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Philip Serrell v David Harper: UK Antiques Market

Antiques challenge. Phil Serrell takes on David Harper to see who can make the most money buying and selling antiques from Swinderby antiques fair.


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'How will the country's top antiques experts get on making a profit

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'with their own hard-earned cash?'

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I'll switch on my bargain-o-meter.

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Knocker Knowles, I'm right on your heel.

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'From car boot sales to auctions,

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'our experts will be recreating some of their real-life deals

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'as they try to make the most money for their chosen charities.'

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-You watch out, Miss Bliss!

-The pressure is really on.

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'The challenge is clear.

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'Dealers, put your money where your mouth is!"

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'Today's antiques rivals are the cunning Philip "The Fox" Serrell

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'and devilish David Harper.

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'Philip is the seasoned professional with his own saleroom in Worcestershire.'

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Start me off. £500? Did someone cough then?

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'And years sharing knowledge on Flog It.'

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Knowing your buyer. That's how you sell things.

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'He may be the junior warrior today,

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'but David has 20 years in the trade under his belt.'

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You are, effectively, a treasure hunter.

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'He's been a regular expert on Bargain Hunt, travelling the country in search of hidden gems.'

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20 quid a go. Happy, happy, happy.

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'So, we have our experts with their reputations, and the hope of their charities, on the line.

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'Time for us to find out the aim of today's challenge.'

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David, how are you?

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-Lovely to see you, Philip. How are you?

-Really well.

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-We appear to be on a disused airfield.

-I hope it's disused!

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-Shall we swap?

-Yeah. Shall I go?

-Absolutely.

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"Philip and David, your challenge is to spend up to £750

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"of your own money on antiques, then re-sell your purchases

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"and make as much profit as possible.

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"The winner is the presenter who makes the most cash."

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"Today, you must buy all your antiques from an antique fair."

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-Heavens above!

-"Good luck!"

-Good luck. I'll see you on the road.

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'So, our antiques thoroughbreds each have to spend up to £750,

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'buying antiques which they'll try to sell for a profit.

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'Pretty much everybody that David and Philip do deals with

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'will be aware that they're on a mission to raise money for charity.

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'Our experts will do everything to persuade people

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'to give the best prices when they buy AND sell the items they hope will drive them to victory.

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'Our dynamic duo are going head-to-head at Swinderby Antiques Fair in Lincolnshire.

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'In order to emerge victorious in today's battle,

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'Philip plans to purchase items with potential buyers in mind.

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'David is going to be concentrating on buying architectural antiques.

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'Garden furniture, to you and me.'

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I may look like I'm relaxing but I'm actually working really hard,

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trying out for size and comfort this fantastic-looking garden bench

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in the style of Coalbrookdale.

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Coalbrookdale, Shropshire manufacturing company,

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made fantastic and ornate

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and very, very expensive, and very, very collectable today,

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garden furniture made out of big chunky wrought iron and cast iron.

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This - the style of - is late 19th century.

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Coalbrookdale was formed in 1708, so it's been making fantastic pieces for a long time.

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They made the big gates at Hyde Park.

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Look at the arm on that thing!

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It looks gnarly and it's meant to resemble a tree.

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Two problems we've got here.

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It's not Coalbrookdale. It would have been stamped.

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And when you go down this end, it kind of loses the plot altogether.

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Such a shame it's rotted, but it's been there for a long time.

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So removing the bolts is going to be an absolute monster of a job,

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but probably well worth doing.

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What I'd really like to do is replace the two of them

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with two massive slabs of beautifully oiled oak.

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If this was Coalbrookdale and stamped,

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even in this condition, you'd be happy to pay £1,000 to £2,000.

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However, it's "in the style of" so, finished -

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you couldn't sell it like this - it's got to be worth maybe 350?

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'David thinks he's onto a winner with the battered bench, and wastes no time in snapping it up for £130.

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'He's so pleased that he buys another one.'

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Not as nice as my other one but, at 90 quid,

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it would make a good partner.

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'Mr Harper is off to a flyer but The Fox is on his tail - or bumper.'

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# Here in my car I can only receive

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# I can listen to you

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# It keeps me stable for days in cars...#

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I love looking through cases like this.

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It's a history of the British sports car through the 1950s and '60s.

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We've got a Vanwall, an Austin Healey, a Triumph. It's superb.

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Toys are hugely collectable.

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The record price for a toy is into five figures.

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Really, you want them boxed - mint and boxed.

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We've got an XK150,

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a Le Mans winning D-type Jaguar,

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but that's the beauty for me.

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This is an Aston Martin DB2.

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The DB stands for David Brown, the tractor maker,

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who bought Aston Martin in about 1951.

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The DB2 dates from around 1953, 1955, something like that.

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This particular little model is by Minimodels Ltd Scalex,

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probably a forerunner of Scalextric.

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It works by this flywheel.

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You wind it up and it makes the front wheels spin at a faster rate.

