Kate Bliss v Caroline Hawley - Showdown Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


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Kate Bliss v Caroline Hawley - Showdown

It is the finale for Kate Bliss and Caroline Hawley as they enter the showdown, with £1,000 to spend and half their items going to auction.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,

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pitching TV's best loved antiques experts

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against each other in an all-out battle for profit.

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I think I see a bargain.

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Each day, one pair of duelling dealers

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will face a mighty challenge.

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Oh, yeah.

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Putting their reputations on the line.

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Ready for battle.

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

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I'm a big boy, I'm a player.

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..along with their top tips and savvy secrets.

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It's not all about what you spend, it's about what you make.

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Showing you how to make the most money...

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It really is war.

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..from buying and selling.

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You've got to be in there like a whippet.

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Today it's the toughest race endured by man or womankind,

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the culmination of a marathon week.

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It's the Showdown.

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Coming up: Kate tries hard not to show her feelings.

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I'll have a little think.

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-WHISPERS:

-But I love them.

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Cheeky Caroline tries her luck in the selling.

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Well, I was thinking 500.

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Caroline, you are joking!

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And will they fly or flounder at the terrifying Showdown auction?

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-Oh, Kate.

-Oh, no, this isn't going well.

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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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It's time to place your bets, antiques lovers,

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and line the streets as two steely connoisseurs of collectables

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limber up for a bargain bagging contest so fierce,

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our dealers will batter their biceps, torture their triceps

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and strain their sinews to the max,

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all in search of the greatest profit.

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First up is a fearless fortune hunter with superhuman skills,

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a crack negotiator tirelessly tracking down her bountiful booty.

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It's Kate "Absolute" Bliss.

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As far as I'm concerned, it's all about absolute profit.

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Pitted against her is a virtuoso of vintage,

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whose soft smile hides a gritty determination

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to ferret out the treasures and beat down every deal.

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It is Caroline "The Hawk" Hawley.

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When I see a profit, I swoop.

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Today they'll be competing on four fronts.

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A car-boot sale, an auction,

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a UK antiques fair, and a foreign market.

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Our experts have £1,000 of their own money to spend on eight items

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they think they can sell on for the most profit

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which will all go to their chosen charities,

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but there's a twist.

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At least half their items must be sold at the monstrous Showdown auction...

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-Oh, no!

-..where they'll have no control over the buying public.

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They must stand and watch powerless as their items go under the hammer.

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Only one will take the crown, but who will it be?

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-Hi, how are you doing?

-Hi, Kate!

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-Good.

-This is the big one.

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-The Showdown.

-Yeah, crikey, it feels like it's been a long road already.

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-We better look at the rules.

-We had.

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"Welcome to the mighty Showdown.

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"The rules are straightforward.

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"You must each buy two items across four different locations

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"and you have £1,000 to spend."

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That's a lot of money.

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

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"The rest will be sold at the Showdown auction

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"in direct competition with your opponent." That's you.

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-That's you.

-"The winner is the expert who makes the most profit."

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That sounds pretty straightforward.

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A piece of cake.

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Good luck.

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Our expert opponents are kitted out, limbered up and ready to compete.

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Round one is Battersea car-boot sale in South London.

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And cool, calm and collected Kate

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has her Showdown strategy all mapped out.

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Principally, I'm looking for those auction items first,

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things that are in good condition,

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items of silver that are clearly hallmarked,

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anything rare and unusual that collectors at auction

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are really going to go for. I'm on a mission.

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So, Kate's on it straight away, but what of Ms Hawley's plan?

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I've got £1,000, so if, fingers crossed,

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I'm lucky and find a biggie,

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I can blow most of it.

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If not, well, we'll just see.

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Anything could happen. That's what I love about car-boot sales.

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Yes, well, don't blow all your budget in round one.

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She fires off into the market and quickly hits a potential target -

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a long leather case.

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What price is your...

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-..case?

-Oh, that can be £10.

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It's a gun case, isn't it?

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Yeah. Without the gun. It's lovely.

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I'll give you eight, deal?

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Do you know, I won't sell it for anything less than ten.

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-OK.

-I'm so sorry.

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I shall have it for ten. Go on.

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The stallholder sticks to her guns

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and Caroline shoots off with her first Showdown purchase.

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It's wonderful quality leather, it's a gun bucket originally,

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but I think you could hang it on the wall.

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It dates from the late 19th, early 20th century

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and I can tell that because it's all beautifully hand-stitched

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and these lovely copper rivets in the back here.

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They do not make things in this quality leather now.

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Things aren't what they used to be, are they?

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And sticking to her theme of bagging receptacles,

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she quickly makes it two in a row

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with this collection of late 20th century wicker baskets.

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30 and you have a deal.

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-OK. We'll shake on that.

-Oh, thank you so much. You're a star.

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Well, look at me. Here I am literally in a car

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boot surrounded by baskets.

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Six of them, different shapes, different sizes.

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I think they would just be superb in some shop, retail display unit.

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I think I'm going to have no trouble at all selling these.

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It's goodbye to 30 quid and hello to 100.

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With Caroline leading, Kate needs to step up her game,

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but she's unaware this vendor is no SHOE-IN.

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-Where do these come from?

-Er, they're quite old Versace.

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-Beautiful colour.

-Yeah.

-Like the feather of a bird.

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Yes, exactly.

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They've got that kind of iridescence, haven't they?

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-Totally.

-What's the absolute rock bottom?

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25. Oh, yeah.

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I'm just thinking about what my...

