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We've all seen them on TV, but how will the country's
favourite antiques experts fare when they're challenged to make a profit with their own cash?
I bought that, hee-hee!
The joy of car boots.
From car boot sales to auction houses, our experts will be recreating
some of their real life deals as they go head to head
and try and make the most money for their chosen charities.
Fondle without fear.
Wait till you hear about this one!
The challenge to our experts is clear - dealers, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!
Today's experts are our very own debonair dealer Jonty "The Hitman" Hearnden
and the First Lady Of Antiques, Kate "Absolute" Bliss.
The daughter of an auctioneer, Kate's been surrounded by antiques all her life,
so it's hardly surprising that she's gone on to become a well-respected independent valuer,
agent and broker, with over a decade of experience under her belt.
I love all those really clean lines and elegant pieces,
but of course, being a girl, I also like jewellery
and I suppose my favourite period in jewellery would be the Belle Epoque period.
Kate's title of the First Lady Of Antiques comes from dispensing
-expert advice on Bargain Hunt and Flog It!
-200, that's cheap!
Look at him. Look at his little face.
-He's beautiful, isn't he?
-Now, Kate's opponent might not have grown up in the antiques world,
but with over 30 years' worth of experience in the trade behind him,
there isn't much he doesn't know about antiques and collectables.
One of the most exciting sales that I've ever undertaken was buying a Tudor bedstead for a client of mine.
It ended up costing them in excess of £30,000, and when that sale actually happened,
it was a very, very exciting moment for me.
A firm favourite with the housewives, this antiques hunter
can be regularly found searching for Cash In The Attic. Now, Kate and Jonty
knew they'd be facing a special final mission and it's time for us to take a look at the moment
they open their envelopes, as we discover exactly what that mission is.
So, Kate, how the devil are you?
Well, I'm pretty good, how's yourself?
I am very, very well indeed.
In fact, I've got a little golden envelope for you.
Well, guess what? I've got one for you!
Let's have a look what this says.
-"Jonty and Kate..."
"..your challenge today is to spend up to £1,000
"of your own money on antiques."
-"You must then re-sell your purchases,
"with the aim of making as much profit as possible.
-"The winner is the expert who makes the most cash."
-Wow! £1,000, eh?
Right... "This is your Showdown."
-"You can buy whatever you like, wherever you like."
-Fantastic, at last!
-But listen to this.
"You must sell your items at a special one-off event."
And right at the bottom, it says, "Good luck." So, Kate,
-may the best boy, or girl, win.
Sounds quite fun, this one.
-Get to work!
-So, the challenge to our experts is to spend up to £1,000
of their own money on antiques.
They can buy them wherever they like, before trying to turn a profit
selling them at a one-off special event.
Pretty much everybody that Kate and Jonty try to buy from will know that
they're on a mission to raise as much money as possible for their charities, and our experts
will be doing everything in their power to persuade people to give them
the best possible prices when they buy and sell the items that they hope will drive them to victory.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Showdown!
I'm going to hand-pick some really good antiques, a cross-section of items, cheap, small,
and then I'm going to invite a hand-picked group of people
along to my business premises for a selling exhibition.
Kate Bliss, I have no idea what you're up to, but I know exactly the road I'm travelling on.
I'm going to do a charity auction, here in Herefordshire.
I've got a great friend who runs a fantastic cafe in a church.
I might even squeeze in a raffle to maximise my profit.
Now I've got to make sure that the pieces that I buy are really top quality to attract people in.
Well, Jonty, I don't know what you're going to do in Oxfordshire
but I think auction plus Herefordshire equals success.
So as our experts jump in their cars, they're both desperate to search out
the pieces that they hope will win them today's contest.
-I'm in a bit of a buying mood today.
-Is it all right if I have a good look around?
-Of course, absolutely.
-I'll catch you later.
The name of the game for The Hitman and Absolute Bliss is to buy potentially profitable pieces
that will encourage the guests at their special events to dig deep.
Remember, they have up to £1,000 of their own money to spend on anything they want.
And there's yet more.
And it looks as though Jonty is mapping out the road ahead.
Now, this is a hand-coloured map
and it's by a known mapmaker called Richard Blome.
Now, Richard Blome was producing maps in the 1670s,
so this is ancient.