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Now, this isn't mint and it's not boxed.

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It looks like we've had a prang at Silverstone, but I like that.

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I know a man who races a real one of these.

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I reckon I'm ahead of the game.

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If he sees that and likes it,

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and bear in mind he's got a real one of these and not a toy one,

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that's £100.

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So if I negotiate this way, I've got instant profit.

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I think I'm getting the hang of this game. Sir...

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'Philip's following his strategy, but can he get the toy car for the right price?'

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-I really like that.

-Yeah.

-What's the best you can do it for?

-£60.

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£60? It's had a re-paint. It's bent. I expect the chassis' broken.

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-Wire wheels are missing.

-Maybe it wants a decoke and new wings?

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We could all do with that. Go on. 40 quid.

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-Er... 45. Split the difference. 45.

-I've got to try and sell this now.

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-You'll make a profit on that, surely?

-I'm not so optimistic.

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-Go on, then.

-Deal.

-Deal done.

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'The Fox stuck to his plan and bagged the car for a decent price.

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'His opponent has found something to tickle his fancy.'

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You love that, Philip, don't you? Isn't that gorgeous?

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You're a good boy, Philip, a good boy!

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'Whilst you're joking around, The Fox - not the stuffed one -

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'has parted with a second wad of cash for a quirky item.'

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Do you remember the Olympics when the Scottish ladies' team

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represented Great Britain and won us a gold medal at curling?

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Some people cruelly referred to it as Olympic housekeeping

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because of the sweeping.

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I bought them for £110, which I think's an absolute snip.

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Also, if you feel a bit weak and you want to work out,

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they're terrific dumbbells.

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'With the experts working their way around the fair,

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'they're having no problems spending their money.

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'Mr Harper's pounced on another bargain.'

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45 quid! It's got to be a goer.

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'Devilish David is piling up pressure on his opponent.

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'Luckily, Philip has made another buy - a tiny weeny one.'

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Do you know? I'm really pleased with this little sweetie.

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It's a great little object dating from around 1900.

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What I love is the story it tells. It's made of vegetable ivory.

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Vegetable ivory is part of the seed from the elephant palm tree.

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It was used because this little part of the seed, when it was dried out,

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looked and carved just like elephant ivory.

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More friendly in terms of saving our planet. What a great little thing!

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Carved, and the secret is... it's a little thimble holder.

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If we open the top, in there, we've got a hallmarked silver thimble.

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I doubt whether the two started life together.

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I suspect the dealer put them together, but what a great object.

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It's priced up at £35 and I've managed to buy that for £25.

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I think that's going to sell to one of two people.

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Either to the treen collector... Now, treen is turned wood.

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Whilst it's not made of wood, it falls into that category.

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It's also going to be attractive to a collector of sewing memorabilia.

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I'm really pleased. Bit of a profit here, I hope.

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Not huge, but it's a profit.

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'And profit, after all, is the name of the game.

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'Devilish David is hot on the trail of some outdoor antiques.'

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I've said I'm looking for garden furniture and these fit the bill,

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even though they may not have been made for the garden.

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What do you think they are?

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A pair of stands made out of glazed terracotta.

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Both the same mould, but one has fired differently.

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That treacle glaze, similar colour to a chimney pot. Really bomb-proof!

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Probably spent their time in a big Victorian conservatory.

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They would sit beautifully outside.

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Also, you could make make them into a pair of outdoor seats.

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Make a couple of cushions and Bob's your uncle,

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you've got a nice pair of seats.

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It's down to price. Anything under 100 quid, I'd be happy.

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Let's find out.

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Hi there. What's the absolute - be kind - the absolute death?

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-120 I'm looking for them.

-120.

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Um... You couldn't do 70?

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90 quid.

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90 quid for the pair! Meet me halfway. 80 and I'll have them.

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-We'll have a deal then.

-Good man.

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'That's £20 less than Devilish David was willing to pay.

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'Smoothly done. He's on a buying spree and also bags

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'a mahogany framed oval mirror for just £18.

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'The Fox is also on the prowl for potential profit.

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'He's a little late to buy these next two items.'

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I saw these earlier and the trader told me they're £120.

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They're late 19th, early 20th century salt-glazed pedestals.

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If I can get these at £100, they'll be a good buy.

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Excuse me. You quoted me £120. Is there any movement?

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Your friend Mr Harper's beaten you to it.

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'Devilish David is one step ahead and, even with a huge market,

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'he seems to have every stall covered.'

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You ain't seen me, right?

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# I always feels like somebody's watching me... #

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I can't believe it! He is everywhere!

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'Philip needs to employ all his cunning skills to find the bargains before his rival.

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'David has taken aim at another item.'

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Don't you LOVE the antique business?

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It's full of mad, bizarre items you've never seen in your life.

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Just look at that! You're shouting, "It's a revolver!"

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It looks like a revolver with that revolving barrel, not a pistol.

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It was made for a very strange lady. I've got to show you why.