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-You have a little think.

-I'll have a little think.

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-WHISPERS:

-But I love them.

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Such a great colour.

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Um... So what is your absolute death?

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-25.

-25. You couldn't do 22?

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Um... 23.

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Done. Done.

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Before you change your mind.

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Cor, that was tougher than negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.

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They're a great pair of luxury designer shoes.

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We've got the original tag,

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we've got the original bag

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and even the original box.

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They're probably about ten years old, but check this out.

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The price was £435.

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For a meagre 23, there's got to be a profit in those.

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Walking tall after her first purchase,

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Kate tootles over to a Rugby School engraving

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and prepares to haggle hard again.

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-Hi, there.

-Hi.

-What are you looking for, for the print?

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£2.

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Done. Thank you very much.

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Oh, that was easy.

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Wow, well, you can't argue with that.

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£2 for a 19th-century engraving.

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They often have two names.

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The name of the person who actually originally did the artwork and then

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the name of the printer, and that's what we've got here.

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Here we've got the name Radcliffe, who actually did the subject,

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but then the lithographer was this name here, Day and Haig.

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It actually says lithographer to the Queen.

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Well, you can't get much better than that.

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Our doyennes of dealing are done with round one,

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so let's take a look at their spending so far.

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From the £1,000 budget, Kate has spent just £25,

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leaving a massive £975 for the next three rounds.

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Caroline has spent a little more, £40,

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so has a healthy £960 to spend.

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Round two is an auction in Sevenoaks

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where our arch-rivals must each snare two more items,

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but with no guide prices available,

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our duo need to keep their wits about them,

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so what plans are afoot for Caroline?

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I've got to get two items for the Showdown

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and what I'm thinking,

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because this sale isn't online and most auctions nowadays are online,

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I might stand a chance of getting something cheaper here

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and selling it higher in another auction.

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We'll see, fingers crossed.

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And the lack of internet presence

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hasn't escaped canny Kate's radar either.

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This auction is a little bit different because this isn't online

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and if the auction that I'm selling at is online,

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a whole new marketplace is opened up,

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so I'm going to keep my options open.

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So, both our dealers have, unbeknown to each other,

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settled on the same strategy.

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This could prove interesting.

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As each expert takes her position and the auction begins...

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who will be the first to enter the fray?

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Three is the enamelled first aid box, a number of enamelled signs.

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I'm just going to have a little nibble at these, just in case.

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£10 I have to start on commission.

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12 anywhere? 12, there.

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15 is still on commission.

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18. Commission is now out, it's in the room at £18.

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Done.

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Sorry, I've gone all dizzy.

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Good job you've got that first aid box, then.

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A bit of French, a bit of enamel, quite decorative.

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Quite Caroline's kind of thing, actually.

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She might do well.

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The Hawk gets her quirky mixed lot for just over £21,

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including auction costs, so what plans does she have?

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They're not a fantastic age.

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I'll tell you exactly how old they are.

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1999, 1998.

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But what I like are these wine box ends.

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Now, I think, on a brick wall or a stone wall in a pub,

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I think these would look really, really cool.

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And, with them are these enamel signs.

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These are just reproductions, so they're not worth much.

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But they'll go along with them, a little sweetener, perhaps.

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Along with this, as well.

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So, all in all, I've got a little bit of work to do to get them moved,

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but I think there's bound to be a profit in these.

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Absolute Bliss is super keen to get off the mark, too.

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And a contemporary wedding ring up next has piqued her interest.

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Coming up is a diamond and platinum ring,

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quite a commercial little ring.

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I'm not sure whether Caroline's spotted it,

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so I'm hoping to get in there first.

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I have interest on commission at £60.

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Is 70 anywhere? 70.

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80? 90? 100?

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And 10? And 20?

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130. With you at 130.

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That was my last bid for luck.

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All done, at 130.

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Like a good marriage,

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she hung on in there and she gets the ring for a little over £153,

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including costs.

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Now, the reason I love this little wedding band

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is because it's so of the moment.

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The combination of platinum, with diamonds, is very commercial.

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Particularly with the younger generation,

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who aren't perhaps so into yellow gold.

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Now, I looked at it very carefully with my loop,

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and you can tell that it's platinum

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because we've got a hallmark on the inside, stamped for 950.

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That's the standard mark for platinum.

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So, what we have here is a perfect little piece

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that I'm hoping will all end in wedded bliss.

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And another marriage made in heaven comes with Kate's final auction

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purchase of a Victorian watercolour of Cornwall.

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Costing just over a whopping £200, including fees,

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that's a fifth of her Showdown budget.

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So, it had better be worth it.

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Now, I stuck my neck out for this watercolour.

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It's quite a lot of money, it's a coastal scene, which I love,

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and the colours and detail are really interesting.

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You've got a beautiful blue marine sea

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and the green of the clifftops is really vivid.

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It's by an artist called Frank Walton,

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who was born in London in 1840

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and went on to be quite a prolific artist,

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both in watercolour and in oils.

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I think this is looking promising.

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But it needs further research.

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Kate's bought the two lots she needed,

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but Caroline still has to make her second buy

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and time is definitely running out.

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SHE SIGHS

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Got to keep going, got to battle on.

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Yeah, she's cutting it fine.

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The auction is almost over when she makes her move.

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This is a small 17th-century chest.

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I don't know what the market's like for early oak here.

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But I'm going to have a go.

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At 120. 130, anywhere?

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130. With you at 130.

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At £130, all done?