1670. Just take a look at it.
Now, here, we've got the British Sea,
which is of course the English Channel,
and the Irish Sea, and parts of Cornwall,
parts of Somerset-shire, look. It's lovely.
And, of course, all of this is hand-coloured,
so it's printed and then
all hand-coloured thereafter, and the colours are still very crisp.
£190. If I can get that for a little less, I think that's a winner.
So, Jonty's hoping to do a deal on the map.
In Herefordshire, Miss Bliss is getting down to work
picking out some potentially profitable pieces of her own.
Now, this is just the sort of thing I'm looking for. It's a very pretty and tidy tea caddy.
Now, the craftsman has been quite clever here,
because in order to present this in the best possible light,
he's saved the very best flame mahogany veneers for the top
and for the front. It's got nice little touches of satinwood stringing along here,
and also, a little inlaid ivory escutcheon where the key goes.
Let's look inside, and you've got two compartments
for two different types of tea. Lift up the lids and you can see
some remnants of the lead lining there to keep the tea fresh.
And these have their original little ivory finials on top,
which are quite sweet, and they fit quite well.
A little bit tatty in the lid, but I don't think people would worry about that,
because these are actually really collectable little items.
I think that might suit my auction really well. I'll leave it there and perhaps have a look round
for something else as well, because if I take two pieces,
you never know, they might do me a better deal.
So, both our experts are being a little cautious,
with neither prepared to dip into their kitties just yet...
-Just two items in the corner there.
..but that could be about to change, because it looks as though The Hitman is making his move.
Now, I've been particularly taken by this necklace here,
because it has a modern feel to it.
And I've just checked the price ticket and the label here,
and it says, "1950s faux-aquamarine
"and clear rhinestone necklace by Orr,"
so that's an American company.
It has very much a contemporary feel,
even though this necklace would have been made 50 years ago.
Now, that's £148 at the moment,
so if I can get that down,
I should think that I should be
into a bit of a profit. I just like the style of it.
I really do like that.
Now, this is much more straightforward, this bracelet.
Now, these are rhinestones.
Now, rhinestones were designed, or are generally called,
anything that imitates a diamond.
What have we got on the ticket? Let me have a look at that.
"1960s, 1970s -
"£68," because I was thinking that I would sell that for around £100,
that sort of ballpark, because I think it's worth it.
So, if I can do a deal on both of those, I'm having them.
So, can our canny collector cut a deal and walk away with his first purchases of the day?
So, we've got 50, 100 and 155.
That's 305. Those are really special prices for you, Jonty.
-Mum's the word.
-Mum's the word.
So, the map, necklace and bracelet
set Jonty back the grand sum of £305. The Hitman
has managed to seal a good deal, but only time will tell if he can make a profit on his purchases.
Well, who would have believed it?
I bought a map and two pieces of jewellery.
Me, Mr Furniture Man!
How extraordinary! Jewellery, Kate, that's so much more your thing.
Our furniture fanatic has thrown down the gauntlet to his rival and is taking on Kate at her own game.
Miss Bliss is a formidable opponent though and has sealed a deal of her own.
She's used all her know-how and expertise to snap up the mahogany tea box
and a striking emerald and diamond ring for a combined sum of £120.
It's fair to say that she's happy with her purchases.
Well, I can hardly believe that. What a great deal! Tea caddy, ring,
all I've got to arrange now is for everybody to fight over them!
Remember, both our experts started out with £1,000 of their own money
to spend on antiques.
Right now, Jonty is flying high,
having spent £305, leaving him
with up to £695 still to spend.
Kate, on the other hand, has parted with £120,
leaving her with up to £880
in her kitty.
MUSIC: "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac
So both our experts have left the grid,
and Jonty's made a fast start driving around the Oxfordshire countryside
and Kate in her beloved Herefordshire.
Both are in search of top gear and Jonty's made a pit stop
to see if one of his contacts in the antiques game has got any items to help him race to victory.
-Oh, I say, I like that chess set. Tell me about that.
-Well, that's a bit of a find.
-It's all there.
-Obviously red-stained for the... For those.
And bone has a deeper fleck, doesn't it, so these flecks here are bone.
And I suppose when you're looking at chess sets like this, it's all down to the quality of the detail.
-What's the best on that?