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Open the barrel and what do we have?

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A compact mirror for putting your lipstick on.

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Inside, where bullets should have gone,

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you get a reel of cotton.

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Round the outside, looking like bullets, are pins. It gets madder.

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On the lovely handle, which is beech and ebonised and worn perfectly,

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there's a little brass lid and inside there would be some needles.

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This is a very strange lady!

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Looking at the design of the pistol,

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that it's made out of nickel, that lovely ebonised worn beech,

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it's got to be 1880, 1890, maybe.

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Not much later. I paid 100 quid.

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I think that's the kind of thing that a good dealer would kill for.

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'That hot-shot purchase adds another item to David's stash.

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'Which of our antiques gunslingers is riding to success?

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'And who needs to be quicker on the draw?

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'They started with a budget of £750 each.

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'Philip's netted just three items and spent £180,

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'leaving £570 to play with.

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'His opponent has been on a shopping spree, with six items in the bag.

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'Philip might not have spent as much but with plenty of stalls

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'he won't be giving up without a fight.

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'Getting round a huge market is hard work.

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'Our gents joined forces and commandeered a flash set of wheels.'

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# ..Head out on the highway

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# Lookin' for adventure

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# And whatever comes our way

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# Yeah, darlin', gonna make it happen... #

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'Having made a whistlestop tour, it's time for our experts to go their separate ways.

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'It's The Fox who thinks he's uncovered a bit of a gem.'

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These are interesting because, in the antique world,

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buckets can be hugely collectable.

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In Ireland they have peat buckets they carry cut peat in.

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They have plate buckets, which is like this with a groove down it,

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that you used for carrying dirty plates.

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This looks like it's a plant stand but, in fact, it's a kettle stand.

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In the 19th century, this brass liner here would have had hot water

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or coals in, hot embers, to keep your kettle or your water warm.

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You can take it out and see this is a coopered body,

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bit like a beer barrel, and it's moulded along the sides.

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There's a selection. It's down to price.

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I would hope that I could get for this...

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in the region of £160 to £220, that sort of ballpark figure.

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I need to know how much it is. Excuse me.

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What's the best you can do on that?

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-160's the best.

-160?

-Yes.

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-This is mean but would £100 be any good to you?

-It's a bit low.

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I could split the difference. £130, it's yours.

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Your maths is quicker than mine!

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130?

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-Yeah, go on. Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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'Excellent. For the first time, The Fox has parted with some serious money.

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'Elsewhere, David has again veered away from his strategy.

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'He's looking at an indoor antique.'

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Ha-ha-ha. A fantastic mad, bonkers, Victorian invention.

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The Victorians loved inventing anything out of the ordinary.

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How fantastic! Shirts, jackets, trousers,

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all neatly folded away every time you close the doors.

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It's fantastically constructed.

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Dovetails, solid mahogany, great colour, very expensive when new.

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Made to last and still perfectly as good to use today

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as it was 120 years ago.

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It pays to buy quality.

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'Well, it might be quality, but the wardrobe isn't cheap.

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'David decided not to take the plunge

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'and opted for two much cheaper items.'

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Take a look at those two beauties!

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I just bought two distinctly different items.

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First, the silver box.

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What do you think that is?

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On the base is evidence of a very old matchbox.

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It's an incredibly posh matchbox holder.

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If you were a smoker in about 1900,

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that could be on your desk, and what a lovely way to light your cigar.

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Equally, it could sit nicely on top of a fireplace today

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to light that real fire - how incredibly stylish.

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Solid silver, English, nicely hallmarked.

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I can tell by the letter B that this was manufactured in 1901,

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the very year Queen Victoria died, so it's just Victorian,

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and VERY Victorian in decoration.

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I don't want to remove the matchbox

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because that has aged beautifully.

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A great British piece, nice novelty item, good talking piece.

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Now, here we go. This isn't British. This is German.

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A pair of cold-painted metal dancing girls of some sort.

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"Cold-painted" means that a bronze or base metal is heated and moulded.

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Then, when it's cooled, it is then painted, so being "cold-painted".

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The problem with cold-painting is that it rubs off very easily.

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So, examine them closely and expect some damage, and this one has.

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Very characterful. They're not wearing very much, which appeals to me.

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And on the base stamped WMF, a fantastic maker, a German maker.

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I've never seen anything made by WMF that remotely resembles that.

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So, for me, it's a new one.

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I like it. It's quirky. It's novelty.

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The kind of thing I could find a home for.

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My dancing girls wearing nothing but a couple of pipe cleaners, £60.

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Doesn't sound bad.

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'Well, if that's what tickles your fancy, David, why not?

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'He's also happy with his silver matchbox holder, which cost him £45.

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'His rival still has up to £440 in his kitty

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'and is working hard to find some potentially profitable

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'game-winning items.'

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I just love this!

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Look at the patina. This is a butcher's block.

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Sat in your butcher's with sawdust on the floor 50 or 60 years ago.