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Thank you.

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She wins the chest for a little over £153, including costs.

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The construction of this chest

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is absolutely typical of the 17th century.

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It dates back to 1680, possibly, possibly even a little bit before.

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It's oak and it's known as a six plank chest.

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Six plank, one, two, three, four, five, six.

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I can't wait to get my hands on a bit of polish

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and give this a good rub.

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And with that highly polished performance,

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we've come to the end of the auction and round two.

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So, let's look at the figures so far.

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From a £1,000 budget, Kate has spent £379,

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leaving her with £621 to spend.

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Caroline has spent much less money, just under £215,

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so has over £785 at the halfway point.

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And so, we charge into round three at the antiques fair.

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Their third battle ground

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is the Decorative Home and Salvage Show in Surrey,

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where they'll be sifting through the sellables to pinpoint the gems.

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So, is big spender Kate planning to continue her splurge?

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I've already invested quite a lot of money in my Showdown pieces.

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So, today, I'm going to be looking for something

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a little bit more affordable.

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It looks like it's quite a decorative fair,

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so what I really want is something that looks great,

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but doesn't cost the earth.

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Thrifty Kate plans to rein in her spending.

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So, is it Caroline's turn to be the high roller?

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Well, I'm halfway through and I haven't really spent much money.

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I think today, at this antique fair,

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I'm going to blow some dosh and buy something seriously tasty.

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With these chalk and cheese approaches to today's task,

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it's Kate who's tempted to buy first.

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There's something about baskets.

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You know, growing up, my mother had the most amazing basket collection.

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I don't know whether it's that that started my penchant for them,

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if you like. This one is a particularly nice shape.

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It's actually for cut flowers.

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I think I might get that one, too.

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Hello, there.

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-I've just spotted your two baskets.

-You did.

-Yeah.

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That one's probably... What sort of age would that be?

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I would think about 1940s?

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-Yeah, maybe. And that one?

-That's probably much later.

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-Yes, much more modern.

-'60s, '70s.

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I can do 15 on the pair.

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What if I said £10 for the pair?

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I can't. I'm really sorry, no.

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I work on very small profit margins.

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-Do you?

-And I've got, you know,

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goldfish at home to support.

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Goldfish?! Well, that's a new one.

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SHE LAUGHS

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How about we split it at 12?

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-Go on, then. Yeah?

-Lovely.

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So, Kate starts out true to her penny-pinching strategy.

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But splashes out a bit more on purchase number two,

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a vintage brooch for £40.

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-Done.

-No problem.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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So, this is a little Scottish brooch

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and it's set with stones that have come out of the Scottish mountains.

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Agates and cornelian,

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and we also know it's Scottish

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because the silver is hallmarked in Edinburgh.

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Now, it's 1960 in date on that hallmark on the silver.

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But actually, the design goes way back to the Victorian period.

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That's two deals done by Kate,

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but is opponent Caroline keeping to her promise

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to spend big on something tasty?

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Is this your bench?

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It is, yes.

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Now, it looks Victorian to me, is that correct?

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-Mid-19th century, French.

-Yes, that's what I would think.

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And what sort of price is that?

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We're looking for 340.

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-How low could you go?

-Probably £300.

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290, please?

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-290.

-290, OK.

-I'll do it.

-Thank you.

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-You're welcome.

-Thank you very much.

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One buy under her vintage belt and she's sitting pretty.

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There are lots of things I love about this, not least it's French.

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I don't think I would repaint it,

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because that's going to make it look too new.

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I think I'll just give it a bit of a rubdown, a bit of a light sanding,

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and a waxing, and I think this would look stunning anywhere.

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And after that big money purchase, Caroline goes to the other extreme

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as she picks up a lobster pot for a mere £20.

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-Can I choose my pot?

-Choose which one you want.

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I want one with barnacles.

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But will her profit be all at sea?

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The storeholder thought it was probably 20-30 years old.

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It's certainly seen some action.

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It's seen lots of rust and it's covered in barnacles.

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I do have somebody in mind for it, so I jolly well hope he buys it.

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Cos if he doesn't, I don't have anybody else in mind.

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And with Caroline going potty over both her buys,

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it's the end of round three and time to look at the scores.

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From £1,000 of their own cash, Kate has shelled out £431,

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leaving £569 in her kitty.

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Caroline has spent nearly £525,

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so is going to go into round four with just over £475.

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The final battle ground is the foreign market.

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Our relic hunters are in Villeurbanne

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on the outskirts of Lyon in France,

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a brocante jam-packed with French vintage.

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But our Kate has found an English print that's a long way from home.

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It's by Alken,

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who was very much known for doing hunting prints

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and lithographs dating from about the late 19th century.

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And I'm just wondering whether I might have found

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one of my auction pieces.

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IN FRENCH:

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Let's do it.

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So, no horsing around as Kate gets her engraving for just under £7.

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Fancy in Lyon finding something that really couldn't be more English!

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It's called The Right And The Wrong Sort.

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Obviously there's somebody doing a jump just how it should be,

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and this one, the horse, not really liking the fact

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he's got to jump the stream and the hat coming off.

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Now, for eight euros, I think that's a steal.

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And while Kate bolts off in search of French buy number two...

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Across the market,

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Caroline's hoping to capture both her French items at the same time.

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He's explaining it's the end of the market and it's not sunny.

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He wants to try living in Yorkshire!

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I'm going to buy them both.

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Caroline gets two items for just under £9 for the pair

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and puts her Showdown buying to bed.