-That's very tempting. And it is all there,
that's the most important thing, because you just can't sell a set that is incomplete.
-It's all there.
-That's serious food for thought.
-I think that's a lovely chess set.
-That's a great possibility, Jonty.
Now, it's a fine day, and talking of weather, there's a barometer over here that I think is lovely.
I really like that barometer, Jonty.
I'll tell you... I'll tell you why.
It's anything that's this colour oak is very in and it dates from about 1910.
-Now, this is an aneroid barometer.
-So there's no mercury sloshing around in the system.
No, you can move that around, turn it upside down and you'll be fine.
-And I see that it's working beautifully, because it's pointing to fair.
And talking of fair, that's a very fair price, £135. What's the best on that, because I really like that?
-120. That's really good. That's fine. I really like that.
-Fantastic. You have two sales, madam.
-I hope you do well with them.
-Shall I come and pay you?
So the mercurial Jonty Hearnden has bagged a couple more pieces for his exhibition, the chess set
for £160 and the barometer for £120.
No doubt Jonty's hoping he'll emerge as the Grand Master of this war of wits.
But in Herefordshire, Kate's aiming to reclaim the advantage.
Now, a reclamation yard may not be one of Kate's usual hunting grounds, but there's plenty to choose from.
He's an attractive fellow, for a start!
In fact, it looks like they've got just about everything, including the kitchen sink!
Well, I've had a really good mooch about here
and there are all sorts of interesting pieces to buy.
However, not all of them fit my small budget,
but I have found this quirky piece.
Now, this is known as a tree bench,
and it does exactly what it says it does.
It's in two halves, so you can fit it round a lovely tree in your garden,
-so I'm going to find out how much it is. Hey, Rupert.
-I quite like your tree bench.
-It's a nice one, isn't it?
It is, yeah. Would you say it's Regency style?
It's definitely Regency style, typical of the 18th century,
the flat steel, the curves.
Well, how much is it?
Well, I like this, and I reckon somebody else will too. Just perfect.
-Great, well, I think you've got a deal.
She may have an easy-going manner, but make no mistake about it,
Kate's determined to win today's showdown challenge.
£180 for the bench eats up a big chunk of her budget and she'll need to make a good profit on it
at her auction if she wants to beat Jonty.
And, speaking of Mr H, he's hard at work trying to add to the haul of items for his selling exhibition.
Ah, Amanda, how are you?
-What are these?
-Yeah, these are gorgeous, aren't they? These are Murano glass.
Murano glass? Now, we're talking, because I love Murano glass
-and it's very saleable, it's also very fashionable.
-No, they've been really popular.
-That's music to my ears. That's what I wanted to hear.
-Think it goes with the blue?
-I might give it a miss.
Mmm, that's the second lot of jewellery Jonty's bought.
He's done a deal for a collection of Murano glass earrings and assorted items for £200.
Well, I'm really pleased with my purchases, but I've still got a bit of money to invest and,
as a consequence, I'm going to go indoors and think about my next move.
Well, Jonty seems pretty pleased with his progress.
In Herefordshire, his rival isn't sounding,
quite so confident.
Well, it's easy to find something for myself,
because I know what I like,
but buying something for somebody else, now, that's a bit trickier.
I've come to see some old friends of mine here, who have a huge variety of interesting stuff.
Let's hope I can find something suitable here.
-What have you found?
I like that wine coaster you've got there.
Yes, that's very nice.
Lovely. Thank you very much.
-So, it's plated, rather than silver.
-Unfortunately, yes, yeah.
Because it would be a good lump of silver, wouldn't it, if it was?
-Yeah. It's silver plate on copper.
If you look here, you can see where it's worn through
-and you can see the copper coming through.
-Just a tiny bit peeping through.
That's quite nice because Sheffield plate, or plate on copper, that they did in Sheffield,
is much more desirable than just silver plate on a base metal.
And I'd be a bit suspect if there wasn't some sort of wear to it.
-And a really nice wooden base there.
-Yeah. I think that's mahogany,
I'm not really sure, but I think so.
And early 19th century, would you say?
Yes, easily. It's very nice. Just right for its period.
What have you got on there? 88. What could you do for me on that?
-As it's you, I'll do 70.
-Yeah, go on then, as it's you. Come on.