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Now, they're really collectable.

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People use them to dress up trendy flats, smart Cotswold houses.

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These would sit in your kitchen, or what a great television table!

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The top is probably made out of beech or sycamore,

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they normally are, and blocked together

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then held by this band.

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Bolts through there tighten it up.

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The base... Oh! Lordy!

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This is pine. In terms of value...

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I would hope to sell that for around £300, perhaps ask a little more.

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It's a thing I would like to own.

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That's not too bad, either. I'm going to wander over here.

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Been to church lately?

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This, I think, is an altar rail,

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where you'd have knelt down and taken your communion.

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Someone really cleverly has bought it, probably shortened it,

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and put these mirrors behind.

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It's got that Gothic look. Made about 1900.

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If you look at the grain of the timber,

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it's in pitch pine, but stained up.

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I'd like to see if I can buy the pair of them.

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'Philip's impressed with the butcher's block and altar rail.

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'After a quick haggle, he bags the pair for £360.

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'With time now up, we're about to find out who spent what.

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'Both started out with a budget of £750 of their own cash.

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'After a last-minute flurry,

0:22:020:22:04

'Philip spent a sizeable £670 on six items.

0:22:040:22:08

'David bagged eight items, but spent slightly less than his opponent.

0:22:080:22:15

'Before our gents try and sell their treasures,

0:22:150:22:19

'they can't resist having a swift look at each other's wares.'

0:22:190:22:23

Tell you what, I feel like I've been dragged through a dust bowl.

0:22:230:22:28

Which is your best bit?

0:22:280:22:30

I've got to say it is...

0:22:300:22:34

-me revolver.

-Show me.

0:22:340:22:36

It's for a very strange lady who likes revolvers

0:22:360:22:40

but also likes putting her lipstick on.

0:22:400:22:44

A compartment for thread and needles.

0:22:440:22:47

-I must admit, I like that.

-It's quirky.

0:22:470:22:49

-And...

-Yes. I know that you liked these.

-Yeah.

0:22:490:22:53

I apologise if you're upset.

0:22:530:22:55

-Of course I'm not.

-Sure?

-DAVID LAUGHS

0:22:550:22:59

I love me butcher's block. I probably put my neck on it!

0:22:590:23:03

-I paid 240.

-It looks reasonably new.

-Probably 50, 60 years old.

0:23:030:23:09

-Right, it's not as gnarled as the ones I've had.

-No.

0:23:090:23:13

I think someone's put so much effort into waxing this top. I love it.

0:23:130:23:18

I think it'll serve as a coffee table, television table.

0:23:180:23:22

A great bit of decorative furniture. Which don't you like?

0:23:220:23:26

I don't like those two babies.

0:23:260:23:28

What are you going to do with those?

0:23:280:23:31

-Curling!

-Where will you go curling?

-Anywhere!

0:23:310:23:34

-Show me.

-There's a time and a place.

-Exactly.

0:23:340:23:37

In the winter or in an ice rink.

0:23:370:23:40

Is there an ice rink in Worcestershire?

0:23:400:23:43

You're being really nasty, picky.

0:23:430:23:45

-No.

-You're picking on me.

-I'm not.

0:23:450:23:47

-You're being nasty.

-Let's go curling.

-I'm really hurt.

0:23:470:23:52

-Philip.

-No, I'm hurt.

0:23:520:23:54

'With his feelings bruised, our Worcestershire gent heads home with

0:23:560:24:00

'a 19th-century Dutch kettle bucket,

0:24:000:24:03

'an authentic beech and pine butcher's block,

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'a late Victorian converted altar rail mirror,

0:24:060:24:10

'a pair of granite curling stones,

0:24:100:24:12

'a vegetable ivory thimble holder with silver thimble,

0:24:120:24:16

'and a model of a 1953 Aston Martin DB2.

0:24:160:24:20

'His opponent will be trying to sell a pair of 1920s terracotta stands,

0:24:210:24:26

'an early 20th-century religious icon,

0:24:260:24:30

'an unusual German painted metal figurine,

0:24:300:24:33

'a Victorian silver matchbox holder,

0:24:330:24:36

'a mahogany framed mirror,

0:24:360:24:38

'two ornate white garden benches

0:24:380:24:41

'and a late 19th-century gun-shaped sewing case.

0:24:410:24:45

'Having arrived back on home turf, for the next part of today's challenge,

0:24:500:24:56

'Philip and David now have to sell their purchases for as much profit as possible.

0:24:560:25:03

'Both antiques Titans think they bought well. There's a surprise(!)

0:25:030:25:07

'They'll both be pulling out all the stops to find the right buyers,

0:25:070:25:12

'and are putting together deals on the phone and via e-mail.

0:25:120:25:18

'Until they've shaken on it and money has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.

0:25:180:25:24

'In an auction house far, far away - Worcestershire -

0:25:280:25:32

'Philip's lined up a potential buyer.