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Now it's a small double.

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It's in great condition.

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Very often, these are broken at the top.

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It's in the Louis XV style

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but I would think it only dates back to the 1920s, 1930s,

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but I love it.

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A lot of people paint these now.

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I personally would sell this exactly as it is and let the customer decide

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whether they want to paint it or not.

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Moving on to the cot, I love this little bird effect here.

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I think that this is late 19th century, due to the wood used,

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which is walnut.

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It needs putting back together, a bit of wood filler in here,

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a bit of glue, but I am thrilled to bits

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and just about £4!

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£4! Wow!

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And with her Showdown haul complete, she heads off to a pavement cafe.

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Kate isn't far behind, picking up a marble-topped table...

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-Merci beaucoup.

-Have a good day.

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..spending just under £52, and she's all bought up.

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These marble-topped tables have become quite fashionable,

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because they're so practical.

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You know, you've got a nice cold slab to work on in the kitchen

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and underneath you've got a cast-iron base,

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which is probably, I would say, certainly late 19th century in date.

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The nice thing about it is that the marble is all intact.

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And with that, we reach the finish line of our Showdown buying race,

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but before our athletic experts embark on their selling marathon,

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let's see how much they've spent.

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Both our dealers started the challenge

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with £1,000 of their own money.

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Kate has spent less than half her budget, laying out just under £490.

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Caroline has spent slightly more, shelling out just over £533.

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But before the selling shenanigans,

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our tussling two come together to talk shop.

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-So we got it all.

-How good is that?

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Quite a stash.

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So favourite pieces?

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My favourite is the 17th-century oak kist, which is lovely.

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It's almost like a sword chest, isn't it?

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Yeah, yeah. I love that and also the two French pieces I bought today.

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I bought a lovely swinging baby's cradle and Louis XV-style bed.

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-Oh, lovely. Really decorative.

-What about you?

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Well, mine's got to be the luxury brand heels.

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Just my kind of thing.

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I love my Cornish watercolour.

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I think it's really stunning, actually.

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-Yes, yes.

-And it's an artist that I wasn't particularly familiar with,

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so it's been quite fun researching him.

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All we need to do is sell it now.

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Piece of cake! See you at the auction.

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See you then. Bye.

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Back on home turf, and straining under the weight

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of their wisely chosen collectables,

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our agile experts must employ their vast experience to decide

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which of their eight items will be sold privately and which will be

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dispatched to auction.

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At her Hereford headquarters,

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Kate is working out which items to put under the hammer.

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I'm going to put to auction my hunting print.

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It's 19th century.

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The colours are sharp on it.

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It's got a little bit of humour in the subject.

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I think this should go well.

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My shoes, I'm a sucker for a decent pair of heels,

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and I think to the right buyer, these are a gorgeous pair.

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My brooch is a lovely Scottish subject.

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It's in great condition.

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I'm having slight regrets whether I paid a bit too much.

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Wish me luck on that one.

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But my all-time favourite piece is the table.

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In fact, I wish I could keep it for my kitchen -

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and if I don't make profit on that, I'm in the wrong job.

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So that means Kate will need to find private buyers for the 19th century

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Rugby School engraving, contemporary wedding ring,

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Victorian watercolour and the 20th century wicker baskets.

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Over in East Yorkshire, Caroline is sorting out her items for auction.

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This leather case, when I first saw it, I thought gun case,

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but on closer inspection I don't think this is a gun case at all.

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It could be for an engineer or a cartographer,

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and I'm going to put that into auction.

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The cradle is a little bit rickety in places.

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I'm going to give it a bit of a gluing up.

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That one I'm going to put into auction as well.

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This mixed box of...

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I don't want to call it rubbish, but I don't know,

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so I'm going to put the whole caboodle back into auction

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and chance my luck. The baskets, I think those are lovely.

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They're all very, very different.

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I prefer the one at the bottom,

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but I've decided to put those into auction.

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So Caroline will have to find private buyers

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for her 17th-century chest,

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19th-century bench,

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late 20th-century lobster trap and the 1920s French bedframe.

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So both of our savvy sellers are hoping for the biggest profits

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and the thrill of victory,

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but no deal is sealed until a hand is shaken and the money taken.

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Kate makes the first move,

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taking her watercolour of Cornwall to...

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A pub in Brecon in Wales.

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Is there a method in her madness?

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I've come to meet the owner, Edmund,

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because not only does he own this pub,

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but he owns two others down in Cornwall,

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one of which is just up the coast from this very beach.

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So I'm really hoping Edmund will fall in love with my watercolour

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and take it down to the West Country.

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Remember, this little watercolour cost her over £200 at auction.

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Hi, Edmund, great to meet you.

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-How do you do, Kate?

-It's really nice to be here.

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This is the watercolour that I spoke of, so what do you think of it,

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-now you can see it close up?

-It's a nice little watercolour.

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We'd hang it on our walls

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but make it clear to our guests that it's for sale.

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I can easily see someone who's spent a week with us in Mousehole

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wanting to take one of those home.

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For want of a better word, it's a great souvenir piece, isn't it?

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-It is.

-It just captures Cornwall, I think, brilliantly.

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And in fact, Frank Walton,

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when he was painting in the 1850s and '60s,

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was known for his coastal scenes, but also his landscapes.

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The sort of estimate I was hoping for

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was somewhere between £300 and £500.

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I think I'd be struggling up towards 500.

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If I said to you, 420?

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I very much have a number in mind that I'm happy to go to.