Fantastic. I'd better find you a bottle, hadn't I?
Yes, Kate's certainly got plenty of bottle, and has just paid £65 for the wine coaster.
Both our knights of the barter are charging ahead with their showdown plans,
but who's been spending like a WAG and whose credit is crunching?
Jonty "The Hitman" Hearnden has dug deep into his kitty
and parted with a total of £785,
leaving 215 still to spend.
Kate "Absolute" Bliss is being a little more careful with her cash,
having spent £365,
leaving £635 in her kitty.
So, both our experts have still got hundreds of pounds left to spend
and Mr Hearnden is keen to buy more items with his cash.
I'm here in Oxford to pop into a shop that I know very well,
because I've got some dapper gents coming to my selling exhibition
and I want some jewellery for them, so I've got something in mind.
Once again, Jonty has moved outside his comfort zone and into the world of fashion.
Here we see our antiques fashionista in chinos and a cheeky cerise check!
This smart little number is the man about town.
And there's only one look for the weekend, yes, quilted.
Even on the sports field, you won't catch The Hitman in a tracksuit.
-But we can reveal his secret to fashion success,
a different colour V-neck jumper for every day of the week.
Yes, he might have more looks than Victoria Beckham,
but making money from men's jewellery
is not really Jonty's strong point, so he's taking a bit of a risk here.
His stylish opponent has also been busy.
Now, I have found three more items.
I will show you them a little bit later on.
Well, that's all very mysterious, but Kate's not the only one on a secret mission.
Jonty has also bought a mystery item
that he will be revealing shortly.
First, he's rolling up his sleeves and trying to make another purchase.
-Oh, hi, Jonty!
-Cufflinks. What have you got? Have you got anything stashed away?
I have got some good ones, actually, yes.
What have you got? Show me.
Show me. I've bought loads of jewellery for some ladies, but I now need it for gents.
-What have you got? Oh, I like that. So those are enamel ones, those are nice.
-Yeah, the Deco period.
-These are fun. Look at those!
-They're great fun!
-Wow, I like those. Tell me about those.
When I bought them, I thought they might be Bakelite,
then I've looked at them a bit more and I think they're probably vulcanite, like sulphurised rubber.
-So I think they're between Edwardian and 1920s.
But those are 18, yes, OK. I like those.
What about these? I like those. Are those gold?
No, no, they're only gold plate.
-But they are '40s - you can see that, can't you?
-Yes, I like those.
-Those are really good. So they're just gold-plated?
-OK. And the price tag of 1940s, £14.
You're talking my kind of language. OK. If I bought those two,
-could you give me a little, tiny little soupcon off?
-I could indeed.
-We can go 15 on there, and I can do 12 on there for you, Jonty.
-And I hope you win.
-Music to my ears!
-Let's shake on it.
-Those are purchased.
OK, brilliant. Thank you.
So, our very own dedicated follower of fashion has bought himself
two pairs of cufflinks and has decided that
he's got everything he needs for his selling exhibition.
Kate has also been hard at work and is set to reveal
her clandestine purchases.
These are my secret weapons that I'm hoping are going to do really well.
Now, first of all, I'll show you what's in my little box.
Now, what we have is a little nine-carat gold lapel pin,
or tie pin, if you like,
and it's beautifully cast in the form of a horse's head.
I've picked this particularly
because Herefordshire is a very horsey county.
Secondly, I've got this beautiful solid silver basket. It's Victorian,
you've got hallmarks on the bottom,
it dates from 1897 and it's in great condition.
I've given it a little polish
and it's really brought up these embossed harebells really nicely.
It's got a really sweet beaded border around the edge,
and I think as a pretty little piece of silver,
quite a few people are going to like that.
Now, my last piece I'm hoping is going to bring my most profit.
It's a table lamp, and I've chosen this particularly
because everybody likes lamps about their home.
It's not only functional, but also a really good decorative piece.
Now, it's quite unusual, in that it's got a lovely cast Corinthian capital
at the top, and then, we've got acorns and oak leaves
trailing in a spiral around the column.
A lovely square base, and just a little detail which gives it
a note of quality is this lovely family crest
that's engraved on the base,
that dates from the 19th century, so it also gives it its age.
I've polished it up and I think it looks pretty smart.