0:25:320:25:35

'Auctioneer Philip paid £110 for the curling stones.

0:25:350:25:39

'Will he be able to strike a deal and turn a profit?'

0:25:390:25:44

-They look all right, Phil!

-Nice, aren't they? I thought of you.

0:25:440:25:48

I bought this pair at Swinderby and I sold one about two years ago...

0:25:480:25:53

-I did buy one.

-I thought it was you.

0:25:530:25:56

-What did you pay for it?

-90, I think.

0:25:560:26:00

-Well, I think they're great. Did you sell that last one?

-I did.

0:26:000:26:04

I like these. They're really nice. I think I might... IF I buy them,

0:26:040:26:09

-I think I might keep them.

-What would you do with them?

0:26:090:26:14

I've seen these used as door stops.

0:26:140:26:16

-I've seen them converted into table lamps.

-Oh, no!

0:26:160:26:20

-No?

-Wouldn't do anything like that!

0:26:200:26:22

-Definitely not! Go on, then. What's your asking price?

-£200.

0:26:220:26:27

Oh, I don't know, Phil. I'm not sure about £200.

0:26:270:26:32

-You've gone pale!

-Yes, well... BOTH LAUGH

0:26:320:26:36

what if I say 180 the pair?

0:26:360:26:39

You've hit me right below the belt. That really is a harsh shot.

0:26:390:26:43

-But, as it's you...

-As it's me.

-Only as it's you.

0:26:430:26:47

-£180?

-Yes, I think so.

0:26:470:26:49

I'm not going to shake your hand.

0:26:490:26:52

-You're an angel.

-I am!

-These are too heavy.

0:26:520:26:56

I'll go in the office, take a cheque off you and get Mike to help.

0:26:560:27:01

-That was easy for you.

-Yeah. Good girl.

0:27:010:27:04

'Nice work. That's £70 profit and the Fox is hoping his luck holds out

0:27:040:27:09

'as a dealer is coming in to look at his 19th-century kettle bucket.

0:27:090:27:15

'This cost him a sizeable £130.'

0:27:150:27:18

-Simon, how are you doing?

-All right. How are you?

0:27:180:27:22

It's not an auction day but I'm hoping it's a sale day.

0:27:220:27:26

It's a really nice thing. It's Dutch, about 1860.

0:27:260:27:31

-I love this two-toned effect.

-It's pear wood and ebony, I think.

0:27:310:27:36

-What would it be? About 1860?

-Early to mid-19th century.

0:27:360:27:40

-You just want to know how much it is?

-I do.

-It's worth £180.

0:27:400:27:45

Ah...

0:27:450:27:47

-A sharp intake of breath.

-When you look at condition.

-It's original.

0:27:470:27:52

-140?

-No, no, no, no.

0:27:520:27:56

Last shot on this. No negotiations. It's £150.

0:27:560:28:00

-Um...

-Don't pause, Simon.

0:28:020:28:05

-OK.

-Yeah? Good man.

0:28:050:28:07

Put it there, matey. 150, yeah?

0:28:070:28:09

'It's only a £20 profit but it's a sale and The Fox seems happy.

0:28:090:28:15

'Devilish David is a canny opponent, though,

0:28:150:28:19

'and is reaping the rewards of his e-mails.

0:28:190:28:22

'He's found a buyer for the terracotta stands.'

0:28:220:28:26

The two big beauties!

0:28:260:28:28

'He's also made a profit on his icon and his German figurine.

0:28:280:28:34

'He has stormed into an early lead. Philip needs to bank some more cash.

0:28:340:28:39

'Luckily, he's got a plan.'

0:28:390:28:42

David, what's all this? I didn't have you down as a polisher!

0:28:450:28:50

You've got to look after them.

0:28:500:28:52

-This looks lovely.

-Thank you.

-Absolutely lovely.

0:28:520:28:56

-DB2. 1950...?

-1952.

0:28:560:28:59

-How many of these are there around?

-Total production was just over 500.

0:28:590:29:04

They say the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys.

0:29:040:29:09

This is yours. And this...

0:29:090:29:11

is mine.

0:29:110:29:13

-It's a bit small, isn't it, Philip?

-Size, David, is not everything.

0:29:130:29:18

I think it's lovely.

0:29:180:29:21

'Philip paid £45 and is banking on David buying it.'

0:29:210:29:25

-What's the cheapest you've bought an Aston Martin for?

-£280, I think.

0:29:250:29:29

That, now, would have lots of noughts on the end?

0:29:290:29:33

Got to be looking at 45,000 to 55,000.

0:29:330:29:37

On that basis, that at £100 could be worth £20,000 in a few years.

0:29:370:29:42

Let me ask you one last question.

0:29:420:29:45

-500 of these made. How many have you seen?

-A lot.

0:29:450:29:48

-How many of those have you seen?

-That's the first one.

0:29:480:29:52

I don't think £100 is probably enough.

0:29:520:29:56

-You going to race it?

-I'll have to lose some weight first.