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And that is actually 375.

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Could I meet you in the middle and say a nice round 400,

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so I'll come down to meet you a wee bit.

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If it starts with a three?

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If it starts with three, I'm happy.

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395 and you're really twisting my arm.

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-We'll go 395.

-395.

-Very happy with that.

-Fantastic.

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That gentle coastal scene nets Kate a profit of over £194

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and she's off to a dramatic start.

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But there's no time to rest on her laurels,

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as she returns home to Herefordshire

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and sells her two wicker baskets from the '40s and '70s

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to a perfectly-named florist called Heather,

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who plans to use them for wedding flowers.

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105 it is.

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-Done.

-Thank you very much.

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That's a blooming lovely gain of £93 to plant in her profit garden.

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-What do you think?

-Gorgeous.

0:27:250:27:27

-You are a clever lady.

-Thanks!

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Caroline is yet to start selling, but she's on the move in Derbyshire.

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She's decided to paint the 19th-century bench

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that owes her a hefty £290,

0:27:390:27:41

and has had it delivered to caravan park chairman -

0:27:410:27:43

or should that be benchman? - Dom.

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-Hello.

-How are you?

0:27:460:27:48

You've had a look at the bench, what do you think?

0:27:480:27:50

-Do you like it?

-Yes, it's good.

0:27:500:27:52

I'll tell you a bit about it, Dom.

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It's 19th century, French, cast iron, and I think it's hardwood.

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I've given it a lick of paint for you, on the cast-iron metal base.

0:28:000:28:03

I thought this would look great in one of your leisure parks.

0:28:030:28:06

Something like this, to put it on the side

0:28:060:28:08

of one of our holiday lodges...

0:28:080:28:10

You can get the whole family on this, couldn't you?

0:28:100:28:12

Yeah, you could, actually!

0:28:120:28:14

About half a dozen and a dog!

0:28:140:28:16

Well, I was thinking 500?

0:28:180:28:21

Caroline, you're joking.

0:28:210:28:23

You've got no chance of me giving you £500 for this.

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No, I fear that.

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I mean, I can go out and buy any bench,

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it'll cost me £100.

0:28:310:28:32

-So I'm going to be really generous...

-Yeah?

-£300.

0:28:320:28:36

Oh, mon dieu!

0:28:360:28:37

What about...400?

0:28:370:28:40

400?

0:28:400:28:41

-Go on, go on!

-So, I started at three.

0:28:410:28:43

-400.

-OK.

0:28:430:28:45

-Ooh, thank you so much!

-Pleasure.

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And so the Hawk flies off

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with a pretty profit of £110 for her coffer.

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Back in Brough, in East Yorkshire,

0:28:530:28:56

she sells her 17th-century plank chest to Stuart,

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a collector of early oak items for a profit of just under £147,

0:29:000:29:04

drawing level with Kate on two sales each.

0:29:040:29:07

But in Hereford, Miss Bliss is having none of it.

0:29:100:29:13

With her contemporary platinum and diamond wedding ring

0:29:130:29:16

in her clutches, she marches to see jeweller Robert

0:29:160:29:19

and sells it quick-smart.

0:29:190:29:21

So, 180, Robert, will do me.

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-OK, sold.

-If you're happy?

-Yeah, sold.

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Making a faithful profit of just under £27.

0:29:260:29:30

And after doing her homework,

0:29:300:29:32

she's had her 19th-century print of Rugby School's quadrangle spruced up

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with a new mount and frame.

0:29:360:29:38

I've come to meet librarian and archivist Rusty,

0:29:380:29:41

who I'm hoping is going to tell me a little bit more about the history

0:29:410:29:45

surrounding my picture.

0:29:450:29:47

This car-boot bargain owes her £27 after framing costs.

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Well, we've found the scene depicted in my engraving, Rusty.

0:29:530:29:56

-Where are we?

-We're in Old Quad.

0:29:560:29:59

This is the interior of Schoolhouse,

0:29:590:30:00

where the famous headmaster, Thomas Arnold, lived.

0:30:000:30:03

Where probably the most famous pupil would be Lewis Carroll,

0:30:030:30:06

author of Alice In Wonderland, lived.

0:30:060:30:08

Oh, fantastic.

0:30:080:30:10

Well, my engraving, I would say,

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dates to the very early second half of the 19th century, would you say?

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Well, it comes from a book called Memorials Of Rugby,

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which was published in 1843.

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And it echoes a much earlier etching by a chap called Westall,

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which dates back to 1816.

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Is this something you'd like to put on the walls?

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We'd certainly like to put that on our walls.

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Well, that's fantastic.

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In terms of price, I was hoping for around the £250 mark.

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How does that sound?

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Possibly a little bit steep.

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We'd be hoping for something about 150-170 mark.

0:30:450:30:50

Could I push you just a little bit to 200?

0:30:500:30:52

Probably slightly too high for us.

0:30:520:30:54

OK.

0:30:540:30:55

Well, I tell you what, shall we go to 170?

0:30:550:30:59

If you're happy with that?

0:30:590:31:00

-I think 170 would be fine.

-Reasonable?

0:31:000:31:04

-Yeah.

-Lovely. Thank you very much indeed.

-My pleasure.

0:31:040:31:07

That Rugby sale converts to a glorious profit of £143

0:31:070:31:12

after that very genteel wrangle in the quad.

0:31:120:31:14

And brings Kate to the end of her private sales.