Well, those three items set Kate back £120
and are the final piece in her auction jigsaw,
so it's time to find out just how much money
she and Jonty have spent on their showdown items.
Remember, today's experts can spend up to £1,000 of their own money.
Jonty's shelled out a total of £897
from his kitty, which includes
paying for a mystery item.
While opponent, Absolute Bliss,
has spent £485 on items to sell,
has increased her spend to 850
by paying to put on her event
and by buying a bottle of champagne to raffle off.
At the end of today's romp through the world of antiques, our dynamite dealers have proved once again
that they can spot a bargain and are performing at the top of their game.
Kate "Absolute" Bliss has stockpiled a 19th-century bottle coaster,
a Georgian mahogany tea caddy,
a Victorian silver bonbon dish,
a Regency-style tree bench,
a nine-carat gold lapel pin,
a diamond and emerald ring,
a 19th-century table lamp,
and a very fine bottle of champagne to raffle.
Jonty "The Hitman" Hearnden also shopped till he dropped,
purchasing a 19th-century bone chess set,
an aneroid barometer from around 1910,
a 17th-century map,
a 1950s rhinestone necklace and bracelet,
a 1920s and 1940s pair of cufflinks,
a collection of Murano glass jewellery,
and a mystery item that's yet to be revealed.
Today's showdown challenge is going to decide the outcome
of the weekly battle for profits between Kate and Jonty.
Remember, our dynamite dealers can each spend up to £1,000 of their own money,
with all the profits going to a good cause of their choice.
In order to sell all her items Kate is holding an auction
in Herefordshire complete with outside catering
which she's paid for out of her kitty.
She's hoping this added touch will give her event an upmarket feel and persuade people to dig deep.
Right, we're getting there, I think, we're getting there.
Time to start unloading.
Jonty is holding a selling exhibition in his shop and to keep costs down
his family and friends have all pitched in to help him with drinks and canapes.
Now, that looks very nice indeed.
He's spoken to his guests about the items he'll be selling and given them ballpark figures,
but none of them have seen the items
so until the money's changed hands no deal is sealed.
And then there was light!
All the guests at both events will know The Hitman and Miss Bliss are raising money for charity
and our experts are doing everything in their power to maximise their profits.
Excellent! Look, proper jewels!
With both our rivals working hard to make their showdown events a success the pressure is mounting.
Only half an hour to go!
But, as ever, The Hitman is cool, calm and collected
and he's about to reveal his mystery item.
This is a lovely English silver bowl.
It's not particularly old, but it has a lovely style to it.
Now what I'm going to do with this is I'm not going to sell it,
I'm going to raffle it,
and I'm to persuade everyone who walks in through the door
to buy a raffle ticket so this is my trump card.
Very cunning, Mr Hearnden, very cunning indeed.
The silver bowl set Jonty back £85,
but he hopes his plan to sell it in a licensed raffle
will give him a great return.
And it seems great minds think alike because Miss Bliss has also
organised a licensed raffle for a rather special bottle of champagne.
Speaking of Kate, her saleroom is packed to the rafters
and the assembled great and good of Hereford are warming up for the main event.
Oh, my goodness, I am really short of time.
This is going to be the quickest change you have ever seen.
Quickest change in history.
Well, I'm all set for my charity auction
and I'm going to put my money where my mouth is.
Let's go and make some money!
Well, our very own Wonder Woman is ready for action.
Kate's invited pretty much everyone in her contact book to her event
and all that's left is for her to open proceedings.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all very much for coming this evening.
After the auction I'll do the raffle so don't go away.
We have seven fantastic lots here this evening. Let's go on.
Lot number one is over there.
It is this beautiful plated wine coaster.
Remember, the 19th century silver-plated bottle coaster set Kate back £65.
Will her eye for silver see her coast to a profit?
What are we going to say for that, ladies and gentlemen?
Start me at £200. Do I see £200? 100, then. Don't be shy.
The first lot is always the cheapest.
100 I have just before you. 110? 110. 110 I have.
At 110 is standing.
At 110. Do I see 120? At 120.
Do I see 130? At 130. 130, thank you.
130 the hand. At 130, don't be shy.
At 130 is here. All done, then?
All done and sold then at 130. Thank you very much, madam, over there.