0:29:560:30:00

'Philip's clearly done his homework.

0:30:000:30:03

'The buyer is happy to pay the £100 asking price.

0:30:030:30:07

'It's a result for Double-O Serrell and he hits the road

0:30:070:30:11

'dreaming of fast cars, cocktails and profit-making missions.

0:30:110:30:15

'However, his opponent is taking aim at his next potential sale.'

0:30:150:30:20

I've sent out a bunch of e-mails to dealers all over the country

0:30:200:30:25

to drum up interest in my items.

0:30:250:30:27

I am in Matlock cos I found a dealer who's shown quite a lot of interest

0:30:270:30:32

in my revolver!

0:30:320:30:34

'You mean ladies' sewing case.

0:30:340:30:36

'At £100, it was one of David's most expensive items.

0:30:360:30:40

'He's mentioned a price to the dealer but until they shake on it, this deal isn't secure.'

0:30:400:30:47

-You've seen the pictures.

-Yeah.

0:30:470:30:49

I think I know what it is exactly, date-wise.

0:30:490:30:53

-About 1860?

-I thought. Yeah.

0:30:530:30:57

Show me the details.

0:30:570:30:59

I reckon, if I was a lady in a carriage

0:30:590:31:02

and you were trying to hold me up, you're going to be worried.

0:31:020:31:06

-Seriously worried.

-Until I cock it and you see a mirror.

0:31:060:31:11

-Oh, wow!

-An area for needles and pins.

-That is amazing!

0:31:110:31:15

Do you think that was made as a novelty item or as a self-defence thing, as well as?

0:31:150:31:21

I think "as well as". This goes well beyond being a novelty.

0:31:210:31:27

A novelty implies it's somehow cheap or disposable.

0:31:270:31:32

Imagine what this woman was like.

0:31:320:31:35

-Wouldn't you love to have met her?

-Absolutely.

-But not marry her.

-No.

0:31:350:31:40

-You wouldn't want to get into an argument with her.

-Money-wise.

0:31:400:31:45

-I mentioned three and a half.

-We're in the right sort of region.

0:31:450:31:50

You need to leave a profit in it for me.

0:31:500:31:53

-I'll make you a bid, how does that sound?

-Make me a bid.

-275?

0:31:530:31:57

-Make it 290.

-Somewhere in between?

0:31:570:32:00

-295?

-280.

0:32:000:32:02

295! You've tried that on me before - and it's worked!

0:32:020:32:07

-But not this time.

-280?

0:32:070:32:09

280. We can agree on that.

0:32:090:32:11

-I'm going to regret it.

-You might, but I won't.

-Well done.

0:32:110:32:16

'A colossal sale!

0:32:160:32:18

'David nearly tripled his money and banked £180 profit.

0:32:180:32:22

'Today's competition is heating up

0:32:220:32:25

'but who is putting in a match-winning performance

0:32:250:32:29

'and who needs to raise their game?

0:32:290:32:32

'His devilish opponent has stormed ahead...

0:32:410:32:44

'Philip may be trailing, but our experts still have some of their most expensive items left.

0:32:530:33:00

'Philip's hopes rest on his butcher's block and altar rail.

0:33:000:33:05

'Before he gets to the serious business,

0:33:050:33:08

'he needs to try and make a profit on his teeny weeny thimble.

0:33:080:33:12

'The thimble holder and thimble cost The Fox just £25.

0:33:120:33:16

'With so much ground to make up, every pound counts.'

0:33:160:33:20

-Have a look.

-Thimble holder.

-Yeah.

0:33:200:33:24

These can be nutmeg graters.

0:33:240:33:26

They're worth hundreds of pounds.

0:33:260:33:29

-You're wanting to sell this then?

-Yeah. I do.

0:33:290:33:33

-At a profit, I presume.

-Absolutely right.

0:33:330:33:36

-I've got a couple.

-Have you?

0:33:360:33:39

-I always thought that was ivory, though.

-No, no.

0:33:390:33:43

Vegetable ivory from the nut from a palm tree.

0:33:430:33:47

They carved it in the green stage.

0:33:470:33:49

It dried and came to look like ivory.

0:33:490:33:53

Clearly, it's a lot better for the elephants.

0:33:530:33:56

-Do you know, this is yours, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:33:560:34:00

-That's another one there.

-Have you got some buyers for these?

-I have.

0:34:000:34:06

They are collectable. Prices aren't as good as they used to be.

0:34:060:34:11

I think that these are worth £60, but I'm not going to ask you that.

0:34:110:34:17

I'm glad you said that.

0:34:170:34:19

Yeah. I think that's worth £50.

0:34:190:34:22

I'd offer you 40 for it.

0:34:220:34:24

-Go on. £40.

-Thank you very much.

-You'll get some money now.

0:34:240:34:29

'£15 profit is not bad, Mr Serrell, but you'll need to bank bigger bucks

0:34:290:34:35

'if you're going to catch your opponent.