0:31:140:31:17

The Hawk still has two items left to shift to private buyers,

0:31:180:31:22

and she hotfoots it to Staithes in Yorkshire,

0:31:220:31:25

where she sells her barnacled lobster pot to fisherman Sean,

0:31:250:31:28

who plans to use it on his boat.

0:31:280:31:30

Let's go 35 and call it quits.

0:31:300:31:32

Brilliant. Thank you very much.

0:31:320:31:35

Reeling in a profit of £15.

0:31:350:31:37

Before she heads off to Milton Keynes

0:31:370:31:39

with her 1920s wooden bed that was a steal at just over £4.

0:31:390:31:44

She's meeting vintage French furniture dealer Sophie.

0:31:440:31:47

Will the bed turn out to be a sleeper?

0:31:470:31:49

-Hello.

-Hello, how are you?

-Lovely to meet you.

0:31:510:31:54

-And you.

-You've had a look at the bed?

0:31:540:31:56

Absolutely beautiful. I usually find them with a lot less decoration.

0:31:560:32:00

Yeah. A lot of people paint these, Sophie.

0:32:000:32:02

What do you feel about that?

0:32:020:32:04

I think it's a very popular thing to do at the moment.

0:32:040:32:07

But, for me, I love the wood.

0:32:070:32:09

I love the quality, I love the depth of colour.

0:32:090:32:12

I prefer them in their original form.

0:32:120:32:14

Having undamaged detail is so difficult to find.

0:32:140:32:18

Yes, there's a little bit of damage here and there,

0:32:180:32:20

but to have it in such good condition is lovely to see.

0:32:200:32:25

I was looking for something like 220?

0:32:250:32:28

Erm, could we say 180?

0:32:280:32:31

-200?

-200.

0:32:310:32:33

Brilliant! Thank you.

0:32:330:32:36

That's a stonking final profit of nearly £196,

0:32:360:32:40

with which the Hawk can feather her charitable nest.

0:32:400:32:43

With all our private sales at an end,

0:32:430:32:45

and the mighty Showdown auction fast approaching,

0:32:450:32:48

let's take a look at the figures so far.

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On the four items Kate has sold, she's made a profit of £457.

0:32:510:32:56

Caroline has also sold four items, making a profit of just over £467.

0:32:570:33:03

Could it get any closer,

0:33:030:33:05

with a mere £10.29 between our antiques experts?

0:33:050:33:09

But for now, they must put all thoughts

0:33:090:33:11

of their former selling triumphs to one side,

0:33:110:33:13

as they face the ups and downs of the dreaded Showdown auction.

0:33:130:33:17

No longer in charge of their own destinies,

0:33:190:33:21

our dealers are in the hands of the team and bidders

0:33:210:33:24

at the Criterion Auctioneers in Wandsworth in south London.

0:33:240:33:27

Our femme fatales rendezvous by the Thames

0:33:270:33:30

to gauge how each other is feeling.

0:33:300:33:32

Hey! Good to see you.

0:33:340:33:35

And you, how are you?

0:33:350:33:37

I'm well, yeah.

0:33:370:33:38

-Got high hopes?

-On some things, I have.

0:33:380:33:41

I'm a little dubious about others.

0:33:410:33:43

Yeah, me too. We're in London,

0:33:430:33:44

so charges at the auction house are relatively high.

0:33:440:33:47

Yeah, but the catchment area is great.

0:33:470:33:50

-I've just seen a Roller going.

-Have you? Well, hopefully...

0:33:500:33:53

It is a well-heeled area, isn't it, here?

0:33:530:33:55

And there should be some good private buyers, hopefully.

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The internet as well.

0:33:580:34:00

-Yes.

-And phone bids. We've got no reserves.

0:34:000:34:02

Sometimes that's a bad thing, isn't it?

0:34:020:34:04

Because, of course, it can go for literally anything.

0:34:040:34:07

-Or nothing.

-Or nothing.

0:34:070:34:08

Oh, crikey, don't say that!

0:34:080:34:10

-No, but that's the beauty of it.

-Now you've got me worried!

0:34:100:34:12

-Let's go and have a look.

-Come on.

0:34:120:34:14

Yes, all smiles on the surface,

0:34:140:34:16

but what do they really think about each other's auction items?

0:34:160:34:19

There's one last chance to check out the competition.

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Kate's 19th-century hunting print by Alken.

0:34:230:34:27

Sadly, I don't think there's going to be a profit in it for her.

0:34:270:34:30

Sorry, Kate.

0:34:300:34:32

Well, I think Caroline's cradle is a beautiful, decorative piece.

0:34:330:34:38

But how commercial is a swinging cradle these days?

0:34:380:34:41

The auctioneer, I see, has estimated it at between £20-40,

0:34:410:34:46

which is probably about right.

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But here in Wandsworth, who knows?

0:34:480:34:51

What do you think?

0:34:510:34:52

HONK!

0:34:520:34:54

Well, Kate's Versace shoes, they are lovely.

0:34:540:34:59

But if somebody's buying a pair of shoes for themselves,

0:34:590:35:03

they would want to try them on.

0:35:030:35:04

So that would limit the market somewhat.

0:35:040:35:07

This is a bit of a mixed bag that Caroline's put in here.

0:35:070:35:10

And in my opinion, this is her weakest lot.

0:35:100:35:13

And also, she bought these at auction,

0:35:130:35:15

so it's quite an interesting choice to put them back into an auction.

0:35:150:35:19

She paid just over £20, and the auctioneer thinks £30-50.

