulous.

0:41:420:41:45

And it was about 1880, probably Bohemian,

0:41:450:41:49

beautifully enamelled,

0:41:490:41:51

and I found a man who really was keen to have it.

0:41:510:41:54

So what was your best buy, Danny?

0:41:540:41:57

Well, my best buy, funnily enough, would have been my workbench.

0:41:570:42:00

-Do you remember that workbench full of...?

-Yes, I do.

0:42:000:42:03

..woodworm and all sorts going on.

0:42:030:42:05

Yeah, well, I got it treated, I got it sanded, I got it re-waxed,

0:42:050:42:08

I got a little shelf put on the bottom.

0:42:080:42:10

Then I sold it to this lady, she's got a big antiques centre.

0:42:100:42:14

-Oh, right.

-Went down very well. But it looked the business.

0:42:140:42:18

-Come up trumps.

-Good lad.

0:42:180:42:20

-OK, well, let's see if you're going to come up trumps here.

-Yes.

-OK.

0:42:200:42:23

-Let's have a peep.

-Are you ready?

-I am.

0:42:230:42:25

-We'll do a one...

-A one...

0:42:250:42:27

A two, and a three!

0:42:270:42:30

-Ooh!

-Ooh!

0:42:300:42:32

Well, hey, that's a very healthy profit.

0:42:320:42:35

-Yours is even healthier!

-And that's what matters!

0:42:350:42:38

-In your box it does, yeah, but not in mine.

-Come on.

-Come on then.

0:42:380:42:43

Yes, Eric wins today's contest by a country mile

0:42:430:42:46

and it's all down to that blue glass vase.

0:42:460:42:50

Well, I realise I came up with a tidy profit there

0:42:500:42:53

but, in all fairness, Danny really did give me a run for my money.

0:42:530:42:57

So at the end of the day, I have to be eternally grateful

0:42:570:43:01

to one Bohemian glass vase and cover.

0:43:010:43:03

I'm absolutely gutted.

0:43:030:43:05

I actually thought I was going to win that one.

0:43:050:43:08

It just goes to show,

0:43:080:43:09

don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

0:43:090:43:12

But Danny will get another shot at the crown tomorrow

0:43:120:43:15

when our boys go into battle at an antiques market in Belgium.

0:43:150:43:18

Eric Knowles faces Danny Sebastian at an auction in Somerset. Old hand Eric shows no mercy to dealer Danny, and there's a surprise twist when 'The Knowledge' Knowles spots a sleeper in a job lot of china - but how much will it make?