0:34:350:34:39

'Devilish David has put his matchbox holder into his local auction house.

0:34:390:34:43

'He's taking a chance there'll be enough interest for a gold-plated profit.'

0:34:430:34:49

Lot 167, we have the silver matchbox holder. £30?

0:34:490:34:54

30 bid. Right there at £30.

0:34:550:34:58

At £30 bid. 40. 50.

0:34:580:35:01

At £50 on my right in the centre of the room.

0:35:010:35:04

Anyone over there? Are you all done this time at £50?

0:35:040:35:09

-Selling this time at 50...

-Oh, no. Oh, no.

0:35:090:35:12

Oh, no!

0:35:120:35:14

'Once he takes off the auctioneer's commission,

0:35:140:35:17

'David's made an £8 loss!

0:35:170:35:20

'It brings our northern dealer back to Earth.'

0:35:200:35:23

Could lose me the game. A lot of effort there for very little...

0:35:230:35:27

For no reward! Minus reward.

0:35:270:35:30

'Not the result he was hoping for.

0:35:300:35:33

'There's more bad news when David fails to find a buyer

0:35:330:35:37

'for the mahogany framed mirror, denting his profits by another £18.

0:35:370:35:42

'Things have taken a turn for the worse for Mr Harper.

0:35:420:35:45

'Can Philip take advantage and net a profit on his most expensive item?

0:35:450:35:50

'With David suddenly struggling, it could be his chance to catch up.'

0:35:500:35:55

-How are you?

-Hiya, Phil.

-Look at that!

0:35:550:35:59

-I thought you were bringing a chopping block!

-You take that in.

0:35:590:36:04

'The butcher's block cost our Worcester gent a whopping £240.

0:36:040:36:08

'Let's hope the buyer takes a shine to it.'

0:36:080:36:12

-I have a vested interest in you buying this.

-It looks heavy.

0:36:120:36:16

This isn't tan. It's blood pressure.

0:36:160:36:19

-There we are.

-That's nice.

-You like it?

-Apart from the stand.

0:36:210:36:26

-What's wrong with the stand?

-It doesn't go with the block.

0:36:260:36:30

-I do like the block.

-It's a great colour. Sycamore or beech.

0:36:300:36:34

And I would think it's probably a 1950s block.

0:36:340:36:40

These bolts here go right the way through, and this steel band.

0:36:400:36:45

-They tighten it all up.

-Lovely.

-What would you do with it?

0:36:450:36:49

I'm not going to use it for meat. I'm going to use it for cheese.

0:36:490:36:54

-Yeah. Good port.

-You've made your mind up you're going to buy it?

-Yes.

0:36:540:36:59

Depends on the price, though!

0:36:590:37:01

'He sounds interested. Time for The Fox to talk money.'

0:37:010:37:05

It's £450.

0:37:050:37:08

-Three. And you can keep the stand.

-What will I do with the bottom?

0:37:080:37:13

A bit more.

0:37:130:37:15

Not a bit more. A lot more!

0:37:150:37:17

-325.

-No, no, no. You're not trying.

0:37:170:37:21

You can have that, very best...

0:37:210:37:23

£400. That's the best.

0:37:230:37:26

-That's your best?

-Finished.

-Deal.

-You're a good man.

0:37:260:37:30

'Impressive stuff!

0:37:300:37:32

'That's a whopping £160 profit!

0:37:320:37:35

'The Fox is back in the game, and Philip isn't finished.

0:37:350:37:40

'He manages to strike a deal for his altar rail.'

0:37:400:37:43

£190. £590 the two. A done deal.

0:37:430:37:46

-Done.

-Good man.

0:37:460:37:48

'Nicely done, Philip. That's another £70 worth of profit.

0:37:480:37:53

'Having been a long way behind, Mr Serrell has crept into the lead.

0:37:530:37:58

'And he's all sold up.

0:37:580:38:00

'If David's going to claim today's crown he has to sell his two benches for a profit.

0:38:000:38:06

'He spent £90 having the larger of the benches restored,

0:38:060:38:11

'bringing his total spend on it to £220.

0:38:110:38:14

'He's hoping to sell the refurbished bench to his local garden centre.'

0:38:140:38:20

Malcolm the owner made the mistake of telling me he was on the lookout for a good bench.

0:38:220:38:28

Malcolm lives and breathes this place, he never leaves.

0:38:280:38:33

I've had to have it delivered. Here he is. Malcolm.

0:38:330:38:36

Hello, David. Have you brought your wallet with you?

0:38:360:38:41

'David spent £130 on the bench at the fair and £90 having it restored.

0:38:410:38:46

'He's got to aim high to turn a profit.'

0:38:460:38:50

-I know you want a bench.

-I do. It's nice.

0:38:500:38:53

-Is this oak?

-Solid oak. Teesdale oak.

0:38:570:39:00

It's been oiled. It'll just age naturally.

0:39:000:39:04

The frame is cast iron.