£130 gives Kate a £65 profit.
Having grown up as the daughter of an auctioneer,
Kate is using all her auctioneering experience
and with the scent of profit in the air she moves swiftly on to her next lot.
Lot number two, Toby, is the Georgian flame mahogany tea caddy.
Now this is a lovely little lot.
It's not often you find these lovely Georgian tea caddies in such original condition.
It's got its two interior lids and a sweet little ivory escutcheon.
What will we say for that?
Start me at 100, ladies and gentlemen. It ought to be 100.
You'd pay that in a saleroom. 100 is bid.
At 100 right in front. Ladies are in. 110. 110. 120.
120 I have. It's against you, sir.
140. 140 I have. It's a lady. At 140.
Do I see 50? At 140 it is you, madam.
I won't rob you. At 140. In the front.
150? 150 I see. At 150 fresh blood. 160.
We've got family competition. 160. At 160 I'm bid.
It's on the right at £160. All done?
170. At 180, thank you. At 180.
At 180. All done at £180?
And I'm selling, all done and finished at 180.
A sale price of £180 has turned a blistering profit of £120 for Kate.
And there's more good news when her Victorian silver bonbon dish
adds another £135 to her profit pot.
For you, sir. 180, thank you very much.
Her first three sales have given her a commanding lead but,
when any great prizefighter is on the ropes they come out fighting
and The Hitman is no different.
His guests are beating a path to his door
and Hearnden HQ is almost fit to burst.
All that remains is for our genial gentlemen, Jonty, to get this party started.
# I'm coming up
# So you'd better get this party started. #
As Jonty works the room there's interest in the barometer that cost him £120.
I've been looking for a barometer.
I always wanted a barometer.
My mother had a barometer in her house,
I always coveted it, played with it, you know,
as you do every time you go down the hall knocking it,
and when she died it went to my niece
so I haven't got a barometer and I've been looking for one for ages.
-So you've been the barometerless...
-I have indeed.
-For a long time in your life.
-It's terrible. Absolutely.
The price, I'm looking for £200 for it, that's what I'm looking for.
-You looked stunned.
Is that your best deal?
You know, it is a little damaged.
Well, yes, there is... Actually, you're absolutely right.
There's a little nick just off here.
I didn't notice it when I bought it, it's been cleverly polished in.
Of course, if you want me to discount it I will,
so what about 180?
That sounds good to me. I really like it.
-It's a deal.
Now that's what you call fair weather!
The barometer has added £60 to Jonty's kitty.
He also bags a combined profit of £23 for his two pairs of cufflinks.
The Hitman is also inviting sealed bids for his necklace.
It's a popular way of maximising profits at charity events.
As the bids come in he also bags £50 for his 1960s rhinestone bracelent.
-Do you want to try it on?
-I'd love to.
-There we go.
Seal it with a kiss.
Seal it with a kiss.
And one for luck?
In Herefordshire it's time for Kate's tree bench to go under the hammer.
And now we go to lot number four,
which is the biggest lot of this evening,
it's right in the centre and this would be
a super centrepiece for any garden, big or small,
you've just got to find the tree.
It might take quite a bit of time to grow it in the middle, but there we have it.
It's the seat, it comes in two parts, obviously.
It's Regency style with that lovely strap work top.
Ladies and gentlemen, it ought to be £400.
Well, Kate might want £400 for the bench,
but in order to make a profit
she only needs the bidding to go higher than the £180 she paid.
Start me at two and we'll start. £200 do I see? A 200 I'm bid.
At 200. At 200, gentlemen in brown.
220. Three bidders. 230. 240.
At 240 is here. 250. At 250.
Four of you. 260. At 260 I'm bid.
At 260. It's all gone quiet at 260. 270, fresh blood. At 280.
90, sir? 290.
At 290 right at the back. At 290.You can come back.
Do I see 300? Come on, gentlemen, round it up. 300 I have.
At 300 in the middle.
320. At 320, standing. At 320. Do I see 40?
Thank you, right in the middle.
At 340. 50 I'll do.
At 340 it's in the middle. At £340. Do I see another 10?
At £340 for the bench.
At 340 then all done.
I'm selling, it's had its time. For you, sir, thank you.
That's another big sale and another big profit.
And she follows it up with the sale of her nine carat gold lapel pin.