0:35:190:35:26

Well, I really hope he's got that wrong!

0:35:260:35:28

No-holds-barred opinions from our duelling dealers.

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But it's all in the lap of the auction gods now, because...

0:35:320:35:36

We're off! And the first lot up is Kate's Versace shoes,

0:35:360:35:40

which owe her £23.

0:35:400:35:42

I don't know about you, we're both hardened auctioneers,

0:35:420:35:45

but when you're this side of the rostrum,

0:35:450:35:47

there's got to be some nerves at auction.

0:35:470:35:49

It's just so exciting.

0:35:490:35:50

-They're coming up.

-Here we go.

-Cracking little lot.

0:35:500:35:53

Interest here. I have to start at £30.

0:35:530:35:55

Ooh! That's ahead of what I paid.

0:35:550:35:58

But I will take 35.

0:35:580:35:59

-Oh, come on.

-£30 I have on the book.

0:36:010:36:03

-The internet is out. The room is out.

-Oh, no!

0:36:030:36:05

Oh, no! That was quick.

0:36:050:36:07

But after charges and commission, I don't think that is a profit.

0:36:070:36:11

And she'd be right.

0:36:110:36:13

Well-heeled Wandsworth has left her

0:36:130:36:15

with a loss of over £11 after auction fees.

0:36:150:36:17

But can she stay positive with the sale of a 1960s brooch,

0:36:170:36:21

which cost her £40?

0:36:210:36:23

It's a really nice, Scottish one. Silver.

0:36:230:36:26

But, actually, Scottish brooches are doing better than most.

0:36:260:36:29

-Yes, yes.

-So I've got my fingers crossed.

0:36:290:36:31

Start me here at £100.

0:36:310:36:33

£50 then, got to start somewhere.

0:36:330:36:35

-It's struggling.

-£30 anywhere?

0:36:350:36:38

20? £20...

0:36:380:36:39

£20 in the room. Thank you, sir.

0:36:390:36:40

-25, madam?

-Crikey, I need a lot more than that.

0:36:400:36:43

35. 40 now?

0:36:430:36:44

Ooh, it's creeping up.

0:36:440:36:46

£35, then? Final time, the gavel's up...

0:36:460:36:49

-Oh, Kate!

-Oh, no! This isn't going well!

0:36:490:36:52

The brooch goes for £5 less than she paid for it,

0:36:520:36:55

with a prickly loss to Kate of nearly £24 after auction charges.

0:36:550:37:00

Now, it's the Hawk's turn to feel the chill of the auction room,

0:37:000:37:03

as her leather case - which owes her £10 - comes up for sale.

0:37:030:37:06

19th-century leather holder, and start me here at £30?

0:37:060:37:11

-Please.

-Ten, then, start me cheap.

0:37:110:37:12

-£10 bid, thank you.

-Gosh, that's cheap.

0:37:120:37:15

-Oh, it is cheap.

-No, the room is out.

0:37:150:37:18

-You're kidding me.

-£10 to the room, I'm selling...

0:37:180:37:21

No! £10!

0:37:210:37:22

Oh, no! I would have paid 50 quid for that.

0:37:220:37:25

-I loved it.

-I'll get you another one, then!

0:37:250:37:28

A stunned Caroline also crashes and burns with her first item,

0:37:280:37:31

losing just over £18.

0:37:310:37:33

And her late 19th-century French cradle -

0:37:350:37:38

a snip just over £4 when she bought it - doesn't do much better.

0:37:380:37:42

£20, then? Are we all done?

0:37:420:37:44

Final time, internet.

0:37:440:37:46

-Bother.

-"Bother"?

0:37:460:37:49

Times ten.

0:37:490:37:50

Knocking £2.67 off her profit margins after auction costs.

0:37:500:37:56

Can Kate do any better with her late 19th-century table,

0:37:560:37:59

which owes her just under £52?

0:37:590:38:01

Now, I hesitate to say this, but...

0:38:030:38:05

-Go on.

-I was hoping it was going to be my cash cow.

0:38:050:38:08

-Oh, yeah?

-We'll see.

0:38:080:38:10

I've got to start here at 70.

0:38:100:38:12

I really love this.

0:38:120:38:14

75, telephone.

0:38:140:38:15

80 with me. I'll take 85 next bid.

0:38:150:38:17

That's a good start.

0:38:170:38:19

£80 I've got on the book.

0:38:190:38:20

85, we've cleared the commission.

0:38:200:38:22

-Ooh, come on!

-£85 I've got.

0:38:220:38:25

Final time. The gavel's up, internet.

0:38:250:38:27

Yes! The gods are smiling!

0:38:280:38:31

Kate finally makes the first profit of the auction,

0:38:310:38:34

earning just over £10 on the table.

0:38:340:38:37

But, when the horse picture sells for £15,

0:38:370:38:40

she trots off with a loss of almost as much.

0:38:400:38:43

And that's all her items sold.

0:38:430:38:44

Crikey, that went quickly.

0:38:460:38:47

I haven't got a clue whether I made any money or not.

0:38:470:38:50

Caroline still has two items to go.

0:38:500:38:52

Up next, it's her eclectic mixed auction lot that cost over £21.

0:38:520:38:58

The auction I bought it from was not on the internet.

0:38:580:39:01

-Right.

-And this one is.

0:39:010:39:03

It might work to my advantage.

0:39:030:39:05

I can see your thinking. Is it going to work?

0:39:050:39:07

I don't know. Let's find out.

0:39:070:39:10

£20, internet.