0:39:040:39:06

Lift that end, Malcolm.

0:39:060:39:08

-Seriously, how heavy is that?

-That's quite heavy, David.

0:39:080:39:13

-Oh, dear.

-Exactly!

0:39:130:39:15

-We get some storms here, do we not?

-We do.

0:39:150:39:18

-Is that going to get blown over?

-It's not going to get blown over.

0:39:180:39:22

Late 19th century, perfect for the gardens.

0:39:220:39:25

-How long have they been here?

-Victorian glasshouses.

0:39:250:39:28

I had you in mind all along.

0:39:280:39:31

The things I do for you! It's astonishing, really.

0:39:310:39:35

Well, I like it, but, you know...

0:39:350:39:38

-what are you asking?

-Not much.

0:39:380:39:41

-To you, Malcolm, I don't think it's expensive at 425.

-Ah.

0:39:410:39:46

'David started high but the buyer didn't bite.

0:39:460:39:49

'If he doesn't manage to sell the bench, he'll make a sizeable loss.

0:39:490:39:55

'We'll find out soon whether he was able to seal the deal and what price he made on his smaller bench.

0:39:550:40:02

'First, it's time to count up how much profit our experts made

0:40:020:40:08

'and reveal who will be today's winner.

0:40:080:40:11

'Philip spent £670 at the antiques fair.

0:40:110:40:14

'David was more cautious.

0:40:140:40:16

'He parted with £568 and spent £90 getting a bench restored.

0:40:160:40:22

'Every penny that David and Philip made

0:40:220:40:25

'is going to their chosen charity.

0:40:250:40:28

'Without further delay, time to reveal today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.'

0:40:280:40:34

-David, how are you?

-Philip, great to see you.

0:40:340:40:38

-What a beautiful day.

-It's a top day.

0:40:380:40:41

I'm feeling just a little bit confident, which is good.

0:40:410:40:45

-Why?

-My butcher's block did really well.

0:40:450:40:48

-Did it? How much profit?

-I think it was about £150.

0:40:480:40:53

-How about you?

-I did quite well. My best winner was the revolver.

0:40:530:40:58

-Yeah. £180 profit.

-£180?

0:40:580:41:01

Sounds fantastic. Never seen anything like it.

0:41:010:41:04

However, spoke to my local auctioneer, he's big into these things, he said, £700 to £1,000.

0:41:040:41:12

-You made £180 on that?

-On one item. But that was my best winner.

0:41:120:41:16

-I had some flies... Really?

-You made a lot on the butcher's block.

0:41:160:41:21

Yeah, but I was feeling quite confident and it just...

0:41:210:41:25

-Is it ebbing a bit?

-Yeah.

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I wouldn't worry too much. Are you ready?

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-Go on, then.

-Three, two...

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One.

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Philip. Philip!

0:41:370:41:39

-It might be a misprint.

-We're through. I've had enough.

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'So, David storms his way to victory and it was his two benches

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'that struck the final blow.

0:41:490:41:52

'He made £105 profit on his smaller bench.'

0:41:520:41:55

Happy with its state? Happy with its size? Happy with its price, 195?

0:41:550:42:01

Yes, everybody likes it to be cheaper but I'm quite happy.

0:42:010:42:06

'The biggest profit came from the larger one.'

0:42:060:42:09

-It's nice, but 425...

-I'll tell you what I'll do. Because it's so heavy.

0:42:090:42:14

400 quid. How's that?

0:42:140:42:17

-What about 350, then?

-Come on, Malcolm. Make it 375.

0:42:170:42:22

-375 and you help me lift it.

-Go on. 375. Get that end.

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'A £155 profit sent David soaring to Victory,

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'but both our experts made fabulous profits and every penny will be going to charity.'

0:42:320:42:38

My charity is the Witham Hall, Barnard Castle's town hall.

0:42:380:42:42

It's a great place for young and old to have a good time.

0:42:420:42:46

It needs lots of funds just to keep things going.

0:42:460:42:49

I love Worcestershire and St Richard's Hospice is based in the county.

0:42:490:42:55

It needs all the support it can get.

0:42:550:42:58

'David may have won a resounding success, but the fight doesn't stop.

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'Tomorrow, our warriors go into battle as they cross the Channel

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'to a French antiques market.'

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It's negotiating time, which I'm not very good at

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because I'm rubbish at French.

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Le dernier prix?

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SHE SPEAKS FRENCH QUICKLY

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I'm completely lost now!

0:43:200:43:22

How about if we go...

0:43:220:43:25

-60?

-Yes?

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Two experts from the world of antiques go head-to-head in a competition to raise money for a charity of their choice. They are challenged to buy antiques and collectibles in a different location each day, and at the end of the week the duelling dealers compete to raise the most money at a special one-off event. Once the deals are done, one expert will be crowned the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.

Phil Serrell takes on David Harper to see who can make the most money buying and selling antiques from Swinderby antiques fair.