Where are you horse lovers? £80 and I'm selling.
For you, sir, thank you.
Oh, all of a sudden it's not quite so blissful for Kate.
A £60 profit is her smallest so far.
In Oxfordshire, Miss Bliss's rival is hoping the map
which he bought for £155 will put him on the road to victory.
Now, John, what do you think about this map?
It's great. The question is, where did you find it?
-That's my secret.
-Your trade secret.
-My trade secret, yeah.
I've got a cottage in Devon and I...
Now, I thought you did. I knew that you had a cottage in Devon.
I can visualise a place to put it.
-And it would go very nicely.
-Do you think so?
-So, the question is, how much do you want for it?
The death is 250 quid. What do you think?
-For a bit of old map?
-It's just a...
-Well, OK. Done.
-That's brilliant. Thank you very much, John. Lovely.
Nicely done, Mr H. That deal has secured him a £95 profit.
There's more good news as there's interest in his bone chess set.
I've got to sell this tonight. £300.
Jonty, I thought I heard you quote £250 to somebody else earlier.
Would I do such a thing, Mike?
Yes, you would, I've known you for a long time.
What about 275?
You mean, you've only raised it by 25!
I think our son would really like this.
You can spend pounds buying a contemporary chess set,
but if you want something antique, quality,
something that will last, something that will go through the generations of course you have to pay more.
He's good, he's good.
That sale gives Jonty a further £115 in his profit pot.
Our two antiques grand masters are locked in a no-holds-barred battle
but which one of them has been making the most profitable moves.
Jonty has sold £855 worth of antiques and made £343 of profit.
He's closed the gap on his rival, Kate,
who's sold a total of £910 worth of items netting profits of £540.
Kate and Jonty have been locked in antiques combat all week
and today's showdown challenge could still go either way.
Remember Jonty's secret silver bowl which he decided to raffle?
He's had his very own Debbie McGee, his wife, Toni,
helping to sell raffle tickets in the shape of flowers at £20 each.
We'll find out a little later how successful this tactic proved to be.
And, speaking of tactics,
another of Jonty's cunning plans has paid dividends.
His modern jewellery collection has been selling like hotcakes.
In total, the various items set him back £200
and after a stampede of jewel-loving ladies he's turned a profit of £175.
Kate still has items left to sell.
On we go to the dress ring.
Now this really is a super piece.
It's set with numerous diamonds and really good coloured emeralds,
a really strong green colour, and it's quite a good size.
Remember Kate's diamond and emerald ring cost her £60.
Start me at 200. £200. 200 is very reasonable.
Lots of diamonds in there and emeralds.
£200. Do I see 200? 150 then.
100 I'm bid. 110. 110 I'm bid.
120. 120, three of you. 130.
140. 140 I'm bid this way. At 140.
150, fresh blood.
160. 170. 180. 190.
190 I'm bid. At 190.
One of you. 200.
£200 and the price is still rising.
This is fantastic auctioneering from Miss Bliss.
220. 230. 240.
250. 260. 270. 280.
300. At £300. Fresh blood at 320.
At 320 front row. At 320.
May I see 40, sir?
Don't duck down, that's not allowed!
At 320 is front row.
At £320. Front row has it then.
All done? Selling at 320.
£320 lands Kate a whopping £260 of profit
and piles the pressure on to her rival.
On we go. This is the very last chance you've got of taking
an item away with you this evening, the very last lot, and here it is.
It's this lovely silver-plated table lamp. It is Victorian.
It has a cream shade which I think goes rather nicely.
Beautifully cast with trailing acorns,
which is actually rather unusual.
So, the silver-plated lamp is Kate's final auction item.
It cost her just £55,
but the winning bidder should get it checked out by an electrician,
and that will cost money,
so she might struggle to make a huge profit.
Start me at 150. £150. Do I see 150?
150 I'm bid. At 150 I'm bid. 160.
170. At 170 in the middle. 180.
180 I'm bid. At 180 is there.
190. 190. Do I see two?
You can't stop there. At £190. 200.
At 200 right in the middle. At £200.
Do I see 210? At 210 I'm bid.
Right in the middle at £210.
Quite sure? There's my bidder right in the middle, you can all join in.
At £210 then and I'm going to sell.