0:39:100:39:11

20. 25!

0:39:110:39:14

£30. 35, if you like.

0:39:140:39:16

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?

0:39:160:39:18

£40 on the internet.

0:39:200:39:22

£40!

0:39:220:39:23

And £40...

0:39:230:39:25

-Well, congratulations to you.

-Thank you, thank you, beauty.

0:39:250:39:28

I wouldn't have seen that coming.

0:39:280:39:30

Yes, and Kate might struggle to see

0:39:300:39:32

Caroline's microscopic profit of just 4p after auction fees.

0:39:320:39:36

But, a profit is a profit, nonetheless.

0:39:360:39:39

The Hawk's late 20th-century wicker baskets are the final auction item.

0:39:390:39:43

But will those bidders get carried away?

0:39:430:39:46

The baskets owe her £30.

0:39:460:39:48

I've got a start here at a £50 bid.

0:39:480:39:50

50! £50, straight in!

0:39:500:39:53

55 on the internet.

0:39:530:39:55

60 with me, internet goes 65 and still with you.

0:39:550:39:58

65, and you've cleared the commission.

0:39:580:40:00

-Yes.

-She's getting excited.

0:40:000:40:03

-Whoo!

-65, fantastic!

0:40:040:40:07

That's a good price.

0:40:070:40:09

Kate puts on a brave face as Caroline makes a profit of nearly £16

0:40:090:40:12

and shifts her final item.

0:40:120:40:15

-Do you want a cup of tea?

-I'm desperate for a cup of tea!

0:40:150:40:17

The agonising auction is over, and the private sales are in the past.

0:40:170:40:21

But before we learn which dealer is our Showdown queen,

0:40:210:40:24

let's remind ourselves of what they spent in total.

0:40:240:40:27

Both our experts started out with £1,000 of their own money.

0:40:280:40:32

Kate spent just over half her budget, £514.62,

0:40:320:40:37

including restoration costs.

0:40:370:40:40

Caroline has paid out slightly more, £533.26.

0:40:400:40:45

But now, it all comes down to profit.

0:40:450:40:48

All the money that Kate and Caroline had made from today's challenge

0:40:480:40:52

will go to charities of their choice.

0:40:520:40:53

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

0:40:530:40:57

Showdown champion.

0:40:570:40:59

Hi, there!

0:41:010:41:03

-Have you recovered from that auction?

-Oh, dear.

0:41:030:41:06

It was disappointing in the end.

0:41:060:41:08

It was. You lost a bit, I think I lost even more.

0:41:080:41:11

But the rest of it was good.

0:41:110:41:12

I had a really good sale with the bed,

0:41:120:41:15

and I sold it to a perfect place.

0:41:150:41:17

There was lots of profit from me,

0:41:170:41:18

and I think there'll be lots of profit for her too.

0:41:180:41:20

For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag that I bought.

0:41:200:41:23

-The engraving of Rugby School...

-Yes.

-..that went to Rugby School!

0:41:230:41:27

And then my watercolour, which I loved,

0:41:270:41:30

went a hotelier who has hotels down in Cornwall, in beautiful positions.

0:41:300:41:34

-Oh, lovely.

-So it was perfect.

0:41:340:41:36

So, after all that, I haven't got a clue what's in here, actually.

0:41:360:41:39

-Nor have I. Right.

-Are you ready?

-Yeah.

-I'm not!

0:41:390:41:42

-Three...

-Two...

0:41:420:41:44

-One...

-Go!

0:41:440:41:45

Whoa, that's really close!

0:41:460:41:48

-Look at that!

-Very close.

0:41:500:41:51

Well done, you!

0:41:510:41:52

So, Caroline triumphs, but doesn't end there.

0:41:520:41:56

As our eminent experts have been building up their profit pots

0:41:560:42:00

over a week of challenges.

0:42:000:42:02

But who's made the most money overall?

0:42:020:42:05

-Are we ready?

-Two, three, go!

0:42:050:42:08

-Oh, Kate!

-Whoa, look at that!

0:42:080:42:10

Now, that is a fantastic amount for our charities, isn't it?

0:42:100:42:14

They'll both be thrilled, won't they?

0:42:140:42:16

Do you know, you have been fantastic on this, Caroline.

0:42:160:42:18

I've found a really good mate, despite your competitive edge,

0:42:180:42:22

and I want to do it all over again!

0:42:220:42:23

Yes, Kate is the victor.

0:42:230:42:25

And our daring dealers have accrued more than £5,000 between them.

0:42:250:42:30

And every single penny will be going to their chosen charities.

0:42:300:42:34

My chosen charity is the Marches Family Network in Herefordshire,

0:42:340:42:39

which works with families who have young people with disabilities

0:42:390:42:43

and provides them with services and fun activities.

0:42:430:42:47

My chosen charity is Her Breast Friends,

0:42:470:42:49

a Hull and East Riding breast cancer support charity.

0:42:490:42:52

It's been a week of highs and lows, twists and turns, ups and downs.

0:42:530:42:57

Our excellent experts have really put their money where their mouths are,

0:42:570:43:00

and shown they can make a convincing profit

0:43:000:43:03

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

0:43:030:43:07

It is the finale for Kate Bliss and Caroline Hawley as they enter the showdown. With £1,000 to spend and half their items going to auction, will they be able to turn a profit at all? With Kate banking on a pair of designer shoes, and Caroline putting her faith in a 17th-century chest, it is a tense race to the finish as they discover the week's profits and the overall winner.