Thank you, Tony. £210.
Another profitable sale for Absolute Bliss.
The lamp lights up the end of Kate's auction
and drops another £155 in her kitty.
That concludes the auction, thank you very much.
I'm going to take a break for two minutes.
If you haven't got a raffle ticket please do go and buy one,
we're still selling them just near the door there
and I'll see you in a moment. Thank you very much.
Thanks to her extensive contacts book at her years of auctioneering experience,
Kate has ensured a high turnout and pulled in some gigantic profits on her purchases.
Her opponent has been charming his way to impressive profits
and he's poised to announce
the lucky winner of his solid silver dish.
Right, without further ado, it's time to do the raffle first,
so first of all can you check that you have got your numbers available, that you can see your numbers?
Right, Toni, do you want to pluck a number?
So long as it's 22.
Oh, the tension mounts!
OK, here we go.
Right, are you ready?
It's number two and the number three,
so it's 23.
It's you! Oh!
I've never won anything in my life!
-Darling, thank you.
Now, this is a solid silver bowl.
You can put your peanuts in there.
Oh, I really wanted to win it.
-Well done. That's brilliant. Fantastic.
There you have it, one very lucky winner
and the raffle generated profits of £175 for "The Hitman" Hearnden.
Right now, Jonty's snapping at Kate's heels in today's competition
and he still has his sealed bids for the necklace left to reveal.
Right, are we ready for the blind sealed bids?
The winner is...
Well done, Jonty!
The Hitman's banked an impressive £150 profit on the necklace,
but will it be enough to claim victory?
His rival has one last trick up her sleeve.
Her swanky event may have cost her hundreds of pounds to put on,
but all the assembled guests have been happily buying raffle tickets at £10 each.
Someone will be taking home a very nice bottle of champagne.
Have a good rummage.
Have a look. Who've we got?
The winner is Andrew Lampert.
Kate's gamble really paid off.
Her raffle made a staggering £1,135 profit.
Well, what a whirlwind that was! All the lots flew.
In fact, I made money on every single one of them
and it was great having the gavel back in my hand and selling.
Tonight was a wonderful, wonderful evening.
A big success.
All I need now is a big sleep.
With our experts' events wrapped up, all that remains is to reveal
which of our duelling duo has made the biggest profit.
Both Jonty and Kate were allowed to spend
up to £1,000 of their own money on items for their special events.
Jonty spent £897 buying eight items for his selling exhibition.
His rival, Kate Absolute" Bliss, spent a total of £850 on eight items
and entertaining her guests at a charity auction.
After a nail-biting showdown it's time to find out which of our experts
has made the biggest profit from their special event.
-Ah ha, Jonty!
-Kate. This is it.
-This is the showdown.
This is the big one.
Now, are we ready to do this? Shall we?
-Come on, then.
-OK, after three. One, two...
-Oh, look at that!
-Wow! You whopped me!
You beat me!
Well, about time.
Kate, well done.
Yes, that's a resounding victory for Miss Bliss, but we're not done yet.
Kate and Jonty have been battling it out all week to raise money for their chosen charities,
so it's time to find out who has made the biggest overall profit.
Well, shall we see who's won overall because it's going to be tight?
-It's going to be so tight.
One, two, three!
Oh, my goodness, I can't believe how close it is!
-That's so close.
-Look at that!
-That is so close.
That is less than £100 in it. Oh, well done, Jonty. Well done, you.
-But we've both raised so much money.
-That is great to give to my charity.
Congratulations. Well done.
-Well done, you.
-We have both done so well.
Do you know, it's been hard work, hasn't it?
-I think we both deserve a huge celebration.
-A huge celebration.
-Come on, let's do it.
Well, Jonty might have emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins,
but both experts made tremendous profits
and all that cash will be going to their chosen charities.
The money I've raised today will all go to Helen & Douglas House,
which is a children and young adults hospice based in Oxford.
I'm really pleased that over the whole week I've raised over £3,000
and I can't wait to hand that over to the Herefordshire Alzheimer's Society.
So, Kate and Jonty worked their socks off and rose admirably to the challenge.
Next week we'll be laying down the gauntlet once again, finding out if two more of
our favourite antiques experts are up to the task as we say,
"Dealers, put your money where your mouth is!